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2020 Ford F-250 7.3L *Test Drive*

Old 12-02-2019, 04:18 PM
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Default 2020 Ford F-250 7.3L *Test Drive*

Figured I’d start a new thread on this truck since the one I ordered came in last night and I’ve been able to put approximately 50 miles on it this evening. I haven’t signed the papers as the dealer is allowing me a couple days of test driving my daily routine to get a feel for the fuel mileage. My current truck is a ‘16 F-250 Platinum 6.7L which has been flawless in 65k miles but I no longer have a need for a diesel but I still want the big truck feel.

This truck is equipped with the Lariat value package, chrome package and upgraded 20” wheels. I don’t like the push button start/start function so that’s why I chose the cheaper package. Only option I forgot to add was the spray in bedliner.

The new Iconic Silver color is a shade darker than the previous Ingot Silver. First impressions is this truck has a bigger feel than my ‘16. The extra room in the back seating area is a huge hit with my two sons and will be great for me during fishing/hunting trips. On start up the 7.3 has a nice rumble that can be heard in the cab but is not overpowering. The 10 speed transmission shifts nicely and the shifts aren’t that noticeable. I experienced the same thing driving my wife’s 10 speed Expedition. My only complaint is the getting the seat in a comfortable position. Seems like most new trucks take me a few days to get it dialed in.

Now to what we’ve all been waiting for. The truck has some get up and go. Bad as I wanted to stomp the pedal to the floor I only accelerated about half throttle a couple times.

Disclaimer - Fuel mileage is based off computer input from dash. Truck has 3.55 gears.

I plan on filling the truck up before returning to get an accurate mileage. In the 50 miles I drove tonight some were in the city, rural 2 lane roads and 4 lane speeds at 70mph for about 10 miles.

60mph on cruise control - 16.6mpg for a few miles
70mph on cruise control - 14.0mpg (was going into a stiff head wind)
Overall trip was 14.3mpg
I will update these numbers in the next couple days.

Here are a few pics.









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Well let me be the 1st to say keep us posted on this truck and motor combo.... Im super curious to hear some real world feed back on it especially MPG
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Beautiful truck, good luck with it. It's still crazy to me how many of the same people I see on the highway everyday using these trucks as commuter vehicles. Id love to have a truck but not at 14mpg and 120 miles a day. I'll keep my awd hatchback lol
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I’m a Chevy guy but that is a good looking truck right there. I’m just not sure I could swallow the 60k for any of them. Thanks for the info. If I had the money I would definitely consider it.
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How big is the fuel tank?
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As much as I enjoy my Raptor I do miss my Super Duty when towing. From the looks of it the fuel economy is about the same and the 7.3 is about 7k cheaper then the 6.7PS. Can't wait to see the Tremor package when it comes out.
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Originally Posted by SeaPro48 View Post
How big is the fuel tank?
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I will confirm with the my dealer but looking online it appears to be 48gal. with the 7.3/Crew Cab configuration.
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I’d love to hear how it pulls 12k pounds. I wish I could buy gas instead of diesel next go round.
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I think only long beds get the big tank.
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Subscribed. A ford big block fan.
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Nice looking Ford. The fuel mileage doesn’t seem too bad for a gas 3/4 ton truck when you consider the additional fuel cost for diesel.
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Originally Posted by Sancho View Post
I think only long beds get the big tank.
That would make sense but this is what came up when searching. I will check tomorrow. Either one is better than the small tank on my ‘16.


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Originally Posted by Konrad View Post
Nice looking Ford. The fuel mileage doesn’t seem too bad for a gas 3/4 ton truck when you consider the additional fuel cost for diesel.
I would guess a Gain of 2 MPG with Break In.
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Very nice and interesting. Does it come with an 8ft bed option?
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Originally Posted by patro View Post
I will confirm with the my dealer but looking online it appears to be 48gal. with the 7.3/Crew Cab configuration.
The dealer, William Wilson, is a friend of mine, great guy! I love that Ford FINALLY put a big tank on a Super Duty!!
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Personally I have no need for a Superduty. I currently have a 2019 F-150 Crew Cab with the 2.7 ecoboost and it is all the truck I need. That said the new superduty is a beaut. Love your truck.

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Congrats on your new truck.
I like really the new shade of silver I have the ingot, the darker tone looks much better. imo

I have to agree on the seats I think all previous gen super duty seats were more comfortable. The newer seats seem narrow to me.
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Great looking truck....Congrats......I have a 15 F350, 6" lifted w 37's and like you it has been an awesome truck. Not certain I will trade it in. I am friends with the dealer and we ordered a few trucks. I have a Velocity Blue F250 TREMOR coming in with the same 7.3 motor....and he ordered the same truck in the diesel in case I didn't care for the gas motor. I have always gotten diesel but am not towing boats or large equipment any more and my present truck has been used as my daily driver. I'm curious on the mileage because I average 13.4 in town with all the stop and go as I check my job sites and 16.4 at 72mph on HWY. The TREMOR package comes with 35's and by your posting above appears to be about the same fuel economy or better with out the diesel....Ill be watching this thread to see how you like the motor and fuel consumption. Thanks for the post.
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Riptide, I'm sure it will handle 12k. My v-10 does, out West. Patro , does it need premium fuel?

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