A YouTuber drove Tesla's Cybertruck, Rivian's R1T, and Ford's F-150 Lightning. Here's his verdict.

A red Ford F-150 Lightning (top left), white Rivian R1T (top right) with the trunk open, and a silver Tesla Cybertruck (bottom).
The Ford F-150 Lightning (top left), the Rivian R1T (top right), and the Tesla Cybertruck (bottom).Getty
  • A YouTuber compared Tesla's new Cybertruck with a Rivian R1T and a Ford F-150 Lightning.

  • Out of Spec Reviews' Kyle Conner pointed out key differences between the trucks.

  • While he said it was a case of personal preference, his winner was the Rivian.

When Tesla started shipping its much-anticipated Cybertruck in late November 2023, Rivian and Ford got a new electric-truck road rival. Now, one of the first cross-comparisons of the three vehicles is in.

Out of Spec Reviews' Kyle Conner looked at everything from the trucks' range and charging speeds to their front trunks and bed sizes — as well as the comfort of the vehicles. The winner for the YouTuber: The Rivian R1T.


"If I had to choose one vehicle to live with forever, this is it," Conner said, explaining that it was the right size, had the right materials, and had the right driving performance for him.

Conner did say he could still find issues to "nitpick" with the Rivian and said it might not be the right truck for everyone, adding that he thought the vehicles each catered to a different type of owner.

"It's a very Patagonia truck," Conner said of the Rivian, pointing out that it was great for off-roading and that he enjoyed using the truck for daily driving.

Meanwhile, he said the Cybertruck was more for "tech bros" or urban driving, while the F-150 Lightning was the "traditional working man" truck.

Conner, who owns the Rivian R1T, said he'd driven about a thousand miles testing the Cybertruck and several thousand with an F-150 Lightning test vehicle.

The YouTuber said the F-150 Lightning had the larger cab, frunk (front trunk), and bed and was the best of the three as a functional work truck.

The Cybertruck, however, was best for people who lived in a more urban setting due to its highly maneuverable steer-by-wire feature, he said. The YouTuber said its interior was also more spacious than the Rivian's and had a much more futuristic feel.

"When you roll up in a Cybertruck, you're either the coolest kid in town or the most hated person around, and you just have no idea which until you start looking at all the faces around you," he said. "It's a really polarizing vehicle."

Conner said he appreciated the look of the Rivian because it was "premium but not pretentious."

When it comes to specs, Conner said the Cybertruck had the lowest range out of the three he'd tested. He did note the tests weren't performed on the same day, though, so he couldn't testify to the impact of different temperatures on the vehicles' battery life. He also said the three vehicles had similar towing capabilities.

The Ford truck is the least expensive vehicle, and the Tesla is the most costly.

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