The Ford Super Duty pickup is still about the beefiest workhorse on the road (and farm) today yet still offers one of the widest ranges of style and trim packages around.
Case in point is this week??s Cabela??s special edition F250 FX4 model.
I felt like a district manager for the sporting goods store driving this truck around town. About the only thing missing was a fishing boat in tow.
Ford is expanding its relationship with Cabela??s, the world??s largest outdoor outfitter, by offering a new Cabela??s FX4 package for 2009. According to customer data, 76 percent of F-Series buyers hunt and fish and a key way for Ford to connect with those outdoor enthusiasts is as the official truck of Cabela??s for the last six years with products prominently placed at stores nationwide and featured in Cabela??s publications and TV programming.
All four Super Duty trim levels ?? XL, XLT, FX4 and Lariat ?? come with new standard features for 2009. The XL, the no frills workhorse version, now comes standard with air conditioning, Securilock, and manual trailer tow mirrors. The XLT, a step up from the XL, now has power heated trailer tow mirrors, privacy glass, integrated trailer brake controller, remote keyless entry and Securilock as standard features.
For 2009 the FX4 adds standard PowerScope integrated power-fold, power-telescoping mirrors, power seats, privacy glass, integrated trailer brake controller, captain??s chairs and SIRIUS satellite radio. The most luxurious of the Super Duty line-up is the Lariat. The Lariat adds all of the new FX4 standard content as well as the reverse camera system, a power sliding rear window, heated seats, molded running boards and SYNC, Ford??s industry-exclusive, voice-activated hands-free communications and entertainment system.
And Ford is further expanding its ??smart?? features for truck customers by making new technologies that make getting staying connected and getting the job done easier available for 2009.
These include the SYNC voice-activated hands-free communications and entertainment system that fully integrates mobile phones and most media players into the vehicle using Bluetooth technology and USB connectivity; voice-activated navigation system with SIRIUS Travel Link; Ford Work Solutions, a collection of industry-exclusive technologies for F-Series trucks and commercial E-Series vans to help make business owners more productive and successful featuring full high-speed Internet access via the Sprint Mobile Broadband Network and navigation by Garmin; Tool Link, a Radio-Frequency Identification asset tracking system developed with DeWalt designed to enable customers to maintain a detailed real-time inventory of the tools or equipment stored in the vehicle; Crew Chief, a fleet telematics and diagnostics system, which allows small fleet owners to efficiently manage their vehicles, quickly dispatch workers to job sites and keep detailed vehicle maintenance records; and Cable Lock security system, developed in partnership with Master Lock, to secure large tools or equipment in the cargo area of E-Series vans and wagons.
Our 2009 Ford F250 Cabela??s edition FX4 pickup is powered by the beefy 6.4-liter PowerStroke diesel engine backed by TorqShift five-speed automatic gearbox. Pricing for the base Super Duty FX4 begins at $38,510 with our Cabela??s edition tester coming in loaded to the gills at just over 60 grand.