Take a Tour of the Fabulous New Electric SUV


There’s exactly one model that fits the bill: the 2022 Rivian R1S.

The Rivian R1S.

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After months of delays, Rivian is finally gearing up to start delivering the SUV to customers later this summer.

The Rivian R1S electric SUV.

The Rivian R1S.

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The California startup invited me to get up close and personal with the R1S — and drive it both on-road and off. I can confirm it’s fabulous.

The Rivian R1S electric SUV.

The Rivian R1S.

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I found it extremely capable, comfortable, and spacious. Plus, the R1S packs plenty of impressive features.

The Rivian R1S electric SUV.

The Rivian R1S.

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Here’s a full tour of what the R1S has to offer, from its wildly useful frunk to its third-row seats.

The Rivian R1S electric SUV.

The Rivian R1S.

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The R1S Launch Edition (the first model out and the one I tested) has all-wheel drive by way of four motors — one powering each wheel.

The Rivian R1S electric SUV.

The Rivian R1S.

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It promises a whopping 835 horsepower and 908 pound-feet of torque, making it much, much quicker and more agile than its size suggests.

The Rivian R1S electric SUV.

The Rivian R1S.

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Rivian says the R1S will launch to 60 mph from a standstill in three seconds flat, which feels downright bizarre in such a large SUV.

The Rivian R1S electric SUV.

The Rivian R1S.

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The SUV shines off-road, too. There are several drive modes that dial in the suspension, throttle, and ground clearance for different types of terrain.

The Rivian R1S electric SUV.

The Rivian R1S.

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Set the R1S to Rock Crawl or All Terrain mode and jack up its ground clearance to the max — 15 inches — and the R1S makes light work of treacherous boulders, water crossings, and impossibly steep grades.

The Rivian R1S electric SUV.

The Rivian R1S.

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Read our review of the Rivian R1T here.

Most owners won’t push the limits of their R1S on a regular basis. But the SUV excels at the everyday stuff too.

The Rivian R1S electric SUV.

The Rivian R1S.

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Instead of the R1T’s truck bed, the R1S gets a third row, which means seating for seven.

The Rivian R1S electric SUV.

The Rivian R1S.

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The way-back is a bit tight for big adults, but it’ll work in a pinch if you scoot the second row forward.

The Rivian R1S electric SUV.

The Rivian R1S.

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Overall, the interior feels super spacious and open, thanks in part to the R1S’s two expansive sunroofs.

The Rivian R1S electric SUV.

The Rivian R1S electric SUV.

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It feels high-end and solidly built, too. The Launch Edition has stylish gray wood trim on the dash, doors, and elsewhere.

The Rivian R1S electric SUV.

The Rivian R1S.

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It can get a little annoying to not have things like a physical volume knob or tabs to direct the air vents. But overall, the user interface is beautifully designed and snappy.

The Rivian R1S electric SUV.

The Rivian R1S.

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The cabin is jam-packed with little storage cubbies and USB-C ports, so nobody’s left wanting for a spot to stick their phone or a way to charge it.

The Rivian R1S electric SUV.

The Rivian R1S.

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