How We'd Spec It: 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning in Its More Affordable Forms

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The caller electric mentation of Ford's F-150 pickup precocious started production, and we've conscionable driven the Lightning. Now that it's real, we decided to indulge the hypothetical and play astir with the F-150 Lightning configurator to spot which mentation of the motortruck we'd prime if it was our ain money. It's nary astonishment that we tended to gravitate to little costly versions of the Lightning, arsenic the value-oriented pricing of the Pro and XLT models makes much consciousness to america than the thought of spending $90,000-plus connected the afloat loaded Platinum trim.

Greg Fink's $44,259 Lightning Pro

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The 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning proves that little is sometimes more, arsenic the entry-level Pro offers much worth than its higher-end and better-equipped XLT, Lariat, and Platinum kin. Though it’s constricted to the smaller artillery pack, the all-wheel-drive Pro inactive packs a plentiful 230 miles of manufacturer-targeted driving range. The 2 electrical motors spend the motortruck northbound of 400 horsepower and adjacent to 800 pound-feet of torque. That’s plentifulness for each but the astir insecure individuals. The terms for each of this? $41,769—$13,000 little than the adjacent cheapest F-150 Lightning trim, the XLT.

With each that disposable torque, it seems astir irresponsible of maine not to equip my plain-jane Oxford White Lightning with the $825 Max Trailer Tow package, which includes further cooling features to—hopefully—prevent the motors and artillery battalion from overheating nether load. Opting for this bundle means my Lightning Pro’s modular 2.4-kW generator gets swapped for a much almighty 9.6-kW setup. Add successful $595 worthy of spray-in bedliner and I’m looking astatine an electrical pickup motortruck with a sticker terms $44,259. That’s $559 little than a bare-bones four-wheel-drive F-150 XL unit cab with spray-in bedliner and the basal 290-hp 3.3-liter V-6. Less truly is more. —Greg Fink

Drew Dorian's $75,094 Lightning XLT

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If it were my money, I’d instrumentality with the XLT trim and enactment each of my splurge wealth toward the larger artillery pack. It adds a whopping $10,000 to the bottommost enactment but it kicks the Lightning’s scope up from 230 miles per complaint to 320. For now, the Lightning is inactive eligible for the $7500 electrical conveyance taxation credit, truthful that offsets the outgo of the upgrade somewhat. The XLT exemplary is reasonably basal but inactive comes with plentifulness of convenience features specified arsenic a 360-degree exterior camera system, moving boards, heated beforehand seats, a heated steering wheel, a 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, and Ford’s Co-Pilot360 driver-assistance bundle. I’m not usually a instrumentality of grey vehicles, but connected the XLT mentation of the Lightning the Carbonized Gray Metallic overgarment someway works. I deliberation it’s due to the fact that the truck's grille and 20-inch wheels are the aforesaid colour and it benignant of creates a grayscale effect that I find alternatively interesting. The lone enactment I’d adhd is the Max Trailer Tow bundle for $825 which unlocks the Lightning’s maximum towing capableness of 10,000 pounds. As equipped, my F-150 Lightning rings successful astatine a $75,094, which is simply a fewer 1000 little than the starting terms of the Rivian R1T. –Drew Dorian

K.C. Colwell's $46,209 Lightning Pro

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I similar luxury items and I’m not acrophobic to walk wealth connected the things I like. But worth is simply a cardinal component, which is wherefore my Lightning spec is simply a Pro and has lone 3 options indispensable to bash the enactment I request a motortruck to do: the Tow Technology ($1950) and Max Trailer Tow ($825) packages and a mill spray-in furniture liner ($595). Wait, what? The Max Trailer Tow package, which bumps the tow standing from 5000 pounds to 7700 with the standard-range battery, forces the Pro Power Onboard option. I don’t truly request that, but I accidental I mightiness privation to spell to a tailgate. Maybe. Anyway, that’s $1070 of my $7500 taxation recognition I americium ne'er gonna see. I’m going with Oxford White due to the fact that my ’91 Explorer was the aforesaid color. I don’t request the large artillery due to the fact that my work rhythm is conscionable weekend-warrior stuff. I instrumentality my vessel to a motorboat and return. I spell to Lowe's. Maybe a sportfishing travel successful Northern Michigan. Never precise far. I astir apt wouldn't adjacent wage to ligament it up to my location due to the fact that I already person a level 2 transportation successful my store and a generator. And considering that my motortruck costs $46,209, I’ll person wealth near implicit to screen the vinyl seats with thing brushed with a 12-volt heating element. I’d adjacent find a stitched leather screen for the integrative steering wheel. K.C. Colwell

Ezra Dyer’s $75,839 Lightning XLT

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My Lightning is the perfect Lightning, bereft of frippery but fitted with the astir almighty motors, an homage to its tail-happy namesake. I started with an Atlas Blue $74,269 XLT with the extended scope battery—not due to the fact that I attraction astir having 320 miles range, necessarily, but due to the fact that the upgraded artillery brings 580 horsepower, versus 452 horsepower with the modular battery. And portion it’s a large terms leap for the standard-range XLT, the extended-range motortruck comes with Equipment Group 312A, which is different a $9500 enactment and includes cardinal features similar the 9.6-kW generator (and OK, I’ll instrumentality the heated seats and steering instrumentality too). So your nett walk implicit the basal XLT is $10,000, but that besides see the 80-amp Ford Charge Station Pro, which some charges your motortruck faster than a modular Level 2 charger and is simply a prerequisite for the Lightning’s different neat trick—serving arsenic backup powerfulness for your house. And that’s different condition successful which you’d privation the higher-capacity battery.

So what other bash I need? I’m going with the $825 max trailer tow package, which brings upgraded cooling for the artillery and motors. I’ll privation the spray-in bedliner for $595, and let’s propulsion connected all-terrain tires for different $150. And that’s it. That volition adequately conscionable my pickup-truck needs, inasmuch arsenic my pickup-truck needs impact 580 horsepower, 775 lb-ft of torque and the quality to alteration connected request into a section powerfulness utility. After the $7500 Federal taxation recognition (which astir apt won’t beryllium astir for agelong erstwhile Ford starts moving these things), I’m backmost nether $70,000. Expensive, yeah. But besides not a atrocious deal. –Ezra Dyer

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