When it comes to the topic of off-road pickup trucks here at Landmark Dodge of Morrow, it has been fascinating to explore the varying degrees of capability that have steadily improved over the past few years. This winter we happen to have just the model for someone that wants more of a workhorse and a bit less of a plaything, as the Cars.com staff eagerly claimed that few trucks can compete with the ram 2500 Power Wagon.
It features front and rear locking differentials, a suspension lift designed for epic-grade clearance, and a standard winch built into the front bumper that can aid you in getting out of difficult situations on the double. It had recently come to our and many dealers’ attention nationwide that the Power Wagon was amazing at what it does, but needed just a slight boost in the towing and hauling department. The new 2023 Ram 2500 Heavy Duty Rebel could be considered a Power Wagon with slightly larger wheels, superior towing capability, no front locking differential, and the much-appreciated Cummins turbo-diesel engine.
The cooling system for the unearthly and simply amazing diesel engine is situated where the winch was once located, and we are certain that there won't be any complaints from the large rig-loving crowd with the diesel engine’s addition of 370 horsepower and 850 lb-ft of torque. The engine that comes standard is the 6.4-liter heavy duty Hemi V8 that makes 410 horsepower and 429 lb-ft of torque while paired to an 8-speed automatic transmission. This should be thought of as a ferocious and quite fierce response to the competing Ford F-250 Tremor, which was meant to combine the best elements of a towing HD truck along with a road-capable HD truck.
The Ram 2500 Rebel can lug up to 18,670 lbs behind it, and it’s the five-link coil spring rear suspension’s masterful presence that is enhanced and helps boost towing capacity in preference over off-road chops. Even though some feel they sacrificed a little bit of the “crawl directly over anything” factor from the power wagon, the Rebel can offer some excellent driving characteristics that the power wagon simply can't. The Rebel features larger 20 inch wheels, along with a much higher and commanding view of the road ahead.
This truck remains quite proud about not driving as a light duty would, as anyone behind the wheel is going to significantly feel every inch of the 2500 Rebel’s sheer bulk. It’s fitting for logging and the other heaviest forms of intense labor that you would deem for a beast such as this, soaking up massive potholes with a sense of true bravado and skilled ease. The Rebel is aptly meant for towing a trailer full of ATVs or joining them flat-out for some fun on the trails, and we can attest that it will reside as the large-sized segment’s outright and proven front-line commander.