Ford F250: Tow Test
The F-250, with the factory’s FX offroad suspension package, is an easy and surprisingly agile drive and a reasonable offroader.
It is a small haul up into the leather seats, and comforts and conveniences of the F-250 cabin where there’s room for five full-sized adults and a swag of equipment. Plus, all that doesn’t compromise the great driving position.
The Performax conversion is top-notch and it’s hard to see, or feel, anything out of place from a factory build. Fit and finish are good, and there are hundreds of small details, some unseen, which are mirrored to right-hand drive use; these include reworking exterior mirror mounts for correct angles, reworking air-conditioner ducts and switching the microphone for the mobile’s Bluetooth to the driver’s side.
For 4WDing, there’s a rotary switch to the left of the dashboard to engage the front axle and then low range gearing when needed. For all the "sportiness" of the drivetrain, there’s also a pretty serious work ethic boasting a 1900kg payload and massive towing capacities. With a load behind, expect fuel consumption to be in the 18-20L/100km range. Unladen, and with a few kilometres aboard, that should be more like 12-15L/100km on the highway.
Yes, the steering can still feel a bit light at times and that leaf-sprung rear end can skip a bit on a rough surface, but these aren’t big issues once hustling along. The big ute points into turns well and there’s rarely any doubt about where the front wheels, and their 20in Michelins, are placed. Also, the machinations of the rear suspension are a long way from the occupants.
Ford F250 Specs
- Engine Turbocharged diesel V8
- Capacity 6702cc
- Max Power 328kW @ 2800rpm
- Max Torque 1166Nm @ 1600rpm
- Gearbox Six-speed automatic
- 4WD System Part-time, dual-range
- Construction Ladder chassis
- Front Suspension Coil, independent
- Rear Suspension Leaf, live axle
- Kerb Weight 3400kg
- GVM 4500kg
- Payload 1900kg
- Towing Capacity 7600kg
- Seating Capacity Five
- Fuel Tank Capacity 98L
Price as shown
The full test appears in CamperTrailer Australia #86, March 2015. Subscribe today for the latest caravan reviews and news every month!