2006 Ford F-250

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Key Specs

of the 2006 Ford F‑250. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Towing capacity
  • Cargo capacity
  • Interior space
  • Resale value of larger-cab models

The Bad

  • Maneuverability
  • Fuel economy
  • Engine noise
  • Difficult entry and exit in 4WD models

Notable Features of the 2006 Ford F-250

  • Three cab configurations
  • Choice of three engines
  • Available 6.0-liter diesel V-8
  • Manual or automatic
  • RWD or 4WD
  • King Ranch edition available

2006 Ford F-250 Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview
Super Duty models are the hard-hauling brutes in Ford's full-size pickup truck line. The F-250 is the three-quarter-ton version, while the F-350 is rated at one ton.

Freshened styling on the Ford F-250 Super Duty adopted elements of Ford's Mighty F-350 Tonka concept truck for 2005. A new 6.8-liter V-10, with three valves per cylinder, produced 52 horsepower more than its predecessor. The Power Stroke diesel engine gained 10 pounds-feet of torque for a total of 570 pounds-feet, and a new three-valve version of the 5.4-liter V-8 delivered an additional 40 hp. Ford said the new TowCommand System, with its electric trailer-brake controller, was an industry first.

The F-250 Super Duty pickup comes in XL, XLT and Lariat trim levels. For 2006, equipment that was previously included just in the Lariat Luxury Package is standard in all Lariat models. An Amarillo Package for Lariat Crew Cab models features Blazing Yellow paint, 18-inch forged aluminum wheels, black leather seating surfaces and other extras. A Chrome Package is available for XLT and Lariat SuperCab and Crew Cab trucks.

Forged polished-aluminum 20-inch wheels are available on SRW Crew Cab 4x4 Lariat, King Ranch and Amarillo editions. The King Ranch version of the Lariat Crew Cab is offered in two new two-tone color treatments.


Exterior
Styling differences between Ford's light-duty F-150 and the Super Duty models are most evident up front, where a massive grille dominates the Super Duty's ...
Vehicle Overview
Super Duty models are the hard-hauling brutes in Ford's full-size pickup truck line. The F-250 is the three-quarter-ton version, while the F-350 is rated at one ton.

Freshened styling on the Ford F-250 Super Duty adopted elements of Ford's Mighty F-350 Tonka concept truck for 2005. A new 6.8-liter V-10, with three valves per cylinder, produced 52 horsepower more than its predecessor. The Power Stroke diesel engine gained 10 pounds-feet of torque for a total of 570 pounds-feet, and a new three-valve version of the 5.4-liter V-8 delivered an additional 40 hp. Ford said the new TowCommand System, with its electric trailer-brake controller, was an industry first.

The F-250 Super Duty pickup comes in XL, XLT and Lariat trim levels. For 2006, equipment that was previously included just in the Lariat Luxury Package is standard in all Lariat models. An Amarillo Package for Lariat Crew Cab models features Blazing Yellow paint, 18-inch forged aluminum wheels, black leather seating surfaces and other extras. A Chrome Package is available for XLT and Lariat SuperCab and Crew Cab trucks.

Forged polished-aluminum 20-inch wheels are available on SRW Crew Cab 4x4 Lariat, King Ranch and Amarillo editions. The King Ranch version of the Lariat Crew Cab is offered in two new two-tone color treatments.


Exterior
Styling differences between Ford's light-duty F-150 and the Super Duty models are most evident up front, where a massive grille dominates the Super Duty's nose. Super Duty pickups come in three forms: regular cab; four-door SuperCab with two conventional front doors and two smaller, rear-opening back doors; and four-door Crew Cab with four, conventional, front-hinged doors.

Wheelbases range from 137 inches on regular-cab models to 172.4 inches on the long-bed Crew Cab. Regular-cab pickups have an 8-foot cargo bed and measure 226.4 inches long overall, while SuperCab models are equipped with either a 6.75- or 8-foot bed and have an overall length of 231.2 or 247.4 inches. Either bed can be installed on the four-door Crew Cab, which measures 245.6 or 261.8 inches long.

Front tow hooks are standard. A chrome front bumper and bright grille go on XLT models, while the Lariat adds cab steps, fog lamps and a sliding rear window.


Interior
Regular-cab models seat either two or three occupants. A folding three-place rear bench seat goes into SuperCab and Crew Cab models. Air conditioning, power windows and locks, cruise control, a tilt steering wheel and a CD player are standard in XLT models. Lariat trucks include power front seats with leather surfaces.

Under the Hood
Three engines are available in the F-250 Super Duty. The 5.4-liter Triton V-8 is now rated at 300 hp, and the 6.8-liter V-10 generates 362 hp and 457 pounds-feet of torque. A Power Stroke 6.0-liter turbo-diesel V-8 yields 325 hp and 570 pounds-feet of torque. A six-speed-manual transmission is standard, and a five-speed automatic is optional. Super Duty pickups are available with rear- or four-wheel drive.

Safety
Dual front airbags and antilock brakes are standard. Side-impact airbags are not available.


Latest 2006 F-250 Stories

Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.5)
Performance
(4.2)
Interior Design
(4.2)
Comfort
(4.2)
Reliability
(3.8)
Value For The Money
(3.9)

What Drivers Are Saying

(4.0)

Powerful and Sleek

by TheDieselFan from Maple Valley on October 16, 2018

I love my F-250. It has the 6.0L diesel that many people say are extremely unreliable. I have to disagree. I have not had any problems with my 6.0L and it has been very reliable for me everyday. For ... Read full review

(5.0)

Love Ford Trucks!

by FordGirl from Watkins Glen NY on July 20, 2018

We have owned a lot of different trucks over the years, but by far, Fords have always been our favorites. They are super tough, reliable, comfortable, and affordable. Plus we appreciate the fact that ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2006 Ford F-250 currently has 8 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The F-250 received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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