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The Super Duty F-250 is one of several trucks in the best-selling Ford F-Series. Like the popular F-150, the F-250 offers various trim levels. But two 2023 Ford F-250 trims are attracting more shoppers’ attention than the others. 

Overview of the 2023 Ford F-250 trims 

2023 Ford F-250 Tremor Off-Road Package
2023 Ford F-250 Tremor Off-Road Package | Ford Motor Company

The 2023 Ford F-250 offers six trim levels.

The base model is the XL, which starts at $43,970.

The next level up is the XLT, starting at $50,105.

That’s followed by the popular mid-level Lariat, with an MSRP of $61,410.

Then comes the King Ranch, running $77,025.

And the two top trims are the Platinum and Limited, starting at $76,865 and $96,095. 

All Ford Super Duty trucks pack a V8 engine. However, their size and output vary. The standard XL has a 6.8-liter V8 making 400 hp and 445 lb-ft of torque. In comparison, the range-topping Platinum boasts a 6.7-liter V8 Power Stroke Diesel harnessing 500 hp and 1,050 lb-ft of torque.

New to the 2023 lineup, the XLT and Lariat now come standard with four-wheel drive. That means all trim levels now have standard 4WD except the base-model XL, which has rear-wheel drive. 

A 2023 Ford Super Duty F-250 XL with the STX Appearance Package
2023 Ford Super Duty F-250 XL STX Appearance Package | Ford Motor Company

Of the six, two 2023 Ford F-250 trims are the most popular. According to Edmunds, shoppers pick the XL and Lariat more often than the others. As the base model, the XL is the most affordable F-250 Super Duty option. The XL is also highly customizable, with 10 configurations, including Regular Cab, SuperCab, and Crew Cab options. 

The Regular Cab features two doors; the SuperCab has four doors, with smaller rear-hinged rear doors that open backward; and the Crew Cab has four full-size doors. The cheapest of those configurations is the two-door XL Regular Cab LB (long bed), which seats three passengers and starts at $43,970. In comparison, the most expensive XL trim is the four-door Crew Cab 4WD LB (long bed), which seats six passengers and starts at $50,770. 

The Lariat is also one of the most popular 2023 Ford F-250 trims. It’s available in four configurations, with two different SuperCab and Crew Cab options. The cheapest configuration on the Lariat is the four-door SuperCab 4WD SB (short bed), which starts at $61,410. In comparison, the most expensive Lariat configuration is the four-door Crew Cab 4WD LB (long bed), starting at $63,940. And the most popular of these four configurations is the Lariat four-door Crew Cab 4WD SB (short bed), which starts at $63,740.

Why do consumers pick the XL and Lariat most? 

2023 Ford Super Duty Trailer Navigation
2023 Ford Super Duty trailer navigation | Ford Motor Company
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The likeliest reason more consumers pick the XL and Lariat over other F-250 trims is that they provide excellent value for the price. Although the XL doesn’t have standard 4WD, it’s an easy upgrade. For example, consumers can purchase an XL four-door Crew Cab 4WD long box model for $50,770. That means they get a spacious four-door 4WD pickup that seats six at a more accessible price point.

In addition, the XL and Lariat come standard with many tech and modern features. Amenities include a USB connection, wireless Android Auto or Apple CarPlay, an infotainment display center, a rearview camera, and heated mirrors, to name just a few.

With those built-in features, those two 2023 Ford F-250 trims can meet most consumers’ needs without their having to opt for a pricier model. All in all, the XL and Lariat provide great value without breaking the bank.