The Ram Rebel 1500 burst onto the scene in the middle of last year as the brand’s first ultimate off-roading pickup truck. However, while many may believe it to be a competitor to the Ford F-150 Raptor, that is not the case.
Now in its 2016 model year, the Ram Rebel 1500 is fitted with some off-roading components for some light off-roading but packs the same towing and cargo-hauling capabilities as a regular Ram 1500. According to Ram, the Rebel 1500 fills the demand of customers that want an aggressively designed Ram 1500 with the ability to tackle some non-challenging off-road terrain.
2016 Ram Rebel 1500 Exterior:
The 2016 Ram Rebel 1500 is based on the regular Ram 1500 with some aggressive styling cues. Right off the bat, you’ll notice a new grille featuring prominent billet silver “RAM” lettering. Unlike other Rams in the lineup, the Rebel 1500 also features other aggressive design touches including a blacked-out Rebel grille, a black front bumper, billet silver skid plates, new front tow hooks, and new LED fog lamps.
The blacked-out theme continues over to the Power Wagon wheel-arch moldings while blacked mirror housings and lower body panels create a distinctive trail-ready presence. Oh, and of course, let’s not forget about the blacked out “RAM” stamp on the tailgate sporting “Rebel” and “4×4” badges, showing others driving past that you own something extremely special. Ram has given the 2016 Rebel 1500 a new rear bumper with flared cutouts around dual chrome exhausts and 17-inch aluminum wheels wrapped in 33-inch tires.
2016 Ram Rebel 1500 Interior:
While it is sporty and rugged on the outside, the interior of the 2016 Ram Rebel 1500 is all about comfort and quality, which is what we’ve come to expect from Ram trucks as of late.
Our test model came with standard heated front seats that are finished in Radar Red and Black leather with Sedoso fabric inserts that have an interesting tire tread pattern. The seats also feature light gray accent stitching and light gray “Rebel” badging on the side of the seats. Let’s just say that at no point will you ever doubt that you are driving a Rebel!
Of course, the black-out theme continues on inside with an all-black instrument panel, armrests, and RAM logo on the center console. The center stack and console are also finished in Iron Gray Metallic with Radar Red accenting, offering a very sleek and aggressive look throughout the interior. Even the Rebel 1500’s steering wheel, which of course is heated, is wrapped in black leather along with accented Radar Red X-stitches.
Tech-wise, the 8.4-inch touchscreen UConnect offers 3D navigation, a complete host of app suites to keep you connected, weather updates, automatic climate control, and much more.
2016 Ram Rebel 1500 Performance:
Performance-wise, the 2016 Ram Rebel 1500 is available with a 3.6-liter V6 engine making 305 horsepower and a 5.7-liter V8 making 395 horsepower. Both engines come mated to a TorqueFlite 8-speed automatic transmission.
Our test model came with a 5.7L V8 engine offering 410-lb.ft. of torque and capable of accelerating from 0 to 60 mph in 7.3 seconds and topping out at 110 mph. However, since this is a pickup this isn’t about 0 to 60 or top speed, it’s about towing and payload capacity. The 2016 Ram Rebel test model sports the same 1,530-lb. payload capacity and 10,130-lb. tow rating as the standard Ram 1500, which is 20 pounds less than a comparable non-Rebel 1500.
When it comes to driving on a rugged terrain, the 2016 Ram Rebel 1500 has a 1-inch raised ride height for better off-roading. It also has Bilstein front and rear shocks with unique tuning and steering calibration and a softer rear stabilizer bar to keep you well-balanced on uneven terrain. Of course, let’s not forget about the giant 33-inch Toyo Open Country A/T all-terrain tires.
The 2016 Ram Rebel 1500 is available exclusively as a crew cab model with 5-foot, 7-inch bed length. Ram offers a choice of either 4X2 (V8 HEMI only) or 4X4 configurations.
Ram has configured to the 2016 Rebel 1500 to have an EPA-estimated fuel economy of 15 mpg city and 22 mpg highway**.
2016 Ram Rebel 1500 Safety:
As with other Ram Trucks, the Ram Rebel 1500 comes standard with electronic stability control, advanced multistage front airbags, supplemental front seat-mounted side airbags, supplemental side-curtain airbags, supplemental side-curtain front airbags, supplemental side-curtain front and rear airbags, tire pressure monitoring, and speed control. The front and rear ParkAssist system, rear view camera, a remote keyless entry with All-Secure alarm system, and other features are offered as optional additions.
2016 Ram Rebel 1500 Overall:
So you want an pickup truck that is good for your everyday use, for hauling and towing, and for some light non-pavement driving? The 2016 Ram Rebel 1500 is the perfect bet. Unlike the Ford F-150 Raptor, which heavily focuses on rugged agility, the Ram Rebel 1500 succeeds at being a pickup truck first and off-roading vehicle second. MSRP for the 2016 Ram Rebel 1500 starts at $43,270*.
To test drive a 2016 Ram Rebel 1500, please call or visit one of these AutoNation Ram dealers near you.
*MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.
**Based on 2016 EPA mileage ratings. Your mileage will vary depending specific vehicle trim, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, and other factors.