Rivian R1T Receives Highest-Ever Pickup Truck Score From Doug DeMuro



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Here is one of the longest and most comprehensive review sof the Rivian R1T all-electric pickup, which in small quantities is hitting the market.

Doug DeMuro says that he was a true skeptic about Rivian, but once he had an opportunity to see and test one, he is now amazed.

We will not highlight all the points, as the walkthrough is very detailed and basically covers all the elements of the vehicle.

What is important, is the test drive (38:40), which resulted in a quite positive opinion about the Rivian R1T. The vehicle is obviously quick and its ride quality is fine.

The Rivian R1T received an impressive overall Doug score of 73/100 points, which is the best pickup result ever. This is why the truck was called “the coolest pickup truck ever made” – about five points higher than the top conventional model (2021 Ram TRX – 68/100).

Rivian R1T score (source: Doug DeMuro)

Rivian R1T score (source: Doug DeMuro)

Nonetheless, there are some areas for improvements as the comfort was evaluated at 6/10, same as the quality 6/10 due to finding some glitches after spending more time with the vehicle.

The other weaker points are lower resolution of the cameras and lack of some connectivity with phones (Apple CarPlay and Android Auto). Some might also not be happy with the bed length (although there is plenty of lockable storage, including the gear tunnel and frunk – front trunk).

We like that Rivian’s navigation is intuitive and shows charging points on longer routes, including estimated charging time required to continue to another charging stops. The rear seats are spacious and passengers have a small touchscreen to set climate control.

Rivian R1T specs:

  • Range:
    EPA: 
    314 miles (505 km) (see details here)
    400+ miles (644+ km) version (January 2022)
    250+ mile (402+ km) affordable version to follow
  • undisclosed battery capacity – around 135 kWh
    2170-type cylindrical cells (7,776), supplied by Samsung SDI
  • 0-60 mph (96.5 km/h) in 3.0 seconds
  • quad motor, all-wheel drive
  • on-board charger: 11.5 kW (AC Level 2); up to 25 miles of range per hour of charge
  • DC fast charging: up to 140 miles of range in 20 minutes
  • wading depth: 3+ ft (more than 0.91 m)
  • towing capacity: up to 11,000 lbs (4990 kg)



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