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What Do I Really Need – a Ford F-150 or a Ford F-250 Super Duty?

June 7th, 2017


Head to Head: Comparing the Ford F-150 and the Ford F-250 Super Duty for Tough Jobs in West Michigan

If you’re looking for a strong, capable work truck in Grand Rapids, MI, Borgman Ford has one of the widest selections of Ford work trucks in the area. However, there are many of different configurations to choose from, and considerations have to be made based on what jobs the truck will be doing, any upfits you will need installed, and fuel economy.

Below, we’re putting the 2017 Ford F-150 and the 2017 Ford F-250 Super Duty head-to-head to help you decide which is the better fit for your business or your summer project.

Which Truck Has Better Engine Options?

The Ford F-150:

The 2017 Ford F-150 sports 4 different gasoline engines to suit a variety of different roles. First up is the highly-efficient 2.7L EcoBoost V6 with Automatic Start & Stop technology, following with the 3.5L V6, the 3.5L EcoBoost V6, and the 5.0L V8. The V8 may be upgraded to accept alternative fuels.

The 2017 Ford F-250 Super Duty:

The 2017 Ford F-250 Super Duty has two engines: The 6.2L Gasoline V8 and the 6.7L Power Stroke Turbo Diesel. The 6.2L may also be upfitted to accept alternative fuels.

The Verdict:

Both trucks have purpose-built solutions to solve different problems. Those looking for more options and moderate power should seek the F-150, while those that need an absurd amount of torque or prefer to use diesel fuel should consider the F-250 Super Duty.

Which Truck Hauls & Tows More?

The 2017 Ford F-150:

When properly equipped, the 2017 Ford F-150 is able to two up to 12,200 pounds conventionally, which is considerable for a truck in the “half-ton” segment. It can also carry up to 2,210 pounds on its back.

The 2017 Ford F-250 Super Duty:

Thanks to its fully boxed high-strength steel frame and other innovations, the 2017 F-250 Super Duty is capable of towing 21,000 pounds when properly equipped – even more with the 5th-wheel or gooseneck hitch prep package. The Super Duty also can haul up to 7,630 pounds.

The Verdict:

There’s a clear winner here, and it’s the Super Duty. However, both trucks outperform others in their weight classes with smart towing accessories and driver-assist features – many of them are class-exclusives. The F-150 has the highest payload in its class, and the Super Duty takes home best-in-class towing, payload, and GCWR.

Which Truck is More Fuel Efficient?

The 2017 Ford F-150:

All thanks to innovations and breakthroughs in weight savings, turbocharging, and engineering, the Ford F-150 will get anywhere from 18 to 24 miles per gallon, with a little more or less depending on load and driving habits.

The 2017 Ford F-250 Super Duty:

Pound for pound the 2017 Ford Super Duty outperforms the competition in terms of fuel efficiency, while at the same time beating them at power. That’s a winning combination, but not against the more nimble Ford F-150.

The Verdict:

The Ford F-150 wins this round, but it was close when compared to the Super Duty’s 6.7L Power Stroke Turbo Diesel.

Which Truck is the right choice for my business?

The 2017 Ford F-150:

Packed with driver-assist features, engine options, and more, this truck will handily perform any task suited for half-ton pickups. It can haul a moderate amount of material to job sites, and there are some light upfits available. This truck is durable, incredibly versatile, and an ideal choice for an everyday service calls around West Michigan. If the need arises for some heavy lifting, it can definitely hold its own, but its greatest advantage over the Super Duty is fuel efficiency.

The 2017 Ford F-250 Super Duty:

Loaded up with new heavy duty parts for 2017, the Ford F-250 Super Duty had made excellent use of the weight savings from its aluminum-alloy body. Despite being fully engineered for abuse and capable of some impressive feats of strength, the Super Duty weighs in about 300 pounds lighter than its predecessor, which saves on fuel costs. The number of upfit options for the Super Duty is immense, with packages for snow plow trucks, utility vehicles, cherry-pickers, tow trucks, and more. The Super Duty is much more capable and customizable than the F-150, but the trade-off comes out of its acquisition and operating cost.

Whether you need the versatility of a “half-ton” truck like the 2017 Ford F-150, or the sheer strength of a “three-quarter-ton” such as the 2017 Ford F-250 Super Duty, visit the Borgman Ford showroom in Grand Rapids today! If you’re buying vehicles for a business, be sure to visit our Commercial Vehicle Center for more in-depth information about upfits and deals exclusive to our commercial customers. Browse our full Ford F-Series Work Truck Inventory and feel free to stop by for a test drive!


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