2022 Ford F-150 Lightning Interior Review: Luxurious and Functional

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advantages

  • Big and clear screen
  • Navigation with charging station
  • 180 degree flat reclining chair back

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  • Borrowing the F-150 . cabin
  • Not as good as Rivian’s interior

The Ford F-150 has been America’s best-selling truck for decades, but the interior doesn’t really stand out. And when the new Ram 1500 debuted, it set new benchmarks not only for the way it was driven, but also for the cabin’s attention to detail. Although pickup trucks are commonly known as work vehicles, the Ram takes his trucks to the next level. And although the new F-150 generation arrives for 2021, Ford has kept much of the interior the same. However, with the introduction of the F-150 Lightning, Ford has finally improved its cabin experience.

Similar but Better

The 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is built for existing F-150 customers interested in going electric. So there are a lot of similarities between the two models, and just like the exterior design, the Lightning’s interior comes straight from the regular F-150. No learning curve; everything is exactly where it should be, and you can still fold the shifters and open the center console to get your workstation ready.

What’s even better, though, is the massive 15.5-inch display straight out of the Ford Mustang Mach-E. While we’re not usually fans of “soft” virtual keys, the Ford display makes it easy to adjust the temperature or fan speed and move between menus. Everything is displayed through cool graphics, and the computing processor runs fast. What’s more, the navigation shows all the nearby electric charging stations and will tell you where to stop and for how long, depending on your charging status. It’s not as useful as Tesla’s supercharger map, which lets you know how many superchargers are available in real time, but instead displays the brand of each station and its kilowatt-hour rating.

The vertical view will also amaze your friends; it takes the entire center dashboard, enhancing the technology and in-cab experience.

Our 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning Lariat example comes with denim-like trim on certain parts of the door panels and dashboard, and looks premium and different from the regular F-150. The other textured plastics around the cab don’t feel quite as good as the material inside the Rivian R1T, but that’s not a big drawback, as the rest of the truck feels luxurious.

Time to Relax

Ford made some changes to the driver and front passenger seats, allowing them to recline 180 degrees so you can take a nap while the truck is charging. It’s a smart feature, but it’s not the most comfortable position—your knees still need to be bent, and you’ll have to lift the back seat for a full 180-degree experience. Still, it’s nice to have and something we’re sure some people will use. (And, hey, why not take a nap while waiting on a generic charger?) Overall, the seats are comfortable, supportive, and wide, if you want to turn sideways while catching some Zs.

Just like the regular F-150, there’s plenty of room in the back with plenty of headroom and legroom for rear passengers. Heck, there’s even more room than in the Mercedes-Benz S-Class.

Should I Buy a 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning?

We’ve compared the 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning to the 2022 Rivian R1T, and despite the intense competition, the F-150 Lightning claims the win. Although this pickup truck lives in a different segment, we found more value in the F-150. But it should be noted that as software updates and over-the-air play a more important role in the EV market and future vehicle performance, the results of our comparison may change.

Overall, the in-cab experience of the 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is superior to that of the regular F-150, and we appreciate the improvements provided by Ford’s designers. So, if you’re thinking about buying an F-150 soon, the Lightning is your best bet and certainly worth a long look.

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