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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
9.2
Out of 10

Based on 45 Ratings for the 2011 - 2015 models.

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  • Value
    9.0/10
    Quality
    9.3/10
  • Reliability
    9.3/10
    Performance
    9.0/10
  • Comfort
    9.3/10
    Styling
    9.3/10

BEST FORD I HAVE EVER OWNED

By on Monday, August 24, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 21,000

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
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "IT WILL GET YOU WHERE YOU WANT TO GO"

Cons: "IT HAS IT ALL"

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

"THIS KING RANCH WITH THE TWO SPEED TURBO DIESEL IS THE FINEST FORD TRUCK I HAVE OWNED. I HAVE OWNED OTHER KING RANCH F250-BUT THIS ONE IS TOPS. EVERYTHING ABOUT THE DRIVER COMPARTMENT AND ELECTRONICS ARE GREAT. I CAN FREELY RECOMMEND THIS VEHICLE TO ANYONE ON THE FENCE"

Up Sized to a Super Duty

By on Wednesday, July 01, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 4,000

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
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "There are great deals on the 15's, easy to drive."

Cons: "lacks some high tec features the 15 F150 has."

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

F250 vs F150

"I frequently tow trailers in the 5,000 to 7,000 pound range. A couple times / year I'll tow about 9,000. My plan was to purchase a new F150 Max Tow but found I could get a better deal on an F250. The ride & drive characteristic are nice for a heavy duty truck and better than I expected. The 6.2L gas engine has plenty of power to tow the loads I'm towing & the truck handles the weight very well. I haven't been on a long trip yet. I have one coming up in 2 weeks & I'm looking forward to it."

28 people out of 44 found this review helpful

F250 vs F150

Powerful with the desiel, remarkable gas mileage

By on Saturday, June 20, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 23,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "power, comfort, towing capacity, build quality"

Cons: "stiff ride without a payload,"

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

"averaging 19+ mpg city and freeway driving. Impressive handling and quiet quiet quiet at 45 mph or 75 mph. Towing the 5th wheel at 14k lbs....it doesn't know it's back there. It just goes. Great front seats for those with lower back pain. Guys this diesel truck is amazing. I'm glad I listened to my son and son in law who are up to speed in the current technology of the time. This is not the diesel truck of yesterday."

17 people out of 27 found this review helpful

Best truck i have ever owned

By on Thursday, June 04, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 28,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Never breaks and looks good"

Cons: "The interior temperature is not voice controlled."

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

"2012 F250 4X4, 6.7 Diesel, with every option. Use the back up camera all the time. Step up in the tailgate is fantastic. Nothing breaks on this truck. The diesel can pull any trailer and load. The fuel mileage is better than my Navigator ~19 MPG around town. The truck is equipped with GPS, Sync, and upfitter switches. The built in towing is easy to use. The speed control works great down hill and up hill. The 6 speed can be controlled manually or automatically. Lots of room compared to the other makes. The 4 door, 8foot bed makes traveling a pleasure. 4X4 can plow through almost any mud or snow. So easy to drive my wife likes driving it."

22 people out of 41 found this review helpful

Drives like a cadillac

By on Wednesday, April 22, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 90,000

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
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Get up and go! Pulls with ease. Comfortable"

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

"Great truck. Bought brand new and never have had any issues with truck. If I were in the market for another truck, definitely would be the F250 Diesel"

16 people out of 31 found this review helpful

Best vehicle I have ever owned (and I've had many)

By on Sunday, March 29, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 19,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Worth the price - solid, reliable, comfortable."

Cons: "Nothing worth talking about."

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

"This truck is a workhorse monster, able to tow or haul anything I can throw at it. It is also extremely comfortable and a pleasure to drive - King Ranch edition is stylish and plush. The 6.7 liter diesel had been flawless and pulls my large trailer loaded without any hesitation. The tow/haul mode controls speed in both climb and descent and gives a great feeling of safety when towing or hauling, even on the steepest grades. The back up camera is worlds better than the one on my Honda Pilot. Along with the back up sensors, I feel totally confident backing up this large truck. I would but this truck again in a heartbeat, but I plan to keep this one for many, many years to come."

14 people out of 28 found this review helpful

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