Battle of the Beasts: Ram 1500 Rebel vs. Ram 2500 Power Wagon
The Ram 1500 Rebel and Ram 2500 are both similar looking 4×4 trucks built to be durable, rugged off-road trucks. However, the Ram 1500 Rebel is a light-duty truck and the Ram 2500 Power Wagon is a heavy-duty truck and they both have different engines, off-road features, towing capabilities and prices. Not sure which of these trucks to choose? Read on!
Engine, Performance and Capability
The Ram 1500 Rebel is available with two engine options, a 3.6-liter V6 engine or a 5.7-liter HEMI V8 engine. The 3.6L engine produces 205 horsepower, 269 lb-ft of torque and gives the Ram 1500 Rebel a maximum towing capacity of 7,130 pounds. The 5.7-liter HEMI V8 engine increases the truck’s horsepower, torque and maximum towing capacity to 395 horses, 410 lb-ft of torque, and 9,350 pounds of towing capacity.
The heavy-duty Ram 2500 Power Wagon is equipped with a larger 6.4-liter HEMI V8 engine. The 6.4L engine produces best-in-class 410 horsepower and 429 lb-ft of torque, both of which help the 2500 Power Wagon to achieve its maximum towing capacity of 10,030 pounds.
Exterior and Off-Road Features
Aside from their size, the Ram 1500 Rebel and Ram 2500 Power Wagon look very similar. Both trucks have black accents, projector headlamps with black bezels, and the RAM logo on both the grille and the tailgate. Both trucks are only available as four-door crew cabs, but since the Ram 1500 Rebel is a light-duty truck, it is a little smaller than the heavy-duty Ram 2500 Power Wagon.
The Ram 1500 Rebel is fitted with all-terrain tires, 17-inch wheels, and the truck has a 9.4-inch of ground clearance. It also features tow hooks and skid plates that help protect the important truck components of the underbody. To give the truck more balance through uneven terrain, the 1500 Rebel features an exclusive link coil rear suspension and it’s available with a 4-corner air suspension.
One off-road feature that is a big selling point for the Power Wagon is its 12,000-pound electric winch that is mounted behind the front bumper. The winch is especially helpful when off-roading because it allows drivers to easily pull the truck out of a spot if it happens to get stuck. The 2500 Power Wagon is taller due to its two-inch lift and it is equipped with skid plates, 17-inch wheels, 33-inch off-road tires, and a custom suspension.
Inside both trucks is unique badging and custom seats. The 2500 Power Wagon comes with black custom made trademark seats or smooth leather seats. The Ram 1500 Rebel also comes with a black interior, standard in premium cloth with gray stitching or available in leather with gray stitching.
The starting MSRP for the Ram 1500 Rebel is $45,095 (plus destination fee) and the starting MSRP for the Ram 2500 Power Wagon is $51,695 (plus destination fee).
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