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Eric's Autos: 2021 Ford F-250

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Or you could look inside.

Then it's easy to tell the difference. The 2021 F-250 has a simpler dash layout -- analog -- and no huge secondary iPad-style touch screen, as the new F-150's got.

It'd be nice if the F-250 had the folding-flat seats (for sleeping) and the F-150's available massaging seats. But then, the F-150 isn't available with a 7.3-liter V-8.

The Rest

The one thing that's not heavy metal about the F-250 is its body, which is made of aluminum, as the F150's is. The upside is that aluminum doesn't rust like steel. The downside is it's easier to irreparably bend it -- and harder to weld it. The heavy-gauge steel that used to be a given for truck panels no longer is, even on those trucks that still use steel to make the panels. The thinness is astonishing -- as is the amount of cosmetic damage they incur when hit, as by a deer.


The Bottom Line

If you're wanting one like they used to make 'em, they still do.


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