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Ford F-150 Lightning Wins 2023 MotorTrend Truck Of The Year

Late last year, the Ford Maverick lost out to the Rivian R1T for the 2022 MotorTrend Truck of the Year award. However, this year, the tables have turned, handing victory to The Blue Oval, and more specifically, the Ford F-150 Lightning, which was just named the 2023 MotorTrend Truck of the Year.

2022 Ford F-150 Lightning

While it’s not the first electric pickup to add the award to its trophy case, the Ford F-150 Lightning is the first EV truck to have earned its victory by way of a unanimous vote among MT’s judges.

“The F-150 Lightning’s instantaneous torque and standout ride and handling make it without a doubt the best truck Ford has ever made. If that feels like a bold statement, consider that amongst our judges, the Lightning won Truck of the Year by unanimous decision – the first EV truck to convince all judges across the board,” said MotorTrend Group Head of Editorial Ed Loh in a press release.

Over 13,000 units of the F-150 Lightning have been sold since the pickup was introduced earlier this year, making it one of the hottest trucks on the market. Ultimately, it beat a host of ICE-powered competitors, including Chevy Silverado 1500, the GMC Sierra 1500, the Ram 2500 and the Toyota Tundra.

This important accolade for the F-150 Lightning comes on the heels of several others, including the F-150 Lightning Pro winning the 2023 Commercial EV Award from Green Car Journal, 2022 Wards Auto 10 Best Engines & Propulsion systems list, while also finishing as a finalist for other awards such as the 2023 Green Truck of the Year, the NA Truck of the Year, and the 2023 North American Truck of the Year award.

We’ll have more on the F-150 Lightning soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for the latest Ford F-Series newsFord F-150 newsF-150 Lightning news, and continuous Ford news coverage.

Alexandra is a Colorado-based journalist with a passion for all things involving horsepower, be it automotive or equestrian.

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  1. Mrx19

    Laughable. What’s the range in the upper midwest , pulling a trailer, when it is -10 degrees, 50 miles?

    1. Paul

      Because everyone who drives/uses a truck lives the Midwest and tows…..

      1. Mike

        I live in the Midwest and tow a 6000+ trailer, and don’t think 50-100 mile driving range is adequate. Diesel please! EV is a joke!!!

    2. RWFA

      Oh my, now it’s only 50 miles?

      If this downward disinformation trend keeps up we’ll hear that fully charged trucks left out overnight drain by the next morning except for summertime unless then carrying a bag of groceries.

  2. hot toddy

    looks like everybody is jumping on the “band wagon”. You can only defer the real cost with tax payer government subsidies for so long.

    1. RWFA

      Tell us what else you don’t comprehend about technology incubation and achieving industrial economies of scale.

  3. David Dickinson II

    Overpriced “Battery of the Year” or “Car of the Year” or “Over subsidized Taxpayer Funded Boondoggle of the Year.” But “Truck” of the year? No, not by a long shot. If it can’t haul a Christmas tree up an anthill without needing a re-charge, then it is not a truck.

    1. RWFA

      Oh look, our favorite failure rooting Grinch is back among us.

  4. RWFA

    If this is what Ford achieves by taking an ICE based truck and modifying into a credible BEV powered vehicle, just think what its successor will be like when made from a clean sheet BEV optimized design!

    This truck (like Mach E) is a 1G placeholder predicting where Ford’s tech is headed and demonstrating a performance floor for those to come (as well as giving current customers Ford BEV car and truck options to Tesla, GM, VW and Rivian but not so much Toyota because they are 😴 on BEV.)


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