There are a few different ways to evaluate a truck that touts off-road credentials, but comparing hardware or build quality or legacy doesn’t quite communicate a rig’s true mettle.
Sometimes you just have to go get the darn thing dirty, uncomfortable, and far removed from urban terrain to adequately evaluate its out-of-the-box capability. That’s why I took the 2016 RAM 1500 Rebel to Southern California’s mountains and desert to put the bruiser in action.
Don’t profile the style
With its distinctive face, all-terrain tires and boastful badging, it’s easy to mistake the RAM Rebel for a Ford F-150 Raptor rival, but in truth the packaging is quite different. Yes, the Rebel uses an exclusive air suspension with four different ride heights, the highest of which sits 1.0-inch taller than the standard RAM 1500.
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