The 2018 Ford F-250 marks another year of the truck manufacturer’s highly successful line of high-performance pickups. While the F-150 might be it’s more popular, younger sibling, the F-250 has its own group of loyal owners and followers who crave the extra power and torque this line of truck has to offer. Combined with the same high build quality and exacting standards Ford puts into all of its vehicles, this truck is meant for people who want a long-lasting pickup decades down the road.
Like the rest of the Super Duty lineup, 2018 has brought only minor changes and updates to the F-250. As the base model of this lineup, the F-250 offers respectable performance and power including a 385 horsepower 6.2L V8 engine. Diesel lovers will appreciate the 440 horsepower 6.7L V8 version as well. A 0-60 MPH run of 6.9 seconds won’t beat any opponents in a drag race but will be more than enough to haul the cargo you need anywhere you want to go. With rear wheel and all-wheel drive options, new owners will also find this truck to be highly adaptable to different driving conditions. Pricing for the F-250 starts at $32,535.
The interior feel of the 2018 F-250 will largely depend on the style of cabin and trim level. The size of the cabin alone will influence the amount of headroom and legroom you will get. Anyone looking to haul more people than just the driver and front passenger will want to look at the larger SuperCab and SuperCrew options to keep the rear seating available to additional occupants. Exterior additions like the optional sunroof will also open up the feel of the interior space if so desired.
Regardless of trim or cabin type, the standard interior features will make you forget you are driving a Super Duty. The overall layout of the interior is practical with a standard infotainment system providing easy access to all of the major systems in the truck. The steering wheel is large, comfortable, and places the shift lever right where most experienced truck drivers will expect to find it. The front space offers plenty of accents such as leather seating and surfaces, power-adjustable steering/seating, and optional front/rear seats.
The rear space depends on the type of cabin you order with the F-250. In the regular Cab, the rear space is simply nonexistent. The SuperCab adds an additional length that is short on comfortable legroom but does offer plenty of space for tools or smaller occupants. Finally, the SuperCrew adds full length rear seating and doors with legroom of around 44 inches in length. The stylistic accents of the front such as leather seating will carry over to the rear for a unified look.
Safety features are a mix of standard airbags (front driver/passenger and side driver/passenger) and enhanced driving aids that increase driver awareness and reaction times while using the vehicle. The rear cabin models also come with standard child seat anchors and optional tether points to secure a car seat into place. Basic assist systems include Ford’s adaptive cruise control and blind spot monitoring to cover the distance between vehicles in front or to the sides of the truck. The cruise control also ties into the forward-collision warning.
In parking lot conditions, front and rear parking sensors provide 360-degree awareness of other vehicles. Since you might have a trailer behind the truck, the F-250 also comes with two separate back up cameras, one in the back of the back and another attachable camera for the trailer. The Trailer Reverse Guidance system ties into these cameras to offer feedback to the driver while backing up with a trailer connected.
Most of the interior convenience features are optional upgrades. These include smart device connectivity through Bluetooth and Android Auto or Apple CarPlay. Navigation with real-time traffic and weather will offer consistent guidance and updates. For hands-free operation, the F-250 can also be ordered with voice recognition to control all of the major infotainment features.