Rivian R1T vs Ford F-150 Lightning
The truck should have been able, and both the new Guard and electric option are shaping up to be. The third way that the Rivian R1T is better than the Ford F-150 Lightning is its off-road capabilities.
With twice as many engines on board, Rivian R1T is simultaneously faster and sturdier than 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning, never struggling to get traction or hold on to any surface.
Despite both trucks being comparable for battery size and range (130kWh for Ford, and 320 miles, and 133kWh for Rivians R1T), we were initially concerned with the lightnings 150kW peak charging compared to The Rivians 220kW.
After careful consideration of both trucks, the 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning offers up 90% the range of the 2022 Rivian R1T, comparable charging performance, a better bed, and more practical cabin – all while costing slightly less.
In real terms, there is not much of a difference in the towing numbers between the Plus-$90 and Rivian R1T–but numbers are king in truck land, and the Rivian wins here, with its top-tow rating at 11,000.
The 2023 Rivian R1T Electric Pickup is better than the 2023 Ford F-150 Lightning in terms of performance, driving range, off-road capabilities, and Rivian membership programs. Identical to a conventional F-150 work truck, the full-size Ford F-150 Lightnings bed is larger and more utilitarian than the Rivians, with room for more available accessories.
The 145.5-inch Lightnings wheelbase is roughly 10 inches longer than the Rivians (135.8 inches), and it is roughly 15 inches longer overall (232.7-9.1 inches).
The Lightnings 5.5-foot bed is easy to get in as well, offering an optional folding steps. The Rivian also has a fording clearance of 42 inches, up from 24 inches limit on the Rivian R1T. Lightning has the classic steel coil springs, whereas Rivian has an air spring set up in all four corners, which allows it to adjust the ride height.
The next-generation F-150 Lightning shares most of the regular F-150s bodywork and cabin, but it trades the gas-powered V-6 and V-8 options in this truck for a pair of electric motors and one of two different battery packs.
Ford has also designed the upcoming F-150 Lightning to act as a backup generator, and says that fully charged, the truck could provide as much as three days worth of electricity to an average home if power goes out.
Neither truck, though, has the power behind a conventional F-150s name, and an electric version of the American-favorite truck is sure to be a spectacular sight when it goes on sale some time in the spring of 2022.