Tough Decisions: The 2012 Ford F250 Super Duty Trimlines

2012 F250 King Ranch

by Patrick Rall

The 2012 Ford F250 Super Duty is offered in four trimlines, multiple cabs, and multiple bed choices with a starting price ranging from $29,225 to $47,115 ““ although the PowerStroke diesel powered 2012 F250 King Ranch 4×4 with an 8 foot bed carries a starting price of $58,895. 

Like the 2011 model year, the 2012 F250 lineup comes standard with the 6.2L gasoline V8, offering up 385 horsepower and 405lb-ft of torque. If you need more power out of your 2012 Super Duty, the 6.7L PowerStroke diesel engine packs 400 horsepower and a whopping 800lb-ft of torque.  Both of these engines are mated to a standard 6-speed automatic transmission with Ford’s SelectShift feature that allows full control of the gear selection at the push of a button.

2012 F250XL

2012 XL Interior

The entry level 2012 Ford F250 Super Duty is the XL package, which starts at $29,225 and comes standard with a regular cab, an 8 foot bed and rear wheel drive.  The Crew Cab and Super Cab options are available for upcharges of $3,680 and $2,320 respectively, while adding four wheel drive ups the price by $2,975, the smaller 6’8″ bed tacks on an additional $2,125 and the 6.7L PowerStroke diesel causes the price to jump by $7,835.

2012 F250XLT

The next step up is the 2012 Ford F250 XLT ““ which begins with the standard features found on the F250 XL models and adds the Power Equipment Group and an integrated trailer brake controller ““ with a starting price of $32,555.  Like the entry level XL models, the 2012 F250 XLT comes standard with the 6.2L V8, rear wheel drive, the regular cab and an 8 foot bed.  For this trimline, picking the Crew Cab or Super Car increase the price by $5,045 (Crew) and $2,795 (Super) while the 6’8″ bed choice ups the price $2,610 and the four wheel drive package adds $3,030.  The 6.7L PowerStroke diesel and the specific transmission raise the price of the XLT by $6,335.

2012 F250 Lariat

2012 Lariat Interior

The 2012 Ford F250 Lariat is next in line, and unlike the XL and XLT, the Lariat comes standard with the Super Cab and 6’8″ bed. However, it does share the same 6.2L V8 and rear wheel drive setup as the lower level trimlines with a starting price of $39,805.  The regular cab choice is not available for the 2012 F250 Lariat, but the Crew Cab is for an increase of $2,545 while opting for the larger 8 foot bed will add just $200 to the cost of the truck.  Like the F250 XL, the PowerStroke option costs an additional $7,835, while the 4×4 option tacks on $3,140.

2012 King Ranch Interior

Finally, the 2012 Ford F250 King Ranch is the top of the line model available only with the Crew Cab, with standard equipment including the 6’8″ bed, the 6.2L V8 engine and rear wheel drive.  Adding the PowerStroke diesel engine to this package increases the price by $7,835, four wheel drive bumps the price up by $3,145, the 8 foot bed increases the price by $190.

Depending on the configuration, the 2012 Ford F250 offers a towing capacity that ranges from 12,500/12,800 (conventional/fifth wheel) to 14,000/16,700lbs and the hauling capacity ranges from 3,650 to 4,290lbs.

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