Read more about Can a Ram Rebel Keep up with a Power Wagon in the Arizona Desert? at AutoGuide.com.It’s easy to mistakenly write off a truck like the 2017 Ram 1500 Rebel as overrated when it comes to off-road prowess.
That’s particularly true when one is parked amongst a herd of hulking Ram 2500 Power Wagons. After all, the Power Wagon is the be-all and end-all of trail-tackling trucks on the market, something AutoGuide.com’s truck expert Stephen Elmer recently rediscovered at the launch of the refreshed 2017 version. Its ability to climb over rather than around obstacles is virtually unmatched by anything this side of a Jeep Wrangler Rubicon.
By contrast, the Rebel can at first glance look like little more than an appearance package that’s been added to Ram’s half-ton truck — and that’s because it mostly is. Except if you dig a little deeper, you’ll find a pickup that’s packed with potential. Bilstein shocks at all four corners compliment a standard air suspension setup that gets an extra inch of ground clearance, while the limited-slip rear differential helps cut wheel spin in low-traction situations.