The Ford F-150 vs. The Ford F-250: Which Should I Buy?

February 12th, 2020 by

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The Ford F-Series is one of Ford’s most popular series of vehicles, period. Even people who don’t typically gravitate toward trucks cannot overlook the versatility, affordability, and durability of the Ford F-150, F-250, and above. The F-Series ranges from the F-150, then the class 3-5 trucks, which include the Ford F-250 super-duty, and then higher-class trucks going all the way up to the F-750 for commercial hauling. However, the most popular among truck sales have been the Ford F-150 and the F-250.

If you’re looking for a durable truck, you might be wondering whether the Ford F-150 or the Ford F-250 is the better buy. As far as vast, sweeping statements go, we cannot say that one truck is definitively better than the other. Each has its own, exciting uses, and both are high-performers and best-sellers. Which version you buy will ultimately be an individual choice based on what you are hoping to get from a truck.

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Light-Duty Vs. Super-Duty

One of the most prominent differences between the Ford F-150 and the Ford F-250 is the class in which both trucks sit. The Ford F-150 is classified as a light-duty truck, whereas the Ford F-250 is classified as a super-duty truck.

Light-duty and super-duty are not classifications that Ford came up with. All trucks have class specifications that allow them to be classified as light-duty, medium-duty, or super-duty trucks. These classes are helpful to those who need trucks for work because it lets them know exactly what type of jobs these trucks can perform. Light-duty doesn’t mean that the truck is inferior in any way – in fact, light-duty trucks are often more beneficial depending on what you plan on using your vehicle for the most.

These distinctions solely let the buyer know what the truck is capable of. So, if you’re the type of person who wants a truck for recreation or light work uses (such as painting jobs, yard debris clearing, and trips to the dump), a light-duty pickup is optimal for these uses. If you need a truck that can haul large loads and has a larger payload, you will likely need a super-duty.

Overall Design

The class of the truck is often a significant determining factor in its purchase. However, it does not need to be the only determining factor. Car buyers will often use the vehicle’s overall looks to determine whether or not they want to purchase a particular vehicle. For Ford F-Series shoppers, there’s not much of a difference in looks between the two different classes. They offer the same chassis, same trim options, and same body material.

The most noticeable difference is the size of the truck, but even that difference isn’t too big. The Ford F-150 offers three different box lengths – 5.5 feet, 6.5 feet, or 8 feet. The Ford F-250, on the other hand, offers two different box lengths – 6.7 feet or 8 feet. Therefore, the only way you would really notice the difference between the two is if you put the largest box option on the F-250 next to the smallest box option on the F-150. Otherwise, the exteriors and interiors are both designed to be similar, because F-150 and F-250 fans often have the same tastes.

Engine Power

One of the most significant differences between the two trucks, however, comes from the engine capabilities. Each engine is designed to do a different job. Therefore, it would make sense that the engines in a light-duty would be different than those in a super-duty.

Because the Ford F-150 is often used for more than just towing and large workloads, it has quite a few different engine options. At the base F-150 trim, you can choose between a 3.3-liter Ti-VCT V6 engine, a 2.7 liter EcoBoost® engine, a 5.0-liter Ti-VCT V8 engine, a 3.5-liter EcoBoost® V6 engine, a 3.0 liter Power Stroke® V6 engine, or a High Output 3.5 liter EcoBoost® V6 engine. As you can see, each engine is designed to provide different capabilities, from speed to MPG performance.

The Ford F-250, on the other hand, has three different highly-powerful engines designed to take on towing and load-hauling capacities. These include the 7.3-liter 2V DEVCT NA PFI V8 Gas engine, the 6.2-liter SOHC 2-valve Flex Fuel V8 Gas engine, and the 6.7-liter Power Stroke® V8 Turbo Diesel engine.

Fuel Efficiency

Fuel efficiency may or may not be what you are looking for, but as a rule, you can expect trucks that haul and tow daily to get lower gas mileage. This isn’t the fault of the car – it’s doing what it’s meant to be doing! But you can’t expect a truck to tow much more than its weight without compromising some of its fuel efficiency.

That’s why it isn’t a surprise that the Ford F-150 generally gets better gas mileage than its work-oriented brother, the F-250. You can expect to get 22 MPG in the city and 28 MPG on the highway in the Ford F-150. In the Ford F-250, you can expect to get about 16 MPG combined highway and city driving.

Hauling and Towing

Both the Ford F-150 and the Ford F-250 are great options for those who have to haul heavy loads. However, the frequency of which you haul your loads and the amount you need to pull will determine which of these trucks is a better option for you. The Ford F-150 can haul between 5,000 and 8,000 pounds, depending on the make and model you purchase. It also has a varying payload between 1,142 pounds and 2,309 pounds. The Ford F-250 can haul between 12,300 pounds and 15,000 pounds and has a varied payload between 2,462 to 4,323 pounds.

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Whatever you decide on, you can trust that you’ll come home with a dependable truck that will help you get your toughest jobs done. Please stop by our Purcell, Oklahoma location to find out more, or click here to browse our line of new and used vehicles.

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