How does one determine greatness? This is a question that’s often presented to anyone who’s tasked with any form of analytical work, be it criticism, review, or even the exploration of a thesis. What makes a product stand out from the endless herd of imitators and would-be contenders to be considered the best of the best? Well, if you’re a manufacturer such as Ford that has a pedigree and lineage that’s known for consistent quality and an ever-growing legion of loyal customers, such a thing like greatness is exemplified in the 2022 Ford F-150, considered by many to be the standard-bearer for what an ideal pickup truck should be.
As we’ve seen in the past few years, the world is known for just how uncertain and unpredictable it can be. Any sense of consistency provides security and peace of mind when things can ebb and flow more than the tides. Much like that good luck charm or natural wonder that you can come to rely on year after year, the 2022 Ford F-150 symbolizes the iron-clad foundation that we all need to fall back on from time to time.
For the Ford F-150, the name of the game is versatility. Long heralded as one of the most reliable trucks on the road, Ford now tailors its performance to tend to the individual needs of its customers. Because let’s face it—no two drivers are exactly alike. While competitor models such as the Nissan Frontier are limited in their options, such as only having one engine for every trim line, Ford offers up six unique options that can match anyone’s itinerary or agenda. No matter what you opt for, you’re guaranteed a smooth ride thanks to a ten-speed automatic transmission that comes with each. But which one will be best for you? Let’s do some digging...
Even at the low end of the gasoline-powered spectrum, the F-150’s smallest offering pulls no punches in terms of performance. Introduced for the 2018 model year, a horsepower rating of 295 is complemented by the engine's ability to also produce 265 lb-ft of torque. Ideal for the truck owner who has an eye on fuel efficiency, this V6 can get up to an estimated 19 MPG in the city and 24 MPG on the highway.
Just as the F-150 has long been the pickup truck that millions of Americans have come to rely upon, the 3.5L V6 has a well-deserved reputation as well. Introduced well over a decade ago in 2011, this twin-turbocharged motor shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon. With the ability to produce 400 horsepower and an astounding 500 lb-ft of torque, plus, it can tow up to 14,000 lbs.
If you’re torn between the first two options and can’t make a definitive decision, the F-150’s third V6 offering could very well be the tiebreaker. A horsepower rating of 325 and 400 lb-ft of torque is quite impressive, as is its ability to tow up to 9,100 lbs. You’ll be going the distance and then some as these engines last upwards of 200,000 miles.
With four V6 options available, you might have difficulty choosing the best one for work or play. But, if you’re a believer that eight cylinders are what your life runs on, then let out a howl for Ford’s “Coyote” V8. 400 horsepower, 410 lb-ft of torque, and a maximum towing capacity of 13,000 lbs. Those just aren’t numbers; they’re a promise from Ford to their customers that the F-150 is, was, and always will be on top of the pecking order as far as pickups are concerned.
If you consider yourself a fan of trucks that offer the most power that allows you to tear up the pavement and the trails, then the 3.5L High-Output V6 engine is the one for you. Only in the Raptor trim, this engine can produce 450 horsepower and 510 lb-ft of torque. How's that for raw power?
Feeling a little more environmentally friendly? The Hybrid engine option is the one for you. This engine still offers up an excellent amount of power (430 horsepower and 570 lb-ft of torque, to be exact) while also offering excellent fuel economy. With this engine, you'll get around 23 MPG in the city and 23 MPG on the highway.
While the words “high performance” and “Ford” have grown to become synonymous with one another, the same can be said for safety. When it comes to looking after their customers’ best interests and providing peace of mind in terms of safety, Ford’s dedication is tireless, and for the newest model of F-150, that tradition continues with no signs of a hindrance. The proof of this excellence can easily be found in the NHTSA awarding the 2022 Ford F-150 a 5-star overall safety rating.
Aside from the rigorous testing that’s mandatory for all vehicles on the road, the F-150 has quite the list of impressive safety features and driver assistance. Automatic emergency braking and pedestrian detection both come standard and available adaptive cruise control makes for a safer ride and one that allows you to have a commute that’s less stressful, especially when the distance you have to travel is longer than expected. Also available is Ford’s newest edition of co-pilot assist 360. One of the most advanced driver assistance technologies today, this package includes semi-autonomous parking assistance and low-speed emergency braking.
It should be noted that driver assistance technology doesn’t substitute responsible and cautious driving. And because life is as unpredictable as it is, the purchase of a 2022 F-150 comes with roadside assistance that lasts for a period of 5 years and 60,000 miles. For additional peace of mind, the FordPass app can act as a beacon for when the unexpected occurs. Ford extends this crucial service to their customers for free, which is something you won’t find with competitive options such as On-Star. As impressive as the F-150’s performance continues to be, the lengths which Ford continues to go to for their loyal customers is just one more reason why the advantages that come with Ford haven’t diminished over time.
Some buyers will be purchasing this truck for work, others for play, but all will be blown away at how the F-150 can be productive at both. While there are many aspects of truck shopping that are important, finding a vehicle with a good interior is high on the list because that is where you will spend most of your time. If you want a truck that will help you cross the finish line on your project or adventure in comfort and style, then the 2022 F-150 is the truck for you.
It’s one thing to be ahead of the competition; it’s a whole other to be comfortable while doing so. When it comes to comfort, Ford took the time to do some thorough research. The seats of the F-150 were designed with attention being placed on providing support for the neck and lower back. This is a level of comfort usually reserved for high-end mattresses, and now you’ll be feeling especially pampered when you’re on the road.
When it comes to being on the road, getting lost has been removed from the equation altogether. An 8” infotainment center with GPS will ensure that you never lose your way again. Because many truck owners are known for their uncompromising work ethic, the interior of the F-150 is formulated with them in mind. While the ten-speed automatic transmission is geared towards performance, the shifter can be conveniently folded down to provide a flat surface for mapping out the details for either pleasure or business. And if you’re the tailgating type, a power source capable of generating 7.2 KW of electricity can keep the party going longer because we all work hard.
Also, if you really want the luxury driving treatment, you'll need to add the available BlueCruise hands-free driving feature to the mix. Take your hands off the wheel and let your truck drive you for a little while as you destress from your day or prepare for your next task. With features like this, the F-150 is hard to beat.