The Ford F-150 Lightning came in and told the Rivian R1T to move without warning. The battle of electric trucks is getting pretty intense as the 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning replaces the 2022 Rivian R1T as Truck of the Year.
Ford F-150 Lightning Takes Rivian R1T Truck of the Year
motor trend has spoken, and the 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning serves as its Truck of the Year. It replaced the 2022 Rivian R1T, which won this prestigious title last year. While the R1T was the first electric pickup truck, the F-150 Lightning is slowly catching up and could surpass its success.
Part of Lightning’s success is related to its style. It has a more traditional look that appeals to regular truck buyers. Rivals like the Rivian R1T and the Tesla Cybertruck (if it ever comes out) have wild, futuristic styling.
The 2022 R1T and other more expensive options are marketed as lifestyle trucks that can fuel outdoor hobbies. But the 2022 Lightning appeals to the traditional buyer by being seen as an option for work, commuting, and families.
With the F-150 Lightning, you can tow up to 10,000 lbs. and haul a payload of up to 2,200 lbs. The Rivian R1T tops out at 11,000 pounds and can carry up to 1,384 pounds.
While the R1T can tow a bit more, the F-150 Lightning makes it easier with more cargo space to work with. Plus, it has on-board scales, trailer camera views, professional trailer backup assistance, and live range updates.
Does the 2022 F-150 have more value?
Even with recent price hikes, the 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning offers savings over its rivals. The $12,000 increase is disappointing, and the Pro model now starts at $51,974. But building a comparable gas-powered F-150 Lightning costs a bit more and has less power.
The Rivian R1T starts at $67,500, making it more expensive for people to switch to green power. Both remember to look for potential federal and state tax credits with all electric vehicle options.
With the F-150 Lightning, dual-motor four-wheel drive and an electronic locking rear differential are standard. Plus, you get eight 120-volt outlets to power jobsites.
Each model has a 12.0-inch infotainment screen with integrated navigation and route planning, allowing drivers to find charging stations on the go.
Standard safety features include blind spot warning, lane keeping assist, automatic emergency braking, reverse parking sensors and automatic high beams. For added comfort and convenience, each model has well-bolstered bucket seats and a full center console.
Does the F-150 Lightning offer any unique features?
The 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning has some pretty cool features to help combat the Rivian R1T. The R1T’s gear tunnel and optional built-in camp kitchen are pretty cool.
However, the F-150 Lightning has SuperCruise hands-free driving technology. When available, the Lightning will adjust your speed, change lanes, and stop at red lights for you. Just be sure to look ahead on the road and keep your hands on the wheel.
Plus, the 2022 Lightning has the Power Pro onboard generator to power campsites, tailgate parties, other electric vehicles, and even your home.
Frame and ladder construction combined with a multi-link rear suspension provides a best-in-class truck with the ability to handle tons of weight, even off-road.
You can remotely set your vehicle to heat and charge on your schedule for your convenience and to avoid wasting energy.
The F-150 Lightning is a well-rounded option that appeals to more traditional truck buyers who need it more just for outdoor adventures.