If you're looking for a combination of the agility and economy of the F-150 and the brute-strength capability of the F-350, the 2018 Ford F-250 has the perfect recipe.
2018 Ford F-250
Why Buy the F-250?
You buy the 2018 Ford F-250 if you want the best pickup you can have on the market but an F-150 isn't quite big enough of capable enough. After something like 17 years of remaining largely the same, the Super Duty lineup has now had treatment similar to the F-150, placing it just as far in front of the opposition as its little brother.
The F-250 now looks just the way it should, which is a bit like an F-150 on steroids. It has powerful engine choices, lots of options for customization, more luxury than a lot of premium sedans, and can tow as if its life depends upon it.
Which F-250 is Best?
It's pretty much impossible to name an F-250 that's the best of the lot. For a start, there are six different trim levels: XL, XLT, Lariat, King Ranch, Platinum, and Limited. You'll also be able to choose between three cabs, two beds, a pair of stunning engines, and, of course, the option of two or four-wheel drive.
If you want a hardcore work truck that's going to take a lot of abuse, you probably wouldn't want to put an opulent and luxurious office on wheels like a Limited through all that. Of course, if you're going to be using your truck as a family or lifestyle vehicle, a fairly utilitarian XL model isn't going to be what you want. So, think of what you want and need, configure an F-250 that way, and you've got the best version of the 2018 F-250 for you.
What Can the F-250 Tow and Haul?
Unless you're looking to buy a pickup for very specific and particularly arduous towing and hauling applications, the F-250 will likely handle whatever you can throw at it. After all, towing and hauling is what a vehicle like this is designed and built for.
As far as the numbers are concerned, the most you can tow with a properly configured F-250 is an incredible 18,500 pounds. Its maximum GVWR is 10,000 pounds, and its maximum GCWR is 25,700 pounds. As for hauling, the 2018 F-250 has a maximum payload rating of as much as 4,250 pounds.
What's the Difference Between the F-250 and F-350?
The F-350 is the next step up the Super Duty ladder from the F-250, but apart from their capabilities, they're pretty similar in all other respects. Basically, if you like what you see and can get with the F-250 but you need to be able to tow and haul even more, the F-350 is the logical progression.
Although the F-350 uses the same engines as the F-250, 6.2-liter gas V-8s and 6.7-liter Power Stroke diesels, the underpinnings of the F-350 raise the capability bar by a lot. The F-350 can tow up to as much as 32,000 pounds, and it has a best-in-class maximum payload of a staggering 7,630 pounds.