2022 Rivian R1T Impresses Reviewers: Review Roundup

You may have seen multiple review videos and blog posts of the Rivian R1T hit the internet like a wave these past few days. That is because the embargo for these reviews has ended to allow journalists and enthusiasts to publish their reviews.

The 2022 Rivian R1Tis the first all-electric pickup on the market and beating rivals including the 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning, Tesla Cybertruck, Lordstown Endurance, Chevy Silverado EV, and GMC Hummer EV. The pickup also recently got an official range rating from the EPA at up to 314 miles, above the automaker’s original projection of 300 miles. Now that the car has got into reviewer’s hands and the embargo lifted, multiple reviews of the 2022 Rivian R1T are starting to come in, they’re mostly positive.

We are going to pick a few of these reviews and see what they say about the R1T.

Dave Burnett from TopGear was taken aback by the car, praising its purposefulness, thoughtfulness and calling it a major achievement if it came from big-name automakers like for or landrover.

2022 Rivian R1T Impresses Reviewers: Review Roundup
TopGear

“The R1T is genuinely a huge accomplishment. To make something this purposeful, this thoughtful, this good would be an achievement for a company like Ford or Land Rover, but for it to be the first vehicle from a start-up? Maybe something this new and ground-breaking can’t come from a big firm. Too many cooks in the kitchen.”

Next, Derek Powell from Car and Driver, noted that the R1T is a jack of all trades, unlike pretty much every other vehicle on the market today, saying it “accelerates like a Corvette, off-roads like a Power Wagon, and includes a kitchen sink.”

2022 Rivian R1T Impresses Reviewers: Review Roundup
Car and Driver

“The Rivian R1T pickup is a conundrum of sorts,” Powell says. “It’s a high-horsepower heavyweight that can sprint to 60 mph in an estimated three seconds flat yet also tow up to 11,000 pounds. That those mutually exclusive performance figures exist in the same vehicle – an EV, no less – garners sufficient attention. But the real revelation is that the R1T embodies a similar dichotomy in all aspects of the driving experience both on the road and off.”

James Gilboy of The Drive believes the R1T is a true disruption in the automotive industry, one that is the first in what promises to be a long line of electric pickups.

“There isn’t (yet) another truck out there that’s both this capable, easy, and tranquil off-road and so good on it, be it for raising or easing your heart rate,” Gilboy said. “Its styling is outstanding, the thoughtful design of its storage and accessories will be catnip to adventurers, and its build quality inspires confidence.”

Many didn’t anticipate the R1T to be as good as it is, given that it is the first all-electric pickup to hit the market from a virtually unknown automaker. But as Antuan Goodwin from Road Show notes, it’s “not just the first battery-powered light-duty pickup, it’s also just a really good truck.”

“The wait for the electric truck is over; it’s here and there will be more to follow when the F-150 Lightning, GMC’s Hummer, the electric Chevy Silverado, and eventually the Cybertruck join the market over the coming years,” Goodwin said. “As the first vanguard of this growing class, was the Rivian R1T worth the wait? Most definitely. It’s powerful and confident on the road and more than capable enough to do truck stuff on the trail. The 2022 Rivian R1T is not just the first electric truck, it’s a really good truck. Full stop.”

It wasn’t all roses and unicorns for everybody. There are downsides to the vehicle which Hannah Elliott of Bloomberg talked about, mentioning some “significant red flags” the car had which a discerning consumer would do well to pause to consider before making a blind purchase as sales are limited to only online means.

“Laden with vegan-leather seats and an all-glass panoramic roof, the R1T is no workhorse. Its front end will not sustain a snowplow; its 16-inch center touchscreen should not get wet and won’t respond to input from gloved fingers; and its stiff, not-very-adjustable seats lack the comfort of the premium work rigs that double as offices and conference rooms for contractors on the move.”

“the truck lacked the ability to monitor actual battery life usage in real-time on my trip” he added

“These are pre-production models,” the Rivian employees assured him in their defense, indicating that the trucks customers would get won’t have any of these pesky glitches, they promised.

2022 Rivian R1T Impresses Reviewers: Review Roundup
Source: Hannah Elliott/Bloomberg

I don’t think Rivian can completely fix all these issues especially for the first few customer production models for the truck. Issues are going to have to be fixed as complaints come in from actual customers.

It’ll be exciting to see how the forthcoming electric pickups compare to the Rivian R1T, but based on these and other online reviews, the bar has already been set rather high.

Hanson F.https://thevolter.com
Hanson is a lover of electric cars especially Rivian. He is a contributor for The Volter as well as other news hubs

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