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2023 Ford F-150 Lightning Lineup To Ditch AM Radio

As Ford Authority reported earlier this week, the 2023 Ford F-150 Lightning is receiving a few minor changes for the EV pickup’s second model year, though also some significant price increases across the board, too. But those aren’t the only updates Ford has in store for the 2023 F-150 Lightning, as sources familiar with the matter have told Ford Authority that the pickup is also dropping a pretty old fashioned feature – its AM radio, which was standard on the 2022 F-150 Lighting.

AM radio has long been a popular medium for news, sports, weather, and talk shows, though many all-electric vehicles simply don’t offer that feature at all, with automakers blaming its absence on interference from those vehicles’ drivetrains. However, automakers like Ford have included AM radio in EVs to this point with no known issues, though the sheer number of those tuning in to AM radio stations has fallen a bit in recent years.

Aside from losing its AM radio function, the 2023 Ford F-150 Lightning is gaining a police-focused SSV variant and Pro Trailer Hitch Assist, which automatically controls steering, throttle, and brake inputs to make hitching trailers easier, while models equipped with the standard range battery are getting a range boost from 230 to 240 miles. However, the EV pickup won’t be launching with Ford’s new Android-based infotainment system, as Ford Authority reported yesterday.

The 2023 Ford F-150 Lightning will be anywhere from $6,000-$8,500 more expensive than the 2022 model, though the Ford F-150 Lightning Customer Satisfaction Private Offer has been launched to protect 2022 reservation and order holders against those price increases when they convert their order, which will happen in waves, as Ford Authority reported earlier this week – with the first wave of conversions beginning today. Order banks are also opening up today, while production of the 2023 F-150 Lightning is scheduled to begin on October 10th, 2022.

We’ll have more on the 2023 Ford F-150 Lightning soon, so subscribe to Ford Authority for the latest Ford F-150 news, F-150 Lightning news, and ongoing Ford news coverage.

Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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Comments

  1. crabbymilton

    As far as listening to commercial radio, AM is the only band I listen to. Conservative talk and news is what interests me. There’s nothing on the FM band that interests me. I get my music from the internet sources. I’m not pleased that AM radio is slowly being phased out in vehicles but I would imagine that the popular news and talk programs with migrate to the respective markets sister FM stations or internet broadcast platforms. I’m not a sports fan but a local AM station that has carried the NFL broadcasts forever is no longer doing so as of this year. They are moving to an FM station. Many people are going to be upset but it’s just a matter of changing the channel.

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    1. Joe

      I agree 100%. I haven’t used FM in years.

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    2. Neil Schubert

      I was thinking about buying a Ford, but after reading this, I will no longer be considering a Ford. AM, FM as standard options, what about a CD player? I don’t want that stupid distracting LCD screen. Sorry Ford, there are alot of people that listen to AM. If you are so cheap that you can’t isolate an AM radio and antenna in a vehicle, your vehicles should be investigated by the FCC.

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  2. Jon

    AM radio is still used in many places to convey traffic/visitor information. As these are usually government run broadcasts, they’re apt to be slow to migrate to FM, and quite often I’ve found there’s marginal (if any) cellular reception in these areas too. This is a real loss for consumers.

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  3. Crabbymilton

    There’s likely going to be a short to near term market for AM to FM converters. Some of us remember FM to AM converters back in the 1970’s and 1980’s when many vehicles didn’t have FM radio. Now just the opposite. But it will take awhile before the last AM station signs off for the last time.

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  4. Scott Currie

    Bad move on Fords part. I listen to sports and in addition to talk shows there are many hockey broadcasts in Canada that are only available on AM not FM. Yes there are other ways to get the game via internet or satellite radio but why would Ford force this issue if it’s not having any issues with getting AM radio. Makes no sense. Also the article on CPO vehicles says 2 things. Inventory is an issue and new prices are becoming unaffordable for the average person. All we’ve heard is how pricing on EV’s will come down with more volume. Well I have yet to see a decrease in EV pricing. In fact they are going the other way.

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  5. crabbymilton

    Well FORD’s ideas are strange but I guess one way around it is to take a portable AM/FM radio and plug it into the AUX jack or a portable FM transmitter in the meantime.

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  6. KevboT

    Does this mean they’re ditching the wire antenna? Isn’t that the only reason for the wire antenna?

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  7. Ronald

    I would never own a vehicle that dose not have a AM radio in it. They better find out how to fix any problem they have with interference.

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  8. Bjr

    You can listen to AM stations on the TuneIn app.

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  9. Ray

    As a Mach-E owner, there is no problem with drivetrain noise. With a weaker AM signal, there is a barely perceptible bit of noise present from 0-5 mph, but it doesn’t impact readability of signal at all. Above that speed, there’s no EMI perceived.

    AM is going away because the antennas needed to support that frequency band cannot be made extremely small and still perform well. It’s not just a cost reduction decision, it’s a design decision. Above all, citing EMI is a scapegoat.

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    1. Ray

      While not a complete remedy, we are fortunate that many AM stations are being simulcast on digital FM sub channels.

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  10. TB

    Not an issue for me. For those it does affect, fortunately there are plenty of trucks on the market that still support AM.

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