They say the all-new 2022 Rivian R1T is good off-road. We have to find out for ourselves, so we decided to compare the new R1T electric pickup truck against a new 2022 Toyota Tundra TRD Off-road truck on a snowy Iron Clads trail in the Rocky Mountains.
While the 2022 Tundra is an all-new and completely redesigned truck, it uses a traditional body on frame construction and the latest iteration of Toyota’s off-road suspension. The Tundra has a solid rear axle with coil springs and a multi-link setup. It has an independent front suspension with the latest geometry.
The 2022 R1T is a whole new animal. It uses a skateboard chassis that houses batteries, four electric motors, and four-corner independent suspension attachment points. There are two electric motors in the front and two in the rear. They are mounted as close to the vehicle centerline as possible. This allows the drive shafts the space to articulate. The R1T’s height-adjustable suspension can vary the ground clearance from around 9.5 inches in its lowest setting to 15 inches of clearance in its highest. For comparison, the Tundra TRD Off-Road has up to about 9.5 inches of ground clearance.
The Tundra has a 4HI/4LO transfer case and locking rear differential. The Rivian can vary the power output at each wheel for precise all-wheel-drive action.
Join the fun in the video below as Roman and I take these two deep into the snow and up this mountain trail.