Ford’s electric F-150 can run you from $ 40,000 to $ 90,000 – see the differences between the base Lightning Pro and the sleek Lariat

Ford F-150 Lightning Lariat (left) and Pro.

Ford F-150 Lightning Lariat and Pro.Tim Levin / Insider

  • We got closer with the new, all-electric F-150 Lightning.

  • The price of the truck starts at around $ 40,000 for the Pro model, but more expensive trucks can stretch well over $ 90,000.

  • Here are the biggest similarities and differences between the cheapest Pro model and the classier Lariat truck.

Ford’s electric F-150 has finally arrived. Lightning now delivers to customers with a starting price of $ 39,974 without any options or fees.

Ford F-150 Lightning.

Ford F-150 Lightning Lariat.Tim Levin / Insider

Choose a more expensive level of equipment and some fancy accessories and you could watch the price of almost $ 100,000.

Ford F-150 Lightning.

Ford F-150 Lightning Lariat.Tim Levin / Insider

But what distinguishes the most basic F-150 Lightning Pro from its top counterparts? We were close and personal with Lightning to find out.

Ford F-150 Lightning Pro.

Ford F-150 Lightning Pro.Tim Levin / Insider

Here are the biggest differences – and similarities – between the relatively cheap Lightning Pro and the more expensive Lariat, which starts at around $ 68,000.

Ford F-150 Lightning Pro.

Ford F-150 Lightning Pro.Tim Levin / Insider

For complete transparency, the models shown here have larger batteries and some additional options, so they do not represent basic configurations. The Lightning Pro we tested cost $ 56,000, while the Lariats we drove cost about $ 81,000.

Ford F-150 Lightning.

Ford F-150 Lightning Pro.Tim Levin / Insider

Read more: Take a look at the many unusual features that set the electric F-150 Lightning apart from Ford’s gas trucks

The Pro and Lariat may look quite similar to the untrained eye, but there are a few key external differences.

Ford F-150 Lightning.

Ford F-150 Lightning Lariat.Tim Levin / Insider

The Lariat gets a more complex grille with a diamond pattern, while the Pro front is more basic.

Ford F-150 Lightning.

Ford F-150 Lightning Lariat.Tim Levin / Insider

The bumpers of the Pro are black, while the Lariats are painted in the same color as its body.

Ford F-150 Lightning Pro.

Ford F-150 Lightning Pro.Tim Levin / Insider

Professional trucks also do not have elegant LED light strips that extend across the width of other models front and rear.

Ford F-150 Lightning Lariat from 2022.

Ford F-150 Lightning Lariat from 2022.Tim Levin / Insider

The Pro gets 18-inch wheels, while the Lariat comes standard with 20-inch wheels.

Ford F-150 Lightning.

Ford F-150 Lightning Pro.Tim Levin / Insider

At the rear, the Lariat has a tailgate with a built-in step, ruler and clamping points.

Ford F-150 Lightning.

Ford F-150 Lightning Lariat.Tim Levin / Insider

Professional tailgate opens manually, and multi-feature tailgate is available as an option.

Ford F-150 Lightning.

Ford F-150 Lightning Pro.Tim Levin / Insider

It makes sense that the Pro is generally more basic, as it is intended for performers and other companies.

Ford F-150 Lightning.

Ford F-150 Lightning Pro.Tim Levin / Insider

Not surprisingly, the Lariat has a more luxurious interior, filled with nicer materials, additional features and more technology.

Ford F-150 Lightning.

Ford F-150 Lightning Lariat.Tim Levin / Insider

Read more: I drove an early Ford in an electric Ford F-150 Lightning. No truck has a job to be this fast.

The Lariat has a heated leather-wrapped steering wheel and plush leather seats. The front seats are heated and ventilated.

Ford F-150 Lightning.

Ford F-150 Lightning Lariat.Tim Levin / Insider

As an option, Lariats offer a giant pitched roof that makes the already spacious cabin even bigger.

Ford F-150 Lightning.

Ford F-150 Lightning Lariat.Tim Levin / Insider

At Lariat, you get a foldable work surface that’s perfect for a laptop or some paperwork.

Ford F-150 Lightning Lariat.

Ford F-150 Lightning Lariat.Tim Levin / Insider

The lariats come with a large, 15.5-inch touchscreen that controls radio, climate control, navigation, driving modes and other features. The built-in manual volume button is nice to the touch.

Ford F-150 Lightning.

Ford F-150 Lightning Lariat.Tim Levin / Insider

It’s more naked and less focused on comfort in the Pro, but it still seems well built.

Ford F-150 Lightning.

Ford F-150 Lightning Pro.Tim Levin / Insider

The Pro has vinyl seats, a plastic steering wheel and no carpet.

Ford F-150 Lightning.

Ford F-150 Lightning Pro.Tim Levin / Insider

Professionals also have a large, 12-inch touch screen. It can do most of what a bigger screen can do, but professionals get more physical keys.

Ford F-150 Lightning.

Ford F-150 Lightning Pro.Tim Levin / Insider

Additional technological features included in the Lariat include customizable cruise control, wireless charging pad, 360-degree camera and upgraded sound system. Blue Cruise, Ford’s hands-free highway feature, is an option on the Lariats but not available on the Pro.

Ford F-150 Lightning.

Ford F-150 Lightning Lariat.Tim Levin / Insider

Trucks also have a lot in common. They have the same basic layout and storage space.

Ford F-150 Lightning.

Ford F-150 Lightning Pro.Tim Levin / Insider

Both have the same 12-inch screen that replaces the conventional group of gauges.

Ford F-150 Lightning.

Ford F-150 Lightning Pro.Tim Levin / Insider

The display shows the truck’s battery level, range, speed and turn-by-turn instructions when navigation is on.

Ford F-150 Lightning Lariat.

Ford F-150 Lightning Lariat.Tim Levin / Insider

Some of the F-150 Lightning’s biggest outlets come on both trucks.

Ford F-150 Lightning.

Ford F-150 Lightning Lariat.Tim Levin / Insider

Read more: The solid fuselage Ford F-150 Lightning is full of useful features – take a closer look

Each Lightning has a spacious front boot that is convenient for cargo that you don’t want to be exposed in bed or take up cabin space.

Ford F-150 Lightning.

Ford F-150 Lightning Lariat.Tim Levin / Insider

All models come with a Pro Power Onboard, which allows owners to use the Lightning as a giant battery. Here the Pro model starts the water pump.

Ford F-150 Lightning.

Ford F-150 Lightning Pro.Tim Levin / Insider

They all have a few sockets scattered around the trunk, cabin and bed, but the Pro comes with a less powerful system.

Ford F-150 Lightning.

Ford F-150 Lightning Lariat.Tim Levin / Insider

Both offer twin engines, all-wheel drive and generous 775 pound-feet of torque. Both promise 230 miles of range, or over 300 with a larger battery. (Although a larger battery is only available to fleet users in the Pro.)

Ford F-150 Lightning Pro.

Ford F-150 Lightning Pro.Tim Levin / Insider

Having spent time in both trucks, I am convinced that a wallet Pro could be enough for many people on a limited budget – not just contractors and fleets. But the Lariat is a far more comfortable and technologically advanced model.

Ford F-150 Lightning.

Ford F-150 Lightning Lariat.Tim Levin / Insider

And whichever truck you choose, it’s waiting for you. Ford is working on about 200,000 bookings for its debut electric truck.

Ford F-150 Lightning.

Ford F-150 Lightning Pro.Tim Levin / Insider

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