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
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.
Choose a more expensive trim level and fancy additions, and you could be looking at a price tag close to $100,000.
But what separates the most basic F-150 Lightning Pro from its high-end counterparts? We approached the Lightning to find out.
Here are the biggest differences – and similarities – between the relatively inexpensive Lightning Pro and the more expensive Lariat, which starts at around $68,000.
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.
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The Pro and Lariat might look quite similar to the untrained eye, but there are a few key exterior differences.
The Lariat gets a more complex grille with a diamond pattern, while the front of the Pro is more basic.
The Pro’s bumpers are black, while the Lariat’s are painted the same color as its body.
The Pro trucks also don’t benefit from the sleek LED light bars that span the width of other models front and rear.
The Pro gets 18-inch wheels, while the Lariat comes standard with 20-inch wheels.
At the rear, the Lariat features a powered tailgate with built-in step, ruler and points for securing materials.
The Pro’s tailgate opens manually, and the more feature-rich tailgate is available as an option.
It makes sense that the Pro is more basic overall, as it’s aimed at entrepreneurs and other businesses.
Unsurprisingly, the Lariat has the most luxurious interior, filled with nicer materials, extra features and more tech.
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The Lariat features a heated leather-wrapped steering wheel and plush leather seats. The front seats are heated and ventilated.
As an option, the Lariats offer a giant sunroof which makes the already spacious cabin even bigger.
In the Lariat, you get a flip-up work surface that’s perfect for a laptop or documents.
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.
Everything is simpler and less comfort-focused in the Pro, but it still feels well-built.
The Pro has vinyl seats, a plastic steering wheel and no carpeting.
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.
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.
Trucks also have a lot in common. They have the same basic layout and storage compartments.
Both have the same 12-inch screen that replaces a conventional gauge cluster.
The screen displays the truck’s battery level, range, speed and turn-by-turn directions when navigation is on.
Some of the main selling points of the F-150 Lightning can be found on both trucks.
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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.
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.
They all have multiple outlets dotted around the trunk, cabin and bed, but the Pro comes with a less powerful system.
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.)
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.
And whichever truck you choose, the wait will be long. Ford is working on around 200,000 reservations for its first electric truck.
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