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Ford F-150 Lightning Adds Prestigious MotorTrend 2023 Truck Of The Year Honors

Ford's F-150 Lightning won the 2023 MotorTrend Truck of the Year Award. The editors of the publication put the electric pickup through its paces in a series of grueling tests and it passed them. Also, in a first, an electric pickup has been named the winner of the Truck of the Year award unanimously.
Posted: December 14, 2022 - 4:05PM
Author: Marc Stern

The new F-150 Lightning electric pickup truck has added the prestigious 2023 MotorTrend Truck of the Year award to its trophy case. The win sets a precedent – the F-150 Lightning is the first electric truck to win by a unanimous vote among the judges. It’s only the second time an electric vehicle has won unanimously in MotorTrend's Vehicle Of The Year competitions.

Honor Called A Brilliant Win

“It’s really brilliant for the team that Lightning is the first EV truck to win by unanimous vote,” said Darren Palmer, vice president, of electric vehicle programs. “This truck is full of firsts, and this one is really special to add to Lightning’s historic launch.”

The F-150 Lightning earned the title of America’s best-selling electric truck in November, with sales totaling 2,062. Since the truck was introduced in May, sales have totaled 13,258. The success of Lightning has contributed to Ford being the No. 2 EV brand in the U.S. year to date.

“The F-150 Lightning and its nearly instant torque with ride and handling make it without a doubt the best truck Ford has ever made. If that feels like a bold statement, consider that amongst our judges, the F-150 Lightning won Truck of the Year by unanimous decision – the first EV truck to convince all judges across the board,” said Ed Loh, MotorTrend group head of editorial. “The Ford F-150 Lightning is no less than a milestone achievement in the history of American mobility.”

Ford Quickly Ramping Lightning Production

Ford is ramping up quickly to deliver 150,000 Lightning trucks by the end of next year. Ford’s electric vehicle business is growing with a conquest rate of over 60 percent.

For more information on F-150 Lightning, please visit the Ford media site.

To earn the MotorTrend honor, each contender is put through a standard battery of acceleration testing along with figure-8 handling and 60-0 braking performance tests. The trucks also are subjected to additional class-relevant tests, such as acceleration and braking with a trailer (weighing near its rated capacity) and ballasted to near the payload capacity. Judges also conduct a "frustration test" of highway acceleration uphill with a trailer. In addition, individual judges conduct their subjective off-road tests on different road types and surfaces.

F-150 Lightning Is An Award-Winner

The MotorTrend Truck of the Year is the latest award in F-150 Lightning’s trophy case. Others include TIME Top 200 Invention of 2022, 2023 Kelley Blue Book Best Buy Award, 2022 Altair Enlighten Award, Sobre Ruedas 2022 Awards, Wards 10 Best & Engines & Propulsion Systems, Internet Brands Best Car to Buy, Victory & Reseda Vehicle of the Year, 2022 American Car of the Year, Autoblog Technology of the Year 2022, Motor1 Star Awards, CarBuzz Save the Planet award and multiple Sabre awards.

Due to high demand and global supply chain constraints, some models, trims, and features may not be available or may be subject to change. Check with your local dealer for current information.

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Marc Stern has been an automotive writer since 1971 when an otherwise normal news editor said, "You're our new car editor," and dumped about 27 pounds of auto stuff on my desk. I was in heaven as I have been a gearhead from my early days. As a teen, I spent the usual number of misspent hours hanging out at gas stations Shell and Texaco (a big thing in my youth) and working on cars. From there on, it was a straight line to my first column for the paper, "You Auto Know," an enterprise I handled faithfully for 32 years. Not many people know that I also handled computer documentation for a good part of my living while writing YAN. My best writing, though, was always in cars. My work has appeared in Popular Mechanics, Mechanix Illustrated, AutoWeek, SuperStock, Trailer Life, Old Cars Weekly, Special Interest Autos, etc. You can follow me on: Twitter or Facebook.