Rivian R1T 2023 Reviews, Prices and Specifications

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Tech startup Rivian isn’t the first company to build an electric pickup truck, but the R1T 2023’s smart design and impressive performance make it our favorite. Slightly larger than the Ford Ranger, the R1T is powered by two or four electric motors depending on the model, with the most powerful version making a strong 835 horsepower and allowing a maximum towing of up to 11,000 pounds. Its more compact size makes it easier to maneuver in tight quarters than behemoth full-size offerings like the Ford F-150 Lightning and GMC Hummer EV SUT. The Rivian cabin is packed with luxury features and lots of technology, including a large 16.0-inch infotainment system and discrete digital gauge display. We’ve enjoyed test driving the R1T both on- and off-road, and the latter situation is aided by the truck’s standard adjustable air suspension, available all-terrain tires and optional carbon fiber underbody protection. There’s a price for all this greatness, though, and no matter how you put it, the R1T is an expensive rig—but so are its competitors.

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What’s New for 2023?

Rivian is making no changes to the R1T for 2023 but has rolled out several over-the-air software updates to the truck to enable features such as Camp Mode, Pet Comfort Mode, and Soft Sand and Snow driving modes.

Price and Which One to Buy


$70,000 (estimated)

$75,000 (estimated)

We’ll go with the Adventure because it adds several desirable features, including a Meridian stereo system, heated and ventilated front seats, more luxurious upholstery, and wood interior trim. We will pay an extra $6000 to upgrade to the Big battery pack to unlock more driving ranges; similarly, a Quad-Motor all-wheel drive powertrain costs $8000 more, but we think the added performance is worth the money. Unless you’re planning on pulling a significant payload, we’d skip the largest battery pack, called the Max, as it increases range beyond the Big pack by 27 percent but costs a whopping $16,000.

EV Motors, Power and Performance

All-wheel drive is standard on the 2023 R1T but comes in two different configurations: Dual-Motor and Quad-Motor. With only two motors, the Dual-Motor model produces 600 horsepower. With an optional Quad-Motor setup, the R1T offers up to 835 horsepower. this model accelerates to 60 mph in just 3.3 seconds on our test line, which makes it the fastest pickup truck we’ve ever tested at the moment. Air suspension is standard and can adjust the ground clearance from eight to 14 inches. The Quad-Motor setup allows the R1T to do just that what Rivian calls the Tank Round, which allows the electric motor to turn the left wheel in the opposite direction from the right, which turns the truck on its axis. Our first test drive, what we did in the Colorado Rockiesshowcases the R1T’s impressive off-road capabilities as well as strong on-road performance.

Crane Capacity and Payload

Rivian says that each R1T can tow 11,000 pounds and the pickup offers a payload capacity of 1,760 pounds. But, unsurprisingly, we found it pulling the trailer will drain the battery much faster than when cruising unladen, so buyers planning to take advantage of the truck’s towing capabilities would be wise to get the model with the largest battery pack when available. During our tensile test pulling a 6100 pound axle camping trailer, our R1T’s range dropped to just 110 miles at 70 mph.

Range, Charging and Battery Life

For 2023, the R1T is offered with three different battery packs. The Standard Package is said to be good for 260 miles per charge while the Big and Max battery packs have ranges of 314 and 400 miles respectively. On our 75 mph real-world highway route, our test vehicle, which ran on 20-inch all-terrain tires and had a Big battery, covered only 220 miles. We tested a second R1T on Big battery, this one on 22-inch all-season road tires, and set records range of 280 miles.

Real World Fuel Economy and MPGe

The fuel economy ratings for the Quad-Motor R1T are 74 MPGe city, 66 MPGe highway, and 70 MPGe combined. During our time with the R1T, which includes multiple towing, our test vehicle averaged just 35 MPGe. For more information on the R1T’s fuel economy, visit EPA website.

Interior, Comfort and Cargo

Inside, the R1T’s cabin is finished in leather, wood and a large display for the gauge cluster and infotainment system. The R1T has a large trunk under the front hood, a large storage compartment behind the cab (but in front of the bed), and an in-bed compartment that locks. Overall, Rivian says the truck has 12 cubic feet of lockable storage. Expandable and collapsible truck rail system allows installation of equipment above the bed and cab. On the bed there are three 110 volt outlets and an air compressor.

Infotainment and Connectivity

A large 16.0-inch infotainment screen is hidden in the R1T’s contoured dashboard and a secondary digital readout serves as a reconfigurable gauge display. The infotainment interface uses expandable tiles for individual features with the main options (navigation, media, climate control, etc.) available at all times at the bottom of the screen. Instead of delving into submenus, options slide off the side of the tiles to reduce system complexity. Surprisingly, Rivian chose not to include Apple CarPlay or Android Auto–both features buyers might expect at this price.

Safety and Driver Assistance Features

Rivian said each model will be equipped with hands-free driver assistance technology, with a suite called Driver+. For more information on the results of the R1T crash test, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) website. Key safety features include:

  • Standard automatic emergency braking
  • Standard lane departure warning
  • Standard adaptive cruise control

Warranty and Maintenance Coverage

All Rivian models come with a generous standard warranty that includes five years or 60,000 miles of bumper-to-bumper coverage and a battery and drivetrain policy that lasts eight years or 175,000 miles.

  • The limited warranty covers five years or 60,000 miles
  • The powertrain warranty covers eight years or 175,000 miles
  • No free scheduled maintenance



R1T Rivian Launch Edition 2022
Vehicle Type: front and rear motorcycle, all wheel drive, 5 passengers, 4 door pickup

Basic/As Tested: $74,075/$76,875
Options: Off-road upgrade, $2000; full-size spare tire, $800

4 permanent magnet synchronous AC motors
Combined Power: 835 hp
Combined Torque: 908 lb-ft
Battery Pack: liquid-cooled lithium-ion, 128.9 kWh
Built-in Charger: 11.5 kW
Transmission: direct drive

Suspension, F/R: control arm/multilink
Brakes, F/R: 13.5 inch vented disc/12.9 inch ventilated disc
Tires: Pirelli Scorpion All Terrain Elect
275/65R-20 116H M+S 3PMSF RIV

Wheelbase: 135.8 inches
Length: 217.1 inches
Width: 79.3 inches
Height: 73.0 inches
Passenger Volume: 107 ft3
Cargo Volume: 37 ft3
Restraint Weight: 7173 lb

60 mph: 3.3 seconds
100 mph: 9.0 sec
1/4-Mile: 11.9 seconds @ 110 mph

The above result removes 1 foot launch from 0.2 seconds.
Rolling Start, 5–60 mph: 3.4 seconds
Top Gear, 30–50 mph: 1.7 sec
Top Gear, 50–70 mph: 2.1 sec
Top Speed ​​(gov ltd): 111 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph: 177 ft
Road hold, 300 ft Skidpad: 0.80 g

Observed: 35 MPGe
Highway Range: 220 miles

Combined/City/Highway: 70/744/66 MPGe
Range: 314 miles


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