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The 2023 Ford F-150 Lightning may just be the next big family vehicle. It has many good things going for it, such as being a truck, electric, and of course, it’s an F-150. The F-150 Lightning can also add the blessing of Good Housekeeping to its list of acclaims, which may sway some families into giving it a shot.

A Ford F-150 Lightning Pro tows a trailer.
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Good Housekeeping loves the 2023 F-150 Lightning

Sedans and SUVs are typically considered to be the perfect family vehicle, but for some consumers, trucks are the way to go. More families are turning to EVs, which is why the 2023 F-150 Lightning ranked so high on Good Housekeeping’s list of Best Family Cars.

It’s not for large families, as it only seats five, but for those who have this magical number, you should keep it in mind when car shopping. This is because the 2023 F-150 Lightning has a lot of features that make it stand out.

Good Housekeeping really loved the fact that it has a wide bed, which makes it perfect for using to work, play, or just pack up before heading to the beach. The battery can also act as a generator, so if the power goes out, you can simply crank up your F-150 Lightning, and let it act as a generator for your house. You can also use it to charge up your camping gear which requires power.

For family members who are concerned about safety, Ford was happy to oblige with a wide range of features. These include pre-collision assist with automatic emergency braking, collision warning, lane-keeping aid and alert, auto high beams, reverse sensing, and more. For anyone who knows how distracting small children can be, these features could save you from a potential crash.

The 2023 F-150 Lightning comes in a variety of options

If your interest is piqued by the 2023 Ford F-150, then here’s more information. There are several available trim levels which include the Pro, XLT, Lariat, XLT Extended Range, Lariat Extended Range, and Platinum Extended Range.

The MSRP range isn’t exactly cheap, as it starts at $59,974 for the Lightning Pro, and tops out at $98,074 for the Platinum. The extended range will creep the price up $10,000 but gets drivers around 320 miles of range.

Standard features include four-wheel drive, trailer sway control, and four driving modes. The 2023 Ford F-150 is powered by two dual electric motors, one at the front and the other at the back. The battery capacity has a standard range of 98 kWh and 131 kWh with the extended range. It generates 462 hp standard, 580 hp with the extended range, and an impressive 775 lb-ft of torque.

There is a 12-inch infotainment touchscreen with SYNC 4, as well as Ford Pass Connect with 4G LTE Wi-Fi Hotspot with can connect up to 10 devices.

More excellent family vehicles

Good Housekeeping didn’t stop with the Ford F-150 Lightning. In fact, there are 25 vehicles that made the list. 

The Ram 1500 won the best pickup truck. Good Housekeeping was impressed with its huge, quiet interior.

For those who prefer a hatchback when loading groceries, the 2023 Volkswagen Golf GTI won the best hatchback award. The review site was very pleased with its highly intuitive driving capabilities.

Minivans continue to draw families in, which is why the 2023 Chrysler Pacifica won the best minivan. And for those who adore SUVs, the Kia Telluride continues to draw in awards like the best midsize 3-row SUV. 

If you’re looking for a new family vehicle, then the list from Good Housekeeping is a great place to start. Just don’t forget to take a test drive, to see how you respond to each vehicle for yourself.


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