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Comparing the Ford F-150, F-250 and F-350

Ford F-Series Trucks

A Few Things to Consider Before Choosing Your Ford Truck

The Ford F-series has been manufactured continuously since 1948, making it one of the few vehicles to have such a long, unbroken history. These Ford trucks are the go-to work truck worldwide. In fact, the F-150 has been the best-selling vehicle in the U.S. for the last 32 years in a row!

As most of you already know, there are three main vehicles within the F-Series lineup. The F-150, F-250 and the F-350. The F-series truck you choose ought to be dependent on what you plan on doing with it. There are a number of factors to consider; towing/hauling capacity, engine power, and features, just to name a few. Here’s a breakdown of some of the important specs to consider.

Model Options

Ford F-Series offers a variety of different models, trims levels, engines and cabs, so you can build the truck that is perfect for you. Here is a basic breakdown of options.

2015 ModelStarting MSRPAvailable Engines
F-150 XL$25,420
  • 2.7L V6 EcoBoost®
  • 3.5L V6 EcoBoost®
  • 3.5L V6 FFV Engine
  • 5.0L V6 FFV Engine
F-150 XLT$30,695
  • 2.7L V6 EcoBoost®
  • 3.5L V6 EcoBoost®
  • 3.5L V6 FFV Engine
  • 5.0L V6 FFV Engine
F-150 Lariat$38,685
  • 2.7L V6 EcoBoost®
  • 3.5L V6 EcoBoost®
  • 3.5L V6 FFV Engine
  • 5.0L V6 FFV Engine
F-150 King Ranch$48,495
  • 2.7L V6 EcoBoost®
  • 3.5L V6 EcoBoost®
  • 3.5L V6 FFV Engine
  • 5.0L V6 FFV Engine
F-150 Platinum$50,960
  • 2.7L V6 EcoBoost®
  • 3.5L V6 EcoBoost®
  • 3.5L V6 FFV Engine
  • 5.0L V6 FFV Engine
F-250 XL$31,235
  • 6.2L V8 2- Valve Flex Fuel
  • 6.7L V8 4-Valve Power Stroke®
F-250 XLT$34,995
  • 6.2L V8 2- Valve Flex Fuel
  • 6.7L V8 4-Valve Power Stroke®
F-250 Lariat$43,300
  • 6.2L V8 2- Valve Flex Fuel
  • 6.7L V8 4-Valve Power Stroke®
F-250 King Ranch$51,260
  • 6.2L V8 2- Valve Flex Fuel
  • 6.7L V8 4-Valve Power Stroke®
F-250 Platinum$54,970
  • 6.2L V8 2- Valve Flex Fuel
  • 6.7L V8 4-Valve Power Stroke®
F-350 XL$32,130
  • 6.2L V8 2- Valve Flex Fuel
  • 6.7L V8 4-Valve Power Stroke®
F-350 XLT$35,895
  • 6.2L V8 2- Valve Flex Fuel
  • 6.7L V8 4-Valve Power Stroke®
F-350 Lariat$44,195
  • 6.2L V8 2- Valve Flex Fuel
  • 6.7L V8 4-Valve Power Stroke®
F-350 King Ranch$52,160
  • 6.2L V8 2- Valve Flex Fuel
  • 6.7L V8 4-Valve Power Stroke®
F-350 Platinum$55,870
  • 6.2L V8 2- Valve Flex Fuel
  • 6.7L V8 4-Valve Power Stroke®

Weight Classes

2015 Ford F-150

Don’t be fooled by the term weight classes. Just because a truck is called a half-ton truck doesn’t mean that’s the max limit.  It’s simply a leftover term from when that was the case. Through advances in automotive technology, your payload capacity will far exceed the weight class.

Weight is the most obvious difference between the three F-series trucks. The F-150 is the smallest, classified as a half-ton model. This is a light-duty truck, which is best to haul smaller items such as furniture, tools, lumber or appliances.

The next sizes up are the F-250, rated at ¾ ton, while the largest, the F-350 is a full one ton pickup. Both are considered super-duty trucks with minimal difference in payload and towing capacity.

Chassis Specifications

2015 Ford F-250

A chassis system is essentially the frame and bones of your vehicle. Every other part in your car holds onto this frame, making it extremely important for payload and hauling capabilities. Because the 2015 F-150 is a light-duty truck, you’ll require a less complex and lighter chassis system than the F-250 and F-350 models. The Ford F-150 is built with a standard double-wishbone with a stamped lower control arm and coil-over shock for the front suspension. The rear suspension is a leaf spring and solid axle.

However, the 2015 F-250 and F-350 are capable of handling much heavier loads due to the more advanced suspensions.

Super-Duty Front Suspension Features
  • Independent twin I-Beam
  • Max GAWR: 5250 lbs. (4×2) and 5600 lbs. (4×4)
  • Coil springs
  • Stabilizer bar
  • Heavy-duty gas shock absorbers
Super-Duty Rear Suspension Features
  • Solid axle
  • Max GAWR: 6290 lbs. (F-250) and 9650 lbs. (F-350)
  • Leaf springs
  • Stabilizer Bar
  • Heavy-duty gas shock absorbers

Interior Space

2015 Ford F-350

Although the 2015 Ford F-250 and F-350 trucks are capable of moving more weight in the truck bed, the F-150 surpasses its kin in cab size. The F-Series SuperCab and SuperCrew® both comfortably hold up to 6 passengers. However, the F-150 offers more leg room and head room for passengers. Since the super-duty trucks are primarily built for large capacity hauling and towing, this is to be expected. So, if comfort is of greater importance than heauling capacity, then the F-150 may be a more sensible option for you.

F-150 SuperCabF-250 SuperCabF-350 SuperCab
Front Leg Room43.9”41.1”41.1”
Front Head Room40.8”40.7”40.7”
Rear Leg Room33.5”31.6”31.6”
Rear Head Room40.338.1”38.1”

Start Exploring The F-Series Today

The bottom line is that we recommend you consider how you will use this vehicle before you make a decision. The F-150 is America’s bestselling vehicle for a reason. It offers impressive performance and surprising fuel economy all at an affordable price. However, if you need more power and more capability, then the F-250 and F-350 options may be your solution. This is why the SuperDuty line has been a favorite of contractors, businesses and skilled laborers since its release in 1998. Stop by your local Ford dealership to see these powerful vehicles for yourself. If you happen to be in or around the Daytona Beach, Fl area, drop in to see us at Gary Yeomans Ford.

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