These are the 14 best cars that Jalopnik reviewed in 2021

These are the 14 best cars that Jalopnik reviewed in 2021
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What makes the Rivian R1T such an incredible vehicle? Well, reviewer David Tracy was so excited about it he couldn’t help but call Jason Torchinsky to gouge:

The Rivian R1T isn’t perfect. The software has bugs, there are some mild build quality issues on the pre-production trucks I’ve driven, the front camera is grainy, the 4 wheel drive system kicks rocks when you don’t want it, pedal modulation can get hard to get used to off-road road, articulation isn’t great, and the truck costs a lot (the ones I drove were over $70 grand) and weighs a lot (about 7,000 pounds).

Moreover, it is not great as a company car. The bed is small, and while the towing capacity is 11,000 pounds, towing that heavy load—especially in an uphill trailer—will likely lead to double-digit reach figures; the same goes for carrying a lot of weight in the bed. although Rivian says its fast chargers can take the truck’s battery from zero to 140 miles in just 20 minutessuch a short distance would be annoying considering the poorbut-growing charging infrastructure.

Despite all this, the Rivian R1T is a masterpiece and a real enthusiast’s machine for people who like to drive their trucks every day and who don’t feel like towing long distances. It’s exceptional off-road and great on the road, it looks great, the interior is beautiful, the useful and sometimes unnecessary gadgets are incredibly charming and the acceleration is absurd.

Read the full review here