The Ford F-150 Lightning Has An Awesome Towing and Interior Capacity

Andrew Kidd
Updated on Aug 4, 2022 · 5 min read
Stoked for the Ford F-150 Lightning? We are too, but is it right for you? Its cargo, payload, and performance specs might be just what you need to purchase an F-150 Lightning of your own—if you can find one, that is.
Ford unveiled the F-150 Lightning all-electric pickup truck to great hype—so much so that the automaker is having trouble keeping up with the demand.
That's because the F-150 Lightning is in many ways just as good as, if not better than, its gas-powered siblings.

Towing capacity

As Car and Driver reports, Ford organized a marketing stunt prior to the release of the F-150 Lightning showing that an electric pickup truck could tow a 1,000,000 line of trains (also carrying F-150s).
You won't get that towing capacity with the F-150 Lightning, which has a maximum towing capacity of 10,000 lbs per the automaker. 
Ford previously tested the towing capability of its F-150 Lightning by hauling a 10,000-pound trailer in extreme conditions; engineers drove in the bitter cold along the Ike Gauntlet, an 8-mile stretch of I-70 in Colorado that ascends at a 7% incline to 11,158 feet above sea level.
They also drove in the high heat of the American southwest along State Route 68, which isn’t a walk in the park, either; the route ascends from 550 feet to 3,500 feet in elevation over 11.4 miles, with temps reaching up to 118 degrees Fahrenheit.

Range and performance of the Ford F-150 Lightning

Ford states the standard battery pack can deliver up to 230 miles of range, while the extended-range battery pack can deliver 320 miles of range while also increasing the Lightning's output to 580 horsepower and enabling a 0-to-60 time in the mid-4-second range.
But as Car and Driver writes, Ford left out how towing 10,000 pounds affects the F-150 Lightning’s range—and it's likely that real-world use won't get anywhere near the automaker's predicted range. 
The publication already tested its range and found that unladen highway driving at 75 mph decreases that range by about 20 percent below the EPA figure. Towing tests conducted with other EVs found an overall reduction of about 50 percent.

Interior and cargo space

The F-150 Lightning's cabin volume comes in at a spacious 131.9 cubic feet, which is about par for the course for four-door F-150s, with the main difference being its 12-inch infotainment display. 
The Lightning's bed is at the shorter end for a full-size pickup at 66 inches or 5.5 feet. But its electrification has granted it the benefit of additional cargo space that would be impossible on a gas-powered vehicle.
Being an electric vehicle, the Lightning has no need for a gas engine. In place of a bulky engine instead is a front trunk (or frunk). 
The 14.1 cubic-foot lockable trunk has a weight capacity of 400 pounds and features four electrical outlets, two USB charging ports, and a floor drain, which means it can be used as a cooler for food or drinks.
This will give drivers ample space to store whatever they need to keep dry without having to sacrifice cabin storage space or risk having something fly out of the bed if they don't have a tonneau cover.

Pricing of the Ford F-150 Lightning

The F-150 Lightning starts at just under $40,000 for the base Pro model, making it more affordable than the only other electric pickup on the market, the Rivian R1T. But if you want the added bells and whistles and extended range battery, it's going to cost you.
An F-150 Lightning XLT starts at $52,974 for the standard range model, which includes a few more premium features like fancy lighting and a 360-degree camera. That price bumps up by about $20,000 if you opt for the extended range battery. 
If you're spending that much, you may as well opt for the Lariat model, which includes premium leather seating, a power tailgate, and a 15.5-inch touch screen and starts at $77,474 with the extended range battery (and $67,474 with the standard range, meaning the upgrade only costs $10,000 more).
If you want it all, however, go with the Platinum. It starts at $90,874 with the extended range battery, max trailer tow package, and Ford Co-Pilot360 Active 2.0 with Ford BlueCruise, the automaker's hands-free driving tech.

Does that sound good to you?

If these specs seem right up your alley, you should consider buying an F-150 Lightning (if you can find one). But be aware that insuring an electric vehicle can cost more on average than insuring a gas-powered vehicle.
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