The Right Spec: 2022 Ford F-150

Matthew Guy
by Matthew Guy
the right spec 2022 ford f 150

Choosing the right spec of a pickup is fraught with danger since it is unlikely any two truck customers have the same needs. Jim might need a base two-wheel-drive regular cab for chores on the farm while Bill could be after a Crew Cab monster to tow the family camper.

Nevertheless, we shall try. Consider the following as a selection of F-150 which is likely to be pressed into runs to the hockey rink and the scattered bit of towing on the weekends, mixed with a decent amount of useful new tech. In other words, the one this author would buy.

The only reason a right-sized SuperCab with a 6.75-ft box is not selected here is thanks to Ford’s steadfast refusal to fit this bodystyle with a quartet of forward-swinging doors, the type found in just about every other extended cab truck on the market today. Blue Oval beancounters have probably done the math and ascertained there isn’t enough of a take rate of SuperCab to warrant the expense of engineering an entirely new cab design and assembly process. And since the usefulness of a 5.5-ft box is questionable at best (try loading a full-sized couch or John Deere lawn tractor aboard one), we’re selecting a long-box SuperCrew XLT.

Ford made great waves when they introduced the 3.5-liter V6 hybrid powertrain. Called the PowerBoost, it’s good for 430 horsepower and 570 lb-ft of torque, numbers which were the domain of diesel engines not that many years ago. Four-wheel drive is a must-have where this writer lives; your needs may vary. At this end of the scale, PowerBoost is a $2,500 option but its cost yo-yos as one moves through the F-150 trim walk. A 3.73-ratio locking rear axle is part and parcel of the 4×4 hybrid, permitting this specific truck to tow 12,400 pounds.

Well, it’ll haul 12.4k if the $1,995 Max Trailer Tow package is selected. Opting for the $900 less expensive Trailer Tow package limits this Ford truck to 11,000 pounds – still no slouch. Your extra scratch picks up slightly beefier tow gubbins but both packages include a trailer brake controller and Pro Trailer Backup Assist. Note that Ford irritatingly makes the elephant ear towing mirrors a stand-alone option. Judge yourself accordingly.

The 7.2kW onboard generator is a no-brainer at just $750, representing one of the best option feature values on any order sheet. A 360-degree camera is a standalone item at $765 and worth every penny. Splashing out $1,995 on the XLT Sport Appearance package satiates this author’s need to rid the truck of most of its chrome trim, substituting it with color-keyed items (Antimatter Blue, in this case) and 18-inch wheels which help keep a lid on replacement costs compared to 20 inchers. Plucking that pack from the menu also bins the old-school bench seat in favor of buckets and a console shifter. And for the sake of convenience and practicality, we’re tossing in a $350 power sliding rear window which is a feature this driver has included on every single pickup truck to bear his name on its ownership papers.

So equipped, this Ford F-150 swells its base price of $49,370 to a shade under sixty grand. And while that is certainly a chunk of change, it’s miles away from the near-six-figure Cowboy Cadillacs that seem to permeate every parking lot from Boston to Boise.

Please note the prices listed here are in Yankee bucks and are currently accurate for base prices exclusive of any fees, taxes, or rebates. Your dealer may (and should) sell for less (obscene market conditions notwithstanding). Keep your foot down, bone up on available rebates, and bargain hard.

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  • Arthur Dailey Arthur Dailey on Mar 31, 2022

    Matthew, Learned from decades of experience, travelling throughout Ontario, Quebec, Michigan, Ohio, Illinois and New York state for hockey. A pick-up truck is about the worst possible vehicle to use for hockey runs. Putting the equipment in the bed of the truck means at best putting on cold equipment. Which is bad enough. Sometimes it is also cold and damp after riding in the bed. Plus modern sticks and skate blades have a tendency to break/snap if they get too cold. Much better to use a van (of any size or even a large SUV). And if the trip is for a tournament a van or SUV allows you to hang the equipment and long underwear on a line between games to 'dry out'. Throughout the 1990s and first decade of the 21st century we could estimate the number of Canadians versus Americans at a tournament by the vehicles. Canadians primarily drove minivans while Americans tended to prefer Suburbans and large conversion vans.

  • Johnnyz Johnnyz on Apr 02, 2022

    I have a 2021. All of the good stuff comes with the Lariat package- leather, good headlights, adaptive cruise control, nice wheels, heated steering wheel, air conditioned seats... I upgraded to the 3.5, I wonder if the V8 would have been a better option? Auto manufacturers are excellent at leading you down the primrose path. For just a few dollars more you can get this upgrade... At my price point I could have easily jumped into the King ranch - maybe I should have?

  • Tassos Chinese owned Vollvo-Geely must have the best PR department of all automakers. A TINY maker with only 0.5-0.8% market share in the US, it is in the news every day.I have lost count how many different models Volvo has, and it is shocking how FEW of each miserable one it sells in the US market.Approximately, it sells as many units (TOTAL) as is the total number of loser models it offers.
  • ToolGuy Seems pretty reasonable to me. (Sorry)
  • Luke42 When I moved from Virginia to Illinois, the lack of vehicle safety inspections was a big deal to me. I thought it would be a big change.However, nobody drives around in an unsafe car when they have the money to get their car fixed and driving safely.Also, Virginia's inspection regimine only meant that a car was safe to drive one day a year.Having lived with and without automotive safety inspections, my confusion is that they don't really matter that much.What does matter is preventing poverty in your state, and Illinois' generally pro-union political climate does more for automotive safety (by ensuring fair wages for tradespeople) than ticketing poor people for not having enough money to maintain their cars.
  • ToolGuy When you are pulled over for speeding, whether you are given a ticket or not should depend on how attractive you are.Source: My sister 😉
  • Kcflyer What Toyota needs is a true full size body on frame suv to compete with the Expedition and Suburban and their badge engineered brethren. The new sequoia and LX are too compromised in capacity by their off road capabilities that most buyers will never use.