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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.

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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. Ford Owner

        … and those Midwesterners can charge up for free with their photovoltaic power systems already supplying energy for their homes and farms. No need to go out in the cold and windy confitions to buy fuel!

      2. 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. Ford Owner

    Congratulations to Ford for winning this award again for the F-150, and for winning this and so many awards for the Lightning. In 2010 another electric vehicle won the MT COTY award but won ten more, and that was the Chevrolet Volt. We are definitely in the electric vehicle era.

    1. TanyaW

      No we are not if we look at total sales numbers. Toyota even recently refused to invest heavily in EVs, and their financial numbers are literally 5X better than Ford’s as a result. We won’t even get into the MachE getting dropped by Consumer Reports due to quality issues.

      1. RWFA

        Ok fake To(an)y(ot)a sock puppet…

        You keep trying to convince folks with the narrative that Toyota wasn’t caught sleeping on BEVs. And isn’t jumping through it’s butt trying to catch up. . . In the meantime enjoy some facts:

        From Auto News today:
        “Now Terashi’s group is considering whether to drop the three-year-old e-TNGA architecture, created by modifying a gasoline car platform, in favor of a dedicated EV platform, people with knowledge of that work have said.

        E-TNGA was designed so EVs could be built on Toyota assembly lines with gasoline cars and hybrids, a compromise that limits the automaker’s ability to deliver factory-floor innovations that Toyota engineers now recognize as key to Tesla’s strength.

        Also, Toyota designed e-TNGA on the assumption it would need to sell about 3.5 million EVs a year, about one-third of its current global volume, by 2030, sources have said, while the industry outlook is for a faster pace of growth.

        Toyota has been working with two suppliers Denso and Aisin for its EV reboot.“

        Also your passive-aggressive “we won’t get into” actually getting into is so childish.

      2. Montana Man

        K, Tanya;
        Glad you have so many non-electric vehicle options, so we don’t have to read your incessant whining here.
        A great thing about being an American is that same choice.
        I don’t know where you live, but it sounds like you’re not able to enjoy the same choice and freedoms we have in the United States Of America.
        I’m sorry you’re oppressed.

  3. John

    Problem is it is not a real truck. I saw the test where the truck battery goes dead after only 70 miles of towing. It is a grocery getter, not a truck. That is why over 150K Super Dutys were sold in only a month = real truck.

    1. RWFA

      So, by your arbitrary standard anything under SD is not a real truck? Actual duty cycle be dammed? That’s just stupid man.

      Ps if your confirmation bias has essentially become self identifying with the GVWR of your truck, you might be doing life a bit wrong.

  4. JDE

    your google search is incorrectly noted above. October overall sales Might be 150K, but the Super duty trucks only account for about 1,000. The Lightning actually sells more, but not near what ICE F150’s do.

    Here is the number of units sold according to Ford in October
    F-Series 56,405
    Memo: F-150 Lightning (electric) 2,436
    Ranger 4,009
    Maverick 9,233
    E-Series 3,692
    Transit 10,663
    Memo: E-Transit 770
    Transit Connect 1,793
    Heavy trucks 1,410
    Ford Trucks 87,205
    Ford Brand 151,131

    1. John

      Super Duty order babk didn’t open until the very end of October. Nice try.

  5. JDE

    “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 one Paragraph, lumping two separate points makes it seem like the Lighting outsold it’s competitors even though the second half just means A subjective accolade that the public does not really have much say in, beat the few other refreshed trucks that Motor Trend either did not like as much.

  6. 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.

      1. Montana Man

        Seems like lots of Chickens Little are coming out in droves to say nay to anything lauding the facts and evidence for electric vehicles’ public demand.
        Oh, well.
        We can only hope they’ll feel better and reach higher soon.

  7. 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. Montana Man


    2. Ford Owner

      If you are man enough to put your money to what you moth says, you will definitely lose all of it.

    3. RWFA

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

  8. 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.)

  9. EcoBoost29579

    Good for Ford, I guess, but I have bad news. Subscribers of MT haven’t received an issue since before the SUV OTY issue. I haven’t seen that, nor the COTY issue and I suspect this will go missing as well. Unless all 3 awards are being combined into one massive issue. No response from subscriber services, if you can even find it (I did after MUCH searching). Something is very wrong at MT.


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