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2022 Ford Super Duty: Choosing the Right Trim

With the 2022 Super Duty pick-up trucks, Ford goes head to head with longtime competitors from Chevrolet, GMC, and Ram.

The rivalry is decades old and each heavy-duty truck contender has its pros and cons.

However, Ford’s Super Duty F-250/F-350/F-450 range is formidable and covers the needs and wants of most personal and commercial purchasers.

In pickup parlance, the F-250 is known as a three-quarter-ton (payload capacity) truck, the F-350 a one-ton, and the F-450 a one-and-a-half-ton. For context, the ubiquitous F-150 pickup is a half-ton truck.

As well as payload capacity and massive available towing capability (up to 37,000 pounds), Ford’s Super Duty trucks can be specified in myriad configurations, involving three engine choices, three cab sizes, five bed lengths, single or dual rear wheels, not to mention numerous options and packages.


2022 Ford F-250/350/450 Lariat (starting at $47,810)

Unless you are looking for a spartan work truck, we recommend passing over the XL trim, which starts at $34,700 for F-250.

The XLT trim (begins at $39,425 for F-250) is a little more refined than the XL but we think the Lariat grade represents the best value proposition.

The F-250 Lariat lists at $47,810 and ranges to $70,630 for the F-450.

There are three engines on offer. Standard is a 6.2-liter V8 gas engine developing 385 horsepower, with a 6-speed automatic transmission (on the F-350 a 10-speed automatic is available as well as the 6-speed).

For an extra $2,045, a 7.3-liter V8 gas engine, producing 430 horsepower, with a 10-speed automatic is available.

If you plan on pulling a house, then for a $10,495 premium you can opt for a 6.7-liter turbodiesel V8 engine, developing 475 horsepower, coupled to a 10-speed automatic.

  • The F-450 is only available with the 6.7-liter turbodiesel V8.
  • Rear-wheel drive (RWD) is standard.
  • 4-wheel drive (4WD) can be specified.
  • For the Lariat, the 4WD upcharge starts at $3,190.
  • Wheel size is 17 inches on the XL and 18 inches on the XLT.
  • Three cab sizes are offered: regular, supercab, and crew cab, but not all are available on all trims. There are also multiple bed lengths available.

Deciding how to combine these features is not a simple matter. Configuring your truck partly boils down to considering whether passenger capacity or payload/truck bed size is more important.

If you are looking to combine the largest cab (the crew cab can seat up to six, versus three in the bench front seat regular cab) and the longest bed, then keep in mind that the resulting truck will be unusually long and a beast to maneuver.

Inside, the Lariat builds on the XLT grade by upping the center screen from 8 inches to a 12-inch touchscreen. Similarly, the 4.2-inch gauge cluster screen is expanded to 8 inches. The 12-inch screen runs Ford’s latest SYNC 4 infotainment software, which is improved over its predecessor, and now connects wirelessly to smartphones. The vehicle is Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatible.

The Lariat gains leather-trimmed seats, a 10-way power adjustable driver seat and 8-way power-adjustable passenger seat, leather-wrapped steering wheel, power-folding mirrors, power-adjustable pedals, and dual-zone climate control.

In terms of safety features, the XLT comes with blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert, as well as pre-collision emergency braking, and forward-collision warning. To these features, the Lariat adds a reverse sensing system.

Adding in the $1,695 destination fee, the F-250 Lariat sticker comes to $49,505. Given 3% financing over 60 months and no down payment, that would produce a monthly payment of $825.


2022 Ford F-250 Lariat includes:

  • 12-inch touchscreen — A desirable step up from the 8-inch screen in XLT trim.
  • Safety aids — Blind-spot detection and forward-collision warning are among the welcome active safety systems.
  • Leather-trimmed, power-adjustable seats — These a premium feel to the Super Duty’s cabin.

2022 Ford F-250/350/450 King Ranch (starting at $62,800)

If the look of the King Ranch trim is your thing — we find the cabin finish a bit kitschy — then there are a few extras to account for the price leap.

Outside, there are 20-inch wheels, accent-colored bumpers, running boards, and wheel lip moldings, plus a tailgate step.

The cabin receives the “antique” leather treatment on the seats and door panels, plus there is faux wood grain paneling in the doors. The front seats are heated and cooled, there is a wireless phone-charging pad, power tilt and telescoping steering wheel, remote tailgate release, remote start, and a trailer tow camera system with a trailer backup assist package.

Adding in the $1,695 destination fee, the F-250 King Ranch sticker comes to $64,495. Given 3% financing over 60 months and no down payment, that would produce a monthly payment of $1,107.


2022 Ford F-250 King Ranch includes:

  • Distinctive cabin trim — Some buyers love the antique leather finish.
  • 20-inch wheels — Big rims increase the curb appeal, but they aren’t great for ride comfort.
  • Trailer tow package — Makes lighter work of tricky towing tasks.

2022 Ford F-250/350/450 Platinum (starting at $66,115)

Heading further upmarket, the Platinum trim layers on more frills that take this Ford truck into premium vehicle territory.

Aesthetic touches on the exterior include body-color front and rear bumpers, chrome exhaust tip, satin aluminum grille finish, LED taillights and fog lamps, quad LED headlights, power deployable running boards, and 20-inch polished aluminum wheels.

Inside, there are memory settings for the seats, steering wheel and adjustable pedals, leather-wrapped and heated steering wheel, power-folding door mirrors, plus heated and cooled front seats.

The SYNC 4 infotainment system gains enhanced voice recognition capability, and the 12-inch screen adds a swipe feature and built-in navigation.

The driver aids are expanding with the inclusion of adaptive cruise control and collision warning with brake support.

Adding in the $1,695 destination fee, the F-250 Platinum sticker comes to $67,810. Given 3% financing over 60 months and no down payment, that would produce a monthly payment of $1,164.


2022 Ford F-250 Platinum includes:

  • Exterior trim embellishments — Chrome finish and body-color cues are distinctive.
  • Heated and cooled seats — Hot or cold, the Platinum trim has the answer.
  • Adaptive cruise control — Welcome driver aid reduces commuting fatigue.

2022 Ford F-250/350/450 Limited (starting at $84,835)

The Limited grade heads further into the pricing stratosphere with an emphasis on luxury trim and convenience features.

Inside, a twin-panel power moonroof is included, as is dark ash wood trim on armrests and center console, leather-wrapped upper instrument panel surface, illuminated scuff plates, and a suede headliner.

There is a high-end B&O audio system with 10 speakers, remote start/lock and unlock capability, and a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot.

Safety systems enhancements include adaptive steering, auto high beam, and lane-keeping alert.

Adding in the $1,695 destination fee, the F-250 Limited sticker comes to $86,530. Given 3% financing over 60 months and no down payment, that would produce a monthly payment of $1,485.


2022 Ford F-250 Limited includes:

  • Twin-panel moonroof — Large glass opening sheds ample light in crew cab.
  • Leather-wrapped dashboard — Luxury car touches abound in the Limited trim.
  • B&O sound system — 10 speakers and a sub-woofer turn this truck into a studio.


Buying a Used Ford F-250: Everything You Need to Know

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