Last year, The Blue Oval brought home a pair of Wards 10 Best Engines awards for the Ford F-150 and its twin-turbocharged 3.5L V6 PowerBoost hybrid, as well as the Ford Mustang Mach-E and its electric powertrain. Now that the 2022 Wards Auto 10 Best Engines & Propulsion Systems list has been released, FoMoCo continues to add to its list of accolades also, as the 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning has made the cut this time around.
The 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is powered by a pair of electric motors – one located on each axle – which are powered by either a 98 kWh standard or 131 kWh extended range battery pack. The former option enables those motors to generate 452 and 580 horsepower, respectively, while both configurations churn out 775 pound-feet of torque. Performance is brisk, with 0-60 coming in around four seconds for the more powerful variant, while range tops out at 300 miles.
The Wards 10 Best list has recognized the very best engines and propulsion systems on the market for 28 years now, and scores those entries based on horsepower, torque, NVH (noise, vibration, and harshness) management, observed efficiency, and new technology onboard. While evaluating the vehicles, only powertrains that are all-new or significantly improved are eligible for testing. The 2021 class of Wards 10 Best Engines & Propulsion Systems winners were eligible to return, but only three winners accepted that invitation.
This year, a total of seven out of 10 Wards 10 Best Engine & Propulsion Systems winners were electrified – five all-electric and two hybrids – with just three internal combustion engines making the cut. Overall, Wards evaluated a total of 29 vehicles – 17 of which were electrified – a mix that includes 11 BEVs, four plug-in hybrids, and two hybrids – as well as seven four-cylinder engines, two six-cylinder engines, two V8s, and one three-cylinder engine. The winners of this year’s accolades will be honored on October 27th during the Wards 10 Best & Engines & Propulsion Systems awards ceremony on the second day of the AutoTech: Electrification conference at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center.