New pickup truck buyers with deep pockets have plenty of options, but if your new truck budget skews more to the affordable end of the price spectrum, that may not be the case. Luckily, the best-selling F-150 lineup includes a trim for budget seekers: the 2022 Ford F-150 XL. The F-150 XL offers buyers all the durability and capability promised by Ford’s "Built Ford Tough" ethos without the high price tag. At a starting MSRP of just $30,870, this F-150 is truly affordable.[a]
The F-150 XL is technically Ford’s base model, making it a favorite with fleet buyers and individuals looking for an economical work truck. Hearing the term “base model” might lead you to believe this truck is stripped, but it’s surprisingly well-equipped. From infotainment technology to the fuel-efficient powertrain, the F-150 XL won’t leave you feeling like you missed out. Ford even offers an assortment of optional equipment packages if you have a few more dollars to spend, which gives you the freedom to customize your F-150 XL to your tastes.
Pickup truck buyers need capability, and the F-150 XL offers it in spades. You’ll get standard towing assist technology and a set of all-terrain tires for navigating confidently on and off the trail. The F-150 XL also includes a multitude of handy convenience features not usually found on a base model pickup, like automatic high-beam headlights, a Wi-Fi Hotspot, and advanced driver-assist safety technology. The F-150 XL also comes in your choice of either a 4x2 or 4x4 drivetrain. Both include selectable drive modes that support various road conditions and driving situations.
The 2022 Ford F-150 XL anchors the F-150 lineup as a practical, affordable trim designed for budget seekers who aren’t interested in bare-bones cabins or underpowered rigs. There’s a reason the F-150 is the best-selling vehicle in America and has been for well over a quarter-century: there’s an F-150 for every pickup truck buyer. Your budget shouldn’t prevent you from driving a truck you love. Hurry! Your brand new 2022 Ford F-150 XL is waiting!
Sitting under the hood of every 2022 Ford F-150 XL is a powerful 3.3-liter twin independent variable camshaft timing (Ti-VCT) V6 engine that produces 290-horsepower and 265 lb-ft of torque. The advanced Ti-VCT system optimizes performance and fuel economy by precisely opening and closing the engine’s valves in response to ever-changing road and driving conditions. The 3.3-liter V6 is paired with a smooth-shifting 10-speed automatic transmission.
The F-150 XL’s capable standard V6 powertrain includes start-stop technology. Whenever you come to a stop, the engine shuts down to preserve fuel. Once you take your foot off the brake, it starts up again automatically. You can manually override the system as needed, and it automatically disengages whenever you’re towing or driving your truck in four-wheel drive. The engine also features a special fuel injection system, called port-fuel and direct-injection, that injects fuel through two injectors per cylinder, which contributes even more to fuel efficiency.
All F-150 XL trims receive selectable drive modes, which are accessible via a knob mounted in the cabin. If you select a 4x2 drivetrain, you’ll get six modes: Normal, ECO, Sport, Tow/Haul, Slippery, and Trail. 4x4 buyers will also get Deep Snow/Sand and Mud-Rut modes for extra capability. Each drive mode adjusts torque, throttle, and steering to optimize performance for different conditions. Everyday drivers and commuters might choose ECO as their default mode to conserve fuel and select Sport mode for a more performance-oriented ride.
Buyers looking for additional off-roading capability can opt for the available 4x4 drivetrain, along with the optional FX Off-Road Package. Choosing the FX Off-Road Package adds a long list of trail-ready equipment, including an electronic-locking rear axle, skid plates to protect your truck’s underbody components, rear monotube shocks, and Hill Descent Control, which automatically governs speed as you travel downhill, eliminating the need for excessive braking and helping you stay in control.
If the F-150 XL’s standard 3.3-liter V6 isn’t quite enough power for your needs, don’t worry! Ford offers several different powertrains that unlock even more capability.
F-150 XL regular cab buyers can opt for the available 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6, which increases horsepower to 325 and provides 400 lb-ft of torque. Looking for that big V8 power plant? You might like the available 5.0-liter V8 with Flex-Fuel Capability. This engine delivers 400 ponies and 410 lb-ft of torque, making it the most powerful available engine on the XL regular cab.
If you go with the Super Cab version, another "Built Ford Tough" engine becomes available: a 3.5-liter V6 EcoBoost that defies physics, delivering even more power than the larger available V8. This V6 is capable of up to 400-horsepower and a gritty 500 lb-ft of torque. It also includes Auto Start-Stop technology, which contributes to better fuel economy. It’s the EcoBoost V6’s versatility and uncompromising blend of performance, capability, and fuel economy that make it worth the additional cost.
Buyers that choose the Super Crew cab style are treated to another engine option—Ford’s powerful Hybrid V6. Harnessing its power from both gas and electricity, the 3.5-liter PowerBoost Full Hybrid V6 endured punishing testing from Ford engineers before getting the green light for production. Choosing this engine gets you a whopping 430-horsepower and 570 lb-ft of torque. You’ll also get up to 12,700 lbs of towing capability and a max payload rating of 2,120 lbs, so this Hybrid engine is prepared for hard work.
The F-150 XL comes with a 23-gallon fuel tank, but you can upgrade to a larger 36-gallon tank for an extended range. If you select the twin-turbo V6 Hybrid, you’ll get a 30.6-gallon tank, which is plenty big since you’ll enjoy optimal fuel economy. Ford estimates that hybrid-equipped F-150 pickups can achieve up to a 700-mile driving range per tank. If you need a little extra convincing that the hybrid powertrain is worth the extra cost, consider that Car and Driver clocked the F-150 Hybrid at a zero-to-sixty time of just 5.4 seconds.
When you think base model pickup, what comes to mind? Typically, a base model full-size pickup means you’re getting vinyl seats and hand-crank windows. This is hardly the case with the 2022 Ford F-150 XL. Instead, your truck comes standard with cloth seats (vinyl seats are optional for those seeking an easy-to-clean cabin environment). Also standard is a tilt/telescoping steering wheel, an outside temperature display, and a full array of gauges, including a tachometer.
These days, it’s all about connectivity and infotainment technology. Buying a base model truck shouldn’t exclude you from enjoying the newest innovations, which is why Ford includes a standard 8-inch infotainment touchscreen on the F-150 XL. The screen runs on SYNC 4, a powerful operating system designed for easy operation. Also standard is a 4G LTE Wi-Fi Hotspot to keep you connected when you’re on the job site and need to access files on your laptop or smartphone.
The F-150 XL comes in multiple bed and cabin configurations. Buyers can choose from a 2-door Regular Cab, a Super Cab, or the largest–a SuperCrew. Depending on the cab style you choose, your F-150 XL includes additional cabin options and features. Choosing the Regular cab gets you seating for three on a single bench seat. If you move up to the Super Cab or the Super Crew, you’ll get seating for up to six. For those who use their F-150 as a mobile office, the available interior work service allows for on-the-go productivity, providing a flat work surface on the center console. The F-150 XL is designed for hard work both inside and out. From the job site to the carpool pickup line, this truck has the equipment and tools you need to stay on top of your to-do list.