Ford’s F-Series has been dominating the truck pickup market for more than four decades, and the improved F-250 diesel now rules with top towing muscle, power, and torque along with top ratings for its gas-powered F-250.
Pickup trucks are arguably the most configurable vehicles on the market today blending options to satisfy a buyer’s personal needs and wants.
2020 Ford F-250 SWR 4X4 Supercrew Review
For 2020 – and for 2021 (with only minor changes) – the Ford Super Duty F-250 trims are XL, XLT, Lariat, King Ranch, Platinum, and Limited. The myriad of major choices include engine, transmission, body style, box size, towing package, all-wheel or rear-wheel drive, single or double rear wheels, seats for five or six, etc.
Choices include a new 6.7-liter diesel with 1,050 lbs.-ft. of torque, a 6.2-liter gas engine with 7,850 lbs. payload and a new gas 7.3-liter V-8 with best-in-class gas power and torque and 4,210 pounds payload.
We tested the Platinum 4X4 Crew Cab with the 7.3-liter engine (nicknamed Godzilla) with single rear wheels, 10-speed automatic transmission, 6.75-foot truck bed, seating for four passengers and 14,700 lbs. towing power.
Nine options cost $9,560 with the more expensive ones $3,975 for the new, awesome off-road Tremor package, $2,045 for the 7.3-liter V8 engine and $1,495 for a moonroof.
Tremor transforms the F-250 into a monster off-roader with upgraded suspension and segment largest 35-inch maximum traction all-terrain tires on 18-inch alloy wheels.
Working with Trail Control and selectable drive modes Normal, Eco, Slippery, Snow/Ice and all-new rock-crawl, water, the F-250 qualifies solidly as a solid work truck but also an off-road adventurer with 8.7-inches ground clearance and ability to ford water 33 inches deep.
Handling was superb using adaptive steering but the ride truck-like choppy on rough macadam without any payload.
Excellent lane-keeping alert meshed with safety features low-speed dynamic cruise control, retractable side mirrors, and pre-collision assist with emergency braking. Government crash tests earned a four out of five overall safety rating.
Access and egress were somewhat challenging with wide retractable running boards 20-inches above ground.
The cavernous and ergonomically designed cabin is full of technology with Sync 3 for infotainment on the 8-inch dashboard screen, Wi-Fi hotspot, USB-C ports and good voice recognition for navigation, phone, audio, etc.
Storage spaces abound, including space under flip-up rear seats. Visors fully extend, there is a spare tire.
At a Glance
LIKES: Rugged, powerful, off-road prowess, lane keeping alert, plush/spacious ergonomic cabin,
DISLIKES: High running boards, ride, pricey options needed
BOTTOM LINE: F-250 off-road now champion truck for those seeking work muscle
Fact File: 2020 Ford F-250 SWR 4X4 Supercrew
105.9 inches w/mirrors
7.3-liter, V8, gas
430-hp at 5,500 rpm
475 ft.-lbs. at 4,000 rpm
10-speed automatic w/ manual select
14.6 city/15.5 hwy
0-60 in 7-8 seconds
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Tom Crosby has written more than 1,000 automotive reviews and is a retired Vice President of Communications for AAA Carolinas. He has seen dramatic changes in the automotive industry over the past 25 years and ponders the advent of self-driving vehicles, electric-only vehicles, sophisticated in-car telematics, and the financial challenges facing automotive manufacturers in an increasingly congested worldwide market.