The 2017 Ford Super Duty sets the bar for a new breed of heavy duty pickup trucks. We’ve known that since we drove it last summer at the launch event in Denver. But what’s it like to live with day-to-day? Many heavy duty truck owners live with their rides as their primary mode of transport. To that end, how does the F-250 hold up? That’s what we aimed to find out.
Our review unit was a middle-of-the-road Lariat trim, but was optioned with some advanced safety features including adaptive cruise control. We’ve attached the vehicle’s window sticker below (click to enlarge) to give you an idea of how you can get to $71,375 with the F-250’s Lariat trim.
If we were building a luxury Super Duty, we’d start with a higher trim and add the options we want from there. Despite that, we still think you get a lot for your money out of the Lariat trim, and if you wanted to save a few bucks you could skip some of the visual upgrade options and still have a lot of performance.
2017 F-250 Super Duty performance
One option box you’ll want to check is the 6.7L Power Stroke diesel engine. In the new Super Duty that means 440 horsepower and 925 lb-ft of torque. That’s class-leading torque, and when configured with the right options, class-leading in towing. On a F-450 dually, towing can reach 32,500 pounds!
What’s impressive about the new Super Duty is the lack of turbo lag. Yes, there is some there — there’s some on every turbocharged vehicle — but compared to some of the competition it’s not that noticeable. You just get a rush of torque moments after putting your foot to the floor all the way up to the 6-speed automatic’s shift to the next gear.
We drag raced a Cummins-powered Ram last summer at the launch, and the Super Duty pulls harder and accelerates quicker.
2017 F-250 Super Duty livability
If you are going to live with your truck everyday, you want to know what it’s like to drive every day. Most heavy duty trucks ride nicer when there’s a load in the bed or a trailer attached. That applies to the new Super Duty as well. But engineers at Ford have gone to great lengths to improve the unloaded ride quality, and it’s — at least according to my butt — nearly best-in-class or leads the class in ride quality.
The 6-speed automatic transmission is smooth and shifts are hardly noticed. Yes, it’s a heavy duty transmission, but it doesn’t feel like one.
Additionally, you can spec your F-250 Super Duty with all the creature comforts of a modern luxury car. As we mentioned before, our tester had adaptive cruise control. It has SYNC 3 with Android Auto and Apple Car Play support. Some of the trucks can even be ordered with massaging front seats!
The interior is significantly improved for 2017 and it pays dividends in how the truck feels and what it’s like to live with. I wouldn’t have recommended a previous-generation of the truck as a daily driver, but I’d buy one in a heartbeat as a daily if it’s a 2017 or newer.
Finally, it’s quiet. Some of you diesel fans might lament how quiet the truck is, but it’s not a vehicle you need to turn off at the drive-thru and it doesn’t beat you up after a day behind the wheel.
2017 F-250 Super Duty engineering changes
As we mentioned before, there’s loads of new technology in the Super Duty to enhance the truck’s performance. Cameras help you hook up a trailer or 5th-wheel without sweat. The adaptive cruise control works in conjunction with the exhaust brake to control speed while towing a max load trailer. The blind spot monitoring covers the entire length of your trailer.
Plus, like the smaller F-150, the new Super Duty uses high-strength aluminum alloy for the body combined with a high-strength steel, fully-boxed frame.
2017 F-250 Super Duty final thoughts
If you need a heavy duty pickup truck, right now the Super Duty is our favorite. Great technology combined with tough reliability make the Super Duty a compelling product and one worth your money. Plus, you can still special order the truck any way you like — just not with a manual transmission — and have your perfect truck without paying for stuff you don’t need.
Or, if you want to go all out and build a Mercedes-level pickup truck, you can with the new Super Duty. It’s up to you.