The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has announced its latest test results for the 2023 Rivian R1T electric pickup truck. The good news is that the 2022-23 Rivian R1T has earned the Institute’s highest award – Top Safety Pick+.

To earn either the Top Safety Pick or Top Safety Pick+ award in 2022, a vehicle must earn good ratings in six IIHS crashworthiness tests, including the driver-side small overlap front, passenger-side small overlap front, moderate overlap front, original side, roof strength and head restraint tests. It must also be available with a front crash prevention system that earns advanced or superior ratings in both the vehicle-to-vehicle and daytime vehicle-to-pedestrian evaluations.


The distinction between the two awards centers around the vehicle’s available headlights. For the lower-tier award at least one good or acceptable headlight system must be available. For the higher-tier award, good or acceptable headlights must be standard across all trims.

The Rivian R1T comes with good-rated LED projector headlights and a standard front crash prevention system that earns superior ratings in both the vehicle-to-vehicle and daytime vehicle-to-pedestrian tests.