Edmunds Top Rated Best of the Best 2023
2023 Ford F-150 Lightning
What were we looking for?
The Edmunds Top Rated Best of the Best award recognizes the standout vehicle on sale today. Informed by Edmunds' industry-leading testing process, this award is given at the editors' discretion and considers the vehicle's impact, innovation and relevance to car shoppers.Why did the Ford F-150 Lightning win?
The launch of the F-150 Lightning was a seismic moment for Ford. Its success or failure was not just an existential issue for the Blue Oval; it would also have huge ramifications for the industry as a whole. If the automotive world is to turn electric, then the biggest-selling vehicle in the U.S., the heartbeat of working America, had to lead the charge.
Thankfully, it's good — very, very good. With the caveat that infrastructure concerns compromise its ability to tow long distances, this is not just a new kind of truck, it's a better kind of truck. It performs better; it's more refined; it's more practical thanks to a huge, lockable front trunk; and it's more versatile with the ability to power tools, toys or even other vehicles. For work or play, it opens up a whole new world of opportunities.
"The Ford F-150 Lightning is beautifully judged. Futuristic without being wacky, it embraces the advantages of electric technology to create a better truck for truck buyers. This isn't a lifestyle toy; it's a working tool in the best tradition of the F-150. The heart of America is in robust health." — Alistair Weaver, editor-in-chief
When historians write about the automotive revolution in the 2020s, the Ford F-150 Lightning will take center stage.