Dual-Pane Panoramic Sunroof, Heated Front Seats, Heated Steering Wheel, Power Adjustable Pedals, Remote Start, 8.4” Touchscreen Navigation, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, RearView Camera, Park-sense Front & Rear Park Assist, Dual-Zone Climate Control, Universal Garage Door Opener, Trailer Tow Mirrors, Trailer Brake Control, 5.7L V8 Hemi w/Fuel Saver MDS, 8-Speed Automatic, 4×4, 5’7” Box Length, Black Dual Exhaust Tips, 18” Black Painted Aluminum Wheels, Balance of Factory Warranty and only 15,410 km
The RAM 1500 is still the undisputed king of full-size trucks. What’s its secret? Well, it’s just as capable as its rivals, but it rides smoother, has a better-appointed interior and comes in a wide variety of flavors that do a lot to distinguish themselves from one another.
The 2020 RAM 1500 Rebel is a great example of one of these many flavors.
An interior second to none makes the Ram 1500 feel like an expensive luxury car, bolstered by a quiet cabin, exceedingly comfortable seats and storage areas littered throughout the cab. The Crew Cab is four inches longer and the new cab layout also features a flat rear floor, providing welcome foot room to the middle-rear passenger.
The Rebel sets itself apart visually thanks to a vented, power-domed hood, blackened fender flares, the now iconic Rebel grille design, and model-specific 18-inch aluminum wheels.
All Rebels come fitted with a set of upgraded Bilstein dampers with external reservoirs at the rear. There’s a one-inch suspension lift, a hill-descent control system, an electronically controlled locking rear differential, as well as skid plates to protect the front suspension components, steering gear and transfer case. It’s a serious package.
We were also pleased by the RAM 1500’s overall ride quality thanks to its coil-spring suspension. This is a smooth-riding truck, with compliant handling, a vault-quiet cabin and some of the most upscale-looking materials we’ve seen in this class. The level of refinement and craftsmanship here is truly in a class of its own, comparable to some luxury-branded vehicles.
We were also impressed by the 8.4-inch touch screen that houses the always-pleasant Uconnect infotainment interface. Large rotary dials for volume and radio station seeking were appreciated, all while looking like a million bucks. And the subtle REBEL interior design cues like the seats and gauge cluster give this truck a unique and pleasing demeanour.
The Rebel is the off-road variant of the 1500, and as such features an extra inch of ground clearance. To boost its off-road credentials, the Rebel has steel plates protecting its underbelly from sticks and stones, standard Bilstein shocks, tow hooks and a locking rear differential that lets you split power evenly to the two back wheels if you get stuck.
It’s also got a 3:92:1 axle ratio, which delivers more torque to the wheels than the standard 3.21:1. Again, that’s for getting unstuck. (Or for not getting stuck in the first place.)
As for the Ram 1500 in general, it’s still our favorite of the three American trucks for its striking presence, impeccable driving manners and a cabin that puts the other two to shame. The 1500 is already a handsome truck. The Rebel just looks a little sharper. It doesn’t come with big decals announcing its off-road prowess, so your neighbours probably won’t judge you if you never bring it back covered in mud.
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