The nation’s favorite pickup truck has a great lineup for 2021, including some serious engine power and capability. Since the main reason people go for a heavy duty pickup is for the utility factor, I decided to make that the focus of my review on the 2021 Ford F-250 Super Duty. The truck sector might just be the most competitive one in the US market. America is still very much the homeland of the pickup community, and Ford’s F-series is still among the top players in that market. So how did the 2021 F-250 fare?
F-250 – A Real Powerhouse
It may not surprise many readers to learn that the Ford F-250 is an exceptionally powerful truck. There are three engine options available, a 6.2L V8 gasoline, a 7.3L V8 gasoline and a 6.7L Power Stroke diesel V8. I was excited to try the most powerful of the bunch, which is the turbo diesel V8.
The 6.7L diesel V8 outputs an incredible 476-hp at 2,600-rpm and a mind-boggling 1,050 lb-ft of torque at just 1,600-rpm. This is a bona fide torque machine. This is partially what makes it such a good towing vehicle, which is a real must for an effective truck. We’ll deal with that in more detail further below.
The 6.2L base-level engine is very impressive itself, making 385-hp at 5,750-rpm and 430 lb-ft of torque at 3,800-rpm. That’s a good amount of low- to mid-level torque, ensuring solid performance on the base model. The mighty 7.2L gasoline V8 gets better results as you might expect, with 430-hp at 5,500-rpm and 475 lb-ft of torque at 4,000-rpm.
Superb Towing and Payload Capacities
After learning about the various powerhouses that are built beneath the massive hoods of the F-250, a further non-surprise would be the truck’s capability in towing. There are a range of capacities that depend largely on which configuration you opt for. Between the Regular Cab, SuperCab, and Crew Cab models, and of course between the F-250 and the other models in the series. The best conventional towing capacity of any Ford Super Duty is an incredible 24,200 lbs. Using gooseneck towing, that goes up to 37,000 lbs.
The F-250 manages up to 20,000 lbs of towing capacity if you opt for the diesel V8 engine Crew Cab configuration. The other two engines can make it to about 15,000 when you go for the 4WD drivetrain. On a gooseneck hitch, the Regular Cab 4WD 6.7L diesel V8 can tow up to a very respectable 21,800 lbs. As for payload, you can load up to 4,260 lbs in the Regular Cab model with the “Long Box” rear bed setup. Among all the F-250 models, there isn’t a single one that fails to offer at least a payload capacity of 3,000 lbs.
Added Bonus: Tremor Off-Road Package
My tester came with the Tremor Off-Road package installed, and it has to be said that this makes the F-250 into one of the most capable off-road trucks I’ve ever seen. The package adds features like a front-end lift, specially tuned suspension, 35” tires from Goodyear that offer unbelievable traction, and the Trail Control system with off-road drive modes, and even rock crawl mode. If you need an already capable stock Super Duty to go the extra mile —- over rocks —- then I do recommend this package.
Impressive Fuel Economy
During my time with the F-250, I took it on a short road trip of around 450 miles, with most of that time being spent on the highway between 65 and 75 MPH. I was able to see first had just how much of an improvement the new 10-speed automatic transmission makes when paired with the optional 6.7L turbo diesel engine. I observed an average of 21 MPG, which is incredibly impressive for a truck of this size. That also allows you to hit nearly 700 highway miles on a single tank of diesel fuel.
The Mighty F-250 Super Duty – It’s a Win for Ford
Ford knows what they’re doing when it comes to trucks which is why this truck is an overall win for the marque. I should point out, however, that this truck is not as comfortable on the highway as RAM or GM offerings. Rivals offer a more controlled steering feel on the highway and a smoother ride.