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2017 Ford F-250 Lariat 4×4 Crew Cab Test Drive Review

Full disclosure. I have not driven a Ford F-250 in about 10 years. F150s have come and gone, but an F-250 with a diesel? Nope, it’s been awhile. As luck would have it, I had one sitting in my driveway when I found I had to make a same day, round trip transit from San Francisco to Los Angeles. That’s around 800 miles. Was I excited to go? Well, no. However, what better way to see how Ford’s new 2017 F-250 Super Duty Crew Cab equipped with the 6.7-liter diesel would behave?

Read on for the full 2017 Ford F-250 Super Duty Crew Cab review, specs, pricing and data.

2017 Ford F-250 Lariat 4×4 Crew Cab Exterior:

For 2017 the Ford F-250 Super Duty comes to us with aluminum body panels, a new twin-beam grill, quad headlamps and a presence that’s unmistakably F-Series Ford truck. It’s big and husky and has the presence of a vehicle that says – “I get stuff done!” This particular model was a Crew Cab Lariat, equipped with the 6.7-liter diesel that produces 440-hp and a staggering 925 pound-feet of torque. Clad in Ford’s subtle Magnetic paint and wearing chromed-out 8-spoke 20-inch wheels with 275/65 Michelin tires, this F-250 was quite the looker.

The optional chrome package also helped to enhance its attitude by including items like 6-inch angular chrome step bars, body-color door handles with chrome inserts, chrome exhaust tips, chrome pickup bed tie-down hooks, two front chrome tow hooks, unique chrome mirror caps, chrome front and rear bumpers and chrome rear tailgate appliqué.

Lower the rear tailgate and you’ll notice the addition of a factory spray-in bed liner, an in-bed LED lighting system, full tie down and harness points, and a deployable step with grab handle that’s integrated into the tailgate.

2017 Ford F-250 Lariat 4×4 Crew Cab Interior:

Remember when the interior of a pickup truck was all about function over form? I do, and it wasn’t all that pretty. Manufacturers gave you exactly what you needed and nothing more. Times have changed, and thankfully so have the basic nature of the truck interior. Our 2017 F-250 Lariat is a perfect example of that as it comes with just about every amenity one could want. First and foremost, the F-250 Crew Cab seats six full-size adults. Gone is the massive center console that most manufacturers install, and in its place is a comfortable center seat that’s hidden by a fold down armrest. The front passenger buckets offer heat and ventilation while at the same time providing all day comfort.

A multi-configurable gauge cluster provides the driver with everything from full vehicle diagnostics, to towing and hauling settings. A large analog tachometer and speedometer are clear and easy to read. The center stack houses Ford’s touchscreen control center, which allows the driver to manipulate audio, climate, navigation, select apps, and phone settings. Features like dual-zone climate control, a 110V/400W in-dash outlet, tilt and telescoping steering wheel and what has to be the best exterior surround camera system in the business, also help the F-250 to stand out.

Rear seating space is almost limo-like and when folded up, the rear interior provides SUV amounts of storage. All the materials used are of nice quality. From the contrasting stitching in the seats, to the silver painted plastics and wood inserts, Ford has done a nice job of appealing to those luxury-minded buyers who live the truck life.

2017 Ford F-250 Lariat 4×4 Crew Cab Performance: 

440-horsepower and 925 pound-feet of torque? Those are impressive numbers from the 6.7L Power Stroke Turbo V8 Diesel. That means a towing capacity of up to 32,500-pounds, a max payload of up to 7,630-pounds and a 0-60 mph time of 7.5 seconds. When you consider the curb weight of 5,683-pounds it’s not hard to realize those are outstanding numbers. Now granted, the addition of the 6.7L diesel packs an $8,600.00 premium over the standard 6.2L flex-fuel V8, but trust us, it’s worth it if you’re on the fence.

Power is put down via a smooth shifting 6-speed automatic transmission with a progressive torque curve that builds all the way up to the 96-mph limited top speed. On the road the cabin is quiet thanks to liberal amounts of sound insulation. With a 142-inch wheelbase the F-250 is massive, however, thanks to the variable-ratio setup for the hydraulically assisted steering system, the overall feel was much better than we expected. By fitting the F-250 with massive 14.3-inch vented disc brakes at all four corners, hard braking, even from speed, inspired nothing but confidence.

Other items like adaptive cruise control, LED lighting, a full surround view 7-camera system, trailer blind spot information system and a factory installed gooseneck hitch system help to really push the 2017 F-250 Crew Cab to the next level.

2017 Ford F-250 Lariat 4×4 Crew Cab Safety:

With electronic stability control (ESC) and roll stability control (RSC), full ABS with traction control, side impact beams, airbags throughout the cabin, blind spot monitoring, along with a host of other safety features, Ford has gone through great lengths to make sure the new F-250 is one of the safest full size trucks on the market today.

2017 Ford F-250 Lariat 4×4 Crew Cab  Overall:

After a sabbatical from the Ford Super Duty I have to say that I was more than impressed by Ford’s newest generation F-250. This is a truck that will do just about everything. From towing and hauling massive payloads, to acting as a mobile office or daily driver, the new 2017 Ford F-250 Lariat Crew Cab is one of the best trucks we’ve tested in a long time. Stop by your local AutoNation Ford dealer to test drive one yourself.

 

*Fuel economy values (mpg) are EPA estimates. Actual mileage will vary and depends on several factors including driving habits and vehicle condition. EPA estimates for the 2017 Ford F-250 Super Duty Crew Cab 6.7L are not available at this time.

**Vehicle MSRP of $66,945.00 excludes taxes, title, transportation, options, and dealer fees.

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