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2023 Ford F-150 Lightning

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$44,490
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3.5 (Good)

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2023 Pro All-Wheel Drive SuperCrew Cab 5.5 ft. box 145 in. WB
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Price:   -  From $44,490
2023 XLT All-Wheel Drive SuperCrew Cab 5.5 ft. box 145 in. WB Price:   -  From $49,490
2023 Lariat All-Wheel Drive SuperCrew Cab 5.5 ft. box 145 in. WB Price:   -  From $64,440
2023 Platinum All-Wheel Drive SuperCrew Cab 5.5 ft. box 145 in. WB Price:   -  From $80,790

Overview

What's New

After making its debut as an all-new vehicle last year, the 2023 Ford F-150 Lightning will be arriving with minor changes. The largest change is pricing for the new model year, as the 2023 Lightning is up by $12,000 for the base trim. At the high end of the trim range, pricing for the Lightning has gone up by $6,000. Ford claims that the price changes are due to supply constraints and the rising costs of materials. Other minor changes for 2023 include a 240-mile range for the Standard Range Battery pack and the addition of Pro Trailer Hitch Assist as an option to make hitching trailers easier.

Choosing Your Ford F-150 Lightning

Ford offers the 2023 F-150 Lightning in four trims: Pro, XLT, Lariat, and Platinum. Pricing for the 2023 Lightning ranges from $53,769 to $98,669 (with destination).

As before the EV is eligible for a $7,500 tax credit as well as applicable state plug-in rebates.

Engine Choices

There are two available electric powertrains with the 2023 F-150 Lightning. The electric truck comes with two electric motors – one on each axle – for standard all-wheel drive. The base 98-kWh Standard Range Battery pack is good for 426 horsepower and 775 pound-feet of torque. For 2023, the electric pickup truck is now rated at 240 miles of range with the Standard Range Battery pack. The pickup truck is available with an Extended Range Battery pack that boosts power to 563 hp. With the 131-kWh Extended Range Battery, the F-150 Lightning can travel up to 320 miles.

The Pro trim is the only one that’s not available with the Extended Range Battery pack. The Extended Range Battery pack costs $21,500 on the XLT trim (after including the necessary packages) and $11,500 on the Lariat. The Platinum trim comes with the larger battery pack as standard.

When properly equipped with the Extended Range Battery pack, the F-150 Lightning can get up to 78 MPGe in the city, 63 MPGe on the highway, and 70 MPGe combined. Charge times for the 2023 Lightning vary depending on the battery pack and the amount of charge that’s left in the battery. Ford claims that the electric pickup can charge from 15% to 80% in 44 minutes when plugged into a DC fast charger. With a Level 2 charger, like Ford’s Charge Station Pro, the truck can go from 15% to 100% in as little as eight hours.

Passenger and Cargo Capacity

The 2023 F-150 Lightning is only available in a SuperCrew body style with four full doors and a five-foot-five-inch bed. The configuration results in a spacious amount of interior space for adults in both rows. Unlike the gas-powered F-150, the electric Lightning model has a 14.1 cubic feet of cargo space in the front trunk. The front trunk can also hold up to 400 pounds.

With the Standard Range Battery pack, the F-150 Lightning can tow up to 7,700 pounds and haul up to 2,000 pounds. The Extended Range Battery pack brings a towing capacity of 10,000 pounds and can haul up to 1,800 pounds. Towing with an electric truck can severely affect the vehicle’s range.

Ford F-150 Lightning

Safety Features

Even the entry-level Pro trim comes with a lengthy list of standard safety features. Pedestrian detection, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, lane keeping assist, blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, rear parking sensors, and automatic high-beam assist are standard.

The XLT adds a surround-view parking camera and front parking sensors as standard. Moving up to the Lariat brings adaptive cruise control, lane centering assist, intersection assist, evasive steering assist, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and traffic sign recognition. Ford’s hands-free driving assist system that’s called BlueCruise is only available on the Platinum trim, as is active park assist.

Connectivity

The base F-150 Lightning comes standard with a 12-inch touchscreen, a 12-inch digital instrument cluster, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a Wi-Fi hotspot, Amazon Alexa, six audio speakers, Bluetooth, navigation, and multiple USB ports. The electric truck also comes with two 120-volt outlets in the bed, four in the front trunk, and two in the cab. A 2.4-kW Pro Power Onboard power supply is also standard.

SiriusXM satellite radio is standard on the XLT trim and above. Going with the Lariat brings Ford’s more advanced infotainment system that includes a 15.5-inch touchscreen, a wireless charging pad, an HD Radio, and eight audio speakers. The Lariat also comes with Ford’s 9.6-kW Pro Power Onboard system that adds two additional 120-volt outlets in the bad, along with a 240-volt outlet. The Platinum is the only trim to come with Ford’s Phone As A Key feature and comes with a standard 18-speaker audio system.

Ford F-150 Lightning

2023 Ford F-150 Lightning Pro – MSRP From $53,769

Despite being a work-oriented model, the Pro comes better equipped than other entry-level pickup trucks. On the outside, the trim comes with 18-inch wheels, LED headlights, keyless entry, a Class IV trailer hitch, a power front trunk lid, and an electronic-locking rear axle. The interior features dual-zone automatic climate control, vinyl floors, vinyl upholstery, manually adjustable front seats, and heated front seats.

The Pro is available with two major packages. The Max Trailer Tow Package costs $1,000 and adds extra cooling hardware for maximum towing capacity. It requires the 9.6 kW Pro Power Onboard system that costs $1,200.

The $1,950 Tow Technology Package includes a surround-view camera, heated exterior mirrors, forward parking sensors, Pro Trailer Backup Assist, Pro Trailer Hitch Assist, a trailer brake controller, onboard scales with smart hitch removal, and trailer reverse guidance.

2023 Ford F-150 Lightning XLT – MSRP From $61,269

On top of the Pro’s features, the XLT trim brings cloth upholstery, carpet flooring, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, power-adjustable pedals, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, under-seat rear storage, an LED light bar, running boards, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, and a center console with a fold-flat work surface.

The XLT (312A) Equipment Group costs $9,000. It includes 20-inch wheels, the Ford Co-Pilot360 Assist 2.0 system, the 9.6 kW Pro Power Onboard system, a heated steering wheel, intelligent access, a 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, LED box lighting, a power tailgate, a tailgate work surface, and a tailgate step.

The Tow Technology Package ($1,395) and Max Trailer Tow Package ($1,000) are also available.

2023 Ford F-150 Lightning Lariat – MSRP From $76,269

Things get a little more upscale with the Lariat trim. It adds leather upholstery, ventilated front seats, LED cargo bed lighting, power-folding exterior mirrors, ambient lighting, rain-sensing windshield wipers, 20-inch wheels, and a power-sliding rear window.

The major package with the Lariat is the Lariat (511A) Equipment Group that’s priced at $10,850. It adds Ford Co-Pilot360 Active 2.0 with BlueCruise and Phone As A Key, a twin-panel moonroof, the 80-amp Ford Charge Station Pro, a power tilt-and-telescoping steering column, heated rear seats, rear storage, and all of the features from the Tow Technology Package. This package requires the Extended Range Battery.

The Lariat is also available with the Tow Technology Package ($1,395) and Max Trailer Tow Package ($1,000).

2023 Ford F-150 Lightning Platinum – MSRP From $98,669

With features like premium leather upholstery, massaging front seats, heated rear seats, a twin-panel moonroof, aluminum and wood trim, and 22-inch wheels, the Platinum doubles as a luxury truck. It also comes with the Tow Technology Package and Max Trailer Tow Package as standard equipment.

Compare F-150 Lightning Trims Side-By-Side

CarsDirect Tip

With the 2023 Ford F-150 Lightning being far more expensive than before and costing quite a bit more than a similarly equipped gas-powered F-150, it’s best to stick with one of the truck’s lower trims. The XLT comes well equipped with convenience features and is available with high-tech features and extra niceties through the XLT Equipment Group for shoppers that want a nicer pickup. For consumers that plan on driving their truck long distances, the Extended Range Battery pack is a must-have.

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Prices & Deals

Expert Review

Pros
  • Staggering acceleration
  • Flattens bumps out of existence
  • Strong infotainment screens
  • Impressive range figures
Cons
  • Far too expensive
  • Noisy by EV standards
  • Very few configurations
  • Higher trims don’t justify their cost
Expert Rating
3.5 (Good)

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You can interpret our ratings in the following way:

: Outstanding vehicle. Only the most exceptional vehicles achieve this rating.

: Very Good vehicle. Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class.

: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.

: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.

: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.

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Unleashing some big numbers. There are some eye-watering figures surrounding Ford’s first all-electric pickup truck. Foremost among these is the F-150 Lightning’s sheer weight – 3.3 tons, to be precise. Quite apart from growing concerns around the whole-life environmental impact of batteries, there’s something incongruous about ‘going green’ in a vehicle that strongly resembles its slab-sided gas-powered sibling and weighs far more.

Still, the Lightning can tow up to 10,000 pounds, which is a remarkable figure for a vehicle not powered by diesel. Heavy loads will massacre the claimed range of 240 miles as standard, 320 if you add an optional extended battery pack, or 300 if you combine the latter with the gadget-heavy Platinum trim. Still, a Level 3 fast charger will replenish 75 percent of the range in 45 minutes, whereas a Level 2 charger only manages around 13 miles of range per hour’s charging.

Big numbers also extend to the Lightning’s pricing. That extended-range battery pack costs an astonishing $17,500 – more than a top-line Kia Rio. Even the cheapest Lightning will cost you $57,869 ($23,000 more than a gas-powered F-150), plus you’ll need to add $500 for a charging cable and $1,200 for a generator, which is sold separately. By the time you’ve upgraded from a model with vinyl seats, you can spend close to $100,000, which seems ludicrous when a top-end Rivian R1T model retails at less than $80,000.

There’s only one word for the power… Let’s put aside the pricing, and get back to some more big numbers. Truck buyers tend to be more interested in torque than horsepower, so how does 775 lb-ft sound? The fact it’s delivered instantly (and in full) makes the Lightning feel like it’s stumbled off a drag strip with a full tank of nitrous. It’s almost comically fast, and the extended battery pack model will hit 60 in 4.5 seconds. Having an electric motor on each axle means grip is prodigious thanks to standard AWD, but there’s no low-range mode, and the Lightning will be stumped by terrain a Toyota Land Cruiser would shrug off.

Given that bluff nose and those grippy tires, it’s not surprising that plenty of noise accompanies this outrageous acceleration. On a brighter note, the Lightning’s sheer bulk ensures road imperfections aren’t much of an issue. As well as towing up to 10,000 pounds, it can accommodate payloads of up to 2,235 pounds, though there’s only one bed size – a modest 5.5’ affair.

Ford F-150 Lightning

Excellent interior space. Because it doesn’t have to accommodate anything as 20th-century as an engine, the F-150 Lightning offers a 14.1 cubic foot frunk instead. That’s ideal for transporting items like suitcases. In the sole cabin configuration (Crew Cab), there are bucket front seats and a rear bench with lockable storage below, while some models offer a fold-out table for DIY or dining. However, you’ll be manually adjusting the vinyl seats on Pro models, and even mid-range XLT trim has cloth trim – you’ll need Lariat or Platinum models to perch on leather.

Every Lightning comes with a brace of 12-inch screens, but you’ll pay an $8,000 premium to enjoy XLT’s surround-view camera system and aforementioned cloth seats. Platinum models ladle on the luxury with a Bang & Olufsen stereo, real wood trim and – something we’ve never said before – an infotainment screen that’s too big. At 15.5 inches, it dominates the interior – another example of bigger not necessarily being better. We’d stick with the smaller 12-inch screen, which is excellent.

Is it safe? Honestly, we don’t know. Neither the IIHS or the NHTSA has crash-tested a Lightning yet, though its sheer weight and performance may tax the brakes. At least automatic emergency braking is standard across the range, alongside blind-spot monitoring and rear parking sensors, auto high beams and active lane control. The surround-view camera setup on XLT models and above is welcome, too, since judging the extremities of any truck can be tricky.

Final thoughts. We have to start by addressing the elephant in the room – the F-150 Lightning’s price. Paying a six-figure sum for an electric truck feels unnecessary when the standard gas-powered F-150 starts at a third of the price, and it’s obscene for Ford to charge as much for a battery pack as Kia does for a subcompact sedan. Base Pro Lightnings feel underdressed for their near-$60,000 price tag (despite an impressive infotainment setup), but higher trims represent extremely poor value.

That’s a shame because, in many other respects, the Lightning represents a brave and bold step into an electrified future. Cynics claimed an electric F-150 wouldn’t make sense, but stamping on the throttle will have even the most ardent ICE devotee grinning like a maniac. Oceans of torque mean incredible load-lugging (though over vastly reduced distances than the claimed range might suggest), while the Lightning’s 6,600-pound weight ensures passengers will be undisturbed by anything the truck passes over, from bumps to boulders. The futuristic infotainment setup and generous standard safety kit also deserve praise.

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Specs & Features

Highlights
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Available
Engine - Horsepower/Torque
Standard: 462 HP / 775 ft.lbs.
Available: 580 HP / 775 ft.lbs.
Transmission
1-spd auto
Drive Type
Full-time All Wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
76 / 61 / 69 Mpge
Passenger Capacity
5
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
Standard: 462 HP / 775 ft.lbs.
Available: 580 HP / 775 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Full-time All Wheel
key
76 / 61 / 69 Mpge
Brakes
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Double Wishbone
Rear Suspension
Independent Trailing Arm
Spare Tire And Wheel
Full-size Aluminum
Fuel Tank
Recommended Fuel Type
Electric
Average Cost To Fill Tank
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
50.9 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
132 Cu.ft.
Exterior Length
231.7 "
Exterior Width
79.9 "
Exterior Height
77.2 "
Front Headroom
40.8 "
Rear Headroom
40.4 "
Front Legroom
43.9 "
Rear Legroom
43.6 "
Front Shoulder Room
66.7 "
Rear Shoulder Room
66.0 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
6,015 Lbs. / 6,361 Lbs.
Wheel Base
145 "
Turning Radius
23.9 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
Wheels
18.0 " Machined W/painted Accents Aluminum
Paint
Clearcoat Monotone / Tri-coat Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Manual / Dual Power Remote Heated
Bumpers
Black With 2 Front Tow Hook(s)
Grille Moldings
Black
Rear Spoiler
Exhaust
None
Interior Features
Seating
Passenger Capacity
5
Seat Trim
Vinyl / Premium Cloth
Front Seat Type
Bucket
Heated Front Seats
Driver And Front Passenger Heated-cushion, Heated-seatback
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
4-way / (8-way Power)
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
4-way
Front Armrests
4-way / (8-way Power)
Rear Armrests
Rear Seats
60-40 Split-bench
Radio & Infotainment
Radio
Fm Stereo, Fm, Clock, Seek-scan / Clock
Speakers
6
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Telescopic Tilt
Climate Control
Automatic Air Conditioning
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Rearview Mirror
Auto-dimming Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Driver And Passenger
Tinted Windows
Deep
Vanity Mirrors
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
3
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Front
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Pre-collision Assist With Automatic Emergency Braking (aeb) Forward Collision Mitigation
Blind Spot Sensor
Blis (blind Spot Information System) Blind Spot
Lane Departure Warning
Lane Keeping Alert Lane Departure
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Pre-collision Assist With Pedestrian Detection Front Pedestrian Detection Prevention
Driver Attention Alert
Driver Alert Driver Attention
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Ford Co-pilot360 - Auto High Beam Auto High-beam
Adaptive Headlights
Directionally Adaptive
Parking Sensors
Reverse Sensing System Rear / Forward And Reverse Sensing System Front And Rear
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Warranty
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Major Components Months
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
Roadside Assistance Months
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Corrosion Perforation
60 Months / Unlimited Miles
Accessories Months

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