Ram Rebel: The Good, The Bad, The Awesome
What I love, and hate, about the Rebel + Video Walkthrough
When I first test drove and, a few hours later, purchased my 2019 Ram Rebel, I was blown away by the level of detail and forethought that was put into making the Rebel a perfect balance of badass off-road 4x4 and luxurious grocery-getter.
Coming from a family that owns three Ram trucks – two rebels and a Laramie – I’ve gotten a close up look at what the different trim levels have to offer. The biggest standout feature of the Rebel can be found on the interior of the truck. The blood red interior accents envelop a fighter-jet inspired cockpit, where a seemingly overwhelming number of doodads and switches become so intuitive that the driver feels completely in control of every function of the vehicle at an arm’s reach. The available 12-inch center console touchscreen and gauge cluster are over-the-top cool, but even the standard 8.4-inch touchscreen is not lacking whatsoever.
I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the full-length sunroof that spans the length of the cab from front to back, or the exceptional rear bench seat leg room. Looking at the available 5.7L V8 Hemi, you’re at no shortage of power, whether on the highway or on the trail. With variable valve timing, heavy-duty engine cooling, and a multi-displacement system with Fuel Saver Technology, the Rebel becomes an efficient and superbly powerful masterpiece.
Externally, an aggressive, off-road inspired black-out grille, hood louvres, and blinding black and clear LED headlights, make the front end menacing to say the least. Where I believe it is lacking, is in the narrower, slimmer body style on the front end. Gone are the days of 5 years ago when the front end of a Ram truck looked like that of a Beluga Whale, with a taller grill, wider fenders, and an almost upturned nose.
Making up for these downsides, however, are blacked out steel bumpers, aggressive skid plates under the front bumper, and matching accents on the fenders. Pair that with the utility of the Ram Boxes along the bed sides, you have everything you need from a rugged pickup, and everything you could want from a luxury performance vehicle. Overall, it was an outstanding trim level for the time, rivaling that of the still-popular Ford F-150 Raptor trim.