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Ford Super Duty F-250 SRW XL Trim

Ford Super Duty F-250

There’s no doubt that the Ford Super Duty F-250 SRW XL is an outstanding truck regarding sheer performance numbers. But the truth is that there are quite a few variations of this truck throughout the years.

Because there are some pretty big differences between a 2000 F-250 XL and a 2020 F-250 XL, we came up with this guide to break down everything you need to know about these trucks.

The First-Generation Ford Super Duty F-250 SRW XL Trim

Ford released their Super Duty line in 1999, and they ran with their first generation until 2007. They did have a facelift in 2005 that changed some of the exterior appearances and made some mechanical upgrades.

Engine Options

The first-generation Super Duty F-250 had four different engine options to pick from, but over the years they tweaked the engines some leading to different performance specs. Below we’ve highlighted the different horsepower and torque numbers you get with each engine option.

Engine

Horsepower

Torque

Triton 5.4L V8

260 hp

355 lb-ft

Triton 5.4L V8 (2005 to 2007)

300 hp

365 lb-ft

Triton 6.8L V10

310 hp

425 lb-ft

Triton 6.8L V10 (2005 to 2007)

362 hp

457 lb-ft

7.3L Diesel PowerStroke V8

235 hp

500 lb-ft

7.3L Diesel PowerStroke V8 (2001-2002)

250 hp

525 lb-ft

6.0L Diesel PowerStroke V8

325 hp

560 lb-ft

6.0L Diesel PowerStroke V8 (2005 – 2007)

325 hp

570 lb-ft

Towing Specs

If you’re getting a truck, it’s probably because you want to haul or tow something. This chart will break down everything you can do with a single rear wheel axle first-generation Ford F-250 Super Duty.

Engine Option

Transmission

GCWR

Conventional Towing

Triton 5.4L V8

Automatic

13,500 to 15,000 lbs

6,900 to 9,300 lbs

Triton 6.8L V10

Automatic

17,000 to 20,000 lbs

10,200 to 12,500 lbs

7.3L Diesel PowerStroke V8

Automatic

20,000 lbs

12,500 lbs

6.0L Diesel PowerStroke V8

Automatic

20,000 lbs

12,500 lbs

Triton 5.4L V8

Manual

13,500 – 15,000 lbs

6,900 to 9,300 lbs

Triton 6.8L V10

Manual

16,500 to 20,000 lbs

9,700 to 12,500 lbs

7.3L Diesel PowerStroke V8

Manual

20,000 lbs

12,500 lbs

6.0L Diesel PowerStroke V8

Manual

20,000 lbs

12,500 lbs

Triton 5.4L V8 (2005 – 2010)

Automatic

16,000 to 18,500 lbs

9,000 to 12,100 lbs

Triton 6.8L V10 (2005 – 2010)

Automatic

21,000 to 22,500 lbs

12,500 lbs

6.0L Diesel PowerStroke V8 (2005 – 2007)

Automatic

23,000 to 23,500 lbs

12,500 lbs

Triton 5.4L V8 (2005 – 2010)

Manual

15,000 17,500 lbs

8,100 to 11,100 lbs

Triton 6.8L V10 (2005 – 2010)

Manual

20,000 to 22,500 lbs

12,500 lbs

6.0L Diesel PowerStroke V8 (2005 – 2007)

Manual

23,000 to 23,500 lbs

12,500 lbs

What the XL Trim Level Included

The XL trim level is the lowest trim level for the F-250 Super Duty. With the first-generation F-250 it came standard with a manual transmission, a 2-speaker sound system, a heater, and bench seats. Optional features include a 4-speaker sound system, air conditioning, and an automatic transmission.

2020 Ford F-250 backIt’s a bare-bones truck, but it’ll get the job done for you with its impressive performance specs.

The Second-Generation Ford Super Duty F-250 SRW XL Trim

They didn’t make the second-generation Ford Super Duty F-250 for long, but there are some significant differences that they implemented for these model years. They added an all-new 6.4L diesel PowerStroke engine and completely redesigned the interior of this truck.

For the XL trim package that means an enhanced instrument cluster, a new steering wheel, and upgraded door panels and seat trim.

Engine Options

While it’s a new generation truck, Ford only introduced one new engine option for the F-250 Super Duty. Both the Triton 5.4L and 6.8L came back and they featured the exact same performance specs.

However, they did replace the 6.0L diesel PowerStroke engine with a 6.4L PowerStroke. The new 6.4L PowerStroke pushes 350 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque, both upgrades over the 6.0L diesel engine.

Towing Specs

The towing specs for both gasoline engines remain the same as mentioned in the charts above. The new 6.4L PowerStroke engine has a GCWR between 23,000 and 23,500 pounds depending on the configuration, and no matter the configuration the towing capacity tops out at 12,500 pounds.

It’s not a significant jump compared to previous engine options, but that’s only because we’re only reviewing the single rear axle models here.

What the XL Trim Level Included

The XL trim level is still the base level option for the second-generation F-250 Super Duty, and it doesn’t come standard with many features. Air conditioning and an automatic transmission are still optional upgrades at this trim level.

You do get a 2-speaker stereo system standard but even the windows and locks are still manual at this trim level.

The Third-Generation Ford Super Duty F-250 SRW XL Trim

In 2011 Ford redesigned the F-250 again, and it was with this redesign that it really started to look like a “modern” truck. But while they did a lot of great things with the appearance, it’s the upgraded performance specs that really help set this truck apart.

Engine Options

While the third-generation Ford Super Duty technically has three different engine options, the Triton 6.8L V10 option that was available with previous generations is only available on the F-450 and the F-550.

However, Ford designed their own 6.2L Ford Boss V8 engine that now comes standard, and they have a 6.7L PowerStroke engine as their diesel option. However, or the 2015 and 2016 model years they redesigned that engine and upped the performance specs.

We’ve highlighted both engines and their performance specs here:

Engine

Horsepower

Torque

6.2L Ford Boss V8

385 hp

405 lb-ft

6.7L Diesel PowerStroke

400 hp

800 lb-ft

6.7L Diesel PowerStroke (2015-2016)

440 hp

860 lb-ft

Towing Specs

With two new engine options available for the Ford F-250 Super Duty, it’s no surprise that the towing specs have changed some. They’re all more powerful options giving you the ability to tow more no matter what level you go with.

Engine Option

GCWR

Conventional Towing

6.2L Ford Boss V8

19,000 – 22,000 lbs

12,000 to 12,500 lbs

6.7L Diesel PowerStroke

23,500 lbs

12,500 to 14,000 lbs

6.7L Diesel PowerStroke (2015-2016)

23,500 lbs

12,500 to 14,000 lbs

What the XL Trim Level Included

While the XL Trim level is still a “work truck” level trim package, with the third generation a few more things start to come standard. Air conditioning, an automatic transmission, a trailer brake controller, and even a malfunction message center all come standard with the third-generation Ford F-250 Super Duty XL.

2020 Ford F-250 Rock CrawlYou still only have a 2-speaker stereo system, manual windows, and manual locks though. It’s not a luxury truck, but the performance specs are phenomenal.

The Fourth-Generation Ford Super Duty F-250 SRW XL Trim

In 2017 Ford released their current generation of the Ford Super Duty F-250, the fourth generation. But just like they’ve completed refreshes with previous generations without rolling out a whole new one, they did the same thing with the fourth generation with their 2020 refresh.

This generation uses the same cab as the F-150 line, but that doesn’t affect the performance specs and makes it a little more comfortable inside the truck.

Engine Options

When Ford first released the fourth generation the engine options were pretty much the same as they were with the third generation. However, in 2018 they upgraded the 6.7L engine. In 2020 they refreshed it again, and they also released a brand-new engine – the 7.3L Godzilla V8.

All the performance specs for each engine option through the years are here:

Engine Option

Horsepower

Torque

6.2L Ford Boss V8

385 hp

430 lb-ft

7.3L Godzilla V8

430 hp

475 lb-ft

6.7L PowerStroke – 2017

440 hp

925 lb-ft

6.7L PowerStroke – 2018

450 hp

935 lb-ft

6.7L PowerStroke – 2020 – Present

475 hp

1,050 lb-ft

Towing Specs

If you’re looking for the F-250 Super Duty with the highest towing specs, you’ll want the fourth generation. They all have impressive towing numbers regardless of the engine option you go with, but there’s no doubt that the 6.7L diesel PowerStroke has a bit of an edge.

We’ve highlighted the full performance specs for each engine option here:

Engine Option

GCWR

Conventional Towing

6.2L Ford Boss V8

19,500 to 22,000 lbs

12,500 to 15,000 lbs

7.3L Godzilla V8 – 2020 – Present

20,800 to 26,000 lbs

13,000 to 15,000 lbs

6.7L PowerStroke – 2017

20,600 to 25,700 lbs

12,500 to 17,400 lbs

6.7L PowerStroke – 2018

20,600 to 25,700

12,500 to 18,000 lbs

6.7L PowerStroke – 2020 – Present

23,500 to 30,000 lbs

14,000 to 20,000 lbs

What the XL Trim Level Included

Once again, the XL trim level is the base model package, but with the fourth generation, it’s not as “bare-bones” as they were in years past. Air conditioning, steering wheel audio controls, automatic windows, and even a rear-view camera come standard.

It might be the XL, but it’s certainly not what you think of when you think of a base model “work truck.”

Final Thoughts

If you still have questions about the Ford F-250 Super Duty SRW XL Trim, feel free to reach out to the experts at Tim’s Truck. Not only will they answer any questions you might have, but they’ll help you get behind the wheel of your own F-250 if that’s what you want!


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