The Rivian owner behind the Rivian Dad channel has never driven or touched the Ford F-150 Lightning until now. Thus, seeing his first impressions as he discovers Ford’s electric pickup is interesting. His first words as he climbs inside the cabin express his surprise at the number of physical buttons in the cockpit. As Rivian went with the more tablet approach, where everything is controlled using touch and gesture, Ford is more traditionalist, with many buttons to access the essential functions.
It’s in no way inferior, as the author emphasizes, just different from what he was used to. This impression goes beyond the infotainment system, as the two pickups set themselves apart. While the R1T is an adventure-oriented vehicle with plenty of oomph in the off-road department, the F-150 Lightning shows a more down-to-earth character. Ford indeed sells the Pro trim to businesses for as low as $40,000, while Rivian asks at least $67,500 for its cheapest version of the R1T.
The F-150 Lightning’s cabin is comfortable and appears more spacious, especially for rear passengers. Rivian Dad also likes the more thorough information offered to the driver via the two displays in the cockpit. He likes less the lack of an adjustable suspension, although the F-150 Lightning does a fine job absorbing bumps. As for the driving experience, the Lightning seems pretty much on par with the R1T in acceleration.
At the end of the day, it becomes evident that the two pickup trucks are very different, which is a good thing. They target different customers with diverse needs, so everyone can choose what suits them best. Having more options in this segment is always a good thing. This will improve once the Chevrolet Silverado EV and GMC Sierra EV join the party.