Are you considering buying an all-electric Ford F-150 Lighting pickup truck this year? Well, think big, because you’re going to have to spend a lot of money. The cheapest Ford F-150 Lightning trims are sold out, so you’re stuck with expensive models. At least until 2023 rolls around, you’ll have to spend a fortune to get your hands on Ford’s new electric truck.
The cheapest Ford F-150 Lightning trims are sold out
According to a report from Cars Direct, the cheapest Ford F-150 Lightning trims are sold out. A bulletin sent to dealers recently indicated that the Lightning Pro and XLT variants of the electric truck are unavailable. For the 2022 model year, there won’t be more the manufacturer can sell. Moreover, the Pro trim is the “work-oriented” model, making it the base and most affordable option. Next, the XLT trim is a step up, inexpensive, yet comfortable for the average truck owner.
In its letter to dealers, Ford said the F-150 Lightning Pro Standard-Range battery and XLT configurations are “currently sold out for retail customers.” In other words, if you missed out on reserving one of these trucks, you’ll have to wait for the 2023 model year to arrive. Additionally, it means buyers will have to spend nearly $70,000 to get their hands on a 2022 F-150 Lightning.
2022 Ford F-150 Lightning Lariat is the cheapest available model
The Lariat trim has a reputation for being high-quality and luxurious throughout the Ford truck lineup. However, now it’s the most affordable Lightning trim available. Clocking in at $69,269, the Lariat trim is roughly $15,000 more than the cheapest XLT and $28,000 more than the cheapest Lightning Pro. Furthermore, those interested in the more expensive electric truck will get their money’s worth.
According to Edmunds, the Lariat trim adds a host of new features to the lineup. LED cargo bed lighting, power-folding side mirrors, power-sliding rear window, leather upholstery, ventilated front seats, an eight-speaker B&O audio system, a 15-inch touchscreen, and a wireless charging pad make driving a Lightning Lariat an upscale experience. In addition, upgrading to a Lariat model makes the 511A High package an available option.
Inside the optional package, you’ll find a twin-panel panoramic sunroof, Ford Blue Cruise, heated rear seats, and more. In short, the F-150 Lightning Lariat is expensive but highly luxurious.
Why are the most affordable trims sold out?
With the April 26 launch date just around the corner, why are the cheapest trims sold out already? Firstly, it’s the first electric variant of the most popular pickup in America for decades. That in itself guarantees the most affordable models are going to sell. However, popularity comes from excellence, and selling out, comes from a lack of production.
Even in the base Pro trim, Ford F-150 Lightning owners get plenty of excellent features. These include dual-zone automatic climate control, a 12-inch infotainment screen, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, eight 120-volt outlets, an integrated navigation system, and more. For a pickup truck that starts around $40,000, that’s excellent value, electric or not.
Not only does the tremendous value come into play, but so does a lack of production. Since the global pandemic began, automakers everywhere have failed to produce enough vehicles. Moreover, the chip shortage, and highly in-demand vehicles like the Ford Bronco, F-150 Lightning, and Mustang Mach-E, make it difficult for them to keep up.
You can’t buy the cheapest Ford F-150 Lightning
Unfortunately, the most affordable Ford F-150 Lightning trims are no longer available for 2022. Hopefully, by the 2023 model year, higher production will be possible. For those who can’t wait until next year’s model, you’ll have to reach deep into your pockets. Thankfully, the Lightning Lariat provides a ton of bang for your buck despite its high price point.