2012 Ford F-250

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$29,065

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2012 Ford F-250
2012 Ford F-250

Key specs

Base trim shown

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Overview

The good:

  • Diesel torque
  • Steering ease
  • Impressive driver information system
  • Diesel fuel economy
  • Affordable fifth-wheel and gooseneck trailer prep package

The bad:

  • Manual transmission not offered
  • Brake feel and power
  • Ride quality

4 trims

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Notable features

  • Gas or diesel power
  • Choice of three cabs and two beds
  • RWD or 4WD
  • Newly available CNG/LPG prep package for gas trucks

2012 Ford F-250 review: Our expert's take

Vehicle Overview

The F-Series Super Duty is Ford’s line of heavy-duty pickup trucks, which are available in a variety of configurations and three model series: F-250, F-350 and F-450. The truck can carry as many as six people when properly configured, and competitors include 2500 and 3500 models in the Chevrolet Silverado, GMC Sierra and Ram truck lines.

Two engines are available: a 6.7-liter turbo-diesel V-8 and a 6.2-liter gas V-8. Both engines team with a heavy-duty six-speed automatic transmission.

New for 2012
A strengthened frame and trailer hitch provides 17,500 pounds of conventional towing capacity when properly equipped. Ford also offers a CNG/LPG prep package for gas-engine trucks, and a gooseneck hitch is available for the 6.75-foot cargo box.

Exterior
A 2011 restyling brought a “power dome” hood and a bolder grille stamped with a Super Duty logo and an oversized Ford oval badge. Buyers have the choice of an extended cab (Super Cab) with a 6.75- or 8-foot box and a crew cab with four conventional doors and a 6.75- or 8-foot box. Dual-rear-wheel models are available with the 8-foot box. Exterior features include:

  • Standard trailer hitch receiver
  • Standard 17-inch wheels; 18- and 20-inch rims available
  • Optional PowerScope towing mirrors
  • Optional power moonroof
  • Optional tubular side steps or running boards
  • Optional  spray-in bedliner

Interior
The Super Duty borrows seats from the F-150, and offers a three-place front bench seat or front bucket seats. The bench seat is split 40/20/40, and a lockable under-seat center storage compartment is optional. A wide center console is available on models with front buckets and includes a bin large enough to hold a laptop computer. On the Lariat, heated and cooled front seats with a memory feature for the power driver’s seat are optional. Crew cab models have a three-place rear bench seat that flips up to reveal a flat cargo floor. An available 4.2-inch LCD screen in the instrument cluster shows fuel economy information and monitors off-road and towing details. Interior features include: 

  • Standard air conditioning
  • Standard tilt/telescoping steering wheel
  • Optional navigation system with SiriusXM Travel Link
  • Optional power-adjustable pedals
  • Optional Sync system


Under the Hood
The standard 6.2-liter gas V-8 is a single-overhead-camshaft engine that runs on regular gas or E85 ethanol. It produces 385 horsepower and 405 pounds-feet of torque.

The available Power Stroke 6.7-liter turbo-diesel V-8 produces 400 hp and a massive 800 pounds-feet of torque at 1,600 rpm, making it the logical choice for serious towing and hauling. The Power Stroke V-8 burns regular diesel fuel or a blend of up to 20 percent biodiesel.

Both engines work with a standard six-speed automatic transmission that incorporates Ford’s SelectShift technology, which enables driver-initiated shifts. Mechanical features include:

  • Rear- or four-wheel drive
  • Standard electronic locking rear differential

Safety
Safety features on the Super Duty include:

  • Standard stability system with Roll Stability Control
  • Standard side curtain airbags
  • Standard front-seat side-impact airbags
  • Standard all-disc antilock brakes
  • Optional rear parking sensors
  • Optional backup camera

 

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.6
  • Interior design 4.6
  • Performance 4.8
  • Value for the money 4.3
  • Exterior styling 4.6
  • Reliability 4.8

Most recent consumer reviews

4.9

This is the best truck I've ever bought

I've owned a lot of trucks. And my ford's have always been the best I've bought. I've owned chevy and ford's my ford's have always been able to do better work

4.7

Very reliable, plenty of power.

This truck has been extremely reliable. 249641 miles to date and no major issues. I keep it serviced and I work it hard. I pull a loaded gooseneck trailer every day. The only issues I have, 1; exhaust manifold on driver's side just cracked this week. 2; Ford needs desperately to fix the fueling problems on gas trucks. Charcoal canister and vent hose clogging is extremely irritating. I had an 05, 5.4 liter that did this as well. Pump half a gallon and gas blows back and pump shuts off. Takes forever to fill up. And I fill up almost daily! Time is money!!! Ford has had plenty of time to come up with a fix for this. But as of yet, nothing!! Fix that problem and I would absolutely love this truck.

4.7

I love my new truck!

I love my new truck, homestead motors did a great job I heard a little noise in the front end all it needed was greased a little bit they jumped right on it and showed me how everything worked first day owning it and put it right to work has a trailer hooked to it right now and it’s super comfortable!

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Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Ford Blue Advantage Gold
Certified pre-owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
Gold Certified: Ford models up to 6 years old with less than 80,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
12-Month/12,000-Mile (whichever comes first) Comprehensive Limited Warranty Blue Certified: 90-Day/4,000-Mile (whichever comes first) Comprehensive Limited Warranty Disclaimer: See your dealer for warranty coverage details.
Powertrain
7-Year/100,000-Mile (whichever comes first) Powertrain Limited Warranty Blue Certified: Available Disclaimer: See your dealer for warranty coverage details.
Dealer certification required
Certified 172-point inspection
Roadside assistance
Yes
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