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2023 Ford F-150: Choosing the Right Trim


The best-selling pickup truck in the U.S. continues to roll up accolades, adding a hybrid powertrain option, a more powerful off-road Raptor trim, and even a fully electric model, the F-150 Lightning (reviewed separately).

F-150 buyers can choose from eight trims, three cab sizes, three bed lengths, and five engine choices. Ford adds more safety and convenience features to base models, making them more appealing as well as competitive with the Chevrolet Silverado 1500, GMC Sierra 1500, Ram 1500, Toyota Tundra, and Nissan Titan.

2023 Ford F-150 XL (starting at $34,085)

The least expensive 2023 Ford F-150 is the XL. It offers a choice of Regular, Super Cab, and SuperCrew cabs, with 5.5 -, 6.5-, or 8-foot beds.

A 290-horsepower 3.3-liter V6 is standard, with the option to upgrade to a 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6, 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6, 3.5-liter PowerBoost hybrid V6, or 5.0-liter V8 (choices vary by cab, wheelbase, and drivetrain).

For 2023, the XL gains more features, including power windows, power door locks, keyless entry, power heated side mirrors, and a locking tailgate with lift assist.

Ford’s Co-Pilot 360 comes standard, bringing forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, and automatic high-beam headlights. Also included are wiper-activated headlights, lane-keeping assist, lane-departure warning, a rearview camera with trailer hitch guidance, and rear parking sensors.

Standard equipment includes 17-inch wheels, black bumpers, a rear bed light, an electric parking brake, and Ford’s Selectable Drive Modes that include Normal, Eco, Sport, Tow/Haul, Slippery, and Trail. Models equipped with 4-wheel drive (4WD) gain additional modes for Deep Snow/Sand and Mud/Rut.

The XL’s cab includes a tilt/telescoping steering wheel, a 4-inch digital information screen, manual air conditioning, a 40/20/40-split cloth front seat, and a 4- or 6-speaker stereo, depending on the cab size.

The XL’s infotainment system consists of Ford’s Sync 4 system connected to an 8-inch touchscreen. The system includes Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, FordPass Connect apps, and an available Wi-Fi hot spot.

Optional upgrades include driver aids such as a blind-spot monitor, rear cross-traffic alert, and rear braking. There’s an upgraded Sync 4 system with voice recognition and SiriusXM 360L.

New for 2023 is the Rattler Package, which brings a hefty dose of off-road capability to the XL. Offered only on 4WD models with upgraded engines, the package is similar to the FX4 package, adding an electronic locking rear differential, off-road suspension, rock crawl mode, and skid plate protection for the gas tank, differential, and transfer case.

The Rattler differs from the FX4 with unique exterior styling, including 18-inch dark alloy wheels, black exhaust tips, plus Rattler decals.

The rest of the options list seems endless and includes features like heavy-duty trailer packages, side steps, a spray-in Bedliner, and so forth.

You can add options to the XL or move the XLT trim, which includes more equipment for not all that much more money.

With the $1,795 destination fee, the 2023 Ford F-150 XL Regular Cab 4×2 costs $35,880. On a 60-month loan at 3% financing and zero down, the monthly payment comes to about $645. See 2023 Ford F-150 XL models for sale

2023 Ford F-150 XLT (starting at $39,760)

The Ford F-150 XLT builds off the XL, adding features and equipment that most truck buyers will want to have.

In addition to the XL’s optional driver aids, the XLT makes chrome bumpers, 17-inch painted alloy wheels, a rear window defroster, color-keyed carpet, and manual lumbar support for the driver and passenger seat standard equipment.

The XLT opens the door to more options, such as power front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, and a 12-inch touchscreen infotainment system with navigation.

Other upgrades include Intelligent Access keyless entry with push-button start, an onboard 400-watt 110-volt power outlet, a 360-degree camera, a power sliding rear window, and a twin-panel moonroof (Super Cab only).

LED fog lights come in handy when driving in poor weather conditions, while remote start and a remote tailgate release help you control the truck without having to be near it.

Music lovers will want to upgrade to the 8-speaker Bang & Olufsen B&O sound system, while off-roaders should opt for the FX4 package that adds an electronic locking rear axle, an off-road suspension, skid plates, and rock crawl mode.

Opt for the Co-Pilot360 Assist 2.0, and you’ll gain adaptive cruise control with stop/go, road sign recognition, lane centering, intersection assist, and evasive steering.

Hybrid models can add Ford’s Pro Power Onboard system, which acts like a 7.2-kW generator and only uses the battery pack for power. When the battery is depleted, the gas engine continues supplying power to the system. The system can run at max output for about 32 hours.

Gas-only models offer a less powerful 2.4-kW system that can run for about 85 hours on a tank of gas.

With the $1,795 destination fee, the 2023 Ford F-150 XLT Regular Cab 4×2 costs $41,555. On a 60-month loan at 3% financing and zero down, the monthly payment comes to about $747. See 2023 Ford F-150 XLT models for sale

2023 Ford F-150 XLT includes:

  • Blind-spot monitor – Helps you avoid contact with vehicles adjacent to the F-150. The system includes a rear cross-traffic alert with rear braking.
  • Available hybrid powertrain – Improves power and fuel economy, plus opens the door to the 7.2-kW Pro Power Onboard outlet.
  • Available Intelligent Adaptive Cruise Control – Keeps a safe distance between the F-150 and traffic ahead, with the ability to slow and stop in stop-and-go traffic. The system can also read speed limit signs and adjust the vehicle speed to comply.

2023 Ford F-150 Lariat (starting at $56,480)

The Lariat begins the F-150’s foray into the upscale pickup world, although still far from the top-line Limited and Platinum trims. It comes only as a SuperCrew cab with a 5.5-foot or 6.5-foot bed.

The Lariat’s standard engine is the 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6, with the option to upgrade to the hybrid V6, 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6, or 5.0-liter V8.

Building off the XLT, the Lariat adds power-folding heated side mirrors with LED spotlights and a driver’s side auto-dimming feature. Accompanying the LED headlights are LED fog lights with integrated cornering lights. The Lariat rides on 18-inch chrome wheels.

The Lariat’s cabin gains a 12-inch digital instrument cluster, a 12-inch center display with Sync 4, enhanced voice recognition control, navigation, the B&O sound system, dual-zone automatic climate control, blue ambient interior lighting, and a power sliding rear window.

Additional standard amenities include power-adjustable pedals, Intelligent Access keyless entry, push-button start, and a 400-watt 110-volt outlet.

The Lariat’s seating gets upgraded with leather upholstery, heated and ventilation in front, a 10-way power driver’s seat with memory settings, a center console, and a power passenger seat with power lumbar support.

The standard blind-spot monitor includes a sensor in the rear taillight that provides coverage when pulling a trailer.

Options for the Lariat beyond those offered on the XLT include heated rear seats, a power tilt/telescoping steering wheel, a wireless charging pad, adaptive headlights, and rain-sensing wipers.

Ford’s BlueCruise autonomous driving assistant gets bundled into the Co-Pilot360 Active 2.0 package, along with front parking sensors and Active Park Assist that can help automatically park the truck in a parallel or perpendicular fashion.

Other upgrades include a 360-degree camera, Trailer Reverse Guidance (helps guide you when backing up with a trailer in tow), an adaptive suspension, and a more powerful 18-speaker version of the Bang & Olufsen sound system called B&O Unleashed.

With the $1,795 destination fee, the 2023 Ford F-150 Lariat SuperCrew 4×2 costs $58,275. On a 60-month loan at 3% financing and zero down, the monthly payment comes to about  $1,047. See 2023 Ford F-150 Lariat models for sale

2023 Ford F-150 Lariat includes:

  • Digital instrument cluster – This configurable digital cluster replaces traditional analog gauges, offering several ways to view important driver and vehicle information.
  • Heated and ventilated front seats – These keep you warm in winter and cool and dry in the summer.
  • Available BlueCruise – Allows hands-free driving on prequalified sections of divided highways covering more than 130,000 miles of North American roads.

2023 Ford F-150 King Ranch (starting at $62,005)

The King Ranch is the luxury truck for those who work in the rough-and-tumble world. It can pull, haul, and tow with the best F-150, but its rustic luxury interior fits perfectly with those working the open lands in places like Montana, Texas, or Wyoming.

Beyond its unique two-tone paint and King Ranch embroidered upholstery, the King Ranch includes all Lariat standard equipment and a good deal more. And, like the Lariat, it comes only in SuperCrew configuration.

Standard equipment includes a 5.0-liter V8 engine, adaptive LED headlights, 20-inch alloy wheels, rain-sensing wipers, and a wireless charging pad. The King Ranch gets an integrated trailer brake controller, monotube rear shocks, and, on 4WD models, an automatic 2-speed transfer case.

The Co-Pilot360 Assist 2.0 system comes standard, as does a heated and power-adjustable leather-wrapped steering wheel and a flow-through center console with a collapsible shift lever.

Heated rear seats are a nice touch, as are genuine wood interior accents.

King Ranch options above the Lariat include massaging front seats and several King Ranch appearance packages.

With the $1,795 destination fee, the 2023 Ford F-150 King Ranch SuperCrew 4×2 costs $63,800. On a 60-month loan at 3% financing and zero down, the monthly payment comes to approximately $1,146. See 2023 Ford F-150 King Ranch models for sale

2023 Ford F-150 Platinum (starting at $63,695)

The Platinum plays off the King Ranch, giving off a more upscale urban vibe with more chrome exterior bits, a choice of black or Carmelo-colored seats, 20-inch polished aluminum wheels, and power deployable running boards.

The Platinum gains massaging front seats and heated rear seats.

Optional upgrades include the B&O Unleashed 18-speaker sound system, Co-Pilot360 Assist 2.0, and Pro Trailer Backup Assist, which can help you back a trailer into a tight parking spot using a knob on the dash and the rear camera system.

With the $1,795 destination fee, the 2023 Ford F-150 Platinum SuperCrew 4×2 costs $65,490. On a 60-month loan at 3% financing and zero down, the monthly payment comes to about $1,177. See the 2023 Ford F-150 Platinum for sale

2023 Ford F-150 Limited (starting at $83,910)

The Limited represents the ultimate F-150. It includes all of the Platinum and King Ranch standard and optional equipment, leaving only a few dealer-installed add-ons.

Highlights for the Limited include the 3.5-liter PowerBoost Hybrid V6, on-demand 4WD, 22-inch polished aluminum wheels, and the twin-panel moonroof.

Additional standard equipment includes the 7.2-kW Pro Power Onboard system, a power tilt/telescoping heated steering wheel, flow-through center console, and massaging front seats.

Co-Pilot360 Active 2.0 comes standard on the safety front, as does adaptive steering.

Rounding out the Limited’s bounty is the 18-speaker B&O Unleashed audio system, onboard scales with Smart Hitch, and a wireless charging pad. The Bed Utility Package comes standard. It includes a tailgate step, LED bed lighting, zone lighting, a power tailgate, and BoxLink mounting plates for securing various Ford accessories.

With the $1,795 destination fee, the 2023 Ford F-150 Limited SuperCrew 4×2 costs $85,705. On a 60-month loan at 3% financing and zero down, the monthly payment comes to approximately $1,540. See 2023 Ford F-150 Limited models for sale

2023 Ford F-150 Limited includes:

  • Massaging front seats – These reduce discomfort on long trips by stimulating blood flow and reducing lower back fatigue.
  • Adaptive steering – Changes the ratio between the steering wheel and front wheels. It means fewer rotations of the steering wheel are needed at slow parking-lot speeds, plus more precise steering feedback at high speeds.
  • Hybrid powertrain – Ths gas/electric system provides additional power for acceleration, improved fuel economy, and power for the 7.2-kW Pro Power outlet.

2023 Ford F-150 Tremor (starting at $60,110)

The Tremor is an off-road-ready pickup designed for those who seek to travel far from paved surfaces but don’t want to suffer the extra cost or wait time required by the Raptor.

Offered only with the SuperCrew cab and standard 4WD, the Tremor’s standard 5.0-liter V8 is a potent force and can be substituted with the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6.

The Tremor’s mechanical credentials include a 3.73:1 electronic locking rear axle, a 9.75-inch gearset, plus selectable drive modes with Deep Snow/Sand, Mud/Rut, and Rock Crawl. The Tremor includes additional skid plate protection and improved approach, breakover, and departure angles.

The Tremor’s suspension was designed to take a beating, with improved front knuckles and control arms, off-road shocks, and two-stage variable-rate leaf springs. Trail Control acts like cruise control for off-roading, maintaining a slow speed while traversing difficult terrain.

The Tremor gets a more rugged look, with a unique hood, 18-inch dark gray wheels, running boards, and Tremor graphics.

Interior upgrades include unique black cloth seats with orange stitching, bucket-style heated front seats, and a flow-through center console with a collapsible shift lever.

Ford’s Co-Pilot360 2.0 comes standard, as does a 12-inch touchscreen, Sync 4 with enhanced voice recognition, remote start, and a remote tailgate release.

Notable upgrades for the Tremor include a 12-inch digital instrument cluster, a B&O sound system with eight or 18 speakers, a 360-degree camera, rain-sensing wipers, adaptive headlights, and Co-Pilot360 Assist 2.0 with BlueCruise and Active Park Assist.

Buyers can also opt for ventilated leather front seats, a Hi-Lock transfer case, and a 2-speed automatic AWD system with mechanical locking 4WD.

With the $1,795 destination fee, the 2023 Ford F-150 Tremor costs $61,905. On a 60-month loan at 3% financing and zero down, the monthly payment comes to about $1,112. See 2023 Ford F-150 Tremor models for sale

2023 Ford F-150 Raptor (starting at $75,775)

The Raptor is Ford’s most capable off-road warrior. It features a 450-horsepower high-output 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6, Fox Racing Shox front and rear shock absorbers, a beefed-up suspension, and a 4×4 Hi-Lock transfer case.

Building off the Tremor’s off-road upgrades, the Raptor adds a modified hood and fenders with built-in air extractors, BFGoodrich all-terrain tires, and 2-speed automatic AWD with mechanical locking 4WD, and MyMode, which lets you save your selected modes in one easy-to-recall location.

Two new modes, Baja and Off-Road, are added to the Terrain Management System.

Luxury features include the B&O Unleashed audio system, heated and ventilated leather front seats, heated rear seats, power-adjustable pedals, a heated steering wheel, and a power sliding rear window.

Pro Trailer Backup Assist comes standard, as does adaptive power steering, trailer sway control, and six blank upfitter switches.

New this year is the Raptor R, which adds a 700-hp 5.2-liter supercharged V8, Recaro front seats, 37-inch BFGoodrich all-terrain tires, and 17-inch bead-lock-capable wheels.

The Raptor 37 package adds the same features, minus the 700-horsepower engine.

With the $1,795 destination fee, the 2023 Ford F-150 Raptor costs $77,570. On a 60-month loan at 3% financing and zero down, the monthly payment comes to about $1,394. See 2023 Ford F-150 Raptor models for sale

2023 Ford F-150 Raptor includes:

  • Hi-Lock transfer case – Allows mechanical 4WD to operate with an automatic AWD mode. The system varies depending on driver mode, with the most extreme settings locking the system into 4WD.
  • Fox Racing Shox – These advanced shock absorbers monitor steering input, throttle, and transmission mapping to prepare and adjust for optimal vehicle performance.
  • Available Raptor R – The most potent Raptor ever, this version ensures maximum performance when trail racing or powering through challenging obstacles.

FAQ

What is the best 2023 Ford F-150 trim?

For the average pickup buyers, the Ford F-150 XLT or Lariat offers the most versatility, features, and value. Luxury buyers will be happy in the King Ranch, but the Limited checks all the boxes with little to be desired.

Those planning off-road trips and who can’t afford a Raptor should upgrade to the FX4 package or, better yet, the Tremor.

How many miles per gallon does the 2023 Ford F-150 get?

The F-150 with the hybrid PowerBoost V6 earns EPA fuel economy figures of 25 mpg city/25 mpg highway/25 mpg combined. The standard 3.3-liter V6 returns 19 mpg city/24 mpg highway/21 mpg combined.

The 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 gets 20 mpg city/26 mpg highway/22 mpg combined.

The larger 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 sees figures of 18 mpg city/24 mpg highway/20 mpg combined, whereas the 5.0-liter V8 returns figures of 17 mpg city/24 mpg highway/20 mpg combined.

Adding 4WD drops fuel economy for each by one or two mpg.

The Tremor and Raptor only come in 4WD. The Tremor gets 16 mpg city/20 mpg highway/18 mpg combined when equipped with the 5.0-liter V8 and 18 mpg city/24 mpg highway/20 mpg combined with the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6.

The 2023 Ford Raptor gets 15 mpg city/18 mpg highway/16 mpg combined. Fuel economy figures for Raptor R have yet to be released.

Which 2023 Ford F-150 trim offers the most safety?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) picked the F-150 as a Top Safety Pick, giving it high marks of Good in all crash test categories. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has given the F-150 a 5-star overall safety rating.

Opting for the Co-Pilot360 safety suite will help the F-150 avoid accidents.

Joe Tralongo
Joe Tralongo
Joe Tralongo is a longtime contributor who started in the industry writing competitive comparison books for a number of manufacturers, before moving on in 2002 to become a freelance automotive journalist. He’s well regarded for his keen eye for detail, as well as his ability to translate complex mechanical terminology into user-friendly explanations. Joe has worked for a number of outlets as... Read More about Joe Tralongo

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