4x4 Off-road truck with massive gas V8
I spend more time behind the wheel of cars and trucks that don't belong to me that a lot of people that travel a lot. I have driven several of Ford's fancy trucks over the last year and to this point, every single one of them has been a diesel-powered truck. Last week Ford rolled into my driveway with a 2011 F250 Crew Cab 4x4 pickup that placed a massive 6.2L V8 under the hood that runs on gasoline rather than diesel.
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The test vehicle that I received was a hot looking vermillion red on the outside and has steel cloth interior. Steel is code for gray; the combination was very nice indeed. Mated to that massive gasoline V8 was a 6-speed auto transmission. The truck has a litany of options including reverse sensors backup cameras, bright aluminum wheels, and a hoard of other stuff that racked the price up to $46,295. The base price for the truck is $39,420.
Being that all of the other large Ford trucks I have spent time with have been diesel, I could tell the difference right away. The gasoline engine has a different sound to it. It’s not really quieter, better or worse, just different. You don’t get the whine of the turbos in the background with the gas motor that the diesels offer.
As soon as I stepped on the go pedal, I could tell straight away that Ford's line of diesel engines are torque monsters. The 6.2L V8 truck didn’t feel nearly as quick by my butt dyno as the diesel offerings I have driven. The 6.2L gasoline V8 has a lot of power don’t get me wrong. This truck will pull nearly 10,000 pounds and has the juice you need to get off-road and haul stuff all you want. It's just not as fun to drive and doesn’t feel as fast as those fantastic Ford diesel engines. I've never been a truck guy, much less a diesel truck guy but these Ford F-series trucks have me converted and my wife wants a truck instead of her SUV each time she drives one.
Other than the gasoline engine and less of the fancy stuff inside this truck is just as nice and capable as the other Ford trucks I have tested. It drives smoothly on the road; you do get some road noise in the cabin from the big tires. The fuel economy wasn't that great in my testing. Mixed highway and city driving netted me a bit over 12 mpg. My supercharged Mustang gets better fuel economy than that. As always, your mileage will vary since I have a heavy right foot.
The ride, thanks to the stiff off-road and towing oriented suspension, can get bouncy at times depending on what the terrain or road is like. That said, at cruise speed on the highway the F250 handles and drives very well. I have still not got used to parking such a huge vehicle. I often end up in four parking places when I go places.
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If you hate diesels the big 6.2L V8 in this truck is a great option, if you are indifferent and just want good performance, the gasoline V8 in this truck really made me mess the huge torque and performance of those diesel engines in other Ford trucks. Whatever engine you choose, the F250 is a very nice rig for work and play with tons to like.