Assortment of powertrains. The 2022 Ford F-150 is a versatile pickup truck that’s available in a dizzying number of powertrains. If we’re being honest, there might be too many engines to choose from. Picking out the batch is a difficult task, even more so now that the all-electric F-150 Lightning, which is reviewed separately, will be available. Thankfully, Ford has discontinued the diesel engine for 2022, making the choice slightly easier.

The F-150 starts off with a 3.3-liter V6 engine. It’s the workhorse of the bunch, making 290 horsepower and 265 pound-feet of torque. The next step up in the lineup is a twin-turbocharged 2.7-liter V6 engine. It produces 325 hp and 400 lb-ft of torque. Ford offers two different versions of a twin-turbo 3.5-liter V6 that makes up to 430 hp and 570 lb-ft of torque in the right trim. This is the engine for towing, as it can haul up to 14,000 pounds. For shoppers that haven’t given up on a burly V8, the F-150 is offered with a 5.0-liter V8 engine. It generates 400 hp and 410 lb-ft of torque.

The real star in the lineup is the F-150 Hybrid. It features a twin-turbo 3.5-liter V6 engine and an electric motor for a combined output of 430 hp and 570 lb-ft of torque. It’s rated to tow up to 12,700 pounds and can get up to 25 mpg combined. All engines come paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission.

So many features and trims. In addition to being available with a variety of powertrains, Ford offers the F-150 in seven trims, including the high-performance Raptor. If choosing a powertrain seems difficult, wait until you have to sort through all of the trims and optional features.

We think the XLT and Lariat are the two stand-out trims in the lineup. The XLT should meet the majority of people’s needs with power windows and door locks, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, rear parking sensors, and lane-keeping assist. Additional standard features include an eight-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth, and a Wi-Fi hot spot.

For something more luxurious, the Lariat is as high as we recommend going. It includes leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, power-adjustable front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, push-button start, remote start, a 12-inch touchscreen, and a 12-inch digital instrument cluster. It has the right amount of luxury to still be used on a daily basis.

The F-150 has gone more upscale than before and pricing can get out of hand if you don’t keep an eye on features. A fully-loaded Limited trim can eclipse the $84,000 mark, though it still doesn’t feel as premium as the Ram 1500.

Work-ready features. With the full redesign for the 2021 model year, Ford focused on making the F-150 a smarter work vehicle. The pickup truck is available with a wide slew of features that make the vehicle a better option for consumers that need to get some work done. Features like a stowable shifter, a fold-open work surface, an under-seat storage compartment, and fully reclining front seats make the F-150’s cabin a mobile office.

For consumers that want to use the F-150 for heavy-duty tasks, the pickup truck is available with a smart trailer tow connector, onboard scales, and a smart hitch to guide you to hook a trailer up perfectly every time. The F-150 Hybrid is available with an onboard generator that pumps out 7,200 watts of electricity. The generator can act as a power source for a house or recharge heavy-duty devices on a job site.

Modern, yet rugged. Underneath the high-tech, modern body, the F-150 continues to be a hard-working pickup truck. The F-150 can tow more cargo than all of the other full-size pickup trucks in the class with a towing capacity of up to 14,000 pounds. The truck’s 3,325-pound payload capacity is also impressive.

While the F-150 is mega capable, it doesn’t have the same luxurious ride as the Ram 1500. The Ford continues to use a leaf-spring rear suspension, while the Ram has a coil-spring rear setup that greatly improves ride quality. Ford has made great strides in getting the F-150 to feel more upscale than ever before, but its rocky ride quality continues to be a drawback.

Final thoughts. There’s a reason why the Ford F-150 has been the best-selling pickup in the U.S. for over 40 years. The F-150 does everything so well that it’s hard to find fault with the truck. It has a great lineup of engines, features that appeal to CEOs and construction workers alike, a wide range of trims, and class-leading towing capacity. How can we forget about the Raptor? That beast is ready to traverse terrain at scary high speeds.

Alternatively, the Ram 1500 is a more luxurious and high-tech pickup truck. It rides better than the F-150 and has more impressive tech features, but can’t tow as much cargo and isn’t available with the same lineup of engines. The Ram 1500 TRX is an even more powerful off-roader than the Raptor. The Chevrolet Silverado 1500 has a similarly diverse lineup of powertrains, has a large 13.4-inch touchscreen, is available with Super Cruise, and is offered in a rugged ZR2 trim.

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