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The Rivian R1S Is the Most Amazing Electric SUV Yet

  • Published on Sep 26, 2022
    Rivian R1S review! The Rivian R1S is a truly amazing electric SUV, and today I'm reviewing it. I'm going to show you all the cool quirks and features of the R1S and show you what it's like -- and I'm going to get behind the wheel of the Rivian R1S and drive it to show you what it's like behind the wheel.
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  • David P
    David P 2 months ago +1624

    Consistently great reviews, zero clickbait. I enjoy your content, Doug.

    • Moose Samli
      Moose Samli Month ago

      Consistently crap content and the site is hacked as fcuk!

    • 49er
      49er  Month ago

      His reviews are horrible considering they are 90% him just talking about the vehicle's attributes and not actually driving them and talking about actual performance.

    • KissTheGreat
      KissTheGreat Month ago

      Except when he’s trying to murder vulnerable road users by filming stuff on his phone while driving…

    • Ulrich Ulzz Terblanche
      Ulrich Ulzz Terblanche Month ago

      @Joshua Brown THISS....

    • Trent Whatcott
      Trent Whatcott Month ago

      Bhuuut hinnywaaay.

  • Chris
    Chris Month ago +69

    Your last sentence:
    “This is, quite simply, the best all around car I’ve ever tested.”
    I immediately put a deposit down on one.
    You should get royalties, Doug!
    Your opinion carries a ton of weight with me.
    Thanks. 👍

    • SuperFried95
      SuperFried95 6 days ago

      Congratulations you played yourself. Electric cars will never work. The grid already can’t keep up with all the charging, just look at california, telling people not to charge their EV’s LMAO. Not to mention, everyone sitting there for 30 minutes to 1 hour to get MAYBE half battery charged, enjoy, asshole 🥂

    • largol33t1
      largol33t1 6 days ago +1

      Maybe Chris but not all of us make $80K a year...

  • Super206
    Super206 Month ago +270

    I'm really impressed with how well Rivian seem to be nailing it with their target audience, while making a truck & suv that is still a good functional vehicle for anyone. I'm glad they're not trying to out-quirk all the other EV competitors and seem to be focusing on utility and ergonomics, while throwing in a bunch of handy stuff for outdoors like the speaker & leveling setting. I'm hoping the long term reliability is fair on these.

    • FIREB4II
      FIREB4II 14 days ago

      The rivian truck and SUV are dead on arrival

    • FIREB4II
      FIREB4II 14 days ago

      The rivian truck was compete flop on the floor dead

    • Flykix
      Flykix Month ago

      @Evan Anderson They actually start at $72k and go up to 95k. They’re the same entry point as a lot of other options most American families such as myself have with large SUV’s. Like Tahoes, Suburbans, Escalades and Navigators. People right now are taking the huge tax rebate, than turning around and selling them for much over MSRP. Some are the first launch editions as well so when these are readily available in 16-24 months then they will reflect those prices. I’m currently looking to buy a 2022 R1T with 460 miles. The adventure for $89k and trying to work it down to $85 which was what that one sold for new with all the options it had.

    • Nico C.
      Nico C. Month ago

      Well it isn't aimed at any comsumer though, they have to lower the prices, and if you live where there are seasonal climates, good luck!

    • Chris Connors
      Chris Connors Month ago

      @Evan Anderson There's plenty of $80-120k trucks and SUVs.

  • eyespy3001
    eyespy3001 Month ago +246

    The first thought that popped into my head when hearing about the Camping Mode auto-level feature was, “that would be really handy when you have to check your oil.” Then I realized how that doesn’t apply here 😂

    • eyespy3001
      eyespy3001 17 days ago

      @Bryant Harris We covered that already. Catch up

    • Bryant Harris
      Bryant Harris 17 days ago

      And blinker fluid

    • Marc Sherwood
      Marc Sherwood Month ago

      @eyespy3001 You must have gotten that info from NAPA counter. You need Torx #10 steam for this model. Some say you can use DOT Blinker Fluid, but why take the risk?

    • wolfguardian
      wolfguardian Month ago


    • Aaron Fauth
      Aaron Fauth Month ago

      @wolfguardian No can do.

  • fluffy
    fluffy Month ago +16

    I hope that in “pet mode” there’s something to indicate to well-meaning passers-by that the air conditioner is on, so they don’t smash the window to rescue your dog.
    Extremely not a fan of central-screen controls for everything, though. Being able to quickly adjust vents, steering wheels, etc. in a direct tactile way is way faster and easier, even if it isn’t as “fancy.”

  • Eric Sanchez
    Eric Sanchez 2 months ago +691

    Appreciate your reviews! Always straight forward no BS, no clickbait, just straight up quirks and features! Keep doing what you're doing!

    • Senoow
      Senoow Month ago

      @Oswaldo Zuniga the worst 🥶🥶

    • Oswaldo Zuniga
      Oswaldo Zuniga 2 months ago +9

      no dumb faces on thumbnail either!

    • Razi's World
      Razi's World 2 months ago

      Your absolutely right! :D

    • CodyAlushin
      CodyAlushin 2 months ago +13

      After a quick Cars&Bids ad, of course 😉

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      Panda Land 2 months ago


  • Isaac 84
    Isaac 84 Month ago +58

    I’ve seen 3 of these this week, a pick up and suv version in different sides of town so I’m assuming they are selling very well already. They look even cooler in person because I couldn’t help but stare. It’s like a KIA Telluride & Jeep Wagoneer had a baby. Love it!

    • Jonimus Prime
      Jonimus Prime 29 days ago +1

      @A H Dude Elon likes Muskrats 😏

    • A H
      A H 29 days ago +2

      @Jonimus Prime or prolly a Tesla/Elon fan

    • Jonimus Prime
      Jonimus Prime Month ago +6

      @DL Lambert dude are you a bot?. The way you respond is kinda weird with emojis and signs ..

    • DeFHoez
      DeFHoez Month ago +3

      This is one very pretty SUV for sure!

    • DL Lambert
      DL Lambert Month ago +1

      The car company has serious problems 😬 but I will admit the line is ✅️. E vehicles are not impressing me 🤔. I'm in Florida so 🌀⛈️☀️ are concerns.

  • The Angry Otaku
    The Angry Otaku Month ago +5

    i love how many features they managed to add without any of them seeming gimmick-y or unnecessary.
    also, love your reviews Doug, all the info with none of the extra filler or clickbait like a lot of other reviewers today :)

  • Bo Henriksson
    Bo Henriksson Month ago +9

    Looks like a very well thought out vehicle and I’m sure Rivian will be very successful!
    The software and features mostly a straight Tesla copy - which is a good thing but you could have mentioned…
    I wish I could have the birdchirp as locking sound on my Model3 :-)

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  • Drew O.
    Drew O. Month ago +16

    Rivian took the buzzword “all in one” to its literal extreme!
    And I’m impressed!🤯🤩

  • Varun Aggarwal
    Varun Aggarwal 2 months ago +2517

    I was going to buy the Mclaren F1, but after I saw the Doug score,
    I decided to go for the Rivian instead.
    Thank you Doug for helping me make this important decision.
    ...and for saving me 3 million dollars.

  • RaduGT
    RaduGT Month ago +5

    I like these better than the R1T and I think they look better too. But I can’t stand the pop-out door handles, those things should be abolished from the car industry
    I’m also disliking the trend of putting every interior control into one “infotainment” center. Basic functionality of daily used controls should have physical buttons. Sifting through menus to change your ac is an unnecessary complication and distraction.

    • Meadmaker 452
      Meadmaker 452 Month ago +2

      When you have to go through a menu system to try to find your AC controls, and then grab a little icon thingy on the screen and drag it around to where you want the air to blow, all while 70mph+ on the highway and not watching where you're going, you know you have a design fail on your hands. I like technology, and the AC adjustment gimmick is cute, but it's definitely not practical. Futuristic shouldn't by synonymous with impracticality or unsafe driving.

  • E C
    E C Month ago +2

    Love it, but seems like there were a couple of big misses for those with kids. No cup holders for 2nd row if using middle seat. Seat belts in third row seem like they would be very difficult for younger kids to reach as they are attached high and further back.

  • Mike
    Mike Month ago +6

    I can name some things I want that it doesn't have. 1. Decent front-end styling. 2. a sunroof that opens. 3. Physical buttons for often used and safety related stuff like adjusting mirrors, etc. I hate going through on-screen menus while driving!

  • Michael Bodner
    Michael Bodner Month ago +2

    I think Rivian makes a beautiful car. I won’t be a buyer until they are more established though. My experience with Tesla and the brutal service was enough for me to steer clear of new entrants.
    Side note, Tesla let’s you vent the windows from the app. My Audi lets me start not only the HVAC but also the cooled seats. Love that!

  • Marques Brownlee
    Marques Brownlee 2 months ago +7441

    I think we're going to pretty quickly start seeing these everywhere

    • FSX239
      FSX239 Day ago

      We can only hope.

    • Andrew Rae
      Andrew Rae 3 days ago

      @Do Not Comply 14 per year? What a moron

    • Do Not Comply
      Do Not Comply 3 days ago

      Yeah they can produce like 14 a year. So maybe in like 100 years they'll be everywhere.

    • AngryArchitect
      AngryArchitect 4 days ago

      God has spoken 😮

    • jeffbrownme2
      jeffbrownme2 4 days ago

      If they can make enough.

  • James Rushworth
    James Rushworth Month ago +6

    I think you need a Doug score for nailing it with you FIRST car! Mercedes and the rest have been making cars for a hundred years and haven't got close? It's very impressive.

  • NKP Garage
    NKP Garage Month ago +29

    I’m actually impressed how complete the Rivian suv is. Looks very well appointed and well thought out

    • Isaac Hawkins
      Isaac Hawkins Month ago +4

      @Diamond First See, that sounds like a good thing to me 🤷🏻‍♂️

    • NKP Garage
      NKP Garage Month ago

      @Diamond First it’s definitely not fancy. Just basic and functional. I agree.

    • Diamond First
      Diamond First Month ago +3

      I don't like it, inside and out looks like typical SUV no uniqueness, nothing fancy, just nice electric SUV, that's all

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  • Josh Blubaugh
    Josh Blubaugh Month ago

    I would seriously consider one of these for the family vehicle. The only problem is it doesn’t seem to be very practical for long trips as in more than the vehicles range. Hopefully the infrastructure gets to the point where one of these vehicles can take a charge and 15 minutes or less

  • James Tucker Realtor
    James Tucker Realtor  20 days ago

    I was extremely excited for this car. I was going to be an early depositor and purchase one. I didn’t just because of my personal experience with Autos over the years. In my personal opinion and speaking only for myself, I believe you should never purchase the first model. Wait until it’s out and all the mistakes come to the public and the company fixes everything with the second generation. For example with this Rivian. Imagine driving down the road and having to adjust either the seat or the mirrors or the air vents from some ridiculous screen while doing 70-75 even 80 on a Monday morning while drinking coffee and trying not to die or kill anyone on I-95 in December when it’s grey wet dark and frozen. Or worse. Imagine you’re a Married Man driving this Rivian on your family vacation in Florida and you have a wife and daughters. Just imagine trying to fix the air vents for two daughters and a wife while navigating again I-95 in august along with rest of the east coast and that passenger load plus the Golden Retriever while trying to find the beach house you rented, how long before you just mash that accelerator to the floor as you jump lanes heading straight for the fastest oncoming semi just to find some quiet time in the icu or the morgue??? I really love this suv but it’s still no equal to a 55 Chevy Nomad. I also had no idea it was going to be so small. I personally have dogs and love the utilitarian interior my wife might like it also, not the vent nonsense but the utilitarian stuff. It’s overpriced though because you can still get a Tahoe High Country with bench seats and a Z71 suspension and 10,000 pound towing capacity for around $70 with all the incentives. Again personally I live in Southlake Texas. We average a lot of 100 degree days and Doug who usually mentions really cold AC didn’t mention that. I wonder if it can hang with a Texas summer and fishing on the Gulf??? Lots and lots of pluses but some really big minuses for me.

  • ConRon
    ConRon Month ago +416

    I actually really like the front end, it’s rare for a company to come out with something so distinctive these days. You can see only a sliver of a Rivian and instantly know what it is. I think that’s generally good design

    • joeylantis22
      joeylantis22 Month ago

      Same! Didn’t like it, but like almost every car, it grows on you.

    • Moon Visions' Mind
      Moon Visions' Mind Month ago

      Looks like bronco front end

    • Alex
      Alex Month ago

      @DocMott yeah that spot gets crushed so often, coming out of parking and stuff. Sucks when cosmetic damage bricks your 4 wheeled robot.
      I do like the green light bar charging though that's neat

    • Juanmortaco831
      Juanmortaco831 Month ago +1

      I love it all. Reminds me of a 3rd gen 4runner, a vehicle i currently own and love.

    • Mike
      Mike Month ago


  • 4puf
    4puf 18 days ago +1

    Glad to see Rivian is also offering all the nice features that were originally introduced by Tesla (mobile phone control, pet mode, camp mode, big screen on dash, frunk, vent control... )

  • Phil4986
    Phil4986 Month ago +7

    What a profoundly brilliantly designed vehicle.
    The people who work at Rivian should be extremely proud.
    Great review Doug.

  • Kartv nathan
    Kartv nathan 17 days ago

    That was one of the most useful review and thanks. One quick update about the tie downs. My (and many customer) car came with only 2 tie downs. It is pretty much useless for me to have only 2 tiedowns :(

  • Charles Beatty
    Charles Beatty Month ago

    I'm on the pre-order list (almost 1 year now) for the R1S. Glad you like it, Doug. I, however, may be canceling my pre-order for two reasons which you don't mention at all in your video: First, the entertainment system is essentially non-existent: No satelite radio, No Apple CarPlay or Android integration. A Travesty at this price point. Second, the huge sunroof is a solar collector with no mechanical or electro-optical shade option. I live in sunny Colorado and don't wish to be baked in my vehicle when left in a parking lot or driving mid-day. How could these over-sights have been made?

  • I_am_Allan
    I_am_Allan 2 months ago +823

    0:00 Thiiiiiis
    0:33 Cars & Bids
    1:23 May I borrow your car, please?
    1:30 Quirks & Features
    28:06 The Drive
    32:40 Conclusion
    33:12 The Doug Score

  • Nosredna Gaming
    Nosredna Gaming Month ago +6

    While I enjoy their thoughtfulness of many things. I have to say that I find that the integration of everything into a screen, takes your eyes off the road for longer periods of time to do all the essential functions like wipers and lights. Making them more difficult.

  • Steve Rabon
    Steve Rabon Month ago

    Power folding third row seats might be the most overrated “feature” of all time. I love that Rivian didn’t include that.

  • Rodney Nasir
    Rodney Nasir Month ago +1

    I see these everywhere, I live where they are made and they look great. And the design hasn’t gotten old

  • sube tube
    sube tube Month ago

    This is an amazing looking suv. Love the big ol nostril lookin things on the front and the overall shape is so old school. This and the truck would be just about the only electric vehicles I'd consider. But I'm not done bangin gears yet, so no EV for me

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  • r l
    r l 2 months ago +139

    I've been watching Doug for so long that I remember when the quirk's were "weird" and the features were "cool".

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      linkinlinkinlinkin 2 months ago +23

      I have been watching Doug for so long, I have seen 4 generations of 'Old Doug was better' come and go

    • Brad Leonard
      Brad Leonard 2 months ago +26

      Now everything is “tremendous” and “frankly”

  • Andrew Stead
    Andrew Stead Month ago +3

    I wanted to see more of the navigation/android auto function.
    It seems a bit too expensive for how sparce the interior felt.
    A feature I always look for now is visibility from the driver seat. I absolutely love the Tesla ModelX winshield, and the Canoo Windshields. The Rivians do look really sweet though.

    • volvo09
      volvo09 Month ago

      Yeah that's the one gripe I have with EV's is how empty the interior is. I really don't like how everything is done from the screen. Like those touch climate vents are such a waste of money on actuators and motors... Just put regular vents in the thing.

  • Myles Matsuno
    Myles Matsuno Month ago

    Seen these and sat in them! They are awesome. Hope they partner with Sonos with the speaker system! Just like Amazon did with Sonos and Amazon is a very large investor in Rivian. 😃

  • Jeff
    Jeff Month ago

    One of the best features is the standard round steering wheel and mostly standard controls... EV companies really need to stop messing with the steering wheel and the tired and true levelers.

  • Stephan Film
    Stephan Film Month ago +1

    I can’t believe you spent the first two minutes of the review glowing over the remote phone app and remote start and a/c abilities of the car. My 2016 Chevy Volt had this six years ago as does my 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-e and as do most modern vehicles. I don’t see Rivian breaking much new ground with this vehicle nor do I find it very attractive looking. That said I don’t find their pickup attractive at all either. Am I the only one missing something here?!

  • Capybara Cosmonaut
    Capybara Cosmonaut Month ago

    Somehow so similar to Tesla in terms of driver controls, but also seeming much less driver-hostile and far better thought out. Much closer to getting minimalism right. Not that many more physical controls, but some really important ones that would be such a huge quality-of-life upgrade to my Model 3. Come on Rivian, get to making a Model 3 competitor!

  • David Sahsah
    David Sahsah Month ago +2

    Doug, how have you never seen a car that can remotely roll down the car’s windows through the app? My 2016 Lexus Is200t (I know I should’ve upgraded to the 350) can do that and more through the app. It can turn n the engine, unlock or lock the doors, see each tires PSI, check how many miles of range your current fuel level will provide, and you can even heat or cool the cabin remotely. You can also do all this through even a smart watch! Now that’s like some 007 shit. Only downside is you need a pay for a monthly subscription to get all that functionality, once the free trial ends.

  • Heather Jennings
    Heather Jennings Month ago +1

    Man, I love following this company. I just wish it could be closer for affordability for a basic person. Maybe someday--until then, keep on doing it Rivian! And if you need a test driver to garage one for you....I'm your girl ;)

  • onei jike
    onei jike Month ago

    Love your unending energy, Doug! Always a joy to watch.

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  • Oscar Carias
    Oscar Carias Month ago +186

    This SUV looks truly impressive, the only thing I don't really like is that simple tasks like adjusting the AC vents or your steering wheel seems to be quite complicated. Other than that I really think that Rivian is doing an amazing job with their products, this is a truly capable ando comfortable SUV.

    • wolfguardian
      wolfguardian Month ago

      @numpty When 'yer ass don't get sore after you've driven 500 miles at a stint

    • Dawsomesauce
      Dawsomesauce Month ago

      I actually find it faster to get my exact settings on my model Y than all of my older cars.

    • Pedro Perez
      Pedro Perez Month ago

      My favorite and only thing I like about this Rivian is the hazard lights BUTTON. This is a very heavy cell phone to get hit with.

    • ␂
       Month ago +2

      @Patrick S I keep thinking about how all these little motors and servos will be working in 15 years. Probably not well and very expensive to fix.

    • Patrick S
      Patrick S Month ago +2

      @Harry Smith I hear you. My Rover had that, and with 2 drivers, it was convenient to have both steering wheel and seat adjusted based on key accessing it. I guess, depends on how often 2 people drive the same vehicle. Still, my issue is that these are motorized parts and over time will break. Just depends on how long you keep your vehicle.

    ICECOLDJSAV Month ago +2

    Doug! The front looks better than the back. They headlights are unique unlike EVERY other brand. They’re very much rivian which is crucial for a new brand

  • Lon
    Lon Month ago

    I think I love everything about this, except for the ugly front end... AND the terrible terrible choice all these EVs decided to go with by putting everything on the infotainment touchscreen. Instant dealbreaker, I need to be able to use the controls without taking my eyes off the road.

  • Youtube Commenter
    Youtube Commenter Month ago

    Hope to see Rivian succeed.
    Hate to be that guy (or I love it) but as usual: most of the "interesting tech" was found in a Tesla 10 years ago e.g. unlocking via app, venting windows, locating vehicle, pre-conditioning, etc. It's only worth noting this since Doug claims it as new/something he's never seen before.

  • Jared Wells
    Jared Wells Month ago

    Wow. Phone acts like your key? Remote open the doors? Remote venting? Map shows you where you are parked? Flush door handles? So much brand new and clever innovation never seen before! And all from one company! Incredible.
    I’m all for Rivian creating good trucks and SUV’s - but c’mon Doug, no credit to Tesla innovating all these quirks and features?

  • RedShiftRider
    RedShiftRider Month ago +173

    Wow. I am neither financially capable, nor logistically able to purchase this or the R1T, nor do I particularly champion electric vehicles. But I am extremely happy to see Rivian finally coming to market with such great vehicles. I was skeptical. But they're actually doing it. I hope they continue down their path of success.

    • Extra Google Account
      Extra Google Account Month ago

      @MJA Reacts Yea, big pickups and SUVs are wwaaayy more expensive than 20 years ago. I had to recalibrate pricing in my head myself recently.

    • Party Pooper
      Party Pooper Month ago

      @MJA Reacts that doesn't change the fact they will go bankrupt making street queens. personally i dont really think we alll neeeeed newwww shiny cars allllllll the time but here we are trying to ya know, bE sUsTaInAbLe!
      because it makes those who can afford it feel all nice and fuzzy inside as they are driving by all the poor oil guzzling peasants in their 80k techmobile so they can get groceries and visit grandma. it will be a quick and easy way to tell who's a nobody and who really matters.
      OH OH! but all those little doodads are super cool! yup the flashlights, speaker and random extra gimmicky storage!
      on a normal off-roading vehicle you know what most people usually put for storage? extra FUEL! because usually going off road means being away from infrastructure that provides resources. this truck is SO HEAVY that it will actually perform terribly in almost any situation because it will SINK.
      not only that it will get stuck, if you need to jack it up or pull it out that will require more forces as well. it's a street queen regardless of anything you said, bro.

    • MJA Reacts
      MJA Reacts Month ago +2

      @Party Pooper 80k street queen? You do realize this vehicle's pricing is pretty much on par with the rest of the competition out there right?

    • dstephan34
      dstephan34 Month ago +2

      @Peter Laufer Their Amazon deal I think pretty much guarantees their future any which way.

    • Robert
      Robert Month ago

      Yeah freedom regulated into submission makes us common people have less income, fewer choices and more propaganda to leverage us away from the capitolism that allowed us to live as we choose.

  • Don Steele
    Don Steele Month ago

    Great vehicle, and nice styling!
    (Except for the front end, and those headlights that look like two paperclips on a rubber band.)

  • Stefen Papiez
    Stefen Papiez 6 days ago

    Congrats Doug, I work at Rivian's Illinois plant and every day when I clock out I see on the big TV screen "R1S gets highest rating ever from DeMuro"

  • Jason Martinez
    Jason Martinez Month ago

    I’m a valet and drove one the other day. The owner said he spent $81k…. Best looking SUV hands down and I’ve driven a ton of vehicles! The SUV is better than the Pickup in my opinion.

  • Statimtek
    Statimtek Month ago +1

    I wonder how the door handles will fare over time. Seems like a door handle that pops out like that might be susceptible to breakage with constant pulling on it. More range would be good. I wouldn’t be able to do a trip to my favorite campsite, do a little wheeling and make it to a charging station to recharge on the way home. Otherwise pretty cool. Still think the fronts look like either the Michelin man, or the Sta-Puff marshmallow man with the oblong headlights and the light bar in between

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  • Frank Leonard
    Frank Leonard Month ago

    great video
    i really like these doug reviews strait up and to the point no b.s!
    as for the rivian R1S i like the design from the back it reminds me of the new grand wagoneer has nice boxy body lines.
    the front looks weird but unique
    as for the interior its nice and roomy. practical.
    the drivers controls are boring and i dont like having everything on a screen.
    but all in all this is an appealing vehicule .now the price is reasonable
    now lets see how the actual real life range is
    and again lets see how it does in cold climate .because not everyone lives in southern california

  • Ben Tickner
    Ben Tickner Month ago

    I agree with Doug on the McLaren being number one....but for the rivian to be the highest rated SUV I think the new escalade Platinum sport kills it in every mode except electric and 0-60. Two things I dont want in an suv. The build quality from Rivian is very nice, probably the best built electric transportation you can get besides a one wheel.

  • Shamano Prime
    Shamano Prime Month ago

    Good review, but it's hard to take you seriously when you say this will go further off road than a Bronco or Jeep. I'm not even sure if you can put larger tires on a Rivian, those little tires will shred on larger rocks

  • Mr. Pete
    Mr. Pete Month ago

    Love your Enthusiasm! I invested in Rivian last year. I’m in the red right now but still hoping this becomes the next Tesla in which case I’ve told myself I’d use the money to buy the Rivian. I’m also looking forward to a two drive wheel model at a lower price. We are long retired and I’d want the Rivian to replace the CRV’s we’ve been leasing for the past 20 years. So I hope they lease but also I’m thinking maybe instead of leasing for 3 years I’d buy a Rivian and keep it for 10. Also , how about Roadside Assistance and Servicing? I’m assuming low maintenance but I’d have to have reassurances for the what ifs. Will Rivian partner with other brand dealerships so you can access services through them? I realize you’re not a sales rep but if you were you’d sell a million of them. Thanks!!!

  • Kenny C
    Kenny C 2 months ago +278

    Imagine this when they do next model year improvements. I'd add compressed air/power under the front trunk, power folding seats, electrochromic roof glass, interior revisions and pretty much sit back, crack a beer and enjoy the view from the top for awhile. This is one amazingly capable and comprehensive vehicle. Looks like Rivian stayed up a lot of late nights doing their homework.

    • Jeff
      Jeff Month ago

      @NJturtlePower Well I don't watch Fox News all that much so I guess the answer to your question would be no.

    • NJturtlePower
      NJturtlePower Month ago

      @Jeff Based on what experience or just the Fox news EV headlines? And yet you're still here watching EV reviews...strange! Would be like me commenting on motorcycle reviews I could care less about and will never buy. EV reliability FAR exceeds gas vehicles...think of all the components and failure points removed in EV's....now hybrids, I would agree.
      4+ years here with 2 different Tesla and can't imagine ever going back....to gain what?
      Next up for me is a Fisker Ocean which I'll flip for the Cybertruck when the time comes, have reservations on both.

    • Kenny C
      Kenny C Month ago

      @Jeff I could not agree more. However it would be nice to see many of these features make it to standard gasoline-powered counterparts.
      Electric vehicles are far more environmentally destructive.

    • Jeff
      Jeff Month ago +1

      I probably wouldn't suggest buying it even if it was being sold for $1. The reliability on electric vehicles nowadays is at best questionable.

    • O8Zen
      O8Zen Month ago

      @NJturtlePower not in the EV world, check out the yearly price changes of Tesla's main models since they were released!
      The model 3 was meant to be $35k, now the cheapest is 41 but good luck getting one, so the price of the ones you can actually order is more in the 50-60 range.
      Prices keep increasing and it started before all the inflation drama.

  • Barbara Sleppy
    Barbara Sleppy Month ago

    This is going to be a collector car so many years from now and if it still has the flashlight and speakers people are gonna go crazy! Kinda like Mercedes’ with their cell phones!! So cool

  • KyleTechne
    KyleTechne Month ago

    The only thing that amazes me with the amount of folks who can't afford to have the basic necessities of life covered is just how many people are out there buying these cars like it's nothing. Like 80k for a car isn't insane.
    I really struggle with this when I watch these kinds of videos, because it's like stepping into a world I am by no means inside.

  • Allosaurus Fragilis
    Allosaurus Fragilis Month ago +1

    I know it's clever but having to go to a screen and menus to enable a control to move an air vent is not better than just sliding it with your finger, that takes two seconds.
    Car makers are taking it too far with the control screens. . Also, they are difficult to touch when car is moving and you have to take your eyes off the road for longer.
    Lots of people have said this but if we don't, that's what we'll end up with in every car.
    Touch screens are fine for reading data / maps etc when you are stopped. Under way they are not as functional as buttons, switches and round controls. They just aren't. These are quicker and can be done without looking once you've learned them.
    Tech is great. Tech for techs sake is not.

  • mjdesignandmedia
    mjdesignandmedia Month ago

    I love smart screens and tech as much as everyone else but the fact that you have to go into the screen and through a bunch of different layers just to change your mirror position would be hard to get used to. I think I like a mix of new and old school. That said, beautiful SUV.

  • Robert Watton
    Robert Watton 2 months ago +490

    The front end design is my favorite part. It's hard to come up with a distinctive yet good looking front end design in a sea of sameness. I think they nailed it. If they don't go out of business, I can see this front end becoming as iconic as Jeep's vertical grill

    • Bunsenn
      Bunsenn Month ago

      @bikephil This only furthers your apparent immaturity.

    • Channel Bim
      Channel Bim 2 months ago +1

      I have an R1T and I can tell you people LOVE the front design/lights. It looks even better at night.

    • SD Cleveland
      SD Cleveland 2 months ago

      @Call_Kid12345 “Okay boomer” was a pejorative BMW threw at people who hated the front end of its new cars. It was later retracted.

    • mikethevideodude
      mikethevideodude 2 months ago

      @bikephil get used to it, gas is in the past whether you like it or not.

    • Seva Loginov
      Seva Loginov 2 months ago +2

      I actually really like the front end and the overall styling. It is tough and boxy and strong without being try-hard macho aggressive like modern-day pickups. And no fake pretend Grill, clean break from all that tradition.

  • Think and Grow Rich

    The "Value" score should be a 10 as well, so this should score a 76.
    It is quicker than a X5M, but carries more people, has more cargo space, and is much cheaper
    Compare it to the new Escalade V, and you save $40k, and it does 0-60 over a second quicker?
    There is nothing that compares to it favorably, hence a 10 value score is necessary

  • C B
    C B 5 days ago

    Seems pretty nice. I don't know why electric cars over complicate certain silly little things. Just to be cool and different but you have to hunt through pages to do certain easy commands. I like it though.

  • dillcifer
    dillcifer Month ago

    8:13 this large flat surface is great. In fact, that is the reason why I bought the Grand Cherokee years ago instead of any other SUV

  • WantAHouse
    WantAHouse Month ago

    Wow..What a car! Agree with the Doug scores..Easily the best car on the market right now if one can afford it..😅

  • Formula Blaze
    Formula Blaze 2 months ago +94

    I feel like Doug has the power to dictate what cars alot of people will buy. I've seen comments about cars ranging from supercars to suvs that people decided to buy because of Doug's review. No wonder car companies like Ford are trying to work with him

    • Ian
      Ian Month ago

      Look at the reach he has. They’d be stupid not to.

    • Senoow
      Senoow Month ago

      @Patient_Lion bc carwow has a lot of data they want and influence over future buyers

    • Patient_Lion
      Patient_Lion Month ago +1

      @Senoow why lol

    • Senoow
      Senoow Month ago +1

      Volvo just invested millions in carwow lol

  • 1.21 GIGAWATTS!?!
    1.21 GIGAWATTS!?! Month ago

    You gotta love how these things are supposed to make things better for the planet but they're competing to make them as unnecessarily powerful as possible thereby making them consume more resources.

  • Srikanth Gopalan
    Srikanth Gopalan Month ago

    Doug - love your reviews. But as always my one gripe about your review of EVs - need charging times on Level 2 and superchargers. Without that critical piece of info, the review feels incomplete.

  • AndyAtHome
    AndyAtHome Month ago +1

    I'm 10 minutes in and I honestly can't believe that this SUV manages to be this perfect and still offer THREE rows of seating. I have owned two Jeep Grand Cherokees in my life and they were both great, but this SUV honestly looks better than both of them while also offering a third row. (which I personally don't need, but that's amazing!)

    • Patrick S
      Patrick S Month ago +1

      Personal experience....that 3rd row, in a SUV this size, stops being useful as soon as your kids get past 6 years old. Until then, very usable. Just never expect to place an adult back there for more than 15 minutes.

  • thedynamicjo
    thedynamicjo Month ago +1

    Think I'll wait for the newer model that hopefully fixes some of the kinks. Love the review

  • Victor Sales
    Victor Sales 2 months ago +155

    What a marvel this vehicle is! I remember when everyone was doubting Rivian if their car would be competitive. It turns out it is fantastic in every single aspect you can think of.

    • Bunsenn
      Bunsenn Month ago

      @Brent Webb I’ve always thought that a combination of a Diesel engine and an electric powertrain would work well in large vehicles. Plus, diesels tend to be efficient sources of generated electricity.

    • Sergey Chmelev
      Sergey Chmelev 2 months ago

      @Ethan not only the 1000 miles battery would put a truck into a Rolls Royce price range, but also will make it heavier than a couple of Humvees. At that point a much greater part of the battery would be used to just haul the vehicle itself. So no - it's not as linear of a dependency as for the gas vehicles. R T is spot on here.

    • Miles Comparetto
      Miles Comparetto 2 months ago +2

      @R T Do you have a source for that? I just skimmed through the report and the only mentions of 2100 are for very grave conditions. Projections for when we will be ok by 2100 are clearly pointing out that is only if we continue to make changes to our infrastructure, lifestyles, diet etc. I really don't think you know what the hell you are talking about. If we do nothing:"Taking the high-carbon pathway, the worst of the scenarios, would see global temperatures rise by more than 4ºC by the end of the century. To add some perspective to that scenario, the world has not seen temperature increases of more than 2.5ºC over such a short space of time for more than 3 million years."-IPCC

    • BW
      BW 2 months ago +3

      @Brent Webb Hydrogen should have been the future. Refuel times and range comparable to gasoline, can be generated onsite, waste is only water and CO2. If hydrogen development had seriously started thirty years ago instead of EV, we'd have at-home hydrogen generators by now.

    • COBassin'
      COBassin' 2 months ago +2

      @R T Doesn’t hurt to hit carbon neutrality earlier

  • Tyler Ensminger
    Tyler Ensminger Month ago

    If the electric car industry can make the cars more affordable this would be a very successful vehicle. Although I saw many comments saying they're being recalled so that's a hit to its potential

  • Robert Goldman
    Robert Goldman Month ago

    I'm not an electric car fan or foe but this is the one I would buy or the next version . Best electric or gas vehicle that delivers on its purpose of use and its capabilities .

  • Benjamin Dunnigan
    Benjamin Dunnigan Month ago

    Looks great! Especially that air compressor feature which is extra handy, BUT from a product development standpoint, not having electronic third row seats at the price point truly is a fail. Why? Because a third row is a feature that attracts families with three children or more. However, because the vehicle is not as long as a Suburban/YukonXL etc, the owner, likely a mom, will constant be putting the third row seats up and down for groceries, sports equipments, and strollers etc. To require them to have to crawl into the trunk to actually do that is unacceptable for $85k. My 2021 Denali which was $83k has that. Even the Tahoe Premier which is $74k has it. Hopefully they add it for the following year’s body style.

  • Biel ™
    Biel ™ Month ago +1

    4:28 I mean they kinda do, like you said G wagon, Benz, the new Grand Cherokee and wagoneer are kind of boxy, as well as the chevy/gmc/cadillac big SUVs, there's also jeeps and depending on what you call "boxy" a Land rover sport and a cullinan are also relatively boxy.

  • TheString Breaker
    TheString Breaker Month ago

    *Amazing video as always, but I like how the R1S looks from the front!*

  • Roger von Dach
    Roger von Dach Month ago

    Well, I wish I could be as enthusiastic as Doug, but I am not. And not just for a Rivian, that goes for every car that has been built since day one. It either has what I want or it doesn't. But there is no reason to go overboard like Doug does. Why did they make it shorter that the pick-up? A shorter wheelbase means less driving comfort. And all that electronic stuff that can be done is all ok, as long as it works. However, if it quits to work you are looking for big repair bills. Since everything is controlled by the computer, good luck to get it fixed in the middle of nowhere. Thanks, but no thanks!

  • Omega Alpha
    Omega Alpha 15 days ago

    I expect better interior finishes and more features at this price point, everything else is great.

  • Deeeps
    Deeeps 11 hours ago

    I have to disagree with one thing....that front end is sweet looking! Maybe not as nice as the range rover you showed but damn sleek.

  • Sterling Sanders
    Sterling Sanders Month ago

    How you gave this a 7 in styling, 9 in fun factor, and a 7 in cool factor over a Model X Plaid with a 5, 7 and a 6 is very confounding. I realize you prefer big boxy SUV’s, but scoring doesn’t make sense comparing it to a Model X Plaid imo. Not to mention you didn’t mention charging network in comparison to other electric vehicles. Great SUV for sure, just odd choices in conclusions. IMO.

  • Rob F
    Rob F Month ago

    Very impressive. Thanks for taking the time to cover the details.

  • Warren Hillis
    Warren Hillis 25 days ago

    This is the only new vehicle that has my interests. Love the true SUV design. Perfect!

  • EvilCouncil
    EvilCouncil Month ago

    21:10 BMW does the same thing. When you're used to it, it's actually a lot better and nicer! Every stock always in the same position, no matter what is just attention to detail for me.

  • Full_Deflection
    Full_Deflection 2 months ago +318

    I love these things. That being said, I can’t stand this trend of accessing every little thing from in-screen submenus. Just let me move a vent, turn my wipers on and off, and adjust ergonomic stuff.

    • Marcus Field Field
      Marcus Field Field Month ago +2

      Exactly you should keep your eyes on the road not be looking at a computer stream to adjust simple functions such as AC

    • Grant from Earth
      Grant from Earth 2 months ago +1

      Agree. Everything through the screen is a deal breaker for me.

    • Paul Kelly
      Paul Kelly 2 months ago +1

      If everything being controlled from the screen is a good idea, then why is there still a steering wheel and a brake pedal?

    • Dan
      Dan 2 months ago +1

      ​@Doug DeMuro yeah

    • Full_Deflection
      Full_Deflection 2 months ago

      @Doug DeMuro it’s kind of a shame. I think most people have forgotten the “too much of a good thing” adage. We were at the Toyota dealer two days ago and this was one of the major factors.

  • G G2
    G G2 Month ago +1

    Doug, I absolutely love your videos. You are the most thorough reviewer I've ever seen. Also funny as s***. I know you're a tall guy so please reiterate your height if you don't mind. Every time you sit in the backseat or in the front seat. It's great for guys like me who are 6'5.

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  • andrew14allen
    andrew14allen Month ago

    Seems like they took some inspiration from the Xterra. Tie downs in the back, cargo storage underneath the trunk space, and first aid kit included.

  • Meadmaker 452
    Meadmaker 452 Month ago +2

    This really is a fantastic SUV/EV. Not worth the money they're asking, but it's probably the best jack-of-all-trades EV out there at the moment. Unfortunately, for those of us not in the 1%, it's just something we'll have to look at on X-vid.

    • Brad Stonesifer
      Brad Stonesifer Month ago

      Since when is an $85K vehicle limited to those in the "1%"? Anyone with a 6-figure income and some sense of personal finance skills should be able to comfortably afford one of these, if they so choose. I'm sorry, but $50-60K vehicles are the new normal, and this really isn't that much more expensive if you think about it.

  • Remi Wang
    Remi Wang 15 days ago +1

    Some of this tech, is "yesterdays news". Like the app related things. I feel Doug is talking about this as it was dealbreaking. I'm not a Tesla fan, but they have a lot of cool tech, and they were first in this situation. And I know, and understand that this situation is the same for many other brands, but I think it's cool to let people know who did what. BTW, take a look at a car named Hongqi E-hs9. This is what I drive, since I can't have Cadillac. Also BTW, I live in Norway, and the Hongqi, as many other Chinese brands has become quit popular in Norway.

    NOTO RIOUS 2 months ago +103

    I remember last year when I first saw the R1S and read about all its features and thought this thing will be a hit! It really sticks to the true rugged and useful SUV spirit. Absolutely love this thing.

    • Bunsenn
      Bunsenn Month ago +1

      @Paul Moore And yet people don’t hesitate to spend that amount on a Corvette.

    • NJturtlePower
      NJturtlePower Month ago +1

      @ttoommssmmiitthh The single screen thing works fine. 4+ years now in Model 3's for me. So much can be done with voice control and the rest saved to your driver profile.
      How often do you need to adjust your mirrors or steering wheel? Typically once and save it to your profile and forget it...really no hassle IMO.

    • ttoommssmmiitthh
      ttoommssmmiitthh Month ago +1

      I agree with you, its a fair price. I do hate the "do everything in the screen." Feel like thats the only thing I dont like about this car. I can't even tilt my wheel or adjust my vents without going into a screen, yet I have to be hands free in order to make a call.

    • NJturtlePower
      NJturtlePower Month ago +1

      @Paul Moore Seen Escalade or similar pricing lately? The R1S is actually a bargain in the market IMO for this level of performance, features and tech.

    • Paul Moore
      Paul Moore Month ago

      85,000 dollars are your freaking crazy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! what ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!! that freaking waaayy tooo much$$ no thanks

  • canihavesomenamehere

    Always use my old XC90 V8 for longer trips and such.
    Why ? Because of that split tailgate, it's just a great feature!

  • Ryan Sabune
    Ryan Sabune Month ago +1

    Would be great if you also rated the audio systems in the cars you review.

  • MrLouisPoole
    MrLouisPoole Month ago +1

    Well Doug... my BMW X5 35d (diesel) gets up to 36 mpg (imperial gallon). Giving it a 600 mile plus range. Now when I stop for fuel it takes about 10 minutes to fill pay and drive away to do another 600 miles. Your Rivian can't compete in the real world because of the RANGE it has. If you drive that behemoth in the real world of 20 or 30 Below Zero F. weather, you are going to have to stop and charge that Pig every 150 to 200 miles depending on the wind. So, I ask as to how on earth you can compare this thing to a real air polluting internal combustion vehicle. The power that that thing uses will be 2 times the carbon footprint as my dirty BMW . By the way don't think that all that GREEN POWER has not cost our world 's health dearly either, as it is 125% more efficient to burn coal to produce power than it is to have any and all of the components of GREEN ENERGY produced. Just don"t understand as to how a seemingly smart chap as yourself could be brainwashed into falling for the EV LIE.

  • william carrothers
    william carrothers Month ago

    I find it funny.
    Is so great that you can share the roof rack brackets if you happen to have the truck and the suv. Never mind if ya had both would probably be bankrupt.
    But can save buying a second set of roof racks. Good thing!

    BBROPHOTO 2 months ago +35

    I really really love this thing. It seems everything has been done right, the finishing touches of usability like a flashlight and a portable speaker is just so great.

  • Jay Gatsby
    Jay Gatsby 5 days ago

    great review as usual....btw...i just imagined Doug Demuro as a deacon giving 1st and 2nd readings lol...Doug u should definitely do voice overs 🤣😂

  • ooglek
    ooglek Month ago

    Thanks for the video! It seems like you should have owned a Tesla for a month before reviewing the Rivian -- many of the things you are surprised and fascinated by have been standard in the Tesla app in cars for a while. Vent windows? Unlock anywhere in the world via app? Walk up unlock? Camp mode? Dog/Pet Mode? Car wash mode? All Available with Tesla too. Maybe even other EVs too.
    What is cool in the Rivian: Air Compressor, AC Inverter, flat fold down seats, self leveling for camping, way more USB-C outlets, Camp Courtesy mode.
    Thanks for the review!

  • raidengl
    raidengl Month ago

    An R1T drove next to my wife and I and her response was "That thing is hideous." I like the way it looks though.

  • Toasty
    Toasty Month ago

    I've been asking for a camping mode in my new Bronco since I like to sleep in it. I'm glad someone is making it. Great job!!!

  • Kedo
    Kedo Month ago +71

    Imagine this when they do next model year improvements. I'd add compressed air/power under the front trunk, power folding seats, electrochromic roof glass, interior revisions and pretty much sit back, crack a beer and enjoy the view from the top for awhile. This is one amazingly capable and comprehensive vehicle. Looks like Rivian stayed up a lot of late nights doing their homework.

    • Jamie Rose
      Jamie Rose Month ago

      I would add a built in fuel cell generator.

    • Narinjas
      Narinjas Month ago +2

      Disappointed by a few things, SUV without glove box , for the price, they could have added $3k and have power up and down on all the back seats, the front side light features do not also have the turn signal light up (only the small oval rings) , this is a wishful thinking, but a dual mode sun roof cover that has a 50% obscuring mesh and a reflective 100% cover that has insulated bottom in case it heats up so passengers do not burn themselves, and the last wish i had was a manual or automatic with manual window cover 50% mesh that is reinforced to be able to withstand children trying to poke it out , that seals the exterior from mosquitoes and other harmful bugs, while also providing shade for the hard side sun (it is not that hard to implement modularity and easy to replace , and they have a part that can be sold at a considerable mark up with proprietary secure connection to the motorized frame)

    • TheLangstons DHNH
      TheLangstons DHNH Month ago +3

      @Marco Solo This is my biggest complaint. I would much rather have a smaller screen with fixed switches and dials for commonly used items.

    • Party Pooper
      Party Pooper Month ago +2

      @Marco Solo bro relax the rich will feel all fuzzy inside driving pass all the scum of the world as they are on their way to go on epic rivian off road adventures and crack beers on the roof.

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  • Edu hehe xd
    Edu hehe xd Month ago

    I'm not even a truck guy but I absolutely love this one, it's so good

  • Stephen Geraghty
    Stephen Geraghty Month ago

    I'd fill the frunk with fix an foam help in a crash, great review as always 🇬🇧

  • Roland E
    Roland E 8 days ago

    excellent production and review on your show. I like all aspects and find your show an original. Thank you.