Why the 2016 Ram 1500 Rebel Was Named Truck of the Year

Ram Rebel

The 2016 Ram 1500 Rebel was recently named Four Wheel Magazine’s Pickup Truck of the Year. This is a rather impressive accolade, as the publication has been handing out the award for nearly three decades. Judges inspect a number of vehicles throughout the five-day process, and they’re able to experience each individual model through a variety of courses and conditions. As the Ram press release describes, these judges are mostly focused on the pickup’s “performance, comfort, and design.”

“If there’s one word to describe the Ram 1500 Rebel, it’s balanced,” said Christian Hazel, Editor of Four Wheeler. “No matter what we threw at the Ram 1500 Rebel, it just flat-out worked with no drama, no excuses, and no compromises. The Ram 1500 Rebel was the vehicle the Four Wheeler judges overwhelmingly chose not only as the 2016 Four Wheeler Pickup Truck of the Year but the vehicle they’d most like to take home.”

“The Ram Rebel offers an aggressive off-road-style package on our successful Ram 1500 platform and this award from Four Wheeler magazine endorses its combination of engineering and design,” said Bob Hegbloom, the of Head of Ram Brand, FCA. “We’re pleased this opinion-leading off-road enthusiast publication recognizes the Rebel as its Pickup Truck of the Year.”

There are a variety of reasons why the vehicle has been recognized for this honor. The Ram is among the most stylish pickups in the class, and several exterior features help make the Rebel even more luxurious. The powerful engine provides the versatility that’s often unseen from pickups, making the 1500 Rebel an excellent choice for those having to travel on uneven terrain. Finally, the RamBox Cargo Management System allows drivers to keep their equipment organized and secured.

Let’s explore some of the specific capabilities and features of the Rebel. If you’ve been eyeing a new pickup truck, you’ll quickly learn which Ram 1500 trim you’ll want to opt for…

Several Exterior Upgrades

Ram 1500 Exterior Ram Badge Grille

You’re probably familiar with the fact that the 2016 Ram 1500 is one of the most stylish pickups in the segment. The sharp, tight angles help define the vehicle’s masculinity, while the tall, wide stance adds an air of intimidation. Plus, the new active air grille shutters are as stylish as they are helpful, as the feature improves efficiency while eliminating drag.

The Ram 1500 Rebel also adds to the pickup’s existing style. The bifunctional halogen projector lamps are going to demand the attention of your fellow drivers, but they’ll also provide optimal visibility on dark, poorly-lit streets. Drivers will also love the 17-inch Cast-machined wheels with black pockets. Head to the inside of the pickup and you’ll instantly notice the premium cloth seats with an embossed tread pattern (in a black and red trim).

Finally, the Rebel comes in a variety of different color options, including:

  • Flame Red
  • Black Clear Coat
  • Granite Crystal Metallic
  • Bright Silver Metallic
  • Bright White
  • Flame Red/Black
  • Granite Crystal Metallic/Black
  • Bright Silver Metallic/Black
  • Bright White/Black

Thanks to the assortment of colors, you won’t have to worry about seeing an identical Ram 1500 Rebel on the road.

Powerful HEMI Engine

Ram 1500 Exterior Towing

The 2016 Ram 1500 offers three different engine options, but you’ll be receiving the hulking, powerful V8 engine when you opt for the Rebel trim. The 5.7-liter HEMI unit delivers the best power specs among the brand’s offerings, including 395 horsepower and 410 pounds-feet of torque. This results in an incredible 10,650-pound towing capacity. If you spend time on a worksite, expect to be relied on for hauling trailers and equipment.

Surprisingly, despite all the power, the engine is still rather fuel efficient. Thanks to the Fuel Saver Technology, the trucks mechanics will automatically adjust while cruising, thus improving efficiency. Overall, drivers can expect the engine to deliver a 15 city/22 highway mile per gallon efficiency with the eight-speed automatic transmission, or a 14 city/20 highway mpg from the six-speed automatic transmission.

Speaking of transmissions, the eight-speed and six-speed automatic options deliver excellent handling and drivability. Acceleration is optimized at lower gears, while “optimized gear ratios” help provide excellent performance efficiency. The mechanics also feature the Active-Level Four-Corner Air Suspension system, which will provide automatic load leveling to improve the vehicle’s operations. The system allows drivers to choose between five different ride heights, meaning they can manipulate their truck to accommodate any type of terrain.

Drivers will also recognize the inclusion of Bilstein shocks, skid plates, and 33-inch tires. All of these inclusions will help accentuate the capabilities of that hulking V8 HEMI engine.

RamBox Cargo Management System

Ram 1500 Exterior Rambox Open

The Ram 1500 Rebel comes equipped with the class-exclusive RamBox Cargo Management System. Attached to your truck bed, the unit provides an extra storage area for your most valuable equipment. The system is accompanied by the AllSecure remote security system, allowing you to easily lock and unlock the box with a push of a button. This also means you can hide your expensive tools without worrying about them being stolen.

The unit can truly be used at any time, anywhere. The box is durable, so it’ll overcome any kind of adverse weather, and the drainage capabilities mean you don’t have to worry about the box getting flooded. The system is also lit, so you can access your equipment at any time of night.

The Cargo Management System is accompanied by a cargo extender/divider, providing, even more, flexibility and organization. There are cargo bed rails with several adjustable tie-down cleats, assuring that nothing will fly out of your truck bed.

When it comes to pickup trucks, there’s really nothing that the 2016 Ram 1500 Rebel doesn’t offer. The truck is equipped with the best possible engine, and the RamBox will make your new truck the perfect option for the worksite. Best of all, the vehicle is stylish and fun to drive, so you can also appreciate it as a general commuter vehicle. A pickup is truly a logical option for any type of car-buyers.

Considering all that the Ram 1500 Rebel has to offer, the pickup is actually quite affordable. You can appreciate all of the features and capabilities of this specific trim for $43,270. For that price, we’d say it’s certainly worth it to own the 2016 Pickup Truck of the Year.