The 2015 Ford F-250 Super Duty (Class 2) pickup truck is well-equipped for work and play offering five trim levels priced from $31,045 (XL) to $54,510 (Platinum) with two powerful engine options – a proven 6.2L V8 gasoline engine or the new second-generation 6.7L Power Stroke diesel – all of which enables Ford to continue to claim that they ‘own work’ across the Class 2 and 3 heavy duty pickup truck segment.
There is a lot of focus this year on the new Ford more powerful second generation 6.7L Power Stroke V8 turbo diesel that is optional on the F-250 and available on the F-350 and F-450. The 6.7L produces 440 horsepower with 860 lb.-ft. of torque – which is achieving new performance levels for Ford in the segment.
As a result, the standard 6.2L V8 gasoline engine is not getting the attention it deserves when, in fact, the 6.2L V8 delivers almost similar tow/haul capability as the turbo diesel, model for model, without having to pay the $8,480 up charge for the diesel power plant.
We recently spent a week in a new 2015 F-250 Crew Cab XLT 4×4 powered by the standard 6.2L gasoline V8 that delivers 385 horsepower with 405 lb.-ft. of torque on regular gas. The 6.2L power plant is mated (as is the 6.7L diesel) to the TorqShift six-speed SelectShift automatic transmission that maximizes the power and torque to the 4×4 drive train – working or playing.
Following our week long travels behind the wheel of this F-250, we think the standard power train does everything a discriminating driver would want or expect from a Class 2 heavy duty pickup truck.
The F-250 has plenty of tow-haul capacity with a payload rating of 3,250 pounds. Specifically, our test XLT was equipped with a 3.73 rear end and was rated at just over 12,000 pounds of tow by hitch or 5th-wheel/gooseneck connection. This is nearly the level had it been powered by the diesel which, with a 3.55 rear end would have had hitch tow capacity of 14,000 and 5th-wheel/gooseneck of 15,900 pounds, respectively.
Our test 2015 F-250 Crew Cab XLT 4×4 had a base MSRP of $41,965 that included the 6.2L gasoline power train. The base MSRP for the XLT Standard Cab 4×2 is $34,765. Adding the Crew Cab ($4,600) and the 4×4 Electronic Shift-on-the Fly system ($2,795) took the base XLT we tested to a price near $42,000.
For that base price, our test truck came in Ruby Red Metallic with an Adobe interior. Some of the standard features on this second trim level F-250 XLT included the signature 2-bar Chrome Grille, Locking Removable Tailgate w/Lift Assist, and Cargo Bed Tie Down and Front Tow Hooks. It also included Air Conditioning, Cruise Control, Color Coordinated Carpet and Mats, Tilt/Telescoping Steering Wheel along with Ford Sync and AM/FM Single CD Audio/MP3 Player and auxiliary input jacks.
For work and play it included also the Trailer Tow Package, Sway Control and Brake Controller along with Fixed Interval Wipers, Hill Start Assist, Manual Locking Hubs, and Manual Telescoping Trailer Tow Mirrors with Power Heated Glass and Turn Signals.
Ford then added a range of key optional packages and accessories for another $5,120 to complete this F-250. Those items include: Luxury Cloth 40/Console/40 Front Seating along with the XLT Value Package consisting of Fog Lamps, 4.2-inch LCD Vehicle Productivity Screen with Truck Apps, Adjustable Pedals, Reverse Vehicle Aid Sensors and 6-way Driver Power Seat. A Rearview Camera, Power Sliding Rear Window, Sirius Satellite Radio and Upfitter Switches were also added. Wheels were upgraded to Cast Machined Aluminum clad with bright covers and LT275/70R18E All Terrain Tires.
The FX4 Package added the Skid Plates for off-road driving protection underneath along with Hill Descent Control and Rancho Shocks. A 12.5K Trailer Hitch, Powerscope Trailer Tow Mirrors, Tailgate Step and Spray-in Bedliner nicely completed our truck.
Delivered, our 2015 F-250 Crew Cab XLT 4×4 in Ruby Red was priced at $48,280.
After spending a week powering our way easily all over Central Texas on all kinds of country roads and highways, we were seriously impressed with our 6.2L gasoline powered test truck.
There is one small accessory we would add. Though not a problem for me – the cabin step-in/out height for this truck is a bit of a reach for most. In the face of tough work or play sites, side steps might be a bit restrictive to navigating the terrain. But, we would recommend selecting one of the three side step options available that range from $370 to $500 to make getting in and out of the cab easier on an everyday use basis.
For those looking for more premium convenience features, luxury amenities and more technology plus an option of moving up to 20-inch wheels and tires – the Lariat, King Ranch or Platinum trim levels (in a Crew Cab 4×4) will have a base cost of $8,000 to $10,000 more than the XLT. And if you want to go up to the new second generation diesel, you will add another $8,480 to the price.
For our money, the XLT with the 6.2L gasoline power train will handle work and play for most people very nicely.