Ford F-250 vs Ford F-350

Ford F-250 vs Ford F-350

Ford F-250 vs Ford F-350

If you're going to buy a truck you'll probably have quite specific tasks in mind, so buying the right one for the job is crucial. That's why Ford offers models in its F-Series Super Duty line that are only slightly different--but choosing the right option is important. So let's have a look at the Ford F-250 and the Ford F-350 to highlight how they're different.


The two trucks look identical, even though they have some minor differences in a few dimensions. After more than seventeen years, 2017 finally sees an entirely new, second-generation of the Super Duty line this year, so everything about them is new this time around.

Both trucks now follow in the footsteps of the smaller F-150, with bodies made from lightweight aluminum, and they also borrow a lot of styling cues from their little brother. The bold "Super Duty" logo stamped into the hood immediately separates these two from the F-150 and also identifies them as part of the Super Duty second-generation. They're big, bold, mach,o and blocky, but what else would we want from a full-size truck?

Payload Capacity

Capabilities and capacities are what really separate the Ford F-250 from the F-350, with the F-250 largely delivering the more modest numbers. When it comes to how much you can haul, the most an F-250 can legally handle is 4,200 pounds from a Regular Cab with a 141.5-inch wheelbase and two-wheel drive.

The F-350 has a trick up its sleeve that allows it to be way out in front of the F-250 when it comes to maximum payload capacity, and that's the option of a dual rear-wheel setup. An F-350 DRW with a 141.5-inch wheelbase and two-wheel drive can haul as much as 7,630 pounds. However, even with the same single rear-wheel setup as the F-250, the F-350 is still much more capable with a maximum payload rating of 4,830 pounds.

Towing Capacities

Of course, the really important numbers for most truck buyers are those related to how much the truck can tow. In the case of the F-250, the maximum trailer rating is delivered by a two-wheel drive version with the Regular Cab and 6.7-liter diesel engine at 18,600 pounds for 5th-wheel/gooseneck towing.

However, the same format of the F-350, but with the dual rear wheels, delivers a stunning trailering capacity of 32,000 pounds. Even without the dual wheel setup, the F-350 can still manage a very serious 21,500 pounds.


Both the F-250 and F-350 utilize the same pair of engines: one diesel and one gas. The standard engine is a 6.2-liter gas V-8 that develops 385 horsepower and 430 lb.-ft. of torque. The optional engine is the diesel, and that's a seriously capable 6.7-liter Power Stroke V-8 turbodiesel that develops 440 horsepower and an absolutely massive 925 lb.-ft. of torque.

The F-250 sees the gas engine mated to a TorqShift-G six-speed SelectShift Automatic transmission with Tow/Haul Mode, while all F-350 models and the F-250 with the diesel engine get the regular TorqShift six-Speed auto