Only 1 2023 Ford F-150 Trim Starts Under $40,000 | Rare Techy
New car prices are rising, including the popular Ford F-150. The average new F-Series model costs nearly $63,000, and other trucks also see significant price increases. Better interior quality, more standard equipment and consumer demand have driven up vehicle prices. If you can avoid the dealer markups, one trim of the 2023 Ford F-150, the XL Work Truck, is less than $40,000. Is this a good deal or is it better to upgrade?
What do you get with the 2023 Ford F-150 XL?
The 2023 Ford F-150 XL has a standard V6 that produces 290 hp and 265 lb-ft of torque. This model can be added with one of two Ecoboost engines or a powerful V8 that uses 400 hp and 410 lb-ft of torque. Each engine is mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission, and all-wheel drive costs extra.
If you stick with front-wheel drive, you still get optimized driving modes for trails and wet roads. The XL also has a drive mode for trailers and standard trailer sway control. Every 2023 F-150 rides on 17-inch wheels with all-ply tires.
The XL comes standard with a regular cab and a 6.5-foot bed. But you can choose it with an eight-foot bed. With specific upgrades, the Ford-150 XL can tow 8,200 pounds with FWD and the base V6. It has a standard maximum towing capacity of 5,000 pounds, according to Ford.
The standard cab, equipped with a black cloth seat with manually adjustable levers, has room for three passengers. In addition to these basic accommodations, the XL has an 8.0-inch infotainment screen and smartphone integration. Standard safety features include cruise control, pre-collision assist with automatic emergency braking and post-collision braking.
Price difference between 2023 and 2022 XL trim
Starting at $33,695, the 2023 Ford F-150 XL is over $2,000 more than the outgoing model. The 2022 F-150 XL starts at $31,520 and has many of the same features. However, the 2023 model has advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and power windows instead of manual ones.
Which 2023 Ford F-150 Equipment Offers the Most Value?
The 2023 Ford F-150 trim that Car and Driver testers recommend is the Lariat. It starts at $57,480 and includes a twin-turbo Ecoboost V6 that produces 325 hp and 400 lb-ft of torque. This powertrain, which earns 20/26 mpg city/highway in front-wheel drive, is more efficient than the standard V6.
The F-150 Lariat also has a higher towing capacity than lower trim levels, up to 10,000 pounds with the optional eight-foot cargo box. In addition, the Lariat has a Super Crew cab that can accommodate six people on upgraded leather seats. They also have automatic regulation, ventilation and heating.
In addition, the Lariat is upgraded with a 12-inch touchscreen and a 12-inch cluster display (the latter is only four inches in the XL). It also comes with voice recognition, dual-zone climate control and ambient lighting. And Ford added lane keeping technology and rear parking sensors to the Lariat’s safety suite.
Even without the optional upgrades, the 2023 Ford F-150 Lariat is a more comfortable and capable pickup truck than the base model XL. Car and Driver reviewers say that if you can’t afford a Laria, the XLT is also a better work car. The XLT costs around $41,800 and includes more safety features and a distinctive grille design.
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