Rivian R1T is the 2022 Motortrend ‘Truck of the Year’

2022 Rivian R1T Launch Edition TOTY 98

Motortrend has picked the Rivian R1T as its Truck of the Year:

Long gone are the days when pickups were simply tools. Today they are, and for the better part of this century have been, family cars, luxury vehicles, off-roaders, lifestyle vehicles, and performance cars of all stripes. Each of these new use cases challenged us to reconsider the definition of “pickup truck,” but mostly in ways that broadened our understanding, not ones that fundamentally challenged it.

By rethinking how a pickup truck can be built, how it can be propelled, how it can drive, how its spaces might be used, how we could interact with it, and how to expand its target demographic, Rivian has forced both the industry and the market to reassess expectations. The R1T, however, is not just an intellectual exercise; it is at its core a good truck by traditional definitions, too. Being both is what makes it our 2022 Truck of the Year.

Motortrend praised the Rivian R1T’s design, engineering, electric efficiency, and its functionality as both a truck and for lifestyle. Rivian is backed with investments by Amazon and Ford, with the former holding a 20% stake and the latter a 12% stake.

For now, there aren’t a lot of EV truck competitors out there aside from the GMC Hummer EV pickup says Motortrend. But this is still early in the EV truck race, with Tesla’s Cybertruck set to debut at some point next year.