Ford F-Series trucks are known for their sturdy combination of capability and comfort, but should you choose the Ford F-150 or the F-250? The answer to this question really depends on what you need from your truck-driving experience. The F-150 is a full-size truck that has a lot to offer modern drivers. The heavy-duty F-250 pickup expands on the F-150’s capabilities for those who need to tow and haul greater weight. Let’s take a closer look at what each model has to offer.
Power: Ford F-150 vs. F-250
The 2020 Ford F-150 is never short on power. There are actually five engines available for this truck, making it a great choice for a diverse range of drivers. The base V6 will get the job done at no extra cost. The optional 2.7-liter turbocharged V6, however, offers both more power and increased fuel economy. And the new diesel V6 gives you even better fuel economy. For increased hauling capabilities, check out the 5.0-liter V8 engine. Finally, there’s the 3.5-liter turbocharged V6, which churns out up to 450 horsepower and 510 pound-feet of torque, the F-150’s most powerful output.
The 2020 Ford F-250 was designed for F-Series shoppers who have more weight to move. This heavy-duty pickup can handle much more than the F-150, thanks in part to its sturdier engine lineup. This year, shoppers can choose from three engine options – two gas and one diesel. While the 6.8-liter gasoline-powered V8 is powerful (385 horses, 430 pound-feet of torque), the bigger 7.3-liter V8 engine is more so (430 horses, 475 pound-feet). Then there’s the turbodiesel 6.7-liter V8, an engine specifically designed for towing substantial weight, putting you in charge of 475 hoses and an outstanding 1,050 pound-feet of torque.
Towing and Hauling Performance
One of the reasons the full-size 2020 Ford F-150 has been America’s bestselling vehicle for decades on end is that its capabilities suit most drivers just fine. Depending on configuration, the 2020 F-150 can tow up to 13,200 pounds. That’s equal to a nice-size camper or boat, and it’s got more than enough muscle to get a trailer loaded with work supplies around town. Max payloads reach 3,270 pounds, which means the F-150 is also a fine workhorse.
If the F-150 can’t manage your expectations, however, the heavy-duty F-250 is there to pick up where Ford’s full-size truck leaves off. Max payloads reach 4,332 pounds, giving you the power to haul extra supplies around town. Depending on configuration, the F-250 can tow up to 20,000 pounds of conventional trailer. Equipped for gooseneck towing, this heavy-duty truck can tow up to 22,800 pounds.
Truck Configurations and Features
When it comes to body style configurations and comfort and convenience features, the two trucks have more in common than not. Both let you choose from three cabin options: regular, extended SuperCab, and SuperCrew. And both are available as six trim models: Xl, XLT, Lariat, King Ranch, Platinum, and Limited. As you move up the trim levels, each truck supplies a greater number of luxury features.
The F-150 adds an extra model, the off-road-ready Raptor, the line’s iconic desert racer. It also adds an extra bed length option, offering three bed lengths to the F-250’s two.
Both trucks are comfortable and tech-savvy. The F-Series features lineup includes everything from full power accessories to optional leather upholstery and heated seats. Ford’s Sync 3 infotainment system does an excellent job of keeping you plugged into the outside world, thanks to features like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration.
If you still have questions about these F-Series trucks, we’ve got answers. Swing by Jones Ford in North Charleston to learn more about these trucks and better decide which is best for your unique lifestyle.