The Ram Rebel was introduced in 2015 to provide “next level” off-road performance for additional chops in the dirt compared to the standard 1500 4×4 truck. Although we’ll be seeing a new Ford Raptor in 2017, for this year only Ram and Tundra offer next-level off-road truck packages in the half-ton market, and so this shootout pits Ram’s Rebel versus Toyota’s Tundra TRD Pro.
The Ram Rebel is powered by Ram’s 5.7L V8 HEMI, which has a slight edge in its horsepower rating (395 hp) and torque (410 lb.-ft.). Ram also is the only truck in this test to boast an eight-speed transmission, which helps give it the best fuel rating in the test at 15 miles per gallon city, 21 highway and 17 combined. During testing, we observed a combined fuel economy of 16.5 mpg.
Both the Rebel and Tundra provide two additional inches of ground clearance up front over their respective standard counterparts, but the Ram Rebel relies on a modified version of the air suspension system used on its 1500 models, which offers an additional 1 inch of clearance over the highest setting (so 2 inches more than non air-suspension trucks). Bilstein monotube shocks are also employed to help provide a smooth ride on the highway and help soak up the bumps on the trail.
The Ram Rebel has the slight edge in towing capacity at 10,160 lbs., but it’s payload capacity is 35 lbs. less than the Tundra’s at 1,520 lbs.
Be sure to read the story to see which truck takes the win in the 2016 Next-Level Off-Road Truck Shootout.
Photo Gallery: Ram Rebel vs. Toyota Tundra TRD Pro
2016 Ram 1500 Rebel
Model: Crew Cab 4×4
Engine: 5.7L HEMI V8
Horsepower: 395 @ 5,600 rpm
Torque: 410 lb.-ft. @ 3,950 rpm
Transmission: 8-speed automatic 8HP70
0-60 Time: 7.48 seconds
Curb Weight: 5380 lbs.
Height: 79.1 in.
Overall Width: 81.5 in.
Length: 229 in.
Wheelbase: 140.5 in.
Ground Clearance: 10.3 in. (w/skid plate)
Approach Angle: 25.3 degrees
Departure Angle: 23 degrees
Breakover Angle: 19.6 degrees (w/skid plate)
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating: 6900 lbs.
Towing Capacity: 10,160 lbs.
Payload Capacity: 1520 lbs.
Fuel Tank: 26 gal.
Seating Capacity: 5
Axle Ratio: 3.92
MPG Rating: 15 city, 21 hwy, 17 comb
Aver. MPG (tested): 16.5 mpg (combined)
*As tested, includes $1,195 destination charge