Christopher Little

Quick Spin: 2016 Ram Rebel

Truck lineups are filled with diversity; work trucks and luxury trucks, 6-cylinder and 8-cylinder engines, gas or diesel fueled, single cabs, short beds, extra-large cabs, long beds. There’s a combination for everyone. Ram’s rough-and-tumble 1500 variant gets a fitting name: Rebel. The Ram Rebel combines unique visuals and hardware to provide yet another option from the factory.

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The Rebel is not just another Ram 1500 trim. Beneath the unique hood, powder-coated front bumper, and skid plates, much of the Rebel’s running gear has been exchanged for more specialized components. The Ram’s standard suspension is replaced with adjustable air suspension and Bilstein shocks for increased ground clearance and improved articulation. Unique 17 inch wheels are fitted with 33-inch all-terrain tires for superior off-road traction. Finally, the steering and stability control systems are tuned especially for the Rebel’s added capability. Inside, the Rebel’s interior has been spiced up with red accent trim and seat covers combining red accents, faux carbon fiber inserts, and black tire-tread pattern panels. As it sits, this Ram looks like it just rolled off the set of an action movie. That’s part of the appeal.

In Granite Crystal Pearl, the Rebel’s unique front grille and giant RAM tailgate badging don’t seen quite so gaudy as they might appear with other colors. But it has the capability to back up its style. With the push of a button, this Ram kneels to “Entry” mode, allowing passengers to climb in and out without the need for side steps. On the opposite end of the spectrum, “Off-Road” postures the Rebel into its most intimidating stance. With maximum ground clearance and the unique tires, the Rebel makes clamoring over dirt, gravel, and snow seem easy. Optional extras include a limited slip rear differential and extra skid plates for the front suspension and transfer case. Our tester’s optional 5.7L HEMI V8 provides plenty of power to all four wheels if necessary. Those optional extras do add up, however. Our tester racked up nearly $8,000 in options leading to an as-tested price north of $53,000.

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The Rebel combines factory fit, finish, and quality with a number of components that owners might otherwise bolt on aftermarket. Why bother tearing out the suspension, bolting on a new set of wheels and tires, and fitting some more aggressive visual accessories to a brand new truck if you can just get all of those things from the factory…with a warranty! The Rebel is differentiated enough from the rest of the 1500 lineup to feel unique. With the push of a button, you’ve even given your Ram a lift kit. But on the highway, you wouldn’t know there’s 33 inch tires and a few hundred pounds of skid plate beneath you. It’s that kind of versatility that give the Rebel its appeal.

-Christopher Little

2016 Ram Rebel Crew Cab 4×4
$45,200
Luxury Group $660
Protection Group $150
Rear Camera and Park Assist Group $595
8-speed Automatic Transmission $500
Anti-Spin Differential Rear Axle $370
5.7-Liter Hemi V8 $1,150
7-Inch Rebel Reconfigurable Instrument Cluster $175
Uconnect Navigation $1,105
Ram Box Cargo Management System $1,295
Trailer Brake Control $280
Spray-In Bedliner $475
Destination Charges $995
As Tested MSRP $53,150

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