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Review of: 2017 Ford Super Duty F-250 SRW 4WD Crew Cab 176" Lariat

8.0

2017 Ford F-250 Crew Cab 4WD Lariat: Snow plow deluxe

By G. R. Whale

Jun. 9, 2017

SuperDuty is all about numbers—if they don’t add up you ordered it wrong. This is the project manager’s version—slick, fancy cabin, lots of bling—and powered by gasoline because heavy towing and kilometres will be rare. Just don’t go near a snowmobile track in this color scheme and don’t let the negatives above concern you—they apply to any luxury, gasoline, crew cab HD pickup.

Pros & Cons

  • + Payload capacity
  • + Towing capacity
  • + Comfortable, spacious interior
  • + Steering feel
  • - Fuel economy
  • - Price
  • - Maneuverability
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  • Walkaround

    The cab’s extensively borrowed from the F-150 but it works on this larger truck just as well. Nothing seems out of proportion, though you can get a long-bed with nearly 4.5 metres between the axles. And a 180-litre tank.

    This option set and color palette is not my style but basic body panels are the only things you can’t change and those are fine. There’s chrome, and then there’s the Chrome Package, over pearl white paint—I wore my sunglasses even in overcast and rain. I’d go for the retracting side steps over the fixed pieces…better for off-road and ice-loading, and I’m curious about open rear wheel centers as invitations to mud-packing and not a fan of advertisements touting trailer blind-spot warning on the taillights, even if it is the first such system.

    It should have a replacement cost warning label in case the big-box store’s forklift driver spears it.

    7.7Good
  • Interior

    Seatbelts for six are really roomy and supportive for four, good for five with flat rear floor and minimal center-front with the double-bump hump, and lots of insulation and laminated side windows make it so quiet you can hear the inverter under the rear seat and the box-link cleats in the bed.

    In equipped Lariat trim, all the lux touches had me looking for a heated steering wheel but everything remotely needed is here. Leather uppers and plastic lowers are comfy-cowboy appropriate, primary controls are handy and there’s scads of stowage options and information available.

    Nits and grumbles include no rear A/C vents, the snakeskin grain faux-wood trim, headrest dimple on the folded front seat and fragile feel and location of knee-level switchgear around the column.

    7.9Good
  • Tech

    No HD pickup offers more driving and trailering assistants which can help you steer while backing it and blind-spot warning extending along the trailer. I know why that’s here, but seriously, with enough mirror for Lady Gaga’s makeup, if you don’t see it you really shouldn’t be towing anything.

    You can set up trailer tire pressure in the gauge display, have a camera aft of the trailer and up to seven cameras total, six upfit switches overhead, remote-release tailgate drop, lane departure warning and adaptive steering that makes maneuvering faster without making response darty at highway speeds.

    There’s SYNC3 as well, proximity entry, side curtain airbags and an “extra extra heavy duty” alternator to run it all.

    9.1Excellent
  • Driving

    Gasoline F-250s have a few advantages over the diesel: It’s $8,000 less, carries about 360 kg more and offers equal or higher tow ratings (yes, higher). Plow operators may also appreciate faster heating and more immediate throttle response, though the diesel’s economy is superior and the more you work it the bigger the gap.

    I won’t say this rides any better than an unloaded 4WD Ram 2500 (coil or air) or a Chevrolet Silverado or GMC Sierra 2500, but in light of its 1,190-kg camper capacity it’s very competent. Adding weight makes it feel better and more stable, and reduces rear axle skittering on bumpy turns, but it’s the steering feel that seems most improved, with very natural feel despite the variable ratio and precise by HD 4WD standards.

    The big V-8 delivers a pleasant purr and the transmission knows how to get the best of it whether empty or towing. I did 21 L/100km in town, 14.5 highway and averaged 17 empty; towing 65 per cent of rated load (5,682 kg for this truck) brought highway up to the low-mid 20s as expected.

    Unless you need to carry a 400-odd-kilo heavier camper or tow a fifth-wheel 2,200-kg heavier, there’s really no need for a single-rear-wheel F-350.

    8.6Very good
  • Value

    Used values may say otherwise but I find few pickups great value, unable to equate this week’s highest output/load rating to real work. At $62,000 to start and $75,500 not quite fully equipped, this is par for the course…but it does seem a helluva superior value than the F-150 tested last year that cost $2,000 more.

    6.6Okay
  • Conclusion

    The SuperDuty does everything Ford says it does and sets a few benchmarks in the process. If you need a working pickup that doesn’t log lots of kilometres, tow regularly or more than 4,000 kg trailers, gasoline may be the way to go.

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