Base Price: $47,195
Price as Tested: $56,775
EPA City/HWY: 15/21 mpg
Engine: 5.7L HEMI V8
Power: 395hp, 410lb-ft
WRITTEN/PHOTOGRAPHED BY: ANTHONY HERTA
Raised suspension. Massive tires. After-market bumpers, wheels, exhausts, decals, you name it. It's common to see custom parts on trucks. Usually, these additions are excessive, obnoxious, ugly and can completely ruin the truck aesthetically and mechanically.
The 2017 Ram Rebel is like that customized dream truck, but done cleanly by the manufacturer. It’s raised an inch over the regular Ram 1500, has massive 33-inch tires, a base-heavy Alpine audio system ($445), an available HEMI V8 engine ($1,450), but most importantly, hood stripes.
I know many may argue the Ford Raptor is the ultimate “dream truck.” At a glance, the Rebel and Raptor appear to be on the same mission. They’re both the most badass version of the 1500 trucks. But the Rebel takes a tamer, more realistic approach to what truck buyers actually do to their trucks.
The Rebel doesn’t have fancy racing shocks, a really wide body kit or 10 million auxiliary switches on the center console, but a Rebel (equipped with the 5.7-liter HEMI V8) sounds far better than the coughs of the Raptor’s EcoBoost V6 engine.