I was "late" to the Lightning reservation party (09/23/2021) -- originally, I was 50th at my dealership; they've said I've moved up in the list due to some cancellations/etc.
I figure at this point I'm still a year or more out from getting a Lightning, so I've been looking at other options. I was going to get a 2022 Tundra (newly refreshed) but then started seeing all the turbo waste-gate horror stories. I also thought of getting a new Tacoma (I had a 2016 TRD Off-road that I sold this past November)... couldn't bring myself to do that as the costs are up and it hasn't been updated in years.
Yesterday I ended up buying, from my Lightning dealership, a 2022 Ford F-150 XLT 4X4 SuperCrew (w/Powerboost). I pick it up Tuesday.
I figure this (a) starts moving me into the "electric" space, (b) bumps my budget much closer to where I'd be in a Lightning, (c) keeps me busy until my Lightning reservation comes up, and (d) gives me an F-150 to use as a trade at that time.
This is my first F-150, I've owned other Ford models way back when, and also my first time with a hybrid of any sort. Fingers crossed that it all works out. I was joking with the sales guy and their ordering manager after hearing they were allocated 33 Lightnings that "Great, now that I've bought this, I should expect an email from Ford saying I can order my Lightning."
Here's the new ride. Really wish it had power folding mirrors, but other than that it's pretty much a loaded XLT.