2020 FORD F-250 SUPER DUTY XLT: Big enough for all your World War Zs
Words & Photos. Angus MacKenzie
Source. Ford Canada
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In this new age of “Stay the F*ck at Home” zombie apocalypse-like vehicles start to look less George Miller Mad Max bonkers and more “How many rolls of toilet paper, hand sanitizer, fried chickens, eggs, paper towel and martini ingredients can I fit into the bed of my truck” realistic. Ford has one possible World War Zombie option in the form of the 2020 F-250 Super Duty XLT.
Mentioned in previous reviews, Alberta is a truck country, or province is at were. As such trucks like the F-250 Super Duty with its torquey new V8 the big super-cabbed truckster come in handy and useful when it comes to passage across various Alberta mountain and country terrain.
Pegged as bestest horsepower in its class, the F250s 7.3L 2V DEVCT NA PFI V8 produces an impressive 475 ft. lb of torque and 430 hp. Using old school push rod tech gives the truck good low end torque for big pulling jobs and for higher end power a port-fuel injection setup with variable cam timing.
The entire setup in combination with the 10 speed transmission gets us good usable city power and solid top end power for highway excursions. Not quite near the monster torque of Ford’s 6.7L turbo-diesel motor (1050 ft. lb) this motor configuration gives buyers a strong gas alternative.
In terms of mileage best one best have the debit card loaded up with Petro Points. Carrying a 48 gallon fuel tank (181.70 litres) the F-250 pays a price for moving the truck’s 6300 lb (2857 kg) big assed frame about. Mileage figures are as a result a tick higher than that of a Prius or M1 Abrams tank.
Smoothness over frost heaves is akin to a mechanical bull on Wednesdays. The F250’s suspension has been mandated for work and tow functions and so utilitarianism overrides that of floofy squishy ride. Backcountry roads and fields are where the truck’s undercarriage components are most at home. Allthough I have to give the big blue supercab kudos for highway tossability and handling.
When it comes to towing Ford has the 7.3L gas variant rated at 24,200 lb (11,000 kg) towing capacity under conventional setup; 32,500 lb (14742 kg) with 5th wheel and 37,000 lb (16783 kg) with the gooseneck arrangement. Maximum payload is rated 7850 lb (3560 kg) and Gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) at14,000 lb (6350 kg).