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2020 Ford F-250 Super Duty Tremor Review: A beautiful, big, and beefy brute

The 2020 Ford F-250 Tremor is a beast on and off the streets.

Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Company

America is a big place. We have big mountains and big monuments and big highways and even bigger open spaces. There's Yosemite, Big Sky, the Grand Canyon and the Ford F-250 Super Duty Tremor.

The Tremor package is a new standard for the Ford Super Duty with a $3,975 price tag that adds on with 35-inch off-road tires (the largest fitted to a heavy-duty pickup), skid plates, black aluminum wheels, new suspension hardware and nearly two-inches of lift. There's also a limited slip front differential and a locking diff out back, with a feature called Trail Control that lets you set a low-speed cruise control so all you have to do is steer.

It takes a big, incredibly capable truck and makes it even more incredibly capable. It's Ford's competitor to the GMC Sierra HD AT4 and the Ram Power Wagon, and yes, of course, I tested it extensively by driving it around on the roads and parking lots of Southern California.

The truck is designed to be more off-road capable than a traditional Super Duty truck.Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Company

Yes, it's an off-road beast and it would be equally at home in a rocky desert or a logging trail as it is in the urban jungle, but plenty of Tremor buyers will never go off road with it — but they will enjoy the visual upgrades and will be able to tell their friends about its off-road chops, too.

See, the Super Duty Tremor looks awesome. Those huge chunky tires on the matte black wheels are fantastic. The front grille? That's black too, along with a lot of the trim and the fender extensions and the fixed side-step. It's a murdered out machine.

My test unit also included the $2,045 "Godzilla" 7.3-liter V8 engine, making 430 horsepower and 475 pound-feet of torque. A $10,000 upfit 6.7-liter turbodiesel is available too, which makes a mind-boggling 1,050 pound-feet of torque, which may be necessary if you need to relocate a small town. As is, it can tow well into the tens of thousands of pounds depending on whether you use a conventional hitch or the gooseneck, or several tons worth of payload.

The Super Duty retains its towing ability with the package.Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Company

Its do-it-all attitude makes it very competitive within the newly created "heavy duty off-road pickup truck" segment.

I can hear you asking already about fuel economy. What fuel economy? This thing is so big they don't even require fuel economy ratings on it. And on a $73,465 truck, do you really care? No, you do not. It does hold 34 gallons of fuel, however, which means your fill-ups will be under $100 as long as gas stays below $3 per gallon.

What else? It's incredibly difficult to park unless you have a wide open parking lot, though the surround cameras really help. It's the usual Ford Super Duty setup inside, though it doesn't have the latest and greatest infotainment system that the new F-150 has - that will come in a future update. But, it does have a quad-barrel convertible cupholder that turns a storage bin in the center console into an extra two cupholders if you're picking up coffee for the whole worksite.

Visibility is tremendous except for directly in front of the massive front grille, which is large enough to hide a smallish adult so be sure you know what's around because this thing feels a bit like a locomotive when setting off. The ten-speed transmission is invisible, and there's always prodigious power no matter what you're doing when you stab the throttle (at least when you aren't towing).

202 The Ford pickup enjoys increased ground clearance.Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Company

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The truck isn't exactly stable on the highway, however. The huge tires and sprongy (yes, I made that word up) suspension means it does tend to drift a bit in your lane. That's all well and good, until your lanes narrow because you're in a construction zone and then you realize — at 75 mph — just how large this truck is. That said, people do get out of the way when they see you coming.

That's the point, right? You buy this truck because either you need to traverse a log-strewn Forest Service road or because you work-hard-play-harder in the mud, or because you want people to look at your truck and think either of those things might be true. Regardless, the Super Duty Tremor gets the job done.

In fact, it gets the job done so well that Ford is bringing the Tremor package to both the smaller trucks in the lineup, the F-150 and the Ranger. Those won't have quite the gravitas of the big boy Super Duty, but expect them to perform well just the same.

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The Bronco will get two new colors for 2022.

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The new Ford Bronco was in such high demand that buyers were in for a long wait, even before the pandemic and microchip shortages wreaked havoc on automotive supply chains and production. Even now, with little hope of a speedy vehicle delivery, buyers are still lining up to get the new SUV, and to reward those whose dreams will have to wait until 2022, Ford is debuting two new colors: Eruption Green and Hot Pepper Metallic.


2022 Ford Bronco Eruption Green and Hot Pepper Metallic will be available. Ford


Ford revealed the colors at this year's Woodward Dream Cruise. The first-generation Bronco, which ran from 1966 through 1977, was the featured vehicle at the cruise, which presented the opportunity to introduce new colors for the upcoming model year. The two new colors won't join the Bronco's existing color catalog until order banks open for the new model year later in 2021. Ford says that the current color catalog which includes Antimatter Blue, Lightning Blue Metallic, and Rapid Red Metallic will be available through the end of the 2021 model year.


2022 Ford Bronco Many Bronco buyers will have to wait until 2022 to get their new SUV.Ford


The new colors may end up being the shades of choice for many current hopeful Bronco buyers. Along with pandemic-related delays, Ford's rollout of the new Bronco has been plagued by hardtop-related cosmetic issues. The problem is big enough for the automaker to replace the top of every hardtop Bronco built so far. This includes vehicles already purchased, the rare few sitting on dealers' lots, and even recently produced vehicles still hanging around the factory. Buyers still waiting for their Broncos to be built will be waiting a while, to the point that Ford says many orders will be pushed into the new model year. Ford is offering Bronco-related merchandise and promises a price lock for all buyers whose orders have been pushed, and now it appears they'll have two new colors to choose from as well.

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All three teams will compete in some sort of Bronco SUV. Shelby Hall and Penny Dale, who drive a Bronco Sport in last year's Rebelle Rally, return to the competition in 2021, this time with a Bronco two-door. Pro off-roaders Melissa Fischer and Cora Jokinen will pilot a Bronco Sport in the X-cross class and novice racers Kathryn Reinhardt and Victoria Bundrant from accessory supplier 4Wheel Parts will drive a four-door Bronco in the 4x4 class.


2021 Rebelle Rally Two Broncos and a Bronco Sport will compete. Ford


The Bronco Sport and Bronco four-door are both Badlands models. The two-door Bronco is a Wildtrak model. All of the SUVs have been decked out in special Bronco 4600-inspired race livery. The two-door Bronco will enter the competition equipped with the Sasquatch package, but will otherwise retain is factory stock configuration. The Bronco Sport will also remain stock, other than having its back seat removed. Ford says the 4Wheel Parts team will accessorize the four-door Bronco.

The Rebelle Rally is the first women's off-road navigation rally in the United States. Teams are not allowed to use electronic maps, such as in-dash navigation or mapping tools built into smartphones. Ford says its teams will disable the features in the Broncos they'll be driving in the event.


2021 Rebelle Rally The Bronco Sport will remain stock, but will have its back seats removed.Ford

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