There’s a new Rebel rolling through town.
For 2022, Ram has introduced a Rebel G/T version of this popular pickup truck, bringing with it a host of performance features added straight from the factory. That includes things like a sport performance hood, G/T decals, a cold-air intake and more.
The base price for the Rebel G/T is $65,995 but when you factor in some of the options added on, the Hydro Blue Pearl tester will run you a shade over $84,000.
That blue hue is enough to make a statement all on its own, but firing up the powerful Hemi V8 and its cat back exhaust is another sure-fire way to get noticed – and probably tick off the neighbours.
Some of the options on our tester included a panoramic sunroof ($1,695), Night Edition package ($3,495), Rambox storage system ($1,295) and more.
Powertrain: Under the Rebel’s performance hood is an equally high-performing engine in the form of a 5.7-litre Hemi V8 with eTorque and mild hybrid assist.
The numbers on this powerplant are impressive: 395 horsepower and 410 pound-feet of torque.
The engine is paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission and a 4X4 system.
The Rebel G/T also has excellent towing capability, with a maximum of 12,750 pounds in 4X2, and 11,410 in 4X4 mode.
That engine does come with a price – at the pump that is!
The estimated combined fuel economy of the Rebel G/T is 12.1 litres per 100 kilometres, but my average was a much higher 19.2 L/100 km. With a 124-litre fuel tank, that is one pricey fill up!
Exterior: The Ram Rebel looks the part, standing out in the crowd thanks to the bright blue paint – a well spent $395 option in my books.
In contrast to that exterior colour is the large black grille and inserts in the performance hood, as well as the all-black alloy wheels and other trims.
It is also hard to miss the large G/T decals at the rear of the truck bed, right below the opening for the storage boxes – a handy option for those who will use this as a work truck to keep important items out of view. The three-part tonneau cover also helps with that.
The short truck bed does somewhat limit the hauling capability of the Rebel G/T, but what you lose in cargo space, you gain in passenger comfort.
Interior: The biggest beneficiary of that extra passenger room is the rear occupants, who get a ton of leg room. And when not needed, the rear bench easily flips up and opens the floor space for cargo.
Of note that the Rebel G/T is rather high off the ground and the lack of a step could prove to be a problem for those who are smaller in stature.
Up front, driver and passenger also get a fair amount of room, and the G/T specific bucket seats feature the G/T logo and are very comfortable. It also comes with all-weather floor mats from Mopar, a nice feature to have that would especially be appreciated by those who will track mud into this truck.
The large centre console features a sizeable Ram logo, and opens up to reveal a cavernous storage area.
The centre stack is dominated by the large screen, with a handful of buttons on either side for climate control functions.
Overall, this is a good layout and the cabin is very luxurious for a pickup truck, which is more and more common these days.
Infotainment: The screen on the Ram Rebel is large and clear, however I did experience some issues with the infotainment system itself, which was surprising to me because I generally find the system’s in Stellantis vehicles to be good.
In this case, the system would randomly switch screens with no input from me, it would also reset itself from time to time, or in some cases not come on at all.
This could be a one-off problem and I hope that is the case. Otherwise, this could be a major annoyance for owners.
That being said, when it was functioning, the interface is good, and the menus are clear. I really enjoyed the performance pages that show things like g-force, the angle of the vehicle and more. And a little cool feature? This data can be downloaded to a USB stick, allowing for easy sharing of driving performance.
I disliked the fact that you have to navigate said menus to operate the heated steering wheel and seats. Simple switches would be better.
The wireless Apple CarPlay (and Android Auto) is a welcome feature.
Drive: Given how loud the HEMI engine is, the cabin is surprisingly quiet out on the road.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, engine acceleration is very good given the amount of power and torque.
For such a large truck, the Rebel G/T is a pleasant drive, delivering a smooth ride no matter the road condition. The turning radius is much larger than what I am used to, but it is still remarkably easy to operate.
For those who will plan to venture off-road with the Rebel G/T, you can outfit the truck with Active-Level 4-Corner Air Suspension which can provide more ground clearance.
Conclusion: If you are looking to make a statement and stand out on the job site, the bright blue Rebel G/T we drove here might not be a bad choice.
It is certain to get the attention of other truck lovers!
But this is also a truck that will appeal to others thanks to the luxurious cabin, lots of space for passengers and a comfortable drive.
It’s definitely on the pricey side of the scale, but with all the factory-installed performance options, this is likely a model that will find a fair amount of uptake – despite the pricey fill-ups!
2022 Ram Rebel G/T
Price as tested: $84,040.00
Configuration: Front engine/All-wheel drive
Engine/transmission: 5.7-litre HEMI V8/ 8-speed automatic
Power/torque: 395 horsepower/ 410 lb-ft of torque
Fuel (capacity): Regular (124 L)
Combined fuel economy ratings (L/100 km): 12.1 L/100 km
Observed fuel economy (L/100 km): 19.2 L/100 km
Warranties: 5-years/100,000 km (basic)
Competitors: Chevrolet Silverado, Ford F-150, Toyota Tundra
Links: Ram Canada