In its summary of the newly launched battery-electric pickup, Motor Trend described the Rivian R1T as the “most remarkable pickup truck we’ve ever driven.” The publication praised Rivian for re-imagining what a pickup truck can be, with the R1T serving mainly as an ultra-capable and practical family vehicle. It also complimented the R1T’s ability to perform traditional truck tasks, though, noting its impressive off-road performance, towing capability and usable bed section.
Motor Trend provided reasoning for choosing the Rivian R1T over the GMC Hummer EV Pickup for this year’s Truck of the Year award, as well – with the main issue being the Hummer’s less-than-stellar value for money and capability.
“No matter how you compare it, the R1T’s value stands up,” Motor Trend said. “Put it against the only other electric truck out there, the GMC Hummer EV pickup, and the Rivian hauls more, tows more, has a nicer interior, has more storage space, drives better, rides and handles better, is only slightly slower in a straight line, and costs tens of thousands of dollars less.”
When Motor Trend reviewed the 2022 GMC Hummer EV Pickup last week, the publication said it liked the pickup’s staggering power, fun-to-drive nature and four-wheel-steering agility, but disliked the vehicle’s “absurd heft and size,” along with its “limited towing and payload capacities.”It also lambasted it for its “copious wind noise, cheap interior materials in plain sight, and exaggerated body motions.”
In addition to the Rivian R1T and GMC Hummer EV Pickup, contenders for this year’s Motor Trend Truck of the Year award also included the 2022 Ford Maverick and 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz compact pickups.