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2022 Rivian R1t
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2022 Rivian R1T MODEL OVERVIEW

Pros

  • Drives like a sports car
  • Quiet and capable off-road
  • Clever interior

Cons

  • Tricky touchscreen menus
  • Most trims won't be available until 2022

The R1T is part of the new Rivian brand's aim to provide adventure-oriented utility vehicles with potent electric powertrains and generous range on a single charge. Like many electric vehicles, the 2022 Rivian R1T is underpinned by a skateboard platform, which places the battery under the passenger compartment to keep the center of gravity down. Ground clearance is generous at 14.5 inches.

Rivian R1T pricing will start around $70,000 before incentives. Launch Edition trucks are expected to arrive in September 2021, while other variants are slated for January 2022.

What We Think

Simply put, we love this truck. In our First Drive review, we called it "the most remarkable pickup we've ever driven." On the pavement, it rides comfortably, it's quick, and it's a blast to take around twisty roads. Venture off the beaten path, and it can tackle obstacles that might give the Jeep Wrangler pause. And it does so smoothly and silently. Thank the Rivian's innovative four-motor 4WD system that delivers power exactly where it's needed without delay. There is no crawler gear ratio to engage, differentials to lock, or anti-roll bars to release. Excellent visibility makes the truck even easier to drive.

Inside the cabin, we praised the R1T's large cargo bay and plush and supportive front seats. It's less comfortable in the cramped rear seats, however. And while we appreciated the crisp graphics from the large central touchscreen, we found the system had a high learning curve. Our tester was a pre-production truck, so perhaps this will change on the final model.

After driving the Rivian R1T, we're convinced this is the electric truck of the future. No other truck on the market can match its combination of on-road agility and off-road prowess.

Check out the Rivian R1T's suspension secrets here.

Our Historic Transcontinental Trip in the Rivian R1T

When we got an opportunity to drive the first modern electric pickup truck to hit the market, we knew a simple road test wouldn't suffice. Instead, we took the Rivian R1T on a historic 5,000-plus mile overlanding expedition across the Trans-America Trail from Nags Head, North Carolina, to Port Orford, Oregon. It would be the world's first electric off-road transcontinental trip. Check out Part 1 and Part 2 of our journey.

Performance and Range

Three batteries sizes will be offered: 105-, 135-, and 180 kWh. Range is anticipated to start at 230 miles for the (late availability) smallest battery, 314 miles for the medium-sized battery, and more than 400 miles for the largest battery.

The truck has four electric motors, one mounted at each wheel. Our Rivian tester with the medium-sized battery delivered a total of 835 hp and 908 lb-ft of torque. According to Rivian, the truck can sprint from 0-60 mph in 3.0 seconds.

Cargo Room, Towing, and Capability

The 2022 Rivian R1T has an 11.0-cubic-foot front truck, or "frunk," that can fit a surprising amount of gear. As we noted in our frunk review, we were able to store three duffel bags and a bag of snacks about the size of a large backpack. There is a large bin underneath the floor for storing additional items. The frunk is power operated, so it can be opened and closed via the infotainment screen, remote key, or button at the front of the vehicle.

That's not all. The R1T has an 11.6-cubic-foot storage tunnel between the bed and the passenger compartment. We were able to stuff quite a bit of gear into this storage tunnel: a couple duffel bags plus a couple of carry-on sized suitcases, a backpack, and a briefcase. The spare tire well also doubles as a 7.0-cubic-foot in-bed trunk.

When properly equipped, the R1T can tow up to 11,000 pounds, while the maximum payload is 1,760 pounds. For additional flexibility, the R1T will be available with accessory racks mounted on top of the bed cover, and an in-bed tent. An onboard air compressor will be standard on all Rivians, which should make it easier to air down and back up again while off-roading.

Technology

Two massive displays dominate the 2022 Rivian R1T's dash. A 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster replaces the traditional analog gauges while a large 15.6-inch touchscreen handles infotainment, climate controls, and navigation. In the rear seat area, there's an additional 6.8-inch screen on the back of the center console. Other goodies include a rechargeable LED flashlight hidden in the driver's door, a wireless charging pad, and a rechargeable portable Bluetooth speaker underneath the center console.

Trim Levels

Rivian has introduced three trim levels for the R1T. Reservations are full for the Launch Edition, which is based on the Adventure Package.

Explore Package: medium-sized battery standard, vegan leather, heated seats, driver lumbar adjustment, black interior accents

Adventure Package: power tonneau cover, Rivian Elevation audio system by Meridian, natural-grain ash wood interior finishes, perforated leather, ventilated seats, yellow interior accents, passenger lumbar adjustment, 100 percent recycled microfiber headliner

Launch Edition: special green paint color option, choice of 20-inch all-terrain or 22-inch sport wheels, Launch Edition interior badges

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