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  • Long-Term Final Report: 2017 Ram 1500 Rebel 4x4

Long-Term Final Report: 2017 Ram 1500 Rebel 4x4

Trails, a Hurricane, and Goodbye

Ken Brubaker
Apr 10, 2018
Photographers: Ken Brubaker
If the Rebel could talk, it would regale the Ram folks with stories of trails, cargo, trails, a hurricane, trails, towing, trails, long trips, and trails. As a matter of fact, it’s safe to say that the Rebel saw more trail use than any other long-term Truck Trend test vehicle in recent memory, and it handled the rough stuff, as well as all the other tasks, with great aplomb.
During our year with the Rebel, we wheeled it almost weekly, which may seem hard to believe, but it’s true. The Rebel’s transfer-case shift activation was flawless, the adjustable four-corner air suspension allowed us to increase the ride height at the touch of a button, the rear Anti-Spin limited-slip differential worked well, and visibility from the driver seat was very good. Did we wish for a locking rear differential in the Rebel? Well, yes and no. On the one hand, the LSD never let us down. On the other hand, we like being able to manually control when to send power to both rear wheels. Of course, we’d be ecstatic if we could have the Anti-Spin characteristics with the option of locking the rear diff at will.
Photo 2/9   |   2017 Ram Rebel Final Report
On the paved road, the Rebel was a pleasure to drive, and we did a bunch of on-road duty. In addition to standard commuting, we took the Rebel on some long trips; in the end, the truck was driven through 10 states. During several of those trips, the bed of the truck was loaded with heavy cargo or the truck was towing a trailer of some sort. Regardless of whether it was loaded or empty, the Rebel was solid and planted. Seat comfort was outstanding, the cabin was quiet and refined, and the truck’s ride and handling were very good. And we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention the incredibly versatile optional RamBox locking storage that our vehicle boasted.
Near the end of the test, just when we thought we had learned everything there was to know about the Rebel, we learned more. We were spending time in Florida when Hurricane Irma swept through the state, and the Rebel became our evacuation tool. Traffic was terrible and fuel was hard to find, so we opted to utilize backroads. This is when two things about the Rebel became clear. First, we appreciated the optional 32-gallon fuel tank (a 26-gallon tank is standard). That extra 6 gallons helped to get us farther north to gas stations that had fuel. Second, by purposefully trying to maximize fuel economy, we logged a best-ever tank of 18.8 mpg. The combination of a larger fuel tank and decent fuel mileage gave us peace of mind, at least in regard to fuel.
Now that our yearlong test with the Rebel has concluded, we simply don’t have anything to complain about regarding either design or durability of our Rebel. The truck did what it was designed to do with no failures. Early on, there was a brief TPMS sensor glitch, but it went away on its own and never returned. With almost 20,000 miles on the Rebel at the end of our test, many of those miles off-road as well as towing and hauling, the truck was as tight as it was the day it was delivered.
Photo 3/9   |   The Rebel was shod with Toyo Open Country A/T tires, and they worked great on the sand and soil trails we explored as well as on pavement.

Report: 4 of 4

Previous Reports: Sept/Oct 2017, Jan/Feb 2018, March/April 2018
Base Price: $47,095
Price as Tested: $54,210
Long-Term Numbers
Miles to date: 19,065
Miles since last report: 2,819
Average mpg (this report): 17.0
Test best tank (mpg): 18.8
Test worst tank (mpg): 9.9 (towing a 6x12 cargo trailer w/ 1,200 pounds of cargo into a headwind)
Test Maintenance
This period: Oil and filter change at 17,633 miles
Test Problem Areas
This Period: None
Logbook Quotes
“This is a truck I would spend my money on.”
“Really liking the Rebel’s larger fuel tank option.”
“I’m a RamBox fan.”



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