Is the 2022 Ram Rebel Really Worth Over $50K?

The Ram 1500 Rebel may have initially intended to spark joy in off-pavement enthusiasts. But this pickup is growing in popularity among a wide variety of truck buyers. In fact, it has become one of the most popular trucks in America. The Blue Oval has some competition for the title of best-selling truck, and the 2022 Ram Rebel is closing the gap.

But before you rush out to build your 2022 Ram 1500 Rebel, ask yourself: Do this pickup’s style and power translate to a $50,000-plus price tag? Because many other new full-size trucks have MSRPs well below that, is the Ram Rebel worth the spend?

The standard 2022 Ram 1500’s engine power, towing, and specs

2022 Ram 1500 Rebel
2022 Ram 1500 Rebel | Stellantis

Let’s start with the basics. The 2022 Ram 1500’s base model, the Tradesman, offers a few engine options, including a 305-hp 3.6-liter V6, a 395-hp 5.7-liter Hemi V8, a supercharged 702-hp 6.2-liter V8), and a 260-hp 3.0-liter turbodiesel V6. Ram says the 1500 can tow 6,120 to 7,690 pounds (12,750 pounds with the Hemi V8) and haul a max payload of 1,793 to 2,325 pounds. 

Other features include power windows and door locks, clean-air cabin filtration, a six-speaker audio system, heated power exterior mirrors, and vinyl seats. Bluetooth connectivity comes standard, as do automatic headlights. Trailer sway damping is also included to help with trailer movement in braking and swaying situations.

The starting MSRP for the standard 2022 Ram 1500 is $35,900.

What does the 2022 Ram 1500 Rebel offer?

Looking at the 2022 Ram 1500 Rebel’s specs and configurations, you’ll want to know what makes this version worth a starting MSRP of $50,395. Upgrading to the Rebel means you’ll get a 3.6-liter V6 making 305 hp. Payload capacity is 1,770, and towing capacity is 7,410 pounds, according to Ram. That’s with the 3.6-liter hybrid V6 engine.

According to Edmunds, the 2022 Ram Rebel offers several upgrades, including the Rebel 12 and the Rebel Levels 1 and 2 Equipment Groups. This model copies the Big Horn trim, with a flair for better off-roading capability. You’ll enjoy an upgraded suspension, all-terrain tires, hill-descent control, and underbody skid plates. Also, expect an electronic locking rear axle, Class IV trailer receiving hitch, and forward collision mitigation.

In addition, the 2022 Ram Rebel offers plenty of style and comfort. Features include supportive bucket seats, a convenient center console, interior storage bins under the rear floor, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, and a power-sliding rear window. Four-wheel-drive is an available extra if you want it. Plus, the Ram Rebel boasts an eye-catching design with its aggressive exterior styling.

Reviewing the supercharged variation of the Ram Rebel

For anyone wanting to take the 2022 Ram 1500 Rebel to the next level, there’s the TRX variation. This version brings eight extra inches of width, huge 35-inch tires, and a super-menacing stance. Under the hood lurks a supercharged 6.2-liter Hemi V8 harnessing 702 hp. This pickup is fast, too, with a 0–60-mph time of only 4.5 seconds.

The twin-screw supercharger is like tapping into instantaneous torque — 605 lb-ft to be exact. It’s also the first Ram truck to come with Launch Control with Launch Assist, designed to regulate RPMs and wheel slippage for maximum acceleration rates on a dime.

Consumers might also love the selection of driving modes, allowing drivers to performance-tune their experience based on the road ahead.

The 2022 Ram 1500 Rebel TRX is ready to work, too, with payload and towing capacities of 1,310 and 8,100 pounds. But you’ll pay for that extra muscle, starting at $70,425. And the 2022 Ram 1500 TRX Ignition Edition will set you back a whopping $91,585.

When you unpack the 2022 Ram 1500 Rebel’s numerous available and standard features, you’ll realize why it has become such a popular pickup. If it’s worth the $50,000-plus to buy one, that’s up to your budget and preferences. You’ll find cheaper pickups, but none is anything like the Ram Rebel.

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