- The Rivian R1S offers incredible power, with the ability to go 0-60 in three seconds flat.
- The Rivian R1S has 14.8 inches of ground clearance, making it a great off-road vehicle.
- Every trim level of the Rivian R1S comes with standard AWD.
- The Rivian R1S has a ‘Pet Mode’ that allows you to keep your pets cool while making quick stops.
In the midst of a booming electric vehicle market taking place all over the world, new competitors are popping up by the dozen. Many of these new entrants into the EV market are met with skepticism around whether or not they have staying power in a globally competitive market that has doomed many car manufacturers throughout history.
Rivian, the manufacturer of the Rivian R1S, hopes to buck the trend of new entrants dying out quickly and drive its way to EV glory. The Rivian R1S is a beautifully designed EV SUV that can go fast, drive for long distances, and can handle rocky roads with the best of them.
Let’s take a look at the 12 reasons why you should be considering the Rivian R1S as your next (or first) EV!
Quick Facts: Rivian R1S
|Date of Release
|Announced in 2018, delivered in 2022
|Up to 390 miles
|Up to 140 miles of range on a DC Fast Charger in 20 minutes
|Number of Seats
|5 or 7
|Up to 104 cubic feet
|Up to 7,700 pounds
|All-purpose, snow, all-terrain, towing, sport, rally, drift, rock crawl, soft sand, conserve
|5-year 60,000 miles comprehensive, 8-years 175,000 miles for battery pack and drivetrain
|2022 MotorTrend Truck of the Year, 2022 Edmunds Top Rated Editors’ Choice Award
If there is one thing every potential buyer of the Rivian R1S needs to understand, it’s that this is an SUV that is quicker than many cars. Capable of producing more than 835 horsepower on the most expensive Quad-Motor AWD trim level, the Rivian R1S can go 0-60 in three seconds flat.
To put that in perspective, the fastest Corvette on the road today, the 2023 Z06 model, does 0-60 in 2.6 seconds, or just four-tenths of a second faster than the Rivian R1S. The Lamborghini Huracan Tecnica is pushing 0-60 in 2.8 seconds, which helps you get a solid picture around just how performance-driven the Rivian R1S can be if you decide to drive it like it’s a car.
To give even more of a perspective, the Lamborghini Urus Performante, the only SUV in the Lamborghini lineup, only produces 600 horsepower, which means the Rivian is capable of producing 235 more horsepower than a supercar SUV!
Lots of Ground Clearance
As an EV that is built to go on adventures both on smooth and not-so-smooth roads, ground clearance counts for quite a bit. In the case of the Rivian R1S, its 14.8 inches of ground clearance well outpaces the Edmunds off-road guide that suggests at least 8.5 inches of ground clearance for any SUV looking to go off-road. By comparison, the 2023 Ford Bronco only offers 13.1 inches of ground clearance, which makes the Rivian R1S one of the best vehicles on the market for off-road adventures.
For many buyers looking to jump into the EV space, SUV or otherwise, having a lengthy warranty is a must in order to feel comfortable. In the case of the Rivian R1S, not only do they offer one of the most competitive warranties on the market, but it’s almost likely to outlast how long you will own the vehicle. The bumper-to-bumper warranty, or what Rivian calls its “comprehensive” warranty, lasts five years or 60,000 miles, whichever comes first.
The drivetrain and battery pack, the two areas where EV customers are most concerned, have recently been upgraded to provide plenty of coverage. The battery pack warranty will cover all components inside the battery and 70% of the battery’s capacity for 8 years or 175,000 miles, whichever comes first.
As for the drivetrain, it offers similar numbers with 8 years of coverage or 175,000 miles, whichever comes first. As you go off-road and experience any corrosion on the body of the R1S, Rivian will cover every body panel for 8 years.
No matter if you are buying an EV or a gas-powered SUV, you generally have to make a choice between RWD and AWD. In many cases, with EVs in particular, the choice between RWD and AWD represents a decision between the max range and increased traction.
Fortunately, this isn’t the case with Rivian as all three of its models: Dual-Motor, Performance Dual-Motor, and Quad-Motor all come with standard AWD. In fact, there is no RWD option for any vehicle in the Rivian R1S line-up, which is great news for a vehicle that is built with adventure in mind.
Just as Tesla introduced a pet mode with its vehicles, the Rivian R1S is factoring in driving with your furry friends as well. By enabling Rivian’s Pet Mode, you can keep the climate features of the Rivian R1S going so pets can stay inside your vehicle for short bursts and remain cool. This is especially helpful in the summer when temperatures are so high everywhere.
While it’s not recommended to leave your pet in any vehicle for prolonged periods of time, you can certainly do so for short bursts of time.
So Much Storage
One of Rivian’s biggest claims with the R1S is just how much you can fit into the vehicle. No matter if you are just driving across town or across the country, the Rivian R1S is made to carry it all.
With up to 104 cubic feet of storage with the passenger rows flat, you can store just about anything you can think of, short of a small home. As the second and third-row seats fold completely flat you can easily lay down a mattress when you want to watch sunsets before getting back on the road.
Lots of Range
Perhaps the most important reason of all to consider the Rivian R1S is just how good it is with the overall range on a single charge. While there are a lot of factors that can impact range like the size of your tires, weather conditions, or how you drive, Rivian is also providing ways to ensure you still have plenty of range available with the R1S. These efforts start with the Dual-Motor AWD and Performance Dual-Motor AWD trims as both models can choose between two different battery packs.
If you opt for the large battery pack, Rivian estimates the R1S should be able to hit up to 390 miles on a single charge under optimal conditions. This is compared to the standard-size battery where the Dual-Motor trim is more likely to hit up to 260 miles on a single charge. Comparatively, the Performance Dual-Motor will hit 340 miles on a single charge using the large battery pack. Should you opt for the more expensive Quad-Motor AWD trim level, you only have one battery pack option available that provides up to 321 miles of range on a single charge.
When it comes to safety, the Rivian R1S is full of features that not only help validate the price tag but also have you feeling incredibly safe while driving. Rivian’s Driver+ system includes an integrated set of cameras, radars, and ultrasonic sensors that will help the vehicle create a complete view of the road and look for obstacles. In addition, should your Rivian R1S detect that you are not holding the steering wheel, it will immediately prompt you to return your hands to the wheel.
Along with the already impressive set of Driver+ features, you also receive Driving Assist with each Rivian R1S trim level. This feature set includes Highway Assist, which will help with automatic steering and braking as well as acceleration on highways when engaged.
You can also expect to find other standard safety features like lane keep assistance, blind spot warning, rear cross-traffic alerts, trailer assist, and collision mitigation for potential forward collisions.
As a car built for handling different elements, there is a driving mode with the Rivian R1S for just about anything Rivian engineers could think of. This includes an all-purpose driving mode plus all-terrain, towing, sport, rally, drift, rock crawl, soft sand, and conserve modes. The inclusion of each mode is designed to help give you the best possible control of your vehicle depending on the different conditions you could take the Rivian R1S through.
Each mode will provide different adjustments to the suspension, accelerator pedal response, and ride height. By making these adjustments, you can improve both efficiency for the vehicle as well as make both the driver and passengers more comfortable.
Similar to how Tesla operates its own security system, the Rivian R1S uses its integrated cameras to create a 360-degree security system. This enables you to capture on video anytime someone bumps, scratches, dents, or parks too close to your vehicle. You can use these videos later with law enforcement as well as your insurance to help substantiate any claim you make about damage, intentional or otherwise, that was done to your vehicle.
While the Rivian R1S will be able to take advantage of the Tesla Supercharger network beginning in 2024, its current charging network is still plenty inclusive. Rivian’s existing network of DC Fast Chargers includes over 3,500 chargers at 600 different locations and will provide you with up to 140 miles of range in just 20 minutes.
Rivian is also on the way to fulfilling its promise to build out over 10,000 Level 2 chargers across the U.S. and Canada in locations where you can shop, eat, play, and stay. Rivian even offers a portable charger that can plug into any 240V outlet, enabling up to 16 miles of charge for every hour it’s connected.
Tow All the Things
As a more than capable EV SUV, anyone buying a Rivian R1S should know just how great these vehicles are with towing. With a maximum towing limit of 7,700 pounds and a maximum payload of around 1,800 pounds, there is absolutely no reason you shouldn’t be able to get where you are going while towing a camper or another vehicle. The Rivian R1S integrates a 2-inch Class IV integrated receiver, which helps give it the max tow rating of 7,700 pounds and Rivian claims that a flatbed trailer or small camper are more than acceptable towing options.
When it comes to finding a capable EV SUV with outstanding technology, a fantastic infotainment experience, and a drive that feels incredibly capable, the Rivian R1S is a best-in-class experience. Every Rivian R1S vehicle offers more of a traditional SUV feel while offering more drive modes and range than any EV SUV rival can currently provide.
If you can stomach the $78,000 starting MSRP for the Dual-Motor trim level, you are going to find yourself in the driver’s seat of one of the most capable vehicles on the road today.
12 Reasons to Buy a Rivian R1S Right Now
|1. The Rivian R1S offers incredible power that can hit 0-60 in three seconds flat.
|2. If you want to take the Rivian R1S off-road, you have 14.8 inches of ground clearance to do so.
|3. With the Rivian R1S, you have an outstanding warranty that lasts for up to 8 years.
|4. Every trim level for the Rivian R1S comes with AWD as standard.
|5. Enabling Pet Mode will help you keep your furry friends cool while you make a quick stop.
|6. With up to 104 cubic feet of space available, you have plenty of storage.
|7. Up to 390 miles of range on a single charge should be more than enough range to go around town.
|8. Rivian included a ton of safety features with the R1S to help drivers feel super safe.
|9. Different drive modes will help you tackle just about every terrain on Earth.
|10. A built-in integrated camera system provides peace of mind when parked.
|11. To get you on the road again, the Rivian R1S can fast charge up to 140 miles of range in 20 minutes.
|12. When you need to tow something with the Rivian R1S, you have up to 7,700 pounds of possibilities.
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