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Driven: 2022 Ford F-150 Review

By Chris Teague | May 31, 2022

Pros:

  • There's an engine and trim level for every buyer.
  • Available hybrid system adds compelling functionality.
  • Great available driver assistance technology.

Cons:

  • Quickly gets dizzyingly expensive.
  • Ride can be rough at times.
  • Non-hybrid gas mileage is subpar.

Vehicle Type: The Ford F-150 is a full-size pickup truck with seating for up to five people.

Price Range: The 2022 Ford F-150 starts from around $31,000 to $75,000.

Powertrain: A 3.3-liter V6 with 290 horsepower and 265 lb-ft of torque.

A twin-turbo 2.7-liter V6 with 325 horsepower and 400 lb-ft of torque.

A 5.0-liter V8 with 400 horsepower and 410 lb-ft of torque.

A twin-turbo 3.5-liter V6 with 400 horsepower and 500 lb-ft of torque.

A twin-turbo 3.5-liter V6 gas-electric hybrid system with 430 total system output and 570 lb-ft of torque.

All engines are paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission. Rear-wheel-drive is standard, and four-wheel-drive is available.


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Overview:

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Ford enjoys more F-150 sales each year than some automakers' entire catalogs. Still, America's best-selling pickup truck has fiercer competition than ever before as nearly every player from General Motors to Toyota updates their trucks amid increased demand. As a result, Ford overhauled the F-150 in 2021, which brought a new hybrid powertrain, significant improvements to the truck's infotainment system and technology, and an evolution to its iconic styling.

For 2022, the available turbodiesel V6 is no longer offered, and those seeking better fuel economy are guided to the hybrid. The high-performance Raptor version is also set to return with a 450-horsepower turbocharged V6 as in the last model. In addition, an all-electric version known as the F-150 Lightning is set to go on sale by summer 2022 and will offer two battery sizes, with prices ranging from about $40,000 to $90,000. It will compete with the new GMC Hummer EV and Rivian R1T.

Since it sells so many trucks, Ford can accommodate many trims and configurations for F-150 models. Trim levels include XL, XLT, Lariat, Tremor, King Ranch, Platinum, and Limited, with several option packages and powertrains available in those. While pricing starts modestly from around $31,000, it's easy to spend more than $80,000 configuring an F-150l. A regular cab, crew cab (Supercrew), and Supercab are available, and Ford offers various bed lengths for each.

The F-150 competes with the Chevrolet Silverado 1500, GMC Sierra 1500, Ram 1500, Nissan Titan, Toyota Tundra. It's aimed at buyers who want the ultimate customization capability with an extensive list of features and tech.


Overall Score: 8/10

Safety Features: 8/10

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Full-size pickup trucks are hit or miss on driver assistance technology, safety equipment, and crash testing, but the F-150 is an exception. The truck gets automatic headlights, automatic high beams, a pre-collision system with automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, and a rearview camera with hitch assistance.

The F-150 earned a Top Safety Pick from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) in 2021. The 2022 is expected to be structurally identical. However, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has not yet crash-tested the redesigned F-150.


Value: 7/10

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Though it gets expensive quickly, the F-150's everything-and-the-kitchen-sink approach to equipment and options offerings makes the truck easy to configure to a particular budget. Multiple powertrain and body style configurations are available across all trim levels, too.

The base F-150 XL's price tag suggests value, but at that price point, the work truck comes with rubber flooring, few options, manual windows, and no back seat. Safety equipment and solid capability are standard, but buyers likely expect more from a base model without shelling out more cash for upgrades and improved specs.

The PowerBoost hybrid powertrain is an expensive add-on, but it brings incredible capability and solid fuel economy for the price. It can also be used as a generator or power source to provide electricity for home appliances or power tools during a power outage or on a remote job site.


Tech Features: 8/10

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The F-150 comes standard with an 8-inch touchscreen that runs Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, USB inputs, 12-volt power outlets, Bluetooth, app capability, and a Wi-Fi hotspot.

Available features include a 12-inch infotainment touchscreen, SiriusXM satellite radio, navigation, a Bang & Olufsen "B&O" audio system, and telematics for fleet vehicles.

Ford's latest SYNC 4 infotainment software is responsive and mostly intuitive and offers excellent connectivity with a generous amount of features on both of the F-150's screen sizes, including over-the-air updates.


Practicality: 10/10

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The F-150 is rated at up to 14,000 pounds of towing capacity when equipped with the twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 and a trailer tow package. That's enough to make you think about opting for the gigantic Super Duty truck. The Ford's payload capacity reaches 3,250 pounds, further bolstering its practicality and usefulness.

Ford went the extra mile with the new F-150 by offering several standard or low-cost features to improve its usefulness on a job site or in everyday life. For example, the cab can be outfitted with Max Recline fold-flat front seats that function like small beds for resting. In addition, the optional fold-out work surface in the center console is large enough to act as a mobile desk, and the hybrid's Pro Power onboard generator capability can power tools and equipment way off the grid.

The F-150's cabin is equally as useful, with several small- and large-item storage spaces. There is also plenty of room for passengers to stretch out in models with a back seat, meaning the truck can act as an only vehicle for people who don't want or can't have more than one.


Styling & Design: 8/10

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Ford didn't completely rewrite the script when it redesigned the F-150 and left its familiar styling mostly in place. Even so, the truck is all-new underneath. The new F-150's lines are smoother, and its nose is more refined than before. LED running lights and a modern grille round out the friendlier front-end design.

Inside, the F-150's cabin finishes vary between trims, but higher levels get luxurious materials and colors. Models equipped with the larger infotainment screen feel truly futuristic inside, and the available fold-away gear shifter looks great in chrome-plastic.

The King Ranch and Platinum trims bring the bling with chrome trim and huge exterior badges that make it impossible to ignore. The effect is likely too much for some buyers, but in truck-crazed areas like Texas, they're a bold way to stand out among a sea of pickups.


Driving Experience: 8/10

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The F-150 offers a wide range of driving experiences, from basic and bumpy to refined and surprisingly comfortable. Depending on the configuration, it can be pretty quick. Both the V8 and hybrid powertrains offer excellent power and acceleration, and neither of the turbocharged V6s is at all slow. Unfortunately, Ford cut the diesel option for 2022, which is a shame, as the 3.0-liter Power Stroke V6 was an excellent and refined companion that returned reasonably good fuel economy and performance.

The ride can be a bit unsettled and bouncy, especially over rough roads and bumps, such as the joints between highways and bridges. A Ram 1500, especially with its optional air suspension, is better in this area.

When equipped with four-wheel-drive, the F-150 is capable off-road and can hold its own over challenging terrain. Various packages also add more rugged tires and better shock absorbers. The new Raptor is expected to be even more capable off the pavement than before.


Fuel Efficiency: 7/10

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With the hybrid powertrain equipped, the F-150 can return up to 25 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway. The base 3.3-liter V6 manages up to 24 mpg on the highway when equipped with 2WD.

The thirstiest F-150 configurations are its two off-road-oriented trims and packages. The Tremor package drives fuel economy down to an EPA-estimated 20 mpg highway, and the Raptor model with 37-inch tires manages just 16.


What’s it Going to Cost Me?

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The base F-150 XL's MSRP starts around $31,000 after destination charge and comes standard with a 3.3-liter V6, 2WD, 17-inch wheels, trailer sway control, manual windows, an 8-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, Bluetooth, USB inputs, air conditioning, vinyl floor covering, and a 12-volt power outlet. Driver assistance features include a hill-start assist, automatic headlights, auto high beam control, lane keep assist, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, forward collision warnings, and a rearview camera with hitch assistance.

The F-150 XLT's base price comes in close to $38,000. It includes chrome bumpers, carpeted flooring, cruise control, power windows and door locks, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and fog lights.

The F-150 Lariat nears $47,000 and comes with a turbocharged 2.7-liter V6, a 12-inch digital gauge cluster, 18-inch wheels, LED exterior lighting, blue ambient interior lighting, leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, steering wheel-mounted controls, keyless entry with push-button start, a 12-inch touchscreen, satellite radio, navigation, and voice commands.

The Ford F-150 King Ranch nears $59,000. It gets the 5.0-liter V8, more chrome exterior trim, two-tone paint, 18-inch chrome wheels, heated rear seats, adaptive steering, rain-sensing wipers, adaptive cruise control, intersection assistance, evasive steering assist, a B&O sound system with HD radio, a universal garage door opener, and a wireless smartphone charging pad.

The F-150 Platinum at over $61,000, and it comes with different chrome exterior trim, 20-inch wheels, aluminum and wood interior trim, a massaging function front seats, memory seats, Active Drive Assist.

The top F-150 Limited at close to $75,000 and adds a turbocharged 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine, automatic and full-time four-wheel-drive, a twin-panel panoramic moonroof, a power tailgate, power-deployable running boards, 22-inch wheels, a 360-degree camera system, active parking assist, and an 18-speaker stereo.

If we were shopping for an F-150 today, our money would buy the mid-range Lariat trim. With leather upholstery, a powerful turbo V6 engine, several features, and additional driver assistance tech, it's the best value. It's also as comfortable as most family SUVs, with the added capability of a truck bed in the back.


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