I’ll say this up front, I’ve never owned a pickup truck. It’s just about the only major vehicle type I haven’t owned. It’s not that I have anything against them, I actually like them, I’ve just never had the need for one. This is the eternal pickup truck quandary, the actual “need” for a truck isn’t usually there for most buyers. Unless you are using it on the job, most people don’t haul enough stuff to justify the size. So most buyers are using it purely for the image. Which is totally OK, I would be a hypocrite for saying otherwise. I drive a BMW M4 convertible, not like I didn’t consider “image” when I purchased it. However, this F-250 Tremor I’ve been driving for the last week is absolutely massive and I was immediately a little smitten. It’s worth noting that this isn’t our first encounter with the Tremor. Jeff definitely “didn’t get it” and Kamil noted that it’s way more truck than most people need, but still walked away impressed. So, what did this non-truck owning journalist-type think?
First, let’s take a quick look at what exactly constitutes a Tremor? Well, in this case, you start with an F-250 Super Duty in Platinum trim. Finding the right combination on trim, cab, bed, and all the other things Ford has you click through in their configurator can be confusing. Eventually, you’ll find a combination that allows you to add the Tremor package.
You can read through that yourself. I would have pasted it in to get more word count (Jeff pays .12 hugs per word, tell your friends) but Ford made it a flat image. Jerks. Anyway, all that Tremor stuff will run you about $4,000 on top of the price of your F-250. Our test truck had the 7.3L V8 engine that puts out 430 hp and 475 lbs.-ft of torque. Off-road highlights include 35’s, skid plates, uprated shocks and springs, and some electronic goodies to help you make the most of your off-road adventure.
Behold, it’s a lot of truck, but it’s a lot of money.
On the inside, it actually does feel like a near $80K vehicle. It’s comfortable, incredibly well-equipped, and has as many cupholders as a minivan.
Tremor In the City
Like Kamil, I live near the city. So even though I don’t have to commute anywhere thanks to COVID, I had to take it through Washington D.C. just to see how it would fare on the narrow city streets. Aside from a few moments where I held my breath and pulled my shoulders together in a feigned attempt to make the truck more narrow, it did just fine. It’s around 80 inches wide, which isn’t any wider than a 2021 F-150. The issue is height, it’s damn near 80 inches tall as well! Most of the parking garages in this area max out much closer to 72 inches. So, don’t expect to park indoors with something like this. The length took some getting used to as well (that’s what she said) and this thing is truly huge. I couldn’t imagine trying to parallel park this thing anywhere, so street parking is out as well. Just don’t buy one of these if you have to drive into any city.
Of note though, I was enthusiastically asked at a stoplight “what is that thing” by a couple of nice blue-collar dudes who absolutely loved it and offered to let me come get it muddy out on their property.
Tremor in the Country
So, it’s not a city truck, that’s not a big surprise. It should also not shock anyone that it is pretty impressive out in the country. Like Kamil, I found it to be a fantastic highway cruiser, and my quick stop for some manure was pretty easy.
I didn’t get a chance to get it that far off-road, but I have had a chance to see this very truck in the mud. Actually, it was while I was driving a truck that I had previously reviewed with “I don’t get it”. During this off-road session in a Tacoma TRD PRO with some friends from the Trail Trek Tour, I definitely “got it”. I also got to watch another journalist put the Tremor through some off-road paces. It wasn’t anything overly technical, but the big truck hustled through all of the ruts and over all of the rocks my loaner Taco did. Their passengers were probably more comfortable as well.
Tremor at Work
You don’t drive a truck like this around without hauling some shit. The Tremor made quick work of our trip to the Depot to get soil for a raised bed. Our neighbor down the street popped by with an “I noticed you have a big truck this week” and I happily helped her pick up a free set of dining room furniture. I was (literally) paid in plywood, which may be the most valuable thing in the photo below.
Honestly, though, any F-250 (…or F-150…or maybe a Ranger) can do this type of thing. It’s just more fun in the Tremor.
Verdict on the Ford F-250 Tremor
So, like Kamil, it’s impossible to come away from this experience thinking that the F-250 Platinum Tremor is really necessary. It’s a big ole truck flex to have one of these in your driveway (or your garage, if it actually fits). However, I’m incredibly glad it exists. What’s amazing about a vehicle like the F-250 Tremor is that it’s incredibly easy, and enjoyable, to drive for such a huge truck. Just don’t try to park it anywhere.
Also, my seven-year-old noted that it’s got a pretty badass retractable spoiler. Just like a Porsche!