Making the Distinction between the Ford F-150 and the F-250

By: Lange & Fetter Motors   |   30 Sep 2022

By now, you may be wondering what distinguishes the F-150 from the F-250. The F-150 is a light-duty half-ton truck, while the F-250 is a heavy-duty three-quarter-ton truck with a higher gross vehicle weight rating than the F-150 (GVWR).

A closer look reveals various discrepancies. The Ford F-150 is a light-duty pickup truck built for highway cruising and transporting light cargo. Its engines are more powerful, and the cabin is quieter. The F-250 is ready to go. With three V-8 engines, F-250 customers do not value efficiency. Due to its size, the F-250 may not fit in a suburban parking garage.

Both are wonderful automobiles, but your choice will be determined by your needs. Read on as we look into distinguishing the two models today.

The Size Comparison

The 2023 Ford F-150 and F-250 Super Duty cabs are identical, from the A-pillar to the back of the cab. Despite having the same proportions, the interior finishes differ between variations. A-pillar in front, with various box lengths

The F-150's wheelbases range from 122.4 to 163.7 inches. The F-250 has a 176-inch length and a short wheelbase. The F-250 is 266.2 inches longer than the F-150, which is 250.5 inches. The cab height of the F-150 is 77.3 inches, whereas the F-250 cab height is 81.5 inches (excluding the Tremor package).

A two-wheel-drive 6.2-litre V-8 F-250 weighs 5,677 pounds, while a four-wheel-drive 6.7-litre Power Stroke weighs 7,538 pounds. A Ford F-150 weighs 4,100 pounds. Although Ford does not publish F-150 curb weights, a crew cab four-wheel-drive model weighs roughly 5,100 pounds.

The Towing and Payload Capacities

Both of these iconic Ford trucks are highly capable of towing and hauling. The F-150 has a towing capacity of 13,200 pounds (crew-cab, two-wheel drive, 3.5-liter V-6 EcoBoost, long-bed). F-250s with four-wheel drive, crew cabs, and Power Stroke diesel engines can tow up to 20,000 pounds. Two-wheel drive, single cab A gooseneck hitch on a Power Stroke F-250 can tow 22,800 pounds. Towing capacity for the F-250 crew cab with a four-wheel drive and a 6.2-litre engine is 12,500 pounds, while the F-150 crew cab with a two-wheel drive and a 3.3-litre engine is 5,000 pounds. The F-150 can carry 1,270 to 2,890 pounds, while the F-250 can carry 3,040 to 4,400 pounds. The 5.0-litre V-8 in the F-150 and the 6.2-litre V-8 in the F-250 have the highest payload ratings.

The Engine Options

The 2023 Ford F-150 comes with six engine options. The standard engine is a 3.3-litre V-6, with options including a 2.7-litre EcoBoost V-6, a 3.5-litre EcoBoost V-6, and a 5.0-litre V-8, a 3.0-litre Power Stroke Diesel V-6, and a high-output 3.5-litre V-6 for Limited and Raptor variants. The 3.3-litre V-6 engine produces 290 horsepower and 265 pound-feet of torque, and the 2.7-litre EcoBoost V-6 engine has 325 hp and 400 ft-lb of torque. The standard 3.5-litre EcoBoost V-6 generates 375 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque, while the high-output version has 450 horsepower and 510 pound-feet of torque. The V-8 engine generates 395 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque, whereas the diesel engine generates 250 horsepower and 440 pound-feet of torque.

The F-250 is powered by three V-8 engines. The standard engine produces 385 horsepower and 430 pound-feet of torque. The following engine is a brand-new 7.3-litre gasoline V-8. With 430 horsepower and 475 lb-ft of torque, it is the most powerful gasoline V-8 engine available in a heavy-duty pickup. The Power Stroke diesel engine produces 475 horsepower and 1,050 pound-feet of torque.


Now that you know the major details of the F-150 and F-250 trucks, you can finally decide which is the better choice for you and your needs. Either way, they both offer greatness that you can benefit from. Simply put, it all boils down to preference, the purpose of use, and budget.

Are you looking for a Ford dealership in Canada? Lange & Fetter Motors is here to help you find the right F-series Ford truck for your needs. Give us a call today to learn more about what we offer!


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