The Rivian R1T became the very first new all-electric pickup truck to market, beating out the 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning when it entered production back in September. Though Ford and the upstart EV automaker – which it has invested heavily in over the last couple of years – originally planned on collaborating on at least one vehicle, those plans were recently canceled, and Ford CEO Jim Farley admits that Rivian remains a “major threat” to the company’s business. Now, after Farley was named MotorTrend‘s 2022 Person of the Year, the Rivian R1T has beaten out the Ford Maverick for MT‘s 2022 Truck of the Year, ironically enough.
The R1T was up against the Maverick, GMC Hummer EV, and Hyundai Santa Cruz for Truck of the Year honors, but ultimately took home the prize after earning high praise from the long-running publication in the process, which called Rivian’s first vehicle “the most remarkable pickup truck we’ve ever driven.”
“The Rivian R1T would win praise if it were merely a credible pickup truck that is also an electric vehicle, but it’s far more,” MotorTrend said. “Not content to simply mount an electric motor or two under the hood or box of a traditional pickup, Rivian used the opportunity to re-examine what a modern pickup truck could be.”
The R1T impressed by doing pretty much everything well – it offers true off-road capability, sports car-like performance and handling, 11,000 pounds of max towing capacity, up to 314 miles of range, and a slew of interesting features such as its gear tunnel and gear guard. “The 2022 Rivian R1T shows the world a new way to build a pickup and new ways to think about truck design, engineering, and use case,” MT concluded. “And it gives up almost nothing in capability in the process.”
Though it ultimately lost out to the Rivian R1T, the Ford Maverick has earned its fair share of accolades in recent months, including beating out the Santa Cruz – its main competitor – in a number of comparison tests, winning Green Car Journal‘s Green Truck of the Year, and being named a finalist (along with the R1T) for North American Truck of the Year.