2022 Rivian R1T Gear Tunnel Hands-On Review: How Much Stuff Fits in There?


2022 Rivian R1T Gear Tunnel Hands-On Review: How Much Stuff Fits in There?

When the 2022 Rivian R1T electric pickup truck made its debut, it impressed us with its design, range, and capability. Besides looking quite different from any pickup truck on the market today, the Rivian R1T has a ton of storage space provided by its 4.5-foot bed, its frunk, its in-bed trunk, and its gear tunnel. The latter storage compartment is located under the rear seat and accessible from small drop-down panels located between the rear doors and the rear wheels on either side of the bed. During our recent Trans-America Trail (TAT) road trip with the 2022 Rivian R1T, we had ample time to see how much stuff actually fits into the gear tunnel, and—spoiler alert—we discovered it’s a hugely beneficial feature.

The answer as to what fits in the tunnel is: a bunch of whatever you like. The Rivian R1T’s gear-tunnel volume is 11.6 cubic feet, or 0.6 cubic foot more than the R1T’s frunk. On our (TAT) adventure, we fit a couple of carry-on sized suitcases, a couple of duffle bags, a backpack, and a briefcase in the tunnel all at the same time. The gear tunnel is deep, and if you’re good with Tetris you can fit even more stuff than you think, especially if you have items you can fold, bend, or squeeze. The storage space was designed to fit golf bags, skis, snowboards, or collapsed strollers, but feel free to stash your umbrellas, fishing poles, or other similarly sized and shaped items. It also has a 12-volt outlet and a 110-volt outlet, one at each end, for powering various accessories.

The lateral doors open via buttons located on the side of the bed, or via the infotainment system. In addition, a small rear-seat pass-through allows access the tunnel from the cab, though you’ll only be able to slide your arm through it—so plan your tunnel packing accordingly. The two lateral doors can hold up to 300 pounds each, which means you can use them as a seat during tailgate events or camping trips. For the full story, check out this article from Motor Trend.

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