1999-2007 F-250 (1st Generation)
Ford moved its heavy-duty models into the Super Duty family for the 1999 model year; and Super Duty would remain the F-250 title. Ford’s upgraded frame and suspension components gave it a higher payload and towing. There is a cab to suit everyone’s style, with three cab options: Standard Regular Cab with two-doors, a Super Extended Cab with two small reverse-opening rear doors, and a Crew Cab with four full-sized doors that could seat up to six people.
The engines available ranged from a 255-horsepower 5.4-liter V8 to an optional 310-horsepower 6.8-liter V10 with either a six-speed manual or a five-speed automatic transmission.
The Super Duty got an update in 2005 in its interior and exterior design, with larger brakes and wheels. It also increased in horsepower to 300 hp on the V8 and 362 hp on the V10
2008-2010 F-250 (2nd Generation)
The second generation lasted only two years, but offered a number of improvements. 2008 offered a variety of trim levels for the second generation - XL, XLT, FX4, Lariat, Cabela's, King Ranch and a new limited-edition model, Harley Davidson. This generation featured more rugged and bold styling. The SYNC voice-activated infotainment system made its debut in 2009.
The 5.4-liter V8 and the 6.8-liter V10 engines carried over from the previous generation while a new 6.4-liter diesel V8 was added that made 350 hp and 650 pound-feet of torque. A five-speed automatic or six-speed manual transmission was offered. 2010 is the last year that Super Duty will be available with a manual transmission.
2011-2016 F-250 (3rd Generation)
The third generation was the second longest from 2011-2016. 2011 featured more bold and prominent exterior designs and included a new optional locking differential. The V10 option was dropped in this generation and a new 6.2-liter V8 gas engine gave 385 hp and 405 pound-feet of torque. It’s Powerstroke diesel V8 engine was upgraded to 400 hp and 800 pound-feet of torque. A F-250 in this generation will provide a towing ability of up to 24,400 lbs with a fifth wheel and a 4,300-lb payload.
This generation also offers more technology, such as navigation, information readouts for towing, fuel economy and other information, plus integrated apps via the MyFord Touch infotainment systems. Wider front seats, lots of storage for big items like laptops and briefcases were an improvement, and the King Ranch trim offers heated and cooling front seats with Chaparral leather.
For 2013, a new Platinum edition became available, and in 2014, a new XL Appearance Package was available.
In 2015, it upgraded the PowerStroke diesel again to 440 horsepower and 860 pound-feet of torque.
2017-Present F-250 (4th Generation)
There is plenty to like in the 4th generation. The F-250 shed almost 750 pounds with its high-strength aluminum body panels for the Super Duty models. You can enjoy a comfortable cabin with easy-to-clean vinyl mats and spacious seats.
This generation is more capable than ever. The 6.2-liter gas V8 engine and the 6.7 diesel V8 engine carried over from the previous generation but with slightly more torque on each engine. The F-250 also picked up a new six-speed automatic transmission. When properly equipped, the diesel-powered models tow up to 18,600 pounds.
Ford now offers so many high-tech safety features. For 2018, it added adaptive cruise control and a pre-collision assistance system with pedestrian detection ability. The SYNC 3 infotainment includes the latest technology with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Trim levels include the base XL, XLT, Lariat, King Ranch and Platinum. The Limited trim joined the lineup for 2018. All models come in 4x2 and 4x4 versions.
There was a refresh for 2020 with a new face and the addition of an all-new 7.3-liter gas V8 engine and a new 10-speed automatic transmission on all models. A new Tremor off-road package was introduced. The XLT trim and up was standard with Ford Co-Pilot 360 safety technology.
2021 mostly comes unchanged from its redesign in 2017. A bed step is made optional on trim levels from the entry-level XL to the second-highest Platinum. New exterior paint color choices are offered. Pricing starts at $37,955 for the XL trim and ranges to $88,055 for the Limited trim.
With many cabin styles, bed sizes, and modern features to choose, there's a used Ford F-250 Super Duty for every kind of driver.