Ford’s F-series pickup truck was again the most popular new vehicle
sold in America for the 40th straight year, followed by Ram trucks, as Chevrolet Silverado slipped into third place for the second time.
Ford benefited from the improved F-250, which currently rules the roost with towing muscle, 1,050 foot-pounds of torque and decent mileage.
We test-drove the Super Duty 4×4 Lariat Crew Cab mating a 160-inch wheelbase with single rear wheels using the 6.7-liter power stroke V-8 diesel engine that can travel nearly 700 miles with 22 mpg city and 34 mpg highway.
Changes for 2022 include new exterior packages and an optional 12.0 touchscreen. Performance isn’t altered.
Pickup trucks are arguably the most configurable vehicles on the market today – and most profitable – blending a plethora of options to satisfy a buyer’s personal needs and wants.
Super Duty F-250 trims are XL, XLT, Lariat, King Ranch, Platinum and Limited. Our Lariat added $22,340 in options that included the 6.7-liter engine, the Tremor off-road, Ultimate Lariat and Towing packages (which put maximum towing at 20,000 lbs.)
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 as a solid work truck but also off-road adventurer with 8.7-inches ground clearance and ability to ford water 33 inches deep.
Handling was superb using adaptive steering and acceleration was awesome for a diesel engine, but the ride was truck-like choppy on rough macadam without any payload and headlights were dim at night.
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 are somewhat challenging with wide retractable running boards 20-inches above ground. Brake and gas pedals are adjustable. We had the helpful optional retractable step into the 8-foot truck bed.
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.
Legroom in the crew cab is industry best.
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, plethora of features, good mileage
DISLIKES: High running boards, ride, pricey options needed, lighting dim
BOTTOM LINE:F-250 Super Duty off-road champion truck for those seeking work muscle
Fact File: 2022 Ford Super Duty F-250 SWR 4×4 Lariot
6.7-liter, power stroke, V8, turbo diesel
475-hp @ 2,600 rpm
1,050 ft.-lbs. @ 1,600 rpm
10-speed select-shift automatic
22 city/30 hwy
0-60 in just over 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.