2018 Ford F-150 SuperCrew

Starting Price: $35,640 | Price yours

Above Average: Capability, comfort, luxury amenities, high-tech towing aids

Below Average: Near-luxury features can mean near-luxury pricing

Consensus: Best-selling truck (and vehicle) in America for a reason

 

2018 Ford F-250 Crew Cab

Starting Price: $38,240 | Price yours

Above Average: Towing, hauling, high-tech towing and safety features

Below Average: Adding features and upgrading trims gets pricey

Consensus: Excellent mix of heavy-duty ability and full-size amenities

 

The Ford F-150 and Ford F-250 are members of the company’s F-Series truck lineup, but are very different pickups. The F-150 is a half-ton or full-size pickup, similar in size and ability to the Chevrolet Silverado, Ram 1500 and Toyota Tundra. The F-250 is a three-quarter ton (aka heavy-duty), with competitors that include the Silverado 2500HD, Ram 2500 Heavy-Duty, and GMC Sierra 2500HD. And while each offers the most capability in its respective class, the F-250’s maximum towing and payload capacities are much higher than the F-150’s. With the F-250, you can tow a trailer that weighs as much as 18,000 pounds, and you have a truck compatible with a gooseneck or fifth-wheel trailer. The F-150 has a maximum towing capacity of 13,200 pounds, and can’t tow a gooseneck or fifth-wheel. However, the F-150 is smaller, less expensive and has a more comfortable ride.

Ford F-150 Advantages

Smaller, more maneuverable, and easier to park, the F-150 is an easier truck to use in day-to-day life. The EPA doesn’t rate fuel economy for HD pickup trucks, but the F-150 is more fuel efficient than the F-250. And even though base prices for comparable cab layouts aren’t that far apart, if you want the full-luxury version of an F-150, it’ll cost about $15,000-$20,000 less than a maxed-out F-250.

Ford F-250 Advantages

Recently updated with an attractive, user-friendly interior, the F-250 is a much more capable truck for towing and hauling than the F-150, with many of the same creature comforts. If your towing needs are above about 13,000 pounds and you tow on a regular basis, the F-250 is a more substantial truck, and its tougher, stronger frame and axles are better suited to frequent, heavy-duty work.

Similarities

Looking at the bold, boxy styling, there is a distinct family resemblance. In addition, the interiors look alike, and the dimensions are identical – the cabs are the same. Both are offered with gas or diesel engines, and you can save money by choosing a regular or extended cab layout. Both the F-150 and F-250 can be purchased with tough work, high luxury, or both in mind, but the more features you add on, the more expensive each can get.

Final Recommendation

Choosing between these pickups depends on what you want out of your truck. If you occasionally tow and carry gear in the pickup bed, the F-150 is an excellent truck that can fill your needs while being comfortable and great on the daily drive. If you need your truck to do more frequent, more demanding work duty – say, towing a 16,000-pound trailer or carrying 4,000 pounds of payload – consider the F-250 instead.

  2018 Ford F-150 2018 Ford F-250
Popular Powertrains    
Engine 2.7-liter turbo V6 6.2-liter V8
Horsepower 325 hp @ 5,000 rpm 385 hp @ 5,750 rpm
Torque 400 lb-ft @ 2,750 rpm 430 lb-ft @ 3,800 rpm
Transmission Automatic, 10-speed Automatic, 6-speed
Fuel Economy 22 mpg (20 city, 26 hwy) Not rated
Also Available 3.3L V6, 5.0L V8, 3.0L diesel V6, 3.5L turbo V6 6.7L turbo V8
Specs    
Warranty 3 years or 36,000 miles 3 years or 36,000 miles
NHTSA Overall Safety Rating 5 Stars Not rated
Max Seating Capacity 6 6
Wheelbase 145.0 inches 148.0 inches
Overall Length 231.9 inches 238.2 inches
Width 79.9 inches 80.0 inches
Height 75.5 inches 78.4-81.5 inches
Turning Diameter 46.1 feet 49.5 feet
Headroom, Front 40.8 inches 40.8 inches
Headroom, Rear 40.4 inches 40.4 inches
Legroom, Front 43.9 inches 43.9 inches
Legroom, Rear 43.6 inches 43.6 inches
Shoulder Room, Front 66.7 inches 66.7 inches
Shoulder Room, Rear 65.9 inches 65.9 inches
Max Payload (Crew Cab) 2,890 pounds 3,880 pounds
Max Towing (Crew Cab) 13,200 pounds 18,000 pounds
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