Ford has had great success with the new F-150 Lightning, and you’re thinking about getting one, but they are pricey. How much does a Ford F150 Lightning cost?

While Ford has stopped taking orders for the 2022 models and has yet to announce any price increases for 2023, you’re still thinking about getting one. While the idea of helping the environment is essential, you don’t want to spend more money on your truck than you spent on your house. What are the various trim levels of the F-150 Lightning? And if you want to tow pretty much anything, will it cost more for the Extended Range Battery? There are just so many options and questions that it is hard to know where to start.

The 2022 Ford F150 Lightning ranges in price from $39,974 to over 90,000 depending on trim level and equipment packages added. Most experts expect the same trim levels for 2023. While pricing has yet to be announced for 2023, most customers are anxiously awaiting an announcement from Ford.

There is reason to be nervous. Ford halted taking orders due to the heavy customer demand for the new F-150 (supply chain interruptions and a worldwide pandemic didn’t help matters). Still, there is enough information to get a reasonable idea of what you can expect to pay when you walk into the Ford dealer and order one.

Let’s see if we can’t answer a few questions and clear some of the fog surrounding this popular truck.

How Much Does A Ford F-150 Lightning Cost?

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What Are the Trim Levels of the F-150 Lightning?

The new Ford F-150 Lightning comes in four trim levels; Pro, XLT, Lariat, and Platinum. Customers can upgrade the XLT and the Lariat with Premium Packages. Ford has committed to safety by installing Lane Keep Assist, Blind Spot Monitoring, Rear Parking Sensors, and Emergency Braking on all trims.

Let’s look at each trim level in more detail and cost.

Ford F-150 Lightning Pro

The Pro is the basic model truck with a standard range battery with 98 kWh running an electric motor that produces 426 hp and 775 lb/ft torque. The EPA range for this truck is 230 miles. (The Extended Range Battery Package is available only for fleet customers). The Pro has a max towing capacity of 7700 lbs and a payload capacity of 2,235 lbs. The truck has many features, including a standard 5.5 feet bed, 18-inch wheels, and vinyl seats. While the truck does come with some excellent features, like a navigation system SYNC 4, 12-inch infotainment that is Android Auto and Apple Car Play compatible, and keyless entry, there is no question that owners are buying a truck without a lot of extra frills. With its black bumpers, door handles, and blackout center grille, it is designed to be a basic work truck, no more, no less. One upgrade from other XLs of the past is the number of color choices offered other than basic white or grey.

While the Pro base price is $39,974 adding the towing package will increase the price by $1950 - the package includes a smart hitch, trailer guidance, and a forward sensing system, pushing the price to around $42,000.

Ford F-150 Lightning XLT

The XLT trim looks like a different truck with body-colored bumpers, door handles, and a Satin Metallic grille. The truck has black step rails and a SecuriCode keyless entry. The interior includes a leather-wrapped steering wheel, power seats, a forward sensor, and a 360-degree camera. The truck has two battery options (Standard or Extended Range - 131 kWh battery). The ER is only available on the upgraded XLT (Equipment Group 312A) and is a must for an owner who wants to increase their range (up to 320 miles). The truck will tow up to 10,000 lbs and has a payload of 2,235 lbs. While the Standard Battery comes with the truck, the ER will increase the truck's price by about 7- 10 grand. This ER battery produces 580 hp and is in the Premium trim level.

In addition, included in the 312A Package are 20-inch wheels, heated front seats, and 10-way power drivers/passenger seats, onboard power, steering assist and .rain-sensing wipers, approach detection, power tailgate, and heated steering wheel. The cost for the upgraded package is an additional $9500.

Clients wanting to haul equipment or campers will want to spend the extra $1395 for the smart hitch and trailer brake controller.

The base price for the XLT is $52,974, which means that the XLT with the Premium and Equipment Group 312A package, the truck will run closer to $70,895.  

Ford F-150 Lightning Lariat

The Lariat edition of the F150 model line is a nice truck. It has everything that the XLT comes with but has leather ventilated seats, power-folding mirrors, and a premium sound system. Premium trim adds the ER battery for an additional cost.

If you need more creature comforts, Ford offers an Equipment Package 511A, including things like Ford CoPilot 360, phone as key entry, rain-sensing wipers, tow technology package, trailer brake controller, and Pro Backup Trailer Assist.

The F150 Lariat starts at $67,474, and with the ER upgrade and the added 511A equipment add, the price of the truck moves to nearly $85,000.

Ford F-150 Lightning Platinum

For those truck owners who demand the ultimate in luxury, Platinum is the way to go. This is a fine-looking truck with 22-inch wheels, black-painted pockets, Body-color bumpers and handles, a moonroof, and retractable step rails that highlight an exquisite appearance and other items. This trim level comes standard with the ER battery, a home charger, Ford Blue Cruise, and massaging front/passenger seats. The truck also has an upgraded premium sound system with 18 speakers and a trailer tow package. The Max Tow Trailer Package and Tow Tech Package will allow Platinum to tow 10,000 pounds.

The price for the Platinum begins at $90,874.

Whether you desire or your budget, Ford has you covered as you shop for a Lightning that works best for you. While pricing has yet to be announced for the 2023 models, Ford has hinted that there may be moderate price increases for the new models.

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