2020 Ford F250 review

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Ford F250 highlights

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  • Available diesel V8 for extra utility
  • Great option for towing
  • Lower weight than some rivals thanks to the aluminum body
  • Spacious cab configurations with lots of available features


  • Lots of features only available as options
  • Tall ride height makes it hard to enter and exit

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Built for the big tasks

Stylish, athletic, and full of deluxe features. A modern icon that still offers thrills and surprises. And guess what? It's a heavy-duty work truck too. When it's time to take on life's biggest jobs, the incredible Ford F-250 is waiting to wow you. Boasting a mid-generation refresh for the 2020 model year, the F-250 is a magnificent beast that rolls up in many guises. Where to begin when picking your F-250? Choose from three engine options, three cab sizes, two box bed lengths, and six trim levels. Did we mention the staggeringly long list of package and feature options too? Keep reading, for more on this super-sized truck with a big personality.

All Ford F250 years

What is new for the 2020 Ford F250?

  • F250 trims have been upgraded with Leatherette Seats as standard equipment this year.
  • Rear Air Conditioning, Third Row Seat, Quad Seats, Fold-Away Third Row, Full Roof Rack, Power Hatch/Deck Lid, Alternative Fuel, and DVD Video System features are now available as options on select trims.
  • The Lariat trim now comes with Blind Spot Monitor, Lane Departure Warning, and Turbo Diesel Engine as standard equipment.
  • The XLT trim now comes with Power Seat(s), Blind Spot Monitor, Lane Departure Warning, Turbo Diesel Engine, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and Rear Defroster as standard equipment.
  • The XL trim now comes with Turbo Diesel Engine, Satellite Radio Ready, Sync System, Auxiliary Audio Input, and Bluetooth Technology as standard equipment.
  • The King Ranch trim now comes with Blind Spot Monitor, Lane Departure Warning, and Turbo Diesel Engine as standard equipment.
  • The Platinum trim now comes with Lane Departure Warning as standard equipment.

2020 Ford F250 trims

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  • Features removable locking tailgate, trailer tow package, air conditioning, vinyl upholstery, manual windows, rearview camera, four-speaker audio system, Bluetooth connectivity, automatic high beams, black-painted front and rear bumpers, USB charging port, and more. Available as Regular Cab, Super Cab, or Crew Cab.

  • View all Ford F250 XLs in stock


  • Adds cloth upholstery, power windows, cruise control, SYNC® 3 infotainment system, eight-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay®, Android Auto , automated emergency braking, blind-spot alert, lane-keep assistance, chrome bumpers and grille, and more. Available as Regular Cab, Super Cab, or Crew Cab.

  • View all Ford F250 XLTs in stock


  • Adds front-row leather upholstery, 10-speaker Bang & Olufsen® sound system, dual-zone automatic temperature control, Reverse Sensing system, power-sliding rear window with defroster, SecuriCode keyless-entry keypad, and more. Available as Super Cab, or Crew Cab.

  • View all Ford F250 Lariats in stock

King Ranch:

  • Adds heated and ventilated front seats, trim-exclusive leather upholstery, touchscreen navigation, LED box lighting, 360-degree camera with split-view display, Pro Trailer Backup Assist, heated steering wheel, ice blue ambient lighting, wireless charging pad, and more. Available as Crew Cab only.

  • View all Ford F250 King Ranchs in stock


  • Adds power-deployable running boards, heated rear-row outboard seating, adaptive cruise control, multi-contour front seats, LED headlights, body-color front and rear bumpers, trim-exclusive leather upholstery, and more. Available as Crew Cab only.

  • View all Ford F250 Platinums in stock


5 reasons to buy the 2020 Ford F250

1. Three cab sizes

2020 Ford F-250 Review: Leather Backseats | CarMax

With three cab options to choose from, the F-250 can take you from solo entrepreneur or partnership to an owner-operator with your crew riding alongside you. Even if you're looking to take on family camping duty, DIY projects, or off-road adventures, the F-250 has you covered. The Regular Cab seats up to three, while the Super Cab, and Crew Cab, seat up to six across two rows. Two sets of LATCH fixtures are also standard in these two-row models, so your family can make the journey alongside you too.

2. Big towing numbers

2020 Ford F-250 Review: Engine | CarMax

A super-duty truck like the F-250 has capabilities that far surpass any other type of lifestyle vehicle. Thanks to some powerful engine options and a strong body frame, the F-250 achieves incredible towing stats. These capabilities could help you expand your business or the hobbies you choose; move, deliver, or haul more of what you produce, create, or build. In addition to the spacious and hard-wearing box beds, the 2020 F-250 (with its potent 6.7L turbo diesel engine) can tow up to 22,800 lbs, when properly equipped.

3. Modern tech

2020 Ford F-250 Review: Dashboard | CarMax

Ford knows modern drivers want brawn and brains from their truck. The F-250 can also be your on-the-go office or after-hours concert hall. From the XLT trim and above, you've got an eight-inch touchscreen that allows you to set navigation, hook up to your smartphone apps and playlists, or set up Bluetooth® connectivity for hands-free calls. Upgrade to the premium audio system (Lariat trim and above), and you've got 10 speakers (including a super woofer), to blast out that opera aria or country classic on your way home.

4. Package option personalization

2020 Ford F-250 Review: Front seat | CarMax

It's no understatement to say that the 2020 F-250 has an incredibly long list of stand-alone add-ons and package options. Yes, each trim is well equipped, but what about that one feature or package that will make it perfect for you? From upgrading the box with tonneau covers (choose from hard-folding, retractable, or soft-folding), to adding front-row bucket seats with lumbar support because you drive for a living, the optional extras can make a big difference — keep an eye out for them as you shop.

5. Ultimate engineering and durability

2020 Ford F-250 Review: Exterior side view of vehicle | CarMax

The F-250 is built for the toughest of jobs. The body and cargo box are made from high-strength, military-grade, aluminum alloy that resists corrosion and rust. When equipped with a trailer hitch, the F-250 has it integrated into the frame. Got building materials to deliver? The bed box payload can top out at an estimated 4,260 lbs. The base XL trim features heavy-duty gas shock absorbers and hydraulic power-assisted steering for staying the course when conditions get critical. The F-250 is ready for anything, are you?

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The hard-wearing 2017-2021 RAM 2500 heavy-duty truck has a range of different configurations available. Look out for the cab size, box bed length, engine, and trim that suit you, though none disappoint. From 2019, the RAM 2500's standard engine is a 410-hp 6.4L V8 paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission.

The 2017-2021 RAM 2500 Tradesman base trim includes:

  • Vinyl upholstery

  • 17-inch steel wheels

  • Electronic stability control

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Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings


RepairPal gave the Ford F250 an overall reliability rating of 2.5 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Average. This rating ranks Ford F250 17th out of 19 among Fullsize Trucks.

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Ford F250 features and specs

XLT 2WD 2D Regular Cab

Standard Features

  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alloy Wheels
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • Cloth Seats
  • Cruise Control
  • Flex Fuel Vehicle
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Long Bed
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Seat(s)
  • Power Windows
  • Rear View Camera
  • Satellite Radio Ready
  • Side Airbags
  • Sync System
  • Tow Hitch
  • Traction Control
  • Alloy Wheels
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Bed Cover
  • Bed Liner
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • Fifth Wheel Tow Hitch
  • Front Seat Heaters
  • Gooseneck Tow Hitch
  • Navigation System
  • Parking Sensors
  • Power Seat(s)
  • Rear Defroster
  • Remote Start
  • Running Boards

Drive Wheels

Rear Wheel Drive (2WD)

Engine size




Torque (ft-lbs)


Engine type


Fuel capacity




Overall length






Leg room

F 43.9"

Head room

F 40.8"

Front tires


Rear tires


Seating capacity


Max towing capacity

1330/13300 lbs.



2020 Ford F250 FAQ

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Color options

2020 Ford F-250 Review: Color options | CarMax

Exterior colors:

  • Agate Black

  • Blue Jeans

  • Iconic Silver

  • Magnetic

  • Oxford White

  • Race Red

  • Rapid Red Metallic Tinted Clearcoat

  • Star White Metallic Tinted Clearcoat

  • Stone Gray

  • Silver Spruce

  • Velocity Blue

Interior colors:

  • Black

  • Dark Earth Gray

  • Dark Marsala (Platinum trim only)

  • Highland Tan (Limited trim only)

  • Kingsville Antique (King Ranch trim only)

  • Medium Earth Gray

  • Medium Light Camel

Interior details

The F-250 is available in three cab sizes. The Regular Cab seats two or three passengers in the front-row bench or bucket seats; it is only available in the XL and XLT trim. The Super Cab and Crew Cab models seat up to six across three rows.

Heavy-duty vinyl seating in the base XL trim makes way for cloth or leather upholstery in the F-250's higher trims. Pick the Lariat trim or above to add cosy features such as ambient interior lighting and heated seating.

The F-250 has plenty of storage cubbies throughout the cabin, including a deep-fill center console on models with front bucket seats. Crew cab models feature a lockable box under the rear seat, too.

It's worth noting that a big step up is needed to reach the inside of the F-250. If you're planning to use it as a family vehicle too, pick the Platinum or Limited trim for power-deployable running boards.

Child seat details

The F-250 Super Cab and Crew Cab models are both fitted with lower LATCH anchors in the second-row outboard seats. The front-row-only Regular Cab has one upper tether anchor for its two-seat incarnation, and two upper tether anchors for its three-seat bench version. The Super Cab and Crew Cab variants both have three upper tether anchor straps along the top of the seat backrest. The F-250 can accommodate front- and rear-facing seats, and booster seats for older children.


The F-250 has a trio of powerful engine options. The standard 6.2L V8 gas engine is good for 385 horsepower and 430 lb-ft of torque. It is paired to a six-speed automatic transmission. The 7.3L V8 engine can achieve 430 hp and 475 lb-ft of torque, via its 10-speed automatic transmission.

The power-packed final option is the 6.7L turbodiesel V8, it's the standard engine for the range-topping Limited trim and delivers 475 hp and 1,050 lb-ft of torque. Depending on how you drive, you might want to stick with the standard rear-wheel drive or look out for the available four-wheel drive.

As you'd rightly expect from a super-duty truck, the 2020 F-250 is a powerhouse when it comes to towing capability. When properly equipped, the F-250 with the standard 6.2L engine, regular cab configuration, and RWD, can tow up to an estimated 13,300 lbs.

For maximum trailering, pick the Regular Cab model with the 6.7L turbodiesel engine, and RWD, for an estimated 22,800 pounds of towing capability, when properly equipped.

Year comparisons

2011 - 2016 Ford F-250 (third generation)

The super-duty F-250 enters its third generation in 2011, benefiting from an extensive exterior upgrade which includes a larger grille and more aggressively edged fascias.

2017-2022 Ford F-250 (fourth generation)

For 2017, and the start of the fourth generation, Ford refreshed the F-250 from the ground up. This included a switch up to an aluminum body that reduced its curb weight by 700 lbs.

The 2018 model year sees the introduction of adaptive cruise control and a new range-topping Limited trim. A minor style and feature refresh for 2020 models includes the introduction of a new Tremor Off-Road Package.

The 2022 F-250 gains a 12-inch touchscreen with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity.

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