The 2022 Ford F-150 is a versatile work vehicle that comes in a wide variety of trims and body styles. The affordable and practical base XL will be a hit with contractors and fleet managers, while the luxurious King Ranch and Limited models will appeal to oil tycoons and ranchers with deep pockets.
A variety of engines, including a hybrid and a diesel, are available, and the off-road-ready Tremor variant boasts the ability to take you practically anywhere. The F-150 is a tough vehicle that can complete any task. While the Ram 1500 is a more pleasant daily driver, the Ford F-150 has historically won over more customers thanks to its solid reputation and an extensive list of optional extras. We expect very few F-150 buyers to be dissatisfied with their investment, so we have no qualms about including it among our Editor’s Picks.
What’s New for 2022?
For 2022, the F-150 gains a new Black Appearance package that can be added to XL, XLT, Lariat, and Platinum trims. The Bed Utility package was previously only available on the high-end King Ranch, Platinum, and Limited models, but is now an available option on the XL, XLT, Lariat, and Tremor. It has a locking cleat-style tie down and a tailgate step. This season also sees the introduction of Atlas Blue. We also review the all-electric 2022 F-150 Lightning, which will be released that year.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
A 290-horsepower 3.3-liter V-6, a 400-horsepower 5.0-liter V-8, a 325-horsepower twin-turbocharged 2.7-liter V-6, a 400-horsepower twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V-6, and a 250-horsepower 3.0-liter diesel V-6 are all available for the 2022 F-150. The F-150 has a 10-speed automatic transmission and your choice of two powerful engines.
The F-150 is available with a hybrid drivetrain for the first time. According to Ford, its new 400-hp hybrid powertrain (a 3.5-liter twin-turbo V-6, a 35-kilowatt electric motor, and a 10-speed automatic transmission) will provide up to 700 miles of range per tank and can power an onboard generator to keep the power flowing on the job site or during a power outage.
The F-150 will offer customers a choice between rear- and four-wheel drive with each of its engine options. A four-wheel-drive Lariat equipped with the hybrid drivetrain accelerated to 60 miles per hour in just 5.4 seconds on our test track. Our test vehicle had a smooth ride and predictable handling.
the King Ranch’s optional variable-assist steering system made it feel even more nimble at low speeds. The Tremor is touted as having the best off-road performance thanks to its 33-inch all-terrain tires, upgraded suspension, locking rear differential, and four-wheel drive transfer case adapted from the formidable F-150 Raptor. The Tremor reached 60 mph from a standstill in just 5.3 seconds on our test track, coming in second place behind the more powerful Raptor by just 0.1 seconds.
Towing and Payload Capacity
The maximum weight that can be towed by a vehicle with the standard 3.3-liter V-6 engine is 8200 pounds, while vehicles with the optional 3.5-liter, 400-horsepower twin-turbo V-6 can tow up to 14,000 pounds. Maximum towing capacity is 13,000 pounds with the tried and true 5.0-liter V-8, 12,100 pounds with the diesel V-6, and 12,700 pounds with the hybrid model.
The cargo hold can hold anywhere from 1,840 to 3,250 pounds. Compared to major competitors like the Chevrolet Silverado 1500, GMC Sierra 1500, and Ram 1500, the new F-150 holds its own in terms of towing and payload capacities.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
The EPA predicts up to 20 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway for the 2022 F-150 equipped with the turbocharged 2.7-liter V-6. The 3.5-liter twin-turbo V-6 can achieve up to 18 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway. The predicted city and highway fuel economy for the hybrid model are 25 and 26, respectively. Tremor model with twin-turbo 3.5-liter returned 19 mpg on our 75-mph highway fuel-economy route, part of our extensive testing regimen. When the F-150 hybrid is finally operational, we will conduct a thorough analysis of its fuel economy. Check out the EPA’s site for specifics on the F-150’s gas mileage.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
For the most part, the F-150’s cabin quality is on par with the Ram 1500s, especially in the F-150’s more expensive trim levels like the King Ranch, Platinum, and Limited. The interior is finished with high-quality materials, and there are numerous cubbies for your belongings. The F-150 is equipped with several helpful extras for those who use it as a mobile office.
The shift lever of a 10-speed automatic, for instance, can be folded flat along with the center console to create a huge, flat work surface. In a similar vein, the F-150’s front seats can fold flat upon request, making the vehicle into a bed. The four-door crew-cab body style provides the most room for passengers and is the best option for families. The F-150 has a bed in the back. When it comes to electrical needs on the job site or at tailgate parties, an onboard generator can provide up to 7.2 kW of power.
Infotainment and Connectivity
There is a choice between a standard 8.0-inch display running Ford’s Sync 4 infotainment software and a larger 12.0-inch display. This is the same size as the optional 12.0-inch vertical display in the Ram 1500, but the 13.4-inch displays in the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra are larger.
Wi-Fi hotspot, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto come standard; navigation, SiriusXM radio, and a Bang & Olufsen sound system can be had for an extra cost. Sync 4’s new software allows for remote software updates, navigation system updates for traffic and weather, and onboard telematics for fleet customers to keep tabs on vehicle locations and usage.
2021 Ford F-150 Tremor
Vehicle Type: front-engine, rear/4-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-pickup
Base/As Tested: $51,200/$69,595
twin-turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 24-valve V-6, aluminum block and heads, port, and direct fuel injection
Displacement: 213 in3, 3497 cm3
Power: 400 hp @ 6000 rpm
Torque: 500 lb-ft @ 3100 rpm
Suspension, F/R: control arms/live axle
Brakes, F/R: 13.8-in vented disc/13.2-in vented disc
Tires: General Grabber A/TX
275/70R-18 116S M+S TPMSF
Wheelbase: 145.4 in
Length: 231.7 in
Width: 79.9 in
Height: 79.3 in
Passenger Volume: 136 ft3
Curb Weight: 5562 lb
60 mph: 5.3 sec
1/4-Mile: 13.9 sec @ 100 mph
The results above omit a 1-ft rollout of 0.3 sec.
Rolling Start, 5–60 mph: 5.9 sec
Top Gear, 30–50 mph: 3.0 sec
Top Gear, 50–70 mph: 3.9 sec
Top Speed (gov ltd): 108 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph: 193 ft
Road holding, 300-ft Skidpad: 0.74 g
Observed: 15 mpg
75-mph Highway Driving: 19 mpg
Highway Range: 680 mi
EPA FUEL ECONOMY
Combined/City/Highway: 18/16/20 mpg
2021 Ford F-150 Lariat Powerboost
front-engine, rear-/4-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door pickup
PRICE AS TESTED
$66,345 (base price: $46,350)
twin-turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 24-valve 3.5-liter V-6, 400 hp, 500 lb-ft; permanent-magnet synchronous AC motor, 47 hp; combined output, 430 hp, 570 lb-ft; 1.5-kWh lithium-ion battery pack
Suspension (F/R): control arms/live axle
Brakes (F/R): 13.8-in vented disc/13.8-in vented disc
Tires: Goodyear Wrangler Territory AT, 275/65R-18 116T M+S
Wheelbase: 145.4 in
Length: 231.7 in
Width: 79.9 in
Height: 77.2 in
Passenger volume: 136 ft3
Curb weight: 5794 lb
60 mph: 5.4 sec
100 mph: 13.7 sec
Rolling start, 5–60 mph: 5.9 sec
Top gear, 30–50 mph: 3.3 sec
Top gear, 50–70 mph: 4.0 sec
1/4 mile: 13.9 sec @ 101 mph
Top speed (governor limited): 107 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph: 203 ft
Road holding, 300-ft-dia skidpad: 0.72 g
Standing-start accel times omit a 1-ft rolloutof 0.3 sec.
EPA FUEL ECONOMY
Combined/city/highway: 24/24/24 mpg
The starting price for a 2022 Ford F-150 is $29,640. With add-ons, the premium Limited trim can cost over $80,000.
There’s a reason why the Ford F-150 is the best-selling vehicle in the United States. Class-leading towing and hauling capacities, impressive off-road chops when properly equipped, and a practical and upscale interior make it a full-size truck’s best friend. The F-150 is available in a wide variety of trims, engines, and configurations, making it a good choice for anyone looking for a large pickup truck.
The F-150 Lightning offers a wide variety of engine choices, including a standard V8, a twin-turbo hybrid V6, and even an all-electric drivetrain (reviewed separately).
In contrast, the Power Stroke turbodiesel option will no longer be available after the 2022 model year. If you’re looking for a full-size diesel-powered truck, you might want to check out the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel or the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Duramax.
The market for full-size pickup trucks is becoming increasingly crowded, but the Ford F-150 has maintained its position as the industry standard.
2022 Ford F150 Pricing
Ford F-150 prices shift drastically depending on the options you choose. In its most basic configuration, an XL with a regular cab, short box, base V6 engine, and rear-wheel drive costs $29,640. Prices for the base XLT version start at $35,750, while the top-tier Lariat version starts at $45,760.
King Ranch starts at $56,230, Platinum at $59,010, and Limited at $73,455 for the top-tier models. The base price for the Tremor off-road model is $49,855, and the base price for the Raptor is $64,495.
All F-150 models have a $1,695 destination charge.
Ford’s F-150 base price is comparable to that of the Ram 1500 and Chevrolet Silverado 1500, two of its main competitors. However, the F-150’s upper trims are typically more expensive than the most loaded variants of its American competitors, making the F-150’s value at the upper end of the price range questionable.
Driving The 2022 Ford F150
The Ford F-150 is a pleasurable truck to operate for routine commutes. You can relax in the plush interior while enjoying a panoramic view of the highway. All-around visibility is decent, and the interior is surprisingly quiet for a truck. When the pavement ends, the F-150’s off-road capabilities shine, particularly in the Raptor and the less extreme Tremor models.
The V6 and V8 engines are naturally aspirated, so they should feel comfortable to anyone who has driven an old-school pickup truck. The 3.5-liter V6 EcoBoost engine with twin turbochargers is our top pick because it provides quick acceleration, strong towing capacity, and respectable fuel economy. Also available is a 2.7-liter V6 EcoBoost motor that is both more fuel-efficient and less powerful.
The PowerBoost hybrid V6 engine is yet another outstanding option, boasting greater speed and power than is typical of hybrids. It’s very quiet, so you won’t even hear it as it transitions from using gas to using electricity. The brakes have an unusual feeling that can make stopping a bit of an ordeal, but this is typical of electric vehicles.
When it comes to the Ford F-150, you get to decide how posh you want to be. The XL trim is the most basic and is designed for work, while the Limited trim is the pinnacle of luxury. This pickup’s cabin can be as luxurious or as basic as your budget will allow, thanks to a wide range of available trims and packages.
The cabin of every F-150 generation has always been functional and comfortable. Everything feels like it should be and can be easily reached by the driver. Also, it is possible to equip it with state-of-the-art technology such as a digital gauge cluster, wireless charging, and a 12.0-inch infotainment system to make it a high-tech workhorse.
The F-150’s cabin provides a spacious and relaxing environment for its front-seat passengers. While the rear passengers might feel cramped in the SuperCab, the SuperCrew trim level expands the cabin and makes this truck ideal for families.