Your 2023 F-150 Lightning Trim Guide: Electrifying the Best-Selling Truck in America
Ford is an automotive pioneer, shaping the American landscape since the 1900s when Henry Ford introduced the Model T. The first Ford put the world on wheels and encouraged a new way to travel, a means to move beyond our doorsteps and explore the world around us. It transformed every aspect of our lives, setting the precedent for everything Ford stands for and offers today.
The next chapter in Ford’s incredible legacy is electrified, as Ford proves the best-selling truck in the country can offer more power and capability than ever. As your Ford F-150 Lightning dealer, the team at Faith’s Ford is thrilled to introduce you to that next-level potency and everything you can expect from Ford’s all-electric powerhouse. With a trim for every budget and performance need, here’s a closer look at the F-150 Lightning lineup for 2023 and each trim’s defining features and details.
Meet the F-150 Lightning Pro: The Gateway
The electric vehicle is not a modern invention, but it hasn’t always been practical or affordable. Early electric vehicles were so intricate and complex to build and own that they were only available to those with deep pockets. Moreover, their capability and longevity were in question, leaving many to doubt that an electric vehicle could competently meet the demands of the road. Fortunately, this has changed, as we see from Ford’s gateway into its all-electric F-150 lineup with the F-150 Lightning Pro.
Starting at $49,995, the F-150 Lightning Pro starts the all-electric family and is an exceptional package that reflects the Built Ford Tough motto and Ford’s promise to give drivers more for their money.[a] The base trim rolls off the production line with the standard range battery that promises a launch from 0 to 60 MPH in 4.1 seconds and a range of up to 240 miles. With dual electric motors, the Lightning Pro is no slouch, producing 462 hp and 775 lb-ft of instant torque.
Beyond its standard range battery, the F-150 Lightning Pro offers an extensive suite of standard features that heighten its value and appeal as a work partner. The Mega Power Frunk features four 120-volt outlets via the Pro Power OnBoard system, which provides 2.4 kW of exportable power to run everything from small tools and laptops to a microwave. The cabin is also incredibly well-equipped, from the 12-inch center touchscreen with wireless smartphone integration via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto to the Ford Co-Pilot360 2.0 suite of safety and driver-assist features.
Meet the F-150 Lightning XLT: The Functional Work Partner
A deeper look into the F-150 Lightning brings more features and options to light, starting with the available extended-range battery. While the Lightning Pro relies on a standard-range battery, Ford distinguishes the XLT with its optional extended-range battery that pushes its driving range to 320 miles and shaves time off its launch from 0 to 60 MPH. The extended-range battery, which produces 580 hp and 775 lb-ft of instant torque, also increases the truck’s towing capacity from 5,000 lbs to 7,700 lbs, making it more competent to tow heavier loads without breaking a sweat.
Beyond the extended-range battery, Ford differentiates the Lightning XLT in several other critical ways. For example, you can add tech-savvy features that enhance your experience behind the wheel. These features include Intelligent Adaptive Cruise Control, Rain-Sensing Wipers, Intersection Assist, and the Ford Co-Pilot360 Assist 2.0 suite that extends the standard Ford Co-Pilot 360 2.0 suite. Stylistically, you’ll also enjoy more options, from the signature front lighting and interior work surface for heightened versatility to the optional 20-inch alloy wheels in Dark Carbonized Gray. Where the Lightning Pro is the gateway, the Lightning XLT is the customizable and more functional work partner.
Meet the F-150 Lightning Lariat: The Tech-Savvy Powerhouse
For our customers looking for next-level technology and luxury, the F-150 Lightning Lariat is the perfect choice. Designed as a tech-savvy powerhouse with plenty of comforts and conveniences, the Lightning Lariat is near the top of the lineup and, as expected, offers more features than the Pro and XLT. But how does it differentiate itself from the base and mid-tier trims? It’s all about the details.
Like the Lightning XLT, the Lightning Lariat is available with an extended-range battery. As a result, you can expect the same 320-mile driving range, towing capability, and sub-four-second launch from 0 to 60 MPH. However, your experience in the driver’s seat is remarkably different because of the truck’s interior design and advanced technologies.
For starters, the Lightning Lariat swaps the standard 12-inch center touchscreen display for a vertical 15.5-inch capacitive touchscreen and the renowned SYNC 4A infotainment system with enhanced voice recognition. With Connected Built-In Navigation, over-the-air updates, and cloud-based connectivity, the SYNC 4A system seamlessly keeps you connected and informed wherever you go. It also helps that as you navigate the road and listen to your favorite playlist, you sit on premium leather-trimmed seats, heated and ventilated in the front, for optimal comfort. Other conveniences, like the power tailgate with its signature lighting, add to the Lightning Lariat’s functionality and aesthetic.
Easily, the most exciting and distinguishing feature of the F-150 Lightning Lariat is the option to add BlueCruise. Ford’s hands-free driving-assist technology is revolutionary because it lets you take your hands off the wheel and enjoy the ride. When you add this package to the Lariat, you can reap the benefits of a remarkable system that relies on a driver-facing camera, map data, sensors, and radars to help you navigate over 130,000 miles of compatible roadways throughout the United States and Canada.
Meet the F-150 Lightning Platinum: The Opulent Workhorse
You won’t find a more lavish and well-equipped workhorse than the Lightning Platinum. Sitting at the top of the Lightning’s lineup in 2023, the Lightning Platinum has every feature and option imaginable. It redefines every expectation of an electric truck, delivering premium comfort and luxury in every situation. It’s a chariot with the heart of a warrior.
With a starting price north of $90,000 in 2023, the Lightning Platinum is an opulent chariot that rolls off the production line with an extended range battery, four-wheel-drive, and a Mega Power Frunk with the integrated Pro Power Onboard Outlets.[a] Like its siblings, the Lightning Platinum is a competent workhorse with a 300-mile range and a towing capacity of 8,500 lbs. Ford adds to that capability by including the Tow Technology Package, which outfits the truck with Pro Trailer Backup Assist, a 360-degree camera, a Trailer Brake Controller, Trailer Reverse Guidance, and Smart Trailer Tow Connect with the Blind Spot Information System with Trailer Coverage. These advanced technologies give you the confidence and awareness to tow any trailer with ease.
In addition to these trailering-specific features, the Lightning Platinum also comes with Onboard Scales with Smart Hitch, an option on other trims. The tool estimates the truck’s load and the weight of the trailer, helping you optimize how the weight is distributed for better performance. Of course, you also get the benefits of other cutting-edge technologies, including Blue Cruise with Active Park Assist 2.0, which can expertly navigate the Lighting Platinum into a designated parking spot. It’s the perfect addition to an already impressive lineup of technologies that undoubtedly offer an incredible experience in the driver’s seat, which is trimmed in leather, heated, and ventilated, as expected.
The Perfect F-150 Lightning
Finding the perfect truck is no easy feat, but you’re already off to an exceptional start with the F-150 Lighting. As the most revered automaker in America, Ford has an incredible reputation for building trucks that last and offer excellent value. The F-150 Lightning marks a new chapter for Ford, an electrifying future where you can have everything you’re looking for behind the wheel. Now, it simply comes down to finding the perfect trim that meets your needs and exceeds your expectations. Fortunately, you’re in excellent hands with Ford and the team at Faith’s Ford.