Ford F-150 Lightning Named Motortrend’s 2023 ‘Truck of the Year’

Photo: F-150 Lightning

Ford launched its electric F-150 Lightning earlier this year, and the vehicle has already earned its first award in the truck sector.

Motortrend has named the Ford F-150 Lightning its 2023 Truck of the Year, calling it “the first electric pickup to appeal directly to the existing truck market.”

Ford delivered its first F-150 Lightning to a Michigan buyer in May, and it has since received fairly positive reviews from owners.

The outlet outlined several reasons for its choice, ranging from the F-150 being more efficient as compared to other electric trucks on the market to the fact that it is nearly $20,000 cheaper than the next most-affordable electric pickup on the market.

In an electric pickup market that’s still pretty small, the F-150 Lightning’s main competitors include the Rivian R1T and the GMC Hummer EV.

While both of its rivals are considered “expressive” by Motortrend’s standards, the publication says it’s the F-150 Lightning’s electric recreation of the classic pickup truck that has earned it the title.

The F-150 Lightning also has a slightly higher range than the R1T, despite having a smaller battery and being an overall larger vehicle.

As for downsides, the F-150 Lightning reportedly has a lower peak charging rate than the R1T, though it only takes a few minutes longer than the Rivian electric truck to charge.