Is It Worth Buying the 2022 Rivian R1T Adventure for $73K?

By many measures, the 2022 Rivian R1T electric pickup truck is a phenomenal vehicle. With its quad-motor all-wheel drive system, the R1T delivers excellent performance for both on-road and off-road driving. The R1T is also highly regarded by automotive critics, with it recently winning the coveted MotorTrend Truck of the Year award. Are you thinking about buying the 2022 Rivian R1T? If so, then you have a choice of two trims: Explore Package (starting price: $67,500) and Adventure Package (starting price: $73,000). The question, though, is it worth buying the 2022 Rivian R1T Adventure Package for $73K?

Standard features for 2022 Rivian R1T Explore Package and Adventure Package

Diver's side front angle view of Rivian Blue 2022 Rivian R1T Adventure Package
2022 Rivian R1T Adventure Package | Rivian

Initially, Rivian sold a Launch Edition model for the 2022 R1T, which has the same $73,000 starting price as the Adventure Package. However, the R1T Launch Edition quickly sold out, leaving customers to choose between the Explore Package and Adventure Package.

First, let’s cover the standard features for both the R1T Explore and Adventure. All R1T models feature the quad-motor all-wheel drive system, which doles out 835 hp and 908 lb-ft of torque. The R1T boasts a 0-60 mph acceleration time of 3.0 seconds and provides a driving range of up to 314 miles. A large battery also comes standard for both trims. In the future, a max battery pack will be available, resulting in a driving range of 400+ miles. Additionally, the R1T has many off-road features, such as selectable drive modes and an adjustable air suspension.

Buyers of either the 2022 Rivian R1T Explore Package or Adventure Package can also utilize the standard air compressor, tonneau cover, heated vegan leather seats, a heated steering wheel, and driver passenger lumbar adjustment. Furthermore, every R1T electric truck has many standard safety and driving assistance features. This includes highway assist, adaptive cruise control, lane change assist, blind-spot warning, automatic high beams, rear cross-traffic warning, park assist, trailer assist, automatic emergency braking, and more.

2022 Rivian R1T Explore Package vs. Adventure Package: What are the differences?

Red Canyon 2022 Rivian R1T Adventure Package driving through water
2022 Rivian R1T Adventure Package | Rivian

What are the differences between the 2022 Rivian R1T Explore Package and Adventure Package? For one, as detailed earlier, the R1T Adventure costs more than the Explore. With a starting price of $67,500 for the Explore and $73,000 for the Adventure, there’s a $5,500 price difference between the R1T trims.

So, why does the Rivian R1T Adventure Package cost more than the Explore Package? What’s so special about the Rivian R1T Adventure to warrant the difference in price? The most significant difference between the R1T Adventure and Explore is the interior. While the Explore has a sportier interior, the Adventure is more refined and luxurious. 

Features in the R1T Adventure Package that are not in the Explore Package include perforated ventilated seats, natural-grained ash wood interior finishes, passenger lumbar adjustment, 100% recycled microfiber headliner, and Compass Yellow interior accents. 

While the R1T Explore has a standard audio system, the Adventure upgrades to the higher quality Rivian Elevation audio by Meridian system. Also, instead of 100% recycled textile floor mats in the Explore, the Adventure has Chilewich floor mats. Additionally, unlike the Explore, the Adventure includes a gear guard, as well as a power tonneau cover (vs. the manual version for the Explore). 

Should I buy the 2022 Rivian R1T Adventure Package?

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Should you buy the 2022 Rivian R1T Adventure Package? Is it worth spending $73K, plus extra for accessories and options? First off, any Rivian R1T is expensive, even the base-level Explore Package. However, considering the high-level performance and premium features, any Rivian R1T trim offers value – despite the high price.

Is it worth spending $5,550 more for the R1T Adventure compared to the R1T Explore? There are no major differences between the two trims. However, if you desire a more luxurious interior for your electric truck excursions, then the $73K price for the R1T Adventure might be worth it. 

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