A 4×4 truck isn’t always practical. Big, bulky, and gas-guzzling, these trucks are usually ideal for country driving or owners who are going to head off-road with frequency. The 2017 Ram 1500 Rebel 4×4 looks to change this stereotype by combining the versatility of four-wheel drive with the convenience of a commuter car. Perfect for Dallas streets and Texas back roads, the 2017 Ram 1500 Rebel is a truck that’s authentically Texan.
The 2017 Ram 1500 Rebel comes with two engine options, allowing you to choose between more power and better efficiency. If you need to squeeze a few extra miles out of the Rebel, opt for the 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6. With this engine, the Rebel gets 23 mpg on the highway and 16 mpg in the city, yet it still gets 305 horsepower and 269 pound-feet of torque.
If you put a premium on power, upgrade to the available 5.7-liter Hemi V-8. The brawny Hemi is a significant increase in power, pumping out 395 horsepower and 410 pound-feet of torque. Even with this power, the Rebel still gets 21 mpg on the highway and 16 mpg in the city.
When you need that extra oomph to pull a trailer or camper, the Rebel does the trick. The 3.6-liter V-6 4×4 tows 7,130 pounds of whatever you need, while the 5.7-liter engine is capable of handling 10,140 pounds. You may not need it when you’re driving around Dallas, but if you’re doing a home project or towing a friend’s car, you never know when it will come in handy.
Lighting is one of the most underrated qualities of any truck, and the Rebel seems to do it better than just about any other pickup on the market. This truck features the RamBox cargo management system, which provides storage in the side walls of the bed. The extra storage space would be almost worthless during the nighttime hours without lighting, but LED lights in each box take care of that.
The bed has plenty of lighting as well. Cab-mounted lighting shines into the bed, supplemented by a pair of LED cargo bed lights. The Rebel has two more LED lights in the bed near the tailgate, illuminating the entirety of the bed, regardless of whether you opt for the 5-foot, 7-inch bed or the 6-foot, 4-inch bed. When you use your truck for work, you’re camping, or you have an emergency, you’ll be glad you have the lighting.
Four Corner Air Suspension
With four-wheel drive, you can go just about anywhere. The Rebel is an excellent off-road machine, capable of handling all types of terrain, especially if you opt for the 5.7-liter that ups the power numbers. To make the journey even more carefree, the Rebel also offers a four-corner air suspension system. Using a switch located in the cabin, you can raise the Rebel to five different heights, easily navigating over taller obstacles.
Whether you’re headed to your office job in downtown Dallas or mudding out in the country, the 2017 Ram 1500 Rebel has just what you need for a fun, enjoyable driving experience.