Rivian 2023.34.0 software update has drivers singing about better suspension, ride quality, and handling
A leaked software update changelog appeared online early in September, piquing the interest of Rivian R1S and R1T owners thanks to promised new features and drastic changes to the suspension and handling characteristics of the large electric vehicles. Now that the update has landed, owners of the Rivian R1T on the r/Rivian subreddit are raving about the impressive effects of a mere software updates on the everyday driving experience.
Of the listed improvements, the most widely-praised seems to be the suspension and and ride quality, with some owners going so far as saying it's now the smoothest vehicle they've drive, beating out Tesla's Model X by a significant margin.
"It's way smoother over bumps, less jumpy, smoother overall, a bigger difference between soft and firm suspension settings," comments one owners about their driving experience after the update.
While there is much to be happy about for Rivian owners, it appears as though there are still some issues that need working out. Some complaints that have popped up include a throttle that is either not sensitive enough or too sensitive, depending on the ride mode. Another driver stated that they preferred the ride quality before the update, likening the post-update R1T to driving a marshmallow, although they admitted that they were likely in the minority.
In the same Reddit thread, a handful of comments indicated that poor ride quality during a test drive is why they previously cancelled their Rivian orders or declined delivery. As these software updates roll out to Rivian vehicles at dealerships, it may have a direct effect on the company's sales numbers.