Trucks & SUVs

Is The Ford Raptor Or Ram Rebel Better?

Why does the Ford Raptor steal the show as an off-roading beast when the Ram Rebel is also a beastly contender? The Ram Rebel also has a much cheaper base model, starting around $44k instead of $52k, so what accounts for this price difference? Do you get more for paying more for the Ford Raptor?

The Ford Raptor Vs. The Ram Rebel 

Power 

When comparing these big trucks, let’s begin by examining their power for your hauling needs. Right out the gate, the Ford Raptor seems to have the edge with a 3.5L Ecoboost engine with an output of 450 hp and 510 lb-ft of torque. 

This upgrade helped reduce the weight of previous V8 Ford Raptor trucks and enhanced its power. 

2019 Ford F-150 Raptor with Fox Live Valve electronic shocks
2019 Ford F-150 Raptor with Fox Live Valve electronic shocks | Fox

The base model of the Ram Rebel sports a V8 3.6L Penstar engine and provides 305 hp and 269 lb-foot torque, which is a massive reduction in power compared to the Raptor. 

You can upgrade to the 5.7-liter Hemi for 395 hp and 410 lb-ft torque. Later you will be able to get the Rebel with the Hellcat engine will be a 6.7-L V8 with an insane 707 amount of hp. But the price of that model will be significantly higher.

In The Cab 

The Ford Raptor seems to have more luxury in the cab with a carbon-fiber instrument panel, soft leather seats, and amenities. It’s equipped with a touchscreen infotainment center and Apple and Android car play. 

It also has lane departure warnings, automatic blind-spot detection, forward-collision warning, and automatic braking to keep you and your family safe. Speaking of families, the Raptor has a lot of storage space to make going on trips easier. 

Dodge Rebel

The Ram Rebel feels like it has a bit of lower quality interior do to the plastic materials involved. It also has suitable cloth seats that are alright for longer trips. The infotainment center has uConnect and a 12-volt plug on top, which is useful for listening to music and charging devices.

Off-Roading 

The Ford Raptor seems a little better equipped for off-roading with its skid plates to protect the undercarriage, Fox Live Valve Shox, and optional 17” bead-lock tires for crawling. Plus, it has more torque, which is necessary for powering the truck at lower speeds on rough terrains. 

The Raptor also has an all-terrain management system to fine-tune itself to any terrain in a matter of seconds. The settings can be set to snow, mud, rain, sand, Baja desert, rock crawling, and sport modes. 

2018 Ford F-150 Raptor in the snow
2018 Ford F-150 Raptor in the snow | Ford Performance

But The Raptor’s off-roading angles aren’t that much better than the Rebel’s. The Ford has an approach angle of 30”, departure angle of 23”, and break-over angle of 21.8. 

The Ram Rebel has an approach angle of 23”, departure angle of 27.2”, and break-over angle of 21”. 

2019 Ram 1500 Rebel
2019 Ram 1500 Rebel | Ram

The Rebel has some off-roading accessories as well, such as skid plates and a four-corner air suspension. 

So, Which Truck Wins? 

When it comes down to choosing between the Raptor and Rebel, consider your needs. You may be able to save thousands with the Ram Rebel, which should suit your hauling and off-roading needs just fine. 

However, the Ford Raptor is much more capable and comfortable. You may want the luxurious interior if you will be spending a lot of time in this truck. Also, it may excite you to have more capabilities even if you’ll rarely need a few of the Raptor’s high-end features.