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2022 Ford F-150 Lightning: What's It Like to Live With?

Is the electric F-150 the king of electric trucks? We have one year and 20,000 miles to find out.

Ford F-150 Lightning 2022
Miles Driven:Average kWh/100:

Latest Highlights (updated 11/22/22)

  • We bought a Lariat 4x4 SuperCrew
  • Plus the extended-range battery
  • And paid MSRP $80,014 (plus taxes)
  • Let's get this test started

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What We Got And Why

by Mike Schmidt, Senior Manager, Vehicle Testing Operations

Our test vehicle: 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning Lariat Dual eMotor Extended Range Battery
Base MSRP: $67,474
MSRP as tested: $80,014
What we paid: $80,014 (plus tax)

The 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is arguably the most significant vehicle to go on sale this year. In gasoline form, the F-150 truck has sold better than any other vehicle in the U.S. for years on end. Electric vehicle technology, meanwhile, has been improving at an exponential rate. Now put them together. When Ford sees fit to electrify its cash cow, that's big news. The F-150 Lightning has the potential to make a huge impact on the momentum of EVs. So when online reservations opened on May 19, 2021, we jumped at the chance to secure our place in line. The cost was $100.

What Did We Get?

Fast-forward to January 2022. Ford CEO Jim Farley announced that it was time for early reservation holders, like us, to configure their trucks and place build orders. In early August, Ford notified us that our truck was undergoing final quality control checks. In September, we finally took delivery of our 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning SuperCrew in Lariat trim with dual-motor four-wheel drive and the extended-range battery. We opted for Atlas Blue metallic paint on the exterior and black leather inside.

Standard equipment on our F-150 includes LED headlights, power tailgate, power front trunk, 60/40-split fold-up rear bench seats, a 360-degree camera and a Class IV trailer hitch. It also has a suite of safety features like evasive steering assistance, adaptive cruise control, pre- and post-collision brake assist, and lane keeping assistance. Ford's BlueCruise system was a must, considering the emergence of competitive assisted-driving systems, which meant we had to spring for the 511A equipment group, tacking $10,000 onto the price. That's a chunk of change, but it also got us lockable storage beneath the rear seat, heated rear seats, the Tow Technology package (featuring onboard scales, Smart Hitch to help balance trailer weight, and an integrated brake controller), a power-adjustable steering wheel, rain-sensing wipers and a twin-panel moonroof. All-terrain tires cost $150 more and the spray-in bedliner $595. With destination, MSRP came to $80,014. And that's what we paid.

Why Did We Get It?

We already said it. The F-150 Lightning may be the most influential new EV this year. We've seen midsize trucks like the Rivian R1T, which we also own, funnel excitement into the segment. But are full-size electric trucks for real? What is the real trade-off between towing and electric range? How far can you drive with 2,000 pounds of payload in the bed? Or is this more about an electric family car that happens to have a bed — plus a trunk up front? We plan to answer all of these questions and more over the next year and 20,000 miles.

Edmunds purchased this vehicle for the purpose of evaluation.

2022 Ford F-150 Lightning: Real-World Fuel Economy

What's the range with a trailer? With the bed full of dirt? Unladen around town? We'll find out and report it here.

Average lifetime consumption (kWh/100 miles): 53.0
EPA rating (kWh/100 miles): 48 combined ( 43 city / 54 highway )
Best consumption (kWh/100 miles): 33.7
Best range (miles): 332.7
Current odometer: 2,430

2022 Ford F-150 Lightning: Comfort

The F-150 is known for its on, and off-road comfort. Does its electric counterpart hold up its end of the bargain?

Do batteries affect on-road comfort?

Associate Manager, Vehicle Testing Operations and Logistics Rex Tokeshi-Torres took the F-150 Lightning out on the highway and reported some concerns about on-road comfort. Specifically, that he could feel the way the batteries impact the suspension of the nearly 7,000-pound truck, particularly when going over bumps in the road.

The Lightning isn't quite as heavy as the Rivian R1T, which broke the 7,000-pound mark during Edmunds instrumented testing, but it did clock in nearly 1,000-pounds heavier than our Ford F-150 Hybrid. Batteries are notoriously heavy and we'll keep an eye on how that extra weight impacts the ride of our truck during our test.