The F-150 Lightning beat the Rivian R1T
2023 Ford F-150 Lightning
A truck for those who like trucks
January 18th, 2023
2023 Ford F-150 Lightning: Edmunds Top Rated Electric SUV 2023 | Edmunds Top Rated Awards 2023

Why did the Ford F-150 Lightning win?
The F-150 Lightning's strong performance and long range make it our clear winner in the Electric Truck category. The Lightning is at once both futuristic and familiar. It has loads of modern technology features; for example, you can even use its battery to power your home during power outages. Yet at its heart, the Lightning is still an F-150. Its controls will be familiar to anyone who has driven a gas-powered F-150, yet it offers quicker acceleration and lower running costs. And its extended-range battery offers impressive range -- up to 345 miles in Edmunds' real-world testing. We've found that range decreases noticeably when towing, but overall the Lightning is simply a great truck that just so happens to be an EV.
"The F-150 Lightning is Ford's Tesla Model S moment. I can't think of another EV that has more appeal for so much of the U.S. market. But the best part is it's excellent. Those who aren't convinced on first blush just need to live with the Lightning for a week to see just how big of a step forward this thing is."— Nick Yekikian, news editor
What stood out?
The F-150 Lightning is the better electric truck for more consumers. It makes for an easier transition into electric vehicle ownership and is more affordable for more people than competitors.