2015 Ram 1500 Rebel drive review
It’s hard to see much Ram in the grille. … Um, strike that. If you can read, yes, it’s easy to see this big bruiser of a half-ton is a Ram, thanks to the 58-inch-tall silver letters across its face. But where you would otherwise see a signature crosshairs grille, the Rebel sports a giant handlebar mustache ripped straight from the face of Machete himself. And just as with Mr. Danny Trejo, the Rebel ain’t exactly pretty to look at, but we definitely enjoy its attitude.
Performance—on the road, at the pump and fully taxed—is on par with the standard-issue Ram 1500, with a 1,530-pound payload and 10,150-pound towing capacity. Engine output (395 hp and 410 lb-ft) and fuel economy (15 mpg city, 22 highway) from the optional Hemi 5.7-liter V8 matches the pedestrian 1500’s, too. (The Rebel comes standard with the familiar 305-hp 3.6-liter Pentastar V6.)
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In those ads for active-lifestyle vehicles where there’s a guy running up a trail carrying a mountain bike over one shoulder and a kayak over the other, the guy could easily be AEV founder and president Dave Harriton. Harriton really likes that outdoor adventure stuff and built his business around getting to places to pursue it and bringing along everything a guy would need once he got there. His business, American Expedition Vehicles, is pretty big and very successful: It employs 100 people in a 100,000-square-foot facility upfitting Jeep Wranglers and other products.
But it wasn’t quite as simple as that. Let’s put it in reverse and back up a little.
Harriton grew up in the Pennsylvania Poconos, already a pretty scenic locale. But when it was time to go off to college, he hadn’t really done a lot of what statisticians call “research.”
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ASSOCIATE EDITOR GRAHAM KOZAK: We’ve had loaded Ram 1500s in our test fleet before and had generally favorable things to say about them. The ride is carlike thanks to an air suspension system. The feature-laden interior is comfortable and pleasant, even if some of the details can be a bit over the top (lot of tooled leather and Western-themed stuff here…).
The diesel V6 -- the first of a wave of new full-size diesel pickups, I guess -- is the equation-changer here. Launched with a great deal of fanfare, I know Ram moved a lot of them early on. Not sure if sales have been sustained, but if America is ever going to warm up to diesel, it’ll probably be because of trucks like this.
And, for the moment, trucks like this are where this EcoDiesel should stay. It’s a torquey motor that’s nevertheless not as refined as something from the Germans. That’s fine for a pickup, OK for the Grand Cherokee and probably not acceptable in a sedan.