The aptly named Ram 1500 Rebel definitely goes against the typical light-duty pickup stereotypes and makes a strong case to be head of the pack. It all comes down to two major reasons: strong engine variety and remarkable styling, inside and out.
Under the hood, you can opt for some serious towing capacity and horsepower depending on what you choose. There is a 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 gas engine that earns 305 horsepower and a decent 269 lb-ft of torque that can tow a respectable 7,290 pounds. An EcoDiesel V6 achieves 240 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque and can tow up to a hefty 9,210 pounds. And finally, the 5.7-liter HEMI V8 engine revs up 395 horses and 410 lb-ft of torque with a maximum towing of a whopping 10,640 pounds.
You’re going to get an automatic transmission and for the 2016 model you have the choice between a 6-speed or 8-speed, however, in the 2017 model you have to upgrade the 8-speed automatic. But the choices don’t stop with under the hood; your cab can be regular, quad or crew depending on your fancy. Trim levels include the entry-level Tradesman, Express, HFI, SLT, Big Horn/Lone Star, Sport, Rebel, Laramie, Laramie Longhorn and the top end Laramie Limited.
With all these options, you’re bound to find the power and convenience that you want.
It’s not a truck for introverts, seeing how it’s got a blacked-out grille with silver billet “RAM” lettering. Everything about this vehicle’s styling is bold. It bounces around on 33-inch Toyo tires, has height-adjustable air suspension to take it up over those rocks or claw low to the ground, and big bold headlights that would blind any deer.
And on the inside, you can get sleek black seats and dash all lined with bursts of cherry red stitching and accents. There’s enough space to hold a party in the cab and with all the available USB and AUX connectivity, you probably could. It’s striking yet stylish and so edgy you’ll cut yourself.
Photos are courtesy of CarandDriver.com.