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2011 Ford F250 Super Duty Super Cab

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2011 Ford F250 Super Duty Super Cab Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 7.8

While half-ton pickups make up much of the domestic manufacturers' sales, the trucks that really do the heavy lifting are the three-quarter and one-ton models. To this end, some of the toughest, most abused, and most proven trucks on the market are the 2011 Ford Super Duty lineup. Making up some 40 percent of F-Series sales, the Super Duty is no weekend warrior; it's a bona fide workhorse with an appetite for getting dirty.

You'll Like This Car If...

Beyond its natural ability to tow, haul and generally move anything not firmly anchored to the ground, Ford's Super Duty trucks are loaded with modern conveniences and high-tech gadgets to make a busy work day go a whole lot smoother.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you're looking for a pickup that telegraphs your rugged, do-it-yourself attitude and blue collar roots, but you don't really have a rugged do-it-yourself attitude and blue collar roots, a half-ton variant of the F-Series truck will probably suffice.

What's New for 2011

The big news for 2011 is found beneath the Super Duty's hood, where a new 6.7-liter Power Stroke turbodiesel pumps out 390 horsepower and 735 pound-feet of torque; also new is a 6.2-liter gasoline V8 good for 385 horsepower and 405 pound-feet of torque. Both engines are mated to an all-new heavy-duty six-speed automatic transmission.

Driving the F250 Super Duty Super Cab

Driving Impressions Ask any truck owner and they'll tell you the most important feature after the truck's engine is its body strength. To this end, Ford has concentrated on giving the Super...

Duty the stiffest chassis it has ever produced, including fully-boxed front frame rails, and thick C-Channel frame rails and crossmembers. After crisscrossing hundreds of miles of Texas terrain, we can report that Ford's hard work has paid off handsomely. Whether it's the quiet cabin, the taut steering, powerful brakes or the overall subdued ride motion, the Ford Super Duty is one of the most comfortable and capable heavy-duty pickups available.

King Ranch Trim
Constituting both interior (Chaparral leather) and exterior (PowerScope mirrors) upgrades, the King Ranch enhances over-the-road comfort with material, workmanship and appointment upgrades, adding immeasurably to the Super Duty's attractiveness. And, unlike some luxury pickups, there's no intention of appealing – overtly – to the Country Club set; this remains a work truck and not a work-in-progress.

Power Stroke Diesel
Ford's new 6.7-liter Power Stroke diesel is a true dynamo, with torque and towing figures near the top of its class.

2011 Ford F250 Super Duty Super Cab Details
Interior

While its little brother, the F-150, has long since set the benchmark for plush truck interiors, the Super Duty trucks have only recently come into their own. Interior choices range from the "get mud on it and don't care" XL trim, to the "wipe your feet or walk home" variants that include the XLT, Cabela's Edition and Lariat trim levels, not to mention the almost limousine like King Ranch and Harley-Davidson packages that coddle you in highly refined leather and wood trim. To ensure you never run out of music, all Super Duty audio systems include an MP3-compatible CD player, as well as available upgrades such as satellite radio and iPod-ready receivers.

Exterior

To be sure you don't mistake this Ford work truck for a Dodge or Chevy, Ford stamps the name "SUPER DUTY" in all capital letters across the truck's massive three-bar chrome grille. Behind the grille's big inlets are a number of cooling units for the engine, transmission and, on diesel trucks, the intercooler for the sequential turbochargers. All that cooling capability means bigger towing capacity, which is a good thing for a work truck. Beyond the hyper-masculine exterior styling, the Super Duty features useful items like fender-mounted vents, available telescoping mirrors and optional 20-inch forged aluminum wheels.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

We'll start at the front, where Ford has located a front step bumper – under-the-hood checks are made easier when the step-stool is built-in and not something you need to carry with you. In back Ford includes a hitch receiver – matched to each model's capabilities – on every Super Duty, along with seven-pin and four-pin connectors. Given the importance of towing capability to the Super Duty mission, the receiver is a standard feature any owner can appreciate.

Optional Equipment

Those intending to tow with their 2011 Ford Super Duty truck will appreciate Ford's factory-installed TowCommand System. The system fully integrates the trailer brakes, anti-lock brakes (ABS), TorqShift automatic transmission and tow/haul mode into one safe, capable towing platform. Functional enhancements include a foldable bed extender, which improves load utility when in place and stays out of the way when not needed, and a spray-in bedliner. Accessing the bed is made easier – and safer – by the why-didn't-they-think-of-this-before tailgate step option. And for those venturing off into the Great Unknown, an optional navigation system should get you there and – hopefully – back again. New options for 2011 include available heated/cooling 10-way power operated front seats and lockable under-seat storage.

Under the Hood

Ford offers two new engine choices for work, play or any combination of the two. The base powerplant is the new 6.2-liter gasoline V8 that features an iron block and aluminum heads, and is also E85 compatible. Those needing more power can opt for the 6.7-liter Power Stroke turbodiesel that infuses the Super Duty with both "tow" and "go" capability. Both engines are teamed to a heavy-duty TorqShift six-speed automatic featuring Ford's SelectShift manual shift control. Super Duty trucks with the diesel engine can be fitted with Live Drive Power Take Off (PTO). This setup allows the transmission to power auxiliary equipment such as a snowplow, a truck lift or cement mixer any time the engine is running.

6.2.-liter V8
385 horsepower @ 5500 rpm
405 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: N/A

6.7-liter V8 Turbo Diesel
390 horsepower @ 2800 rpm
735 lb.-ft. of torque @ 1600 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: N/A

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2011 Ford F250 Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.1
Out of 10

Based on 35 Ratings for the 2011 - 2014 models.

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  • Value
    8.9/10
    Quality
    9.2/10
  • Reliability
    9.2/10
    Performance
    8.9/10
  • Comfort
    9.2/10
    Styling
    9.2/10

Great for a big Truck

By on Monday, October 13, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 20,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Strong truck, dependable, towing control is great"

Cons: "Really big, hard to park, tough on small roads"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"This truck got us home from Colorado after we rolled an F-350 on I-25 coming home from vacation. I looked for a Superduty because that was what we wrecked, and the F-350 may have saved our lives - even the dogs in the back seat came out OK. These trucks can haul freight, tow a backhoe or giant camper or boat. This truck can move a construction crew or bunch of hunters anywhere, with their material and tools. IT is a great big truck, though. I'm going to trade down to a standard sized truck, because I'm past construction and giant toys. I still have a small backhoe, but I can tow it with a standard PU-truck. If you farm, or build, or need a big truck, I think these Ford Superduty 4x4 trucks are the best available. This particular truck is a gas V-8 instead of a Powerstroke like the F-350 we rolled, which with it's full length bed and 4-door cab are the only two things not to like about it. But Diesel engines cost 6K more, and full size is what you need with a big farm or doing construction work"

17 people out of 26 found this review helpful

Desert tan color, very good-running/good looking

By on Saturday, July 26, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 33,760

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Best of six PU trucks I have owned!"

Cons: "Only one - cost of diesel"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

Side view of F-250 Crew Cab

"Excellent road and off-road 4x4 with Power Stroke diesel. Like new interior, non-smoker, lots of room and lots of power. Bed liner and tool box. Good tires, well maintained 100% at Ford dealer. Sirius radio pre-paid until January 2016."

28 people out of 60 found this review helpful

Side view of F-250 Crew Cab

Great first truck

By on Thursday, July 03, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 10,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Power, Looks great, and quiet diesel"

Cons: "Gas Mileage, but its a f250 not a prius"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"This is my first truck and i love it! it has great power and it rides great for the size. I do wish it had a larger gas tank, and I am having slight XM stereo problems(when i get back in my truck and turn on the XM stereo does not play unless i turn it off and turn it back on) but that is a software problem. I hear some people having problems with the turbos, but no problems here!. I would definitly but this truck again. No regrets! I want to install power running boards, that would be nice if it was an option from ford. I wish we could remove the DPF without voiding the warranty, the govt regulations around emissions is getting crazy."

19 people out of 42 found this review helpful

Ford got this one right!

By on Monday, May 19, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 32,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Power, comfort"

Cons: "Mileage, but don't own a diesel pickup unless you"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I owned a 2005 F250, and traded it in with 212,000 miles. Even though it had the sometimes problematic 6.0 diesel, I thought this was a great truck. That is, until I bought my 2013 F250 with the 6.7 diesel. This powerplant, easily equal to or better than the Cummings or Chevy completion, is a beast unlike any other. Easily the best 3/4 ton pickup on the road - for looks, power, towing, and everything else."

32 people out of 60 found this review helpful

Best vehicle I have ever owned

By on Tuesday, April 15, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 39,500

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Interior, exterior, power, reliable."

Cons: "none"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

2012 F-250 King Ranch Dielel

"This is a strong 6.7 motor. Very quiet and reliable with plenty of power and the fuel economy is fantastic for a vehcile of this caliber. Interior is supreme. I rate this vehicle a 10"

16 people out of 29 found this review helpful

2012 F-250 King Ranch Dielel

Best vehicle I have ever owned

By on Tuesday, April 15, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 39,500

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Interior, exterior, power, reliable."

Cons: "none"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

2012 F-250 King Ranch Dielel

"This is a strong 6.7 motor. Very quiet and reliable with plenty of power and the fuel economy is fantastic for a vehcile of this caliber. Interior is supreme. I rate this vehicle a 10"

5 people out of 7 found this review helpful

2012 F-250 King Ranch Dielel

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