Tesla Cybertruck vs Rivian R1T: Which Is The Best Buy?

The Tesla Cybertruck and Rivian R1T are two very very capable electric pickup trucks on the market. Both vehicles offer impressive performance, range, and capabilities, but there are huge differences between the two.

Price

The Tesla Cybertruck All-Wheel Drive (AWD) starts at $79,990, while the Rivian R1T starts at $79,000. However, the Cybertruck’s range-topping trim level with a 470-mile range costs $95,990, while the R1T’s range-topping trim level with a 410-mile range costs $89,000.

Range

The Tesla Cybertruck has a longer range than the Rivian R1T. The Cybertruck’s AWD model has a range of 340 miles, while the R1T’s base model with large pack has a range of 352 miles. The Cybertruck’s range-topping trim level has a range of 470 miles, while the R1T’s range-topping trim level has a range of 410 miles.

Performance

The Tesla Cybertruck and Rivian R1T both offer impressive performance. The Cybertruck can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 4.1 seconds, while the R1T can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds. Both vehicles also have a towing capacity of 11,000 pounds.

Capabilities

35,000 lbs Truck Pulling Test

The Tesla Cybertruck and Rivian R1T are both capable off-road vehicles. Both vehicles have a high ground clearance and four-wheel drive. However, the Cybertruck has a slight edge in terms of off-road capability, with a max ground clearance of 17 inch compared to the R1T’s 14.9 inch.

The Cybertruck stands out not only for its impressive performance and range but also for its array of pioneering features. It leads the pack as the first production vehicle employing a 48-volt electrical architecture, boosting its efficiency significantly.

Moreover, its 800-volt architecture enables lightning-fast charging, setting a new standard in the industry. Beyond these advancements, the Cybertruck showcases drive-by-wire technology, revolutionizing the driving experience by eliminating traditional mechanical linkages. This innovative tech elevates responsiveness and paves the way for advanced driver-assistance capabilities.

Which one should you buy?

When picking our favorite electric truck, there’s more than just stats. The Tesla Cybertruck and Rivian R1T are both excellent electric trucks.

The Cybertruck’s ultra hard stainless steel body chuckles as shopping carts bounce right off. Its imposing angular styling deters tailgaters.  The R1T brings a stealthy, incognito look allowing you to float by unnoticed. If Mad Max chased you, the Cybertruck’s tough body could let you relax. 

But both deliver: zero emissions yet faster than most sports cars.  Only one of them is bullet proof though.

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