2022 Ford F-150 vs. 2022 Ford F-250 Comparison

Erin Riches-Wong | Apr 24, 2022

Every year, the Ford F-Series outsells every other model in the United States. Commercial truck buyers account for a hefty portion of the total, but the light-duty Ford F-150 and heavy-duty Ford F-250 pickups are popular with retail customers.

Most consumers drive home in a Ford F-150. But if you have a large trailer, you might also look at the F-250, the entry-level model in the Ford Super Duty line. There's a significant size difference between these trucks: The short-bed F-250 Crew Cab has a 14.5-inch longer wheelbase than the F-150 SuperCrew. And whereas the F-150 is known for its twin-turbocharged V6 engine and available hybrid powertrain, the F-250 comes exclusively with V8s.

Which truck is right for you? It depends on how much you need to tow or haul, and how much truck will fit in your driveway. This 2022 Ford F-150 vs. 2022 Ford F-250 comparison will help you zero in on the details that matter.

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2022 Ford F-150 Limited Front Quarter View

2022 Ford F-150 Limited

Both of these large Ford pickups come in a full range of body styles and bed lengths. That means you could have a regular-cab 2022 Ford F-150 (with a single row of seating) and an 8-foot-long cargo bed or an F-150 SuperCab (extended cab) with dual rear doors and a 6.5-foot bed. However, most buyers will prefer the Ford F-150 SuperCrew (crew cab) with a 5.5-foot bed. Its sizeable back seat accommodates 6-foot adults, while its modestly sized cargo bed makes it easier to finesse through drive-thru restaurant lines.

Prices on the 2022 F-150 range from $30,495 to $76,595, not including the $1,795 destination charge. Ford's large light-duty pickup comes in XL, XLT, Lariat, Tremor, King Ranch, Platinum, Raptor, and Limited trim levels.

Although the all-electric Ford F-150 Lightning is officially a 2022 model, most people will have to wait until the 2023 model year to order one (unless you were an early hand-raiser). Pricing on the 2022 F-150 Lightning ranges from $52,974 to $90,874, not including the $1,795 destination charge or federal and state tax credits (the sub-$40,000 Pro trim is for commercial customers only). The Lightning comes in XLT, Lariat, and Platinum trims.

You'll find standard 4-wheel drive (4WD) on the Lightning and the off-road-focused Raptor and Tremor models. Other 2022 F-150s give you a choice between 2-wheel drive (2WD) and 4WD (or 4x4).

Of the many engines available on the 2022 Ford F-150, the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 and 5.0-liter V8 offer the best overall performance and value. If lifetime fuel economy is a consideration, the F-150 PowerBoost Hybrid might fit the bill. In addition, hybrid F-150 owners can use the truck's battery pack as a mobile generator with Ford's Pro Power Onboard option. You won't find a diesel engine on the F-150's option sheet anymore, but the F-250 offers one.

Connected services on the 2022 F-150 are limited to remote engine starting and door locking. Both features are free to use. The truck's Wi-Fi hotspot has a 3-month free trial period. Ford does not offer complimentary scheduled maintenance on any vehicle model.

You can have the heavy-duty 2022 Ford F-250 in any of the three cab styles, and all are available with either a 6.75-foot or 8-foot cargo box. If you need a usable back seat, though, you'll want the 2022 F-250 Crew Cab, which offers abundant space for rear-facing car seats. The shorter bed makes the Super Duty less of a handful in everyday driving, but you might want the 8-foot bed if you plan to install a fifth-wheel trailer hitch.

Ford F-250 pricing for the 2022 model year ranges from $37,895 to $88,330, not including the $1,795 destination charge. The entry-level model in the 2022 Ford Super Duty line comes in XL, XLT, Lariat, King Ranch, Platinum, and Limited trims. There's a Tremor off-road version, but it's an option package for the King Ranch and Platinum rather than a trim level. The lower trims come with both 2WD and 4WD, but 4WD is standard on the King Ranch and up.

Ford offers two gasoline V8 engines on the 2022 F-250 and one diesel V8. The diesel provides the highest tow ratings, but it's pricey. Some consumers will find more value in the 7.3-liter gas V8.

Connected services and Wi-Fi are identical to the F-150's offerings.

Advantage: Ford F-150

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2022 Ford Super Duty Front Quarter View Action

2022 Ford Super Duty

The Ford F-150 ranks third among Large Light Duty Pickups in the J.D. Power 2022 Vehicle Dependability Study (VDS) but is not among the top light-duty trucks in the J.D. Power 2021 Initial Quality Study (IQS). The 2022 Ford F-150 comes with the following warranty and roadside assistance coverage:

  • Standard warranty: 3 years or 36,000 miles
  • Powertrain warranty: 5 years or 60,000 miles
  • Hybrid system & EV component warranty: 8 years or 100,000 miles
  • Hybrid battery warranty: 8 years or 100,000 miles (10 years or 150,000 miles in California emissions states)
  • Roadside assistance: 5 years or 60,000 miles

The Ford Super Duty does not rank among the top three models in the Large Heavy Duty Pickup category of the 2022 VDS. However, it ranks second among Large Heavy Duty Pickups in the 2021 IQS. The 2022 Ford F-250 comes with the following warranty and roadside assistance coverage:

  • Standard warranty: 3 years or 36,000 miles
  • Powertrain warranty: 5 years or 60,000 miles (5 years or 100,000 miles with diesel engine)
  • Roadside assistance: 5 years or 60,000 miles

Advantage: Ford F-150

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2022 Ford F-150 Front Seats Interior Dashboard

2022 Ford F-150

Consumers will find that the 2022 Ford F-150 offers an extensive menu of engines: three V6s (two are turbocharged), the PowerBoost Hybrid (which combines a twin-turbo V6 with an electric motor), and one V8. A second V8 will likely show up later in 2022 in the Raptor R. Finally, the all-electric Ford F-150 Lightning has front and rear electric-drive motors.

Output on the V6 and V8 engines ranges from 290 to 430 horsepower and 265 to 570 pound-feet of torque. All trucks come with a 10-speed automatic transmission, including the F-150 PowerBoost Hybrid, which has an electric motor built into its transmission. Four-wheel-drive models have Deep Snow/Sand and Mud/Rut drive modes, and a Rock Crawl mode is optional. The F-150 Tremor and Raptor have additional terrain modes, Ford Trail Control, and hill-descent control.

Depending on which battery pack you select, the Ford F-150 Lightning makes 426 or 563 hp. Every Lightning has 775 pound-feet of torque.

The PowerBoost Hybrid V6 is the most fuel-efficient among the gas engines, with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ratings of 23-25 mpg in combined city and highway driving. Other 2022 F-150s range from 15-22 mpg. Note that the EPA bases its ratings on trucks with the standard rear axle ratio for each powertrain. Trucks equipped for towing usually have an optional axle ratio that improves performance but reduces fuel economy. The 2022 Ford F-150 Raptor and Tremor have the lowest EPA ratings due to their raised off-road suspensions and all-terrain tires.

Ford has confirmed that its all-electric pickup truck is EPA-certified for 230 to 320 miles of range, depending on the trim level and battery pack. You can select one of three onboard chargers for the Ford F-150 Lightning. Expect 8 to 14 hours of charging time at a Level 2 home station (or less at a DC fast charger).

Consumers can specify one of three V8 engines on the 2022 Ford F-250. There's a base, gasoline 6.2-liter V8, a mid-range 7.3-liter V8, and a top-of-the-line Power Stroke 6.7-liter, turbocharged diesel V8. Horsepower ranges from 385 to 475. Torque ranges from 430 pound-feet to an astounding 1,050 on the Power Stroke diesel. The 6.2-liter V8 uses a 6-speed automatic transmission, while the other engines get a 10-speed automatic with Deep Sand/Snow and Slippery drive modes.

Four-wheel-drive Ford F-250s can get an FX4 off-road package or the more deluxe Tremor package. Available upgrades include hill-descent control, the Rock Crawl drive mode, Ford Trail Control, and a raised suspension. A locking rear differential is also available. Tremor-package trucks have a limited-slip front differential.

Since every 2022 Ford F-250 pickup has a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of over 8,500 pounds, it's considered heavy-duty. The EPA doesn't publish fuel-economy ratings for heavy-duty trucks. Ford's turbodiesel V8 will likely return the best mileage. The 7.3-liter gas V8 should be second-best, thanks to its 10-speed automatic. Ford F-250s with all-terrain tires and shorter (numerically higher) axle ratios will be less fuel-efficient.

Advantage: Ford F-150

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Consumers planning to tow with the 2022 Ford F-150 SuperCrew will want to look at both the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 and 5.0-liter V8. When properly equipped, F-150s with these engines have respective tow ratings of up to 14,000 pounds and 13,000 pounds (with a conventional trailer hitch). Payload ratings on trucks with these engines range from 2,100 to 2,900 pounds—impressive numbers for a large light-duty pickup.

Properly equipped hybrid Ford F-150 SuperCrews have a 12,700-pound tow rating and a payload rating of around 2,000 pounds. Electric Ford F-150s with the extended-range battery pack have a 10,000-pound tow rating and a 1,800-pound payload maximum.

The 2022 Ford F-250's 6.2-liter and 7.8-liter V8s are rated to tow as much as 15,000 pounds on properly equipped crew cabs with a conventional hitch, while the Power Stroke Diesel is rated for up to 20,000 pounds. If you install a fifth-wheel/gooseneck hitch, tow ratings go up to 15,400 pounds for the 6.2-liter V8, 19,200 for the 7.3-liter, and 21,700 pounds for the diesel. Payload ratings range from 3,000 to 3,900 pounds on the 2022 Ford F-250 Crew Cab.

An integrated trailer brake controller is available on both Ford pickups. It includes a smart trailer tow connector that informs you of any issues with your trailer (malfunctioning lights, for example). Buyers can equip both with Pro Trailer Backup Assist, which provides trailer-specific camera angles and an autonomous steering function that reduces white-knuckle moments when backing up with a trailer.

The 2022 Ford F-150 offers additional towing technology. An onboard scales feature approximates how much weight you're carrying in your truck, plus a smart hitch feature that measures tongue weight. For now, both aids are exclusive to Ford's light-duty truck.

Ford F-250s with the Power Stroke diesel engine have an exhaust brake feature that you can activate when more engine braking is desirable—on steep downhill grades, for example.

Advantage: Ford F-250

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2022 Ford F-250 Super Duty King Ranch Interior Dashboard

2022 Ford F-250 Super Duty King Ranch

Both the F-150 and F-250 offer advanced driving assistance systems (ADAS) known as Ford Co-Pilot 360. Every 2022 Ford F-150 comes with forward-collision warning (FCW) with automatic emergency braking (AEB) and pedestrian detection.

blind-spot warning (BSW) system with rear cross-traffic warning, lane-departure warning (LDW), and lane-keeping assistance (LKA) are optional. Ford's BSW system automatically detects the length of a conventional trailer and includes it in its coverage area (BSW doesn't work with 5th-wheel trailers).

Consumers can also get Level 2 semi-autonomous driving assistance in the form of traffic jam assistance (TJA) with adaptive cruise control (ACC) with stop-and-go capability, lane-centering assistance, evasive steering assistance (ESA), and intersection turn assistance (ITA). A relatively new feature on the F-150 is Ford's BlueCruise, which provides Level 2+ hands-free ACC on a network of divided highways.

In National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) testing, the 2022 Ford F-150 earned a maximum 5 stars for overall safety. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) rated the 2022 F-150 a Top Safety Pick.

If you're shopping for the 2022 Ford F-250, proceed straight to the XLT trim, which comes with FCW, AEB, and BSW with rear cross-traffic warning and trailer coverage (none of which is available on the base XL). The Platinum adds ACC with stop-and-go capability, and the Limited has LDW and a driver monitoring system.

The 2WD F-250 crew cab earned a 5-star overall safety rating in NHTSA crash testing. Other versions of the F-250 have a 4-star rating. The IIHS has not evaluated the crashworthiness of the 2022 Ford F-250 or any other heavy-duty pickup truck.

Advantage: Ford F-150

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2022 Ford F-150 White Rear Quarter View

2022 Ford F-150

Every 2022 Ford F-150 uses Ford's latest Sync 4 infotainment platform, which is capable of over-the-air (OTA) updates and wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration. The lower trims have an 8-inch touchscreen display. The higher trims get a 12-inch touchscreen display that looks like a tablet computer in portrait orientation, along with factory navigation. Some Ford F-150s have a wireless phone charging pad.

The 2022 Ford F-250 XL is truly a work truck. If you want an infotainment interface in your truck, start with the F-250 XLT. The Super Duty trucks still use the older Sync 3 infotainment platform, which lacks Sync 4's processing power, OTA updates, and wireless smartphone integration. Still, you'll get a functional 8-inch touchscreen display and wired Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Factory navigation and a wireless charging pad are available.

Advantage: Ford F-150

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2022 Ford Super Duty Tremor Blue Rear Quarter View Action

2022 Ford Super Duty Tremor

You might expect these trucks to look the same inside. But like other light-duty large pickups, the 2022 Ford F-150 often fills a role formerly occupied by luxury sedans, especially in its higher trims. Ford furnishes the F-150's cabin with high-quality materials, and its cutting-edge infotainment system and digital instrument panel impart a high-tech feel. In addition, the Ford F-150 ranks second in the Mass Market Truck/Van category of the J.D. Power 2021 U.S. Seat Quality and Satisfaction Study.

In contrast, the heavy-duty 2022 Ford F-250 feels like a more traditional truck. The higher trim levels have upgraded upholstery, but the dash and console favor outright functionality over aesthetics, and there's lots of hard plastic. The 2022 Ford Super Duty sits very high off the ground. All but the tallest adults will want to consider optional side steps or running boards.

If cargo space in the bed matters, the F-250 has an advantage over the F-150. Short-bed F-150 SuperCrews have 52.8 cubic feet of cargo capacity, while the longer 6.5-foot bed has 62.3 cubic feet. Short-bed F-250 Crew Cabs have 65.4 cubic feet of space, while long-bed trucks have 78.5 cubic feet. Both the 2022 F-150 and 2022 F-250 have an available power-operated tailgate.

Advantage: Neither

The F-150 has a fresher cabin design and top-rated seats, but the F-250 has more space inside and out.

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If you'd like to learn more about these large pickups, be sure to read our expert reviews of the 2022 Ford F-150 and 2022 Ford F-250. To find out how people like you rate models in this segment, check out our ratings from verified vehicle owners.

Also, please keep in mind that while the information in this article was accurate and valid on April 21, 2022, it may have changed since that date. Always confirm product details and availability with the automaker's website or your local dealership.

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