Recognition from one auto authority is commendable, but how many brands can say they've received two accolades simultaneously? The Blue Oval team can, as of late. After filtering out segment contenders from Nissan, Ram and General Motors, experts from PickupTrucks.com and Cars.com dubbed the 2017 Ford F-250 Super Duty King Ranch pickup the “Best Premium Three-quarter Ton Pickup of 2017."
The award is impressive, but not surprising. The re-engineered 2017 Super Duty trucks have been highlighted in the media recently, thanks to their combination of luxury and sheer power.
“Like a great all-around athlete, the new Ford F-250 King Ranch has the powertrain of a bulldozer, and the interior features and technology of a luxury hotel room,” Mark Williams, a pickup truck expert at Cars.com, said.
To seal its status, the F-250 endured various evaluations and tests to measure its payload and towing capacity, braking and acceleration, comfort, and more. According to Ford's truck group marketing manager, Todd Eckert, the F-250's prevalence demonstrates its lasting influence in the three-quarter ton segment.
Don't hesitate to stop by Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington today and test-drive the F-250 Super Duty King Ranch for yourself!
Looking for a fleet vehicle that is truly worth its weight in gold (or any currency)? Take your pick from seven of Ford Motor Company's cars, trucks and vans. The spectacular seven recently won Vincentric Best Fleet Value in America awards for 2017, which acknowledge vehicles that offer fleet customers ownership at the lowest, most optimal costs.
The seven winners that don the Blue Oval logo are veterans to the award, having taken them home in years past. They include:
Ford F-150 XL: full-size half-ton pickup winner (five times)
Ford F-250 Super Duty XL: full-size three-quarter-ton pickup winner (two times)
Ford Transit Connect XLT: small commercial passenger van winner (five times)
Ford Transit 150 XL low-roof van: full-size half-ton passenger van winner (three times)
Watch the F-Series in action below:
The Vincentric Best Fleet Value in America awards are handed out based on eight primary criteria: depreciation, fuel, insurance, financing, repairs, fees and taxes, opportunity costs and maintenance. Their winning titles mean that the aforementioned Ford vehicles boast the lowest lifecycle expenditures across 28 ownership and mileage scenarios. Learn more at Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington today!
They say there's safety in numbers. With the 2017 Ford F-250 Super Duty Crew Cab 4x2, the number five - which represents the truck's crash star rating - holds especially true. Thanks to the Blue Oval's expert engineering, the F-250 recently earned the notable rating; five stars is the government's highest score possible. The accolade reinforces the F-250's reputation within the Super Duty family as the most capable, smart and tough truck yet.
Not feeling starry-eyed about the F-250 just yet? Consider that the 2017 F-Series Super Duty stands alone as the only heavy-duty pickup truck to claim ownership of the highest safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. With its sturdy design, innovative materials and top-of-the-line safety features, the 2017 model also picked up five-star overall vehicle scores in the agency's New Car Assessment Program and for frontal driver crash tests. It also maintained its five-star ratings for both the front and rear. Catch a SEMA preview of the F-250 in the video below:
Contrary to assumption, the Super Duty's superiority against potential road threats isn't due to a weight advantage. In fact, Ford improved the Super Duty's performance by enabling up to 350 pounds of weight savings, thanks to high-strength aluminum alloy that's incorporated in the box and body. The material decreases weight without sacrificing effectiveness; if anything, it improves the truck's protective capacity.
There's no need to 'weight' - come by Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington and take a spin in the Super Duty trucks currently available.
What do chia pets, the high five, the Star Wars franchise and the Ford F-Series have in common? They're all celebrating 40-year milestones this year - the former three made their debut in 1977, and the F-Series began its consecutive reign as America's top-selling truck. Overall, Ford has sold over 26 million F-Series trucks since January 1977; that staggering number of trucks could circle around the world over three times.
The momentous year marked the sixth generation of the F-Series, which caused a sales wave for the Blue Oval. The brand new F-150 light-duty pickup, introduced at the time, sported an upgraded 351-series V8 engine, an extended SuperCab offering, and standard front disc brakes. Despite the resounding success and popularity of the F-Series, Ford's engineers refused to settle, celebrating their accomplishments while working hard at an all-new, seventh-generation lineup that eventually set truck sales records and became the overall best-selling vehicle nationwide by 1982.
As James Wagner, a historian and author, reflected, “The 1980 model was a breakthrough generation for Ford. It was all new – probably the greatest change in 40 years.”
Considering that 1977 also signified the start of a divide for F-Series into two separate platforms - namely, the 10th-generation F-150 on one and the new F-250 and F-350 Super Duty trucks on another - it goes without saying that 1977 was the beginning of an era. Learn more about the award-winning and beloved F-Series trucks at Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington today.
As one of the middle siblings in the Ford F-Series family, the 2017 F-250 may not immediately come to mind when considering which truck to purchase. But that doesn't negate its capabilities on - and off - the road. Sporting both a lightweight body and some notable muscle for heavy lifting, it's a viable option for drivers with a variety of hauling needs.
Offering a 6.2-liter V-8 engine with 430 lb-feet of torque and a six-speed automatic as its standards, the F-250 may prove to be a happy compromise between the F-150 and the F-450. It also comes with an all-new TorqShift-G transmission, which allows for upgraded capability.
Buyers looking for more than the base engine option can also satiate their wishes with a 6.7-liter turbo-diesel V-8 with 925 lb-feet of torque and a max tow rating of 32,500 pounds; configurations include regular, SuperCab, and Crew Cab in addition to 6.75-foot and 8-foot truck beds. As stated on CarandDriver.com, "Brutish power and payload capacity remain key traits of the F-250, while aluminum construction brings it into the 21st century." But while any selection provides more than enough heft to appease drivers with varying needs, comfort is not sacrificed - the interior is notably quiet, despite the engine power.
Interested in seeing the F-250 in action? Catch it in the video below:
The F-250 also shines when it comes to towing. With a maximum payload of 4,200, it surpasses towing capabilities of its competitors with ease. More precisely, it can tow over 600 pounds in comparison! Add on the Trailer Tow Package, and you'll be set to tow 18,000 pounds at the receiver hitch.
There's no need to wait to bring the 2017 Ford F-250 home. Stop by Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington and drive away from the dealership in your all-new towing machine today.