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The configurat­ion that Rivian is taking reservatio­ns for now is the $88,500 quad-motor Adventure trim with the large battery pack and a delivery timeframe of late 2023. It comes well equipped with vegan leather seats, a heightadju­stable air suspension and a 16-inch center touchscree­n. It’s backed by a five-year/60,000mile basic warranty and an eight-year/100,000mile powertrain warranty.

Ford is taking orders for the 2023 Lightning, though you may find some 2022s on dealer lots. For the 2023 truck, there’s the strippeddo­wn Pro grade starting at $54,269 including destinatio­n. The loaded-up Platinum sits at the top of the range, at $98,219. Ford’s bumper-to-bumper warranty of three years/36,000 miles trails the R1T’S, but its battery warranty equals Rivian’s.

The R1T carries a higher starting price but includes many desirable features as standard. The Lightning can be cheaper but gets similarly pricey with options.

Winner: tie

This contest comes down to what kind of electric pickup you want. The Rivian R1T is an incredible first effort from a startup and stands out with its distinctiv­e styling, clever storage and muscular power. Ford’s F-150 Lightning is the more conservati­ve choice but gives buyers more flexibilit­y in its available acessories and the reassuranc­e that comes from an establishe­d brand.

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