There's only one king of the hill in the full-size, light-duty pickup segment, and it's the best-selling vehicle in America: the Ford F-150. Every model year is an elevation and an evolution of an unbeatable formula to which the rest of the competitive market yields across a number of categories. From segment-defining max conventional towing capabilities to feature-rich technology and a continuously evolving safety suite, the 2022 Ford F-150 continues to push the needle as the pinnacle of light-duty pickup trucks.
The 2022 Ford F-150 is available across seven different trim formats, starting with the base-level XL trim. For additional options and customization, you can opt for the XLT or Lariat. For rugged off-road capabilities, the Tremor provides everything you could ask for. For that country-culture appeal, the King Ranch trim delivers in spades, and for those of you wanting to attain a truck steeped in luxury, there are the Platinum and Limited trims. The F-150 is available in 10 different base colors, which include Agate Black, Carbonized Gray, Iconic Silver, Stone Gray, Oxford White, Atlas Blue, Race Red, Rapid Red, Space White, and Antimatter Blue.
The new model year is made available with the all-new Black Appearance Package, which is available exclusively for the XL, XLT, Lariat, and Platinum trims. The package comes equipped with interior and exterior accouterments and embellishments. This includes 18-inch black wheels, black side decals on the rear bed box, black badging, black trimming with accents for the door handles, hood, grille, and mirrors, as well as a black tailgate applique and exterior bezel moldings. Additionally, the Bed Utility Package, which includes locking tie-downs and a tailgate step, is now standard for the King Ranch, Platinum, and Limited trims.
The 2022 F-150 is powered by one of five optional powertrains available in rear-wheel or four-wheel drive, including the standard 3.3 liter V6 with twin independent variable camshaft timing enabling the truck to make use of maximum fuel efficiency. The 3.3 liter outputs 290 horsepower at 265 pound-feet of torque. The 3.3 liter V6 is standard on the base trims, but you can opt for a 2.7 liter EcoBoost twin-turbocharged V6 instead. The 2.7 liter outputs 325 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque, also utilizing dual overhead cam timing for the benefit of both power and reduced fuel consumption.
For those of you craving more performance from your powertrain output, you have a 5.0 liter V8 that manages 400 horsepower and 410 pound-feet of torque, as well as a 3.5 liter EcoBoost V6 that manages 400 horsepower and 500 pound-feet of torque thanks to twin inter-cooled turbochargers. At the top end of the performance spec is the 3.5 liter PowerBoost V6 Hybrid. This particular power plant is exactly as the name indicates, a hybrid powertrain combining combustion and electric propulsion for a total output of 430 horses at 570 pound-feet of torque, making it one of the best and most fuel-efficient production powertrains in the segment.
All of the engines are mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission, with the exception of the V6 Hybrid, which is attached to a hybrid version of the 10-speed automatic transmission. The engines are also synced up with the F-150's suspension and travel via the electronic Drive Modes, which allow drivers to select from six different modes depending on the drivetrain configuration. The modes include Normal, Eco, Sport, Tow/Haul, Slippery, and Trail for the rear-wheel drive, and Normal, Eco, Sport, Tow-Haul, Deep Snow/Sand, and Mud/Ruts for the four-wheel drive setup.
With the right configuration, you can maximize the F-150's towing capabilities to trailer up to 14,000 pounds worth of cargo. The F-150 is also capable of hitting a maximum payload capacity of 3,325 pounds. The added trailering equipment and technology also make it easier than ever to hook up, lock-in, and travel with a wide range of different trailers, gooseneck attachments, and flatbeds.
The 2022 F-150's design retains its remarkably refined exterior and comfort-laced interior. On the outside, the conservative angles and modest lines compose the F-150's silhouette. The exterior can also be configured in different sizes. For instance, you can get the F-150 in the form of three cab formats, including Regular Cab, SuperCab, and SuperCrew, with seating for up to six people across two rows. Additionally, the full-size pickup is available in three bed sizes: short, regular, and long. This gives you options in how you customize and utilize the F-150 to your liking and lifestyle.
The exterior features are complemented with interior quality vinyl floor coverings in the XL, XLT, and Lariat, but you can opt for color-coordinated carpeted floor mats instead. For the upper-end trims, you have access to premium floor mats to accent the interior. Optional black leather and Admiral Blue leather-wrapped steering wheels are also available in case the black urethane isn't quite to your preference.
With dual-zone automatic temperature control, power-adjustable pedals with memory settings, as well as up to 10-way power drive and passenger multi-adjustable seats, there's a strong element of luxury in addition to standard comfort features present with the F-150. Available heated and ventilated seats, as well as Recaro leather and Alcantara suede accented material for the seating, also help elevate the interior value of the upper-end trims. With the center flow-through console and ergonomic cabin design, you have a strong mixture of practicality and maximum comfort.
Technology is the centerpiece of the F-150's amazing features. It's a rich tapestry of electronic significance, and computerized excellence brought to the forefront of consumer productivity, commercial utility, and driving enjoyment. There is no better-idealized vision of this excellence – marrying together utilitarian functionality with a fun-to-drive performance core – than the 2022 Ford F-150. A perfect example of this is the backbone of the F-150's core, in the form of the Ford Co-Pilot360 suite, offering a composition of safety, support, and utility all in one.
For instance, the F-150's AdvanceTrac technology for stability and traction control helps reduce sway and increase the truck's trailering capabilities. Combined with the Smart Hitch app as part of the SYNC 4 infotainment suite, you can very thoroughly and easily monitor and manage the trailer weight and ensure that you're towing/trailering effectively from the cabin. The tech also works hand-in-hand with payload as well, with the F-150 having onboard scales in the bed, which allows you to monitor how much weight is in the rear using the SYNC 4's FordPass app.
With dynamically controlled damping, the dynamic hitch assist, and the smart towing functionality, drivers are given complete control of how they set up the F-150 to be tow-efficient through a technological system that makes everything smooth, fast, convenient, easy, and efficient. The core of this system, SYNC 4, gives users complete control through an HD capacitive touchscreen that can extend up to 12-inches for select models. This includes Bluetooth wireless connectivity and enhanced voice-activated controls, allowing you to access media and vehicle health using hands-free functionality.
You can stream and listen to your favorite tunes, as well as stay connected to your favorite media thanks to the Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, with 4G LTE Wi-Fi connectivity. With lots of active and passive safety features that come standard with the Ford Co-Pilot360 system, such as lane-departure warnings, blind spot and cross-traffic alerts, as well as pre-collision mitigation systems, it all works hand-in-hand to collectively formulate one of the most secure and well-rounded safety suites in the industry. In fact, the entire safety setup is utilized by the semi-autonomous driving system known as BlueCruise, which grants you access to more than 130,000 miles worth of hands-free driving across roads throughout North America, thus making the 2022 Ford F-150 one of the most technologically robust full-size pickups on the market today.