Yes, they do still exist! We’re talking about new standard cab pickup trucks of course as they have been overshadowed by four door cab trucks over the span of the last 15 years. There’s still something great about the regular cab truck. It is the thing that built the pickup truck into an American icon and something that many of us remember spending plenty of time and miles in. This 2017 Ford F-250 Super Duty is one of them. Chances are that you have owned one over the course of your automotive life. Fleets rely on these trucks as do many people in the market for a truck legitimately designed for work. The creature comforts of the four door cab trucks are nice but for a straight up beast of burden the standard cab with an 8′ bed is still king.
Ford threw us the keys to the 2017 Ford F-250 Super Duty you see here and told us to cruise it for a few days and share our thoughts. This truck has a base price of $39,540 and as it was equipped carried a sticker of $53,905. The optional equipment was headlined by the 6.7L Power Stroke diesel V8 engine. Other options included 3.31 gears, a locker, the “Preferred Equipment Package”, the FX4 off-road package, a bedliner, dual alternators, and the “ultimate” trailer towing camera. We do not have a specific price per option breakdown to give you on these but the sticker, as mentioned, was $53,905.
This was a well equipped but basic truck. It is the kind of truck we can see a contractor ordering up as we feel options like the FX4 package would be skipped by a municipal fleet. The XLT trim level classed the interior up to a less workmanlike domain and we found the seats to be pretty well bolstered and comfortable during our time with the F-250.
Styling-wise we like what Ford has done with the nose of the Super Duty line. It keeps the “big” feel while being very modern. The two big chrome cross bars that actually protrude into the headlights are neat and frankly a truck like this is not complete without a big chrome bumper rounding things out. It it not a bold styling evolution by any means but it is a look that is very current and that’s what trucks should be. Pickup trucks are not ever intended to be styling exercises. They are designed to fit comfortably into the trends and looks of their era.
The engine in this truck is awesome. Flat out. The 6.7L Power Stroke has built itself an impressive resume after just a couple of years on the job. This was the engine that Ford designed themselves after years of working with International on their diesel program. The 32-valve V8 uses a variable geometry turbocharger and a bore and stroke of 3.90″x4.25″.
In stock form this mill is rated at 440hp and 925lb/ft of torque. Peak horsepower is made at 2,800rpm while peak torque is made at about 2,000. The next natural question centers around the truck’s ability to accelerate. The fact is that the truck is quick but the largest thing managing its performance is the computer that controls the engine and the transmission. During full throttle acceleration you can literally feel the torque management and transmissions management systems working to make the shifts happy and smooth. This is obviously sensible and the right thing to do in order to make parts and components last. It does leave us wondering how beastly quick one of these trucks could be with custom tuning. The aftermarket is likely already working on that. We know that this 2017 Ford F-250 Super Duty was not built to be a dragster but we also know our readers.
This truck has power for days in the working sense. The huge torque available at basically all times means that acceleration is effortless and that this thing is a literal beast of burden. As this truck sat, remember it is an F-250, the conventional tow rating was 15,000lbs. The truck has a payload capacity of 2,787lbs. We did not have the opportunity to tow with the truck but it was equipped with the integrated trailer brake which is a great option to add if you haul a race car, a boat, or a work trailer around.
The 2017 Ford F-250 Super Duty uses a coil spring front suspension and leaf spring rear. Handling in the rig was very nice and controlled. If there is one thing that the three large domestic truck manufacturers do differently from each other it is in the ride department. GMs tend to be the softest riding, Dodge splits the difference, and the Ford trucks have always let you know you were in a truck quickly after commencing a drive. We find that this still holds true and not necessarily in a bad way. The F-250 with its solid axles front and rear is never going to ride like a truck with IFS, it just isn’t and frankly that’s the style of ride we prefer in a truck. This thing is big, this thing is powerful, and this thing is not going to let you forget you just mashed that pothole.
Lastly there’s the cab. If there’s one area of a standard cab truck that has been all but mined out in terms of imagination and innovation it has to be the cab. There’s nowhere else to go really. Ford’s layout provides plenty of leg room and there is a storage area behind the seat. The dashboard is a simple look with a tach and a speedo, the addition of the up fitter switches on the ceiling was a good thing as there’s limited space in the center stack. The seats are comfortable and one would have no problem cruising thousands of miles on the highway with this truck.
The American work truck still lives and if you want one that can really get the job done in terms of power, capability, simplicity, and price point, the 2017 Ford F-250 Super Duty may be your best choice. We enjoyed our time with this truck and have actually sent a couple of people a Ford dealer’s way when they asked what to consider in a 3/4-ton work truck class. We can’t make any praise higher than that.