Even More Configurations. No one will have trouble finding their perfect 2023 Ford F-150. The automaker has increased the pickup truck’s range with new Rattler and Raptor R models that make the already large lineup even larger. The F-150 is now available in 10 different trims, seven engines, three body styles, and three bed lengths. There’s a case to be made that Ford has one too many options with the F-150.

The new Rattler trim is geared toward drivers looking to go off-road. It’s based on the XL FX4 but adds unique 18-inch wheels, hill descent control, a dual-exhaust system, off-road suspension, a locking rear differential, and rattlesnake-inspired logos throughout the cabin. The Rattler trim positions itself above the FX4, but below the more rugged Tremor and the high-performance Raptors.

The big addition for 2023 is the introduction of the Raptor R. It’s aimed directly at the Ram 1500 TRX with a supercharged 5.2-liter V8 engine that’s called the Predator. It also comes with stiffer front springs, specially tuned dampers, 37-inch tires, 17-inch bead-lock capable wheels, a 9.75-inch rear axle, an electronically controlled locking rear differential, and other unique touches. It raises the Raptor family to another level.

No Bad Engines. While some automakers have started to reduce the number of available engines they offer on pickup trucks, Ford is expanding them. For 2023, the F-150 is available with six different engines, all of which are great.

Things for the F-150 start off with a 3.3-liter V6 engine that makes 290 horsepower. It’s a work-oriented motor for drivers looking for something that’s simple and sturdy. The next step up is a turbocharged 2.7-liter V6 that produces 325 hp. Of course, the F-150 is still available with a 5.0-liter V8 engine that’s good for 400 hp. Multiple trims are available with different versions of a twin-turbo 3.5-liter V6 engine. In its standard configuration, the engine makes 400 hp, while the Raptor is rated at 450 hp.

One of the things that set the F-150 apart from its rivals is an available hybrid powertrain. The hybrid engine pairs a twin-turbo 3.5-liter V6 engine with a 35-kW motor and a 1.5-kWh battery pack for up to 430 hp. This is the most powerful engine available in the regular F-150 lineup – not counting the Raptors.

While the Raptor makes do with a high-performance version of the twin-turbo V6 engine, the Raptor R gets its own unique supercharged 5.2-liter V8 engine. The engine is rated at 700 hp and helps the truck rocket to 60 mph in as little as 3.6 seconds.

With so many different available engines, we think all of them are winners since there’s something for everyone. For maximum towing capacity, the twin-turbo 3.5-liter V6 engine stands out as the best choice with a maximum rating of up to 14,000 pounds. When properly equipped, the F-150 has a payload capacity of 3,250 pounds. These figures are some of the best in the large truck class.

2023 Ford F-150 Interior

Basic To High-Tech. The F-150 is available with some impressive tech features, but the best stuff is saved for the truck’s higher trim levels. Base trims feel sparse with a standard eight-inch touchscreen, though the SYNC 4 infotainment system includes wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a Wi-Fi hotspot, and Bluetooth.

Higher trim levels are available with a 12-inch touchscreen and a 12-inch digital instrument cluster that looks far more high-tech. Available tech features include an 18-speaker Bang & Olufsen audio system, a wireless charging pad, and an HD Radio. While the F-150’s available 12-inch touchscreen is impressive, it’s not as large as the screens in the Chevrolet Silverado 1500, GMC Sierra 1500, or Toyota Tundra.

Ford offers its BlueCruise hands-free driver-assist system on the F-150, but it’s only standard on the luxurious Limited trim that costs $85,085 (with destination). The system allows the vehicle to handle most driving tasks on the highway without any input from the driver. The Limited also gets Ford’s trailer backup assist and trailer reverse guidance features that make it much easier to haul a large trailer. While we’re happy that Ford offers these features on the F-150, we wish they were more readily available throughout the truck’s entire lineup.

Still A Truck. Unlike the Ram 1500, which has become more of a luxury vehicle thanks to its coil-spring rear suspension setup, the F-150 still rides like a traditional truck because of its leaf-spring rear suspension. Over broken pavement or roads with a lot of potholes, the truck has a jittery ride. Plus base trims like the XL and XLT have a lot of hard plastics that look and feel unsightly. Some of the F-150’s higher trim levels come with a lot more premium materials, but they have premium price tags.

Ford also offers the F-150 with features that you won’t find with its competitors that highlight its work-oriented nature. The truck is available with fully reclining front seats to give workers a place to catch their breaths before heading back to work. A stowable shifter and a fold-open section on the center console allow for a flat work surface. For owners that need to bring valuable items with them to work, the truck is also available with an under-seat storage compartment. The coolest feature of them all, though, is the Pro Power Onboard system that turns the F-150 into a Generator. If you need a work truck that can power large tools, the available system is a must-have.

Final Thoughts. With the addition of new off-roading trims for 2023, the Ford F-150 gains ground on its rivals. The F-150 was already one of the more well-rounded trucks in the segment, but it now has a mega high-performance option that was missing. For drivers looking for a work truck, the F-150 fits the bill with its vast lineup of models to choose from, powerful engines, and work-friendly features. The F-150 will also appeal to drivers wanting some high-tech and luxurious features from their trucks, but the equipment doesn’t come cheap.

The Ram 1500 is the clear option for drivers that want a truck that feels more akin to a luxury car. It has better ride quality than the F-150 and comes with more upscale materials. The Ram 1500 loses out on towing capacity and doesn’t have the same powertrain lineup as the F-150. The available TRX is a direct competitor to the new Raptor R.

The Chevrolet Silverado 1500 is one of the more high-tech trucks in the segment. It’s available with a 13.4-inch touchscreen, a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, and Google built-in compatibility. Unlike the F-150, the Silverado 1500 is available with a diesel engine. Towing capacity maxes out at an impressive 13,300 pounds.

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