2016 Ram 1500 Rebel Crew Cab Brings Out My Rebel Yell
My first encounter with the Ram Rebel 1500 was in 2015 at its debut at the Detroit Auto Show. When Bob Hegbloom introduced the Rebel and said “The Rebel is an all new breed. Its a truck built and styled for people who push back whenever they hear those despised words, ‘you can’t'”, I felt a tug in my soul. I was ready to hop in the cab and drive off in search of adventure!
Although I love tradition, the bold exterior of the Ram Rebel with the blacked out grille and Ram badge, give the pickup a look worthy of the truckiest trucks. This truck silently screams ‘I am not like the others’ and neither is my owner. Of course, the appearance isn’t just about vanity. The brush-guard, projector headlamps, and loop tow hooks all provide function. And while the Toyo Open Country A/T all-terrain 33 inch tires with 17-inch silver and black cast aluminum wheels add to its bad ass appearance, they’re also ready for off-road adventures or highway commutes.
Power & Rugged Good Looks-Rebel Is The Total Package
Over the last two years I’ve only had short encounters with the Rebel at the annual Texas Truck rodeo. Of course I made those encounters count, by testing the Rebel’s off-road prowess. And then, a few weeks ago, my wish was granted, a week alone with the 2016 Ram Rebel 1500 crew cab. Feeling jealous? You should be!
You know how some weeks the hours drag on and the days are long, well my seven days with the Ram Rebel were gone in a flash. Its almost as if time was powered by the same 5.7 Liter V8 HEMI engine. With 395 horsepower and 410 lb.-ft. of torque, my eyes lit up and a smile appeared every time I pressed the accelerator.
I tried to make my days count and spent my time in the Rebel making memories. Together, we bought my first Christmas tree in Dallas. What I thought was the perfect tree, sure looked lonely in the 5-ft. 7-inch bed of the truck. But the kids thought I had magical powers when I lowered the suspension to exit mode to free our lonely tree.
Next, we really put the Rebel to the test. The suburban test that is. We tackled Costco the week before Christmas as the temperatures plummeted with a fierce wind chill. I was a little worried about where our spoils would go in the truck, but the RamBox® had room for everything, except the case of water. Plus, I used the remote start feature to warm the cab to a toasty 72 degrees.
Surrounded by the creature comforts like the Uconnect infotainment system, the kids hopped on the wifi hot spot and forgot all about the arctic air. I turned on the heated steering wheel, and enjoyed the drive home. Even with the seductive HEMI power the Rebel got 18 mpg.
Inside and out there’s so much to love about this truck. The 2016 Ram 1500 Rebel Crew Cab is rated for 17 mpg combined, 15 mpg city and 21 mpg on the highway. Base price on the 2016 Ram 1500 Rebel Crew Cab 4X4 is $45,200, but with extras our total MSRP was $53,895.