Ford’s electric F-150 can set you back between $40,000 and $90,000 – see the differences between the basic Lightning Pro and the fancy Lariat

Ford’s electric F-150 can set you back between $40,000 and $90,000 – see the differences between the basic Lightning Pro and the fancy Lariat

Ford's electric F-150 can set you back between $40,000 and $90,000 - see the differences between the basic Lightning Pro and the fancy Lariat

The Ford F-150 Lightning Lariat (left) and Pro.

The Ford F-150 Lightning Lariat and Pro.Tim Levin / Insider

  • We got closer to the new all-electric F-150 Lightning.

  • The truck starts at around $40,000 for the Pro model, but more expensive trucks can top $90,000.

  • Here are the biggest similarities and differences between the less expensive Pro model and the more sophisticated Lariat truck.

Ford’s electric F-150 is finally here. The Lightning now ships to customers with a starting price of $39,974 before all options and fees.

The Ford F-150 Lightning.

The Ford F-150 Lightning Lariat.Tim Levin / Insider

Choose a more expensive trim level and fancy additions, and you could be looking at a price tag close to $100,000.

The Ford F-150 Lightning.

The Ford F-150 Lightning Lariat.Tim Levin / Insider

But what separates the most basic F-150 Lightning Pro from its high-end counterparts? We approached the Lightning to find out.

The Ford F-150 Lightning Pro.

The Ford F-150 Lightning Pro.Tim Levin / Insider

Here are the biggest differences – and similarities – between the relatively inexpensive Lightning Pro and the more expensive Lariat, which starts at around $68,000.

The Ford F-150 Lightning Pro.

The Ford F-150 Lightning Pro.Tim Levin / Insider

For complete transparency, the models presented here have larger batteries and some additional options, so they do not represent the basic configurations. The Lightning Pro we tested is $56,000, while the Lariats we’ve driven are around $81,000.

The Ford F-150 Lightning.

The Ford F-150 Lightning Pro.Tim Levin / Insider

Read more: Learn about the many quirks that set the electric F-150 Lightning apart from Ford’s gas-powered trucks

The Pro and Lariat might look quite similar to the untrained eye, but there are a few key exterior differences.

The Ford F-150 Lightning.

The Ford F-150 Lightning Lariat.Tim Levin / Insider

The Lariat gets a more complex grille with a diamond pattern, while the front of the Pro is more basic.

The Ford F-150 Lightning.

The Ford F-150 Lightning Lariat.Tim Levin / Insider

The Pro’s bumpers are black, while the Lariat’s are painted the same color as its body.

The Ford F-150 Lightning Pro.

The Ford F-150 Lightning Pro.Tim Levin / Insider

The Pro trucks also don’t benefit from the sleek LED light bars that span the width of other models front and rear.

The 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning Lariat.

The 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning Lariat.Tim Levin / Insider

The Pro gets 18-inch wheels, while the Lariat comes standard with 20-inch wheels.

The Ford F-150 Lightning.

The Ford F-150 Lightning Pro.Tim Levin / Insider

At the rear, the Lariat features a powered tailgate with built-in step, ruler and points for securing materials.

The Ford F-150 Lightning.

The Ford F-150 Lightning Lariat.Tim Levin / Insider

The Pro’s tailgate opens manually, and the more feature-rich tailgate is available as an option.

The Ford F-150 Lightning.

The Ford F-150 Lightning Pro.Tim Levin / Insider

It makes sense that the Pro is more basic overall, as it’s aimed at entrepreneurs and other businesses.

The Ford F-150 Lightning.

The Ford F-150 Lightning Pro.Tim Levin / Insider

Unsurprisingly, the Lariat has the most luxurious interior, filled with nicer materials, extra features and more tech.

The Ford F-150 Lightning.

The Ford F-150 Lightning Lariat.Tim Levin / Insider

Read more: I took an early ride in the electric Ford F-150 Lightning. No truck has any business being that fast.

The Lariat features a heated leather-wrapped steering wheel and plush leather seats. The front seats are heated and ventilated.

The Ford F-150 Lightning.

The Ford F-150 Lightning Lariat.Tim Levin / Insider

As an option, the Lariats offer a giant sunroof which makes the already spacious cabin even bigger.

The Ford F-150 Lightning.

The Ford F-150 Lightning Lariat.Tim Levin / Insider

In the Lariat, you get a flip-up work surface that’s perfect for a laptop or documents.

The Ford F-150 Lightning Lariat.

The Ford F-150 Lightning Lariat.Tim Levin / Insider

Lariats come with a large 15.5-inch touchscreen that controls the radio, climate controls, navigation, drive modes and other features. The built-in manual volume knob is a nice touch.

The Ford F-150 Lightning.

The Ford F-150 Lightning Lariat.Tim Levin / Insider

Everything is simpler and less comfort-focused in the Pro, but it still feels well-built.

The Ford F-150 Lightning.

The Ford F-150 Lightning Pro.Tim Levin / Insider

The Pro has vinyl seats, a plastic steering wheel and no carpeting.

The Ford F-150 Lightning.

The Ford F-150 Lightning Pro.Tim Levin / Insider

The Pros also have a sizable touchscreen, measuring 12 inches. It can do most of what the big screen can do, but the pros get more physical buttons.

The Ford F-150 Lightning.

The Ford F-150 Lightning Pro.Tim Levin / Insider

Additional tech features included in the Lariat include adaptive cruise control, wireless charging, 360-degree camera and upgraded sound system. Blue Cruise, Ford’s hands-free highway driving feature, is an option on the Lariats but not available on the Pro.

The Ford F-150 Lightning.

The Ford F-150 Lightning Lariat.Tim Levin / Insider

Trucks also have a lot in common. They have the same basic layout and storage compartments.

The Ford F-150 Lightning.

The Ford F-150 Lightning Pro.Tim Levin / Insider

Both have the same 12-inch screen that replaces a conventional gauge cluster.

The Ford F-150 Lightning.

The Ford F-150 Lightning Pro.Tim Levin / Insider

The screen displays the truck’s battery level, range, speed and turn-by-turn directions when navigation is on.

The Ford F-150 Lightning Lariat.

The Ford F-150 Lightning Lariat.Tim Levin / Insider

Some of the main selling points of the F-150 Lightning can be found on both trucks.

The Ford F-150 Lightning.

The Ford F-150 Lightning Lariat.Tim Levin / Insider

Read more: Ford F-150 Lightning’s huge frunk is packed with useful features – take a closer look

Every Lightning has a spacious front trunk that’s handy for cargo you don’t want to display in the bed or take up cabin space.

The Ford F-150 Lightning.

The Ford F-150 Lightning Lariat.Tim Levin / Insider

All models come with Pro Power Onboard, which allows owners to use the Lightning as a giant battery. Here, a Pro model powers a water pump.

The Ford F-150 Lightning.

The Ford F-150 Lightning Pro.Tim Levin / Insider

They all have multiple outlets dotted around the trunk, cabin and bed, but the Pro comes with a less powerful system.

The Ford F-150 Lightning.

The Ford F-150 Lightning Lariat.Tim Levin / Insider

Both offer dual motors, all-wheel drive and a generous 775 lb-ft of torque. Both promise a range of 230 miles, or over 300 with a larger battery. (Although the larger battery is only available to fleet customers in the Pro.)

The Ford F-150 Lightning Pro.

The Ford F-150 Lightning Pro.Tim Levin / Insider

After spending time in both trucks, I’m confident the wallet-friendly Pro could be enough for a lot of people on a budget, not just contractors and fleets. But the Lariat is by far the most comfortable and technologically advanced model.

The Ford F-150 Lightning.

The Ford F-150 Lightning Lariat.Tim Levin / Insider

And whichever truck you choose, the wait will be long. Ford is working on around 200,000 reservations for its first electric truck.

The Ford F-150 Lightning.

The Ford F-150 Lightning Pro.Tim Levin / Insider

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