QUICK TAKE: 2017 Ram 1500 Rebel – Rugged Style with Stately Manners

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Not everyone likes trucks. They’re polarizing vehicles that people either love or hate. The haters, well, let’s forget about them for the moment. They’ve never even heard of the Ram Rebel. The lovers though, those people go nuts over a truck like the Rebel and with good reason.

The 2017 Ram 1500 Rebel 4×4 Crew Cab has a base price of $47,195 that tells you this isn’t a stripped down work truck. That truck would be the Ram 1500 Tradesman, which has a starting price of $26,495. There are a ridiculous number of Ram 1500 trims and configurations out there which ensures there’s something for everyone and just enough variety to confuse the bejesus out of truck novices.

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That’s pretty much the case with every truck, though, not just the Ram 1500. There are varying bed lengths, multiple cab configurations, engine choices, special editions, and towing and off-road packages galore. To run down every configuration of any truck would take a month. So, for the Ram 1500 Rebel I’m just going to focus on what it has to offer and why you might want to park one in your driveway.

The initial differences are things you see. There are standard 17-inch aluminum wheels with matte black pockets and huge 33-inch Toyo Open Country tires. It has a bold, more aggressive grille, lots of black accents, a sport performance hood, and tow hooks. It looks burly and ready to head off-road and that’s absolutely what the Ram Rebel would like you to do on the weekend.

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The standard engine is a 3.6-liter V6, but our tester came equipped with a 5.7-liter V8 Hemi with 395 horsepower and 410 lb-feet of torque paired to an 8-speed automatic transmission. Standard towing capacity is 7,990 pounds and standard payload is 1,510 pounds. Properly equipped, the Rebel can tow up to 10,140 pounds. If you need to get work done, then the Rebel is up for the challenge. There’s even an available spray-in liner to protect the bed and the Ram Box cargo management system to keep valuables locked safe and out of sight.

Despite all that burliness it’s smooth and well-mannered on the highway and makes a surprisingly comfortable daily driver with standard features like automatic dual-zone climate control, heated bucket front seats, and power lumbar adjust. It easily moves to off-road conditions with 4-corner air suspension that raises the Rebel for better clearance on more challenging trails and options for front and transfer case skid plates. Whether you’re heading down the highway to work or off-road into the wild, the Ram 1500 Rebel is the right truck for the job.

Our tester came with nearly $10K in options that turned the Rebel into something of a luxury vehicle. Options included black tubular side steps, 32-gallon fuel tank, 9-speaker Alpine stereo system with subwoofer, spray-in bedliner, power heated mirrors, and LED bed lighting. This brought the final price up to $56,775. That’s a good leap from the inexpensive Tradesman, but for looks, comfort, and capability, the Ram 1500 Rebel is sure to put a smile on your face.

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Nicole Wakelin

Nicole Wakelin