They said the Hummer EV needs a powertrain polish and an upgraded cabin (or lower MSRP).
The Verdict
Ultimately when it comes down to which is the better truck, the choice was easy. The 2022 GMC Hummer EV Pickup First Edition is endlessly charming, reminding us that cars, trucks, and SUVs should first and foremost be fun. The Hummer doesn't take itself even remotely seriously, and it's a complete mishmash of competing themes and ideals, but it works. Despite all that, though, it's simply outmatched by a truck that's not only smaller and cheaper, but to add insult to injury, better built, better to drive, and more capable.

The 2022 Rivian R1T First Edition wins MotorTrend's first-ever electric pickup truck comparison. The R1T may be more introverted than the Hummer, but don't confuse that for a lack of personality. This overachiever is an absolute blast to drive both on- and off-road, and despite its smaller dimensions and upstart status, it sacrifices nothing in terms of capability. Couple that with its more efficient powertrain, better build quality, nicer cabin, and more affordable price? Well, that's a package that's tough to beat.

2nd Place: 2022 GMC Hummer EV Pickup
PROS
  • Game-changing charge speed
  • Four-wheel steer and Super Cruise
  • The return of a brand we love
CONS
  • Pricey
  • Material quality is meh
  • Needs more powertrain refinement
VERDICT
Four-and-a-half tons of fun and an impressive piece of tech, but it needs some more powertrain polish and an upgraded cabin (or lower sticker price) before it's ready for prime time.

1st Place: 2022 Rivian R1T First Edition
PROS
  • Unstoppable off-road
  • Drives like a sports car on-road
  • Tons of clever storage options
CONS
  • Charge speed could be quicker
  • Too many functions require the touchscreen
  • Price increases make it less of a value than it once was
VERDICT
Better built, better to drive, more capable, more efficient, and more of a value—there's nothing more we need to say.