2022 Rivian R1T | Talking Cars with Consumer Reports #361

2022 Rivian R1T | Talking Cars With Consumer Reports #361 1

This week, we drive the all-new fully-electric Rivian R1T pickup truck. We share our first impressions, discuss some of our favorite features and debate whether the R1T bridges the gap between being environmentally conscious and having truck-like utility.

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00:00 – Introduction
00:15 – First Impressions: 2022 Rivian R1T
14:57 – Question: Which full size pickup truck is reliable and worth keeping for a long time?

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15 Comments on "2022 Rivian R1T | Talking Cars with Consumer Reports #361"

  1. Great review guys…I would say the copying of the Tesla interface is a huge plus…Most Tesla owners, myself included, loved the UI of the Tesla…adjusting mirrors and seats is a set and forget, so makes sense to do it the way they do it…same with vents for the most part. One of my co-workers has one and it’s great…I sat in the back and didn’t have any issues getting in or out and I’ve had both hips replaced, so getting in and out of cars can be challenging for me…not sure why you guys Pooh Pooh learning new buttons on a car…that’s 1/2 the fun of owning a new vehicle…Whenever I guy a new car and they offer me a session with an expert to go over all the functions, I decline…I love finding the new functions and features on my own or among others on forums…On pricing…you look at the pickups that everyone drives these days are pretty pricey…no one except for a few workers on the worksite, are buying base models…Agree on the limitations on this…perfect for the person who just does limited hauling and mostly local…runs to the local farm supply to get hay, wood pellets, mulch, plants, etc…GREAT point on the charging infrastructure…due to the electricity flow, chargers tend to have very short charging cords, requiring you to pull in or back in very close…if you’re hauling with a pickup, it’s difficult to get close to the charging “pump.” But, these things will improve…use it locally, with an occasional long haul, you’re probably fine if you have your charging mapped out.

  2. CR….please don’t convey inaccurate statements. EVs have an equivalent number of parts as conventional cars- period!!! Keep in mind that literally everything except the powertrain is basically identical to a normal car- therefore same number of parts. As per the powertrain, well this is where EV proponents get selective in their counting- a battery pack is not one part, nor is an electric motor, inverter and other components. And like conventional cars, EV batteries, motors and inverters have cooling and heating systems and these can be significantly more complex than those in a conventional car. Ok? so – EVs have an equivalent number of parts and complexity and you shouldn’t sell the engineering short in these vehicles.

  3. All of these electric cars are over hyped. They’re just toys for rich people. Not enough infrastructure or even up to date infrastructure to support mass volume electric cars.

    • For now. Just like it took awhile for cars to replace the horse and buggy as main mode of personal transportation.

    • I’ll caveat this with the fact that I do not know what country you reside in, and that the comments I make on cost are relative. I’ll also take some liberties in presuming you’ve had little experience with EVs.
      The hype is real. Drive one – live with one, and you will gain an appreciation.
      In the US, there are nearly a dozen models to choose from that fall below the current average price of a new car, with more coming. Those with little disposable income may not find much comfort in that, but your comment about rich people is unfounded.
      Stopping for gas is incredibly inconvenient. I leave my house with a full “tank” because home doubles as my “gas station”. I rarely need to stop to charge while I’m out, but when I do; there’s no shortage of options in my area. Where infrastructure does need to be better is in rural areas, and where convenience is concerned; faster charging. Both will be addressed in time. People didn’t continue walking because horses needed to eat/drink when those might be scarce resources, and no one is hiring wagon trains to ship goods out of fear there won’t be gas stations for trailers.

    • Nothing wrong with toys for rich people—this one is creating a lot of American jobs. The Mercedes S Class was the first car to bring a lot of the features to market that we take for granted in our Everyman cars. These high end EVs are helping find the way for the next generation of daily drivers for the rest of us.

  4. I like everything about the R1T except the cartoonish headlights.

  5. So many Rivian videos today from different channels!

  6. Didn’t Rivian say that it was a sports activity vehicle? You can’t really compare it to a standard truck …..could you?

  7. Who’s going to buy this? I’ll keep my taco thank you!

  8. True outdoor people, are going to buy an EV.

  9. CR recommending a v8 ram 1500 over a double turbo V6 Toyota Tundra or F150?

  10. These vehicles are popping up all over Orange County. A lot of them are employees, but this truck is pushing Raptors and Range Rovers out a lot of Laguna Beach garages.

  11. Great show and, shhhhh, don’t tell the others, but my very favorite TC panel !

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