2022 Ford F-150 Lightning vs. 2022 Tesla Cybertruck

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  • 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning

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    Starting at

    $39.974*

    2022 Tesla Cybertruck

    A silver 2022 Tesla Cybertruck is angled right.

    Starting at

    $39,990

    Four-WheelStandard DriveRear-Wheel
    7,700Standard Towing Capacity (lbs)7,500
    240Power (v)240

    For quite a few years now, Tesla has been the dominant name when it comes to electric vehicles (EVs), particularly with the impressive performance and design of their cars. While it seems that Ford has been willing to sit back and let Tesla take the lead with electric cars, now that the battle for the electric truck market has begun, things have certainly changed. The Ford F-Series has been the best selling truck in America for more than 40 years, so a lot of people feel that the introduction of an all-electric F-150 is Ford’s shot across Tesla’s bow. Looking at the 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning vs 2022 Tesla Cybertruck, it is not hard to see why.

    Tesla is known for delivering great performance and vehicles that are not constrained by what every other car company does. Nowhere is this more apparent than with the design of the Cybertruck, which some people like, but others feel is bizarre and needlessly unorthodox. With the F-150 Lightning, Ford has made it clear that they feel a great electric truck should still look and feel like a pickup. The Lightning is unmistakably a Ford truck and builds on a legacy of amazing vehicles that goes back decades, even beyond the legendary success of the standard F-150.

    In terms of performance, Ford shows off why it is the industry leader with a dual-motor system that comes standard, giving the F-150 Lightning four-wheel drive and fantastic power. The standard model of the Tesla Cybertruck features only a single motor and rear-wheel drive; a dual-motor configuration is available, but you have to pay extra for it. These kinds of details and touches run throughout the entire design of the F-150 Lightning, giving you more for your money and taking Ford’s truck presence to the next level. The Cybertruck might have the right design for a sci-fi movie, but the familiar features and fantastic performance of the Ford F-150 Lightning make it the best electric truck out there.

  • Performance

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    When looking at a conventional, gas-powered pickup, you always want to consider the engine and the kind of power it offers. With an electric truck like these two models, you similarly want to choose one with a powerful motor (or motors) that delivers plenty of muscle for what you need to get done. While the Tesla Cybertruck does have good options, its starting configuration falls well short of the kind of performance the F-150 Lightning has to offer.

    2WD from Tesla

    Sometimes, multiple options for configuration are a good thing, giving you the freedom to get what you want, but a vehicle needs to have a great baseline. This is the biggest weakness of the Cybertruck: its standard setup is a single-motor configuration that provides you with rear-wheel drive. There is a dual-motor configuration available to get all-wheel drive, as well as a tri-motor option, but the dual-motor model is $10,000 more than the rear-wheel drive Cybertruck. This is a huge price to pay for what really should have been the standard when designing an all-electric truck.

    4x4 from Ford

    The 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning, on the other hand, comes with a dual-motor setup and four-wheel drive as its standard configuration. You cannot get just one motor or rear-wheel drive on the F-150 Lightning, which really demonstrates how well Ford’s designers and engineers understand what a truck needs to have to deliver the performance you expect as a driver. With an available Extended-Range battery setup, the F-150 Lightning delivers 563 hp and 775 lb-ft of torque for great overall performance, while Tesla has not disclosed any performance numbers for the Cybertruck.

  • Capability

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    No matter what kind of truck you are interested in, one of the most important things to consider is the kind of work it can really get done. Things like horsepower and drivetrains are important and worth looking at, but at the end of the day, what you can actually do with your pickup is really vital. Both the Cybertruck and the Ford F-150 Lightning can handle a lot of work, but the kind of performance you get with the Ford truck stands out.

    Powerful Performance

    When considering towing and payload, it is important to note that two different battery options are available for the Ford F-150 Lightning, because they affect these things. With its Standard-Range battery, the Lightning has up to 7,700 lbs of towing capacity and 2,000 lbs of payload capacity. With its Extended-Range battery, the F-150 Lightning gives you up to 10,000 lbs of maximum towing capacity and 1,800 lbs of maximum payload. No matter which battery you choose, you get the standard dual-motor configuration and four-wheel drive, which makes towing, and getting wherever you need to go, a lot easier.

    A Close Second Place

    Rather than giving you a great dual-motor setup as standard like the Ford model, the Tesla Cybertruck has different options for motor configurations. Although Tesla has not been forthcoming with payload numbers at this point, the standard single-motor option gives the Cybertruck about 7,500 lbs of maximum towing. With the available dual-motor configuration, which increases the cost of the Cybertruck by $10,000, it can handle an estimated 10,000 lbs of towing capacity.

  • Batteries

    A silver 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning Pro is shown on a construction site.

    One of the major concerns that some drivers have when considering an electric truck is the kind of range it will offer. This has been a worry for a lot of drivers regarding any kind of EV, but the large size and weight of a pickup have made this a bigger worry for truck fans. Fortunately, both of these trucks come through with great range , and the Ford F-150 Lightning provides other great functionality too.

    Cybertruck Range

    With both of these vehicles, the configuration you choose will have a big impact on the kind of range it has available. Looking at the Tesla Cybertruck, for example, it can get an estimated 250 miles of range from a full charge with the standard single-motor setup. With its available dual-motor configuration, this gets boosted up to about 300 miles of range with a full charge.

    Lightning Range

    The 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning offers similar range and performance. Its Standard-Range battery gets an estimated 230 miles from a full charge, while the available Extended-Range battery gives you about 300 miles of range from a full charge. With DC Fast Charging, it can go from about 15% battery charge to 80% in just 41 minutes of charging, plus the enhanced Pro Power Onboard system provides you with numerous outlets that you can use to connect other devices and machines to it for power. Most impressive of all, the innovative Intelligent Backup Power system actually lets you use the F-150 Lightning as an emergency power source for your home, giving you up to 3 days of full power from a fully charged pickup.

  • Features

    A person is shown using a laptop in a 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning Lariat.

    Although the exterior of the Tesla Cybertruck gets a lot of attention for its strange design, the interior is just as unusual for a pickup. Tesla is known for simple, streamlined interiors, but the Cybertruck may have gone too far, with a sparse design that has little more than a large infotainment display and a steering yoke. It has plenty of seating and a spacious interior, but the utterly barebones and sterile interior creates an environment that we would have a hard time describing as inviting or productive.

    A Traditional Truck

    With the 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning, on the other hand, you get a more conventional interior that has all of the bells and whistles you could want. An available 15.5-inch portrait-oriented display looks stunning and makes it easy to use navigation and other systems, but you also have other buttons you would expect and a 12-inch digital driver’s display. The available Max Recline seats offer almost 180 degrees of recline for incredible comfort, while a fold-out interior work surface makes this one of the best options on the market for a mobile office. The interior of the Cybertruck might make an impression, but the interior of the F-150 Lightning is functional, comfortable, and demonstrates what America’s favorite truck is capable of.

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