Tested: 2016 Ram 1500 Rebel Crew Cab 4x4

This is a rebel with a cause.

You’re staring at the best-looking Ram ever. The Rebel is a bona fide hunk of manly metal. With a powerful 395 horsepower Hemi standard and 3.92 rear end on our test model, the Rebel is a mover too. It’s the spec of Ram you would wish for if they didn’t offer it. A lumbering giant when you need it, and a whisper quiet ride when your day is done.

With an increased ride height (albeit only 1-inch over stock), upgraded 33-inch Toyo Open Country off-road tires, adjustable air suspension that lowers the truck at highway speeds to get better fuel economy, and other standard features of the Ram line (which now has 10 different variations), the Rebel is a Swiss Army knife packed with a machete’s swift blow.

Capable off-road is one thing—and the Bilstein front and rear shocks provide plenty of dampening for that—but the Rebel’s real quality is its demeanor on road. Able to feel like both a competent truck or a Cadillac (seriously, my wife said it was the best car we’ve had) is a major strong suit. The bold fenders and tire tread marks on the seats focus the brawny attitude in your face, but the sublime ride makes your backside happier than a clam. (A truck that will run that clam over in a second should it get in the way.)

Oh, and we can't forget the Ram Box cargo management system—what a piece of “it should have been there the whole time” engineering! To have two lockable and deep access points housed inside the bed is a major piece of truck heaven.

The Ram Rebel can move you out of an apartment, crush obstacles with ease, float on the highway like an Eldorado, or just make you feel like a badass everyday. It’s all these features that gives the Rebel its greatest justification in a line of dependable work trucks.

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