What Are Some Facts About the Ford F250?

As of the 2016 model year, the Ford F-250 pickup truck is available in five styles: the XL, XLT, Lariat, King Ranch and Platinum. Each of the models is available with a regular cab, crew cab or super cab. Prices for the 2016 F-250s range from about $32,00 for the XL model, to around $57,000 for the Platinum model, depending on options. All models except the XL are available with gasoline or diesel engines.

Ford introduced its F-Series truck models in 1948, and the line ranged from the light-duty F-1, to the extra heavy-duty F-8 model. All the models in the F-Series line featured a completely redesigned cab that year, including a one-piece windshield.

In 1953, Ford redesigned the F-Series trucks, making the hoods longer, and adding horizontal grille bars and a new hood emblem. That year, the newly named F-100 model was the first Ford truck to be offered with an automatic transmission.

In 1954, Ford replaced the flathead V-8 engines in its F-Series trucks with an overhead-valve V-8 that had been used in Ford cars for the previous two years. Called the "Y-Block" engine, the motors produced nearly 15 percent more horsepower than the flathead engine. Also in 1954, the F-250 and F-350 models were available with automatic transmissions for the first time.