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2019 Ram 1500 Rebel 44: Why Id Buy It Angus MacKenzie

What truck should I buy? It's a question consumers ask themselves every day, but what would international bureau chief Angus MacKenzie drive? Keep reading for the answer, and see other editors' picks here . Im a tradesman, but I dont need to haul around anything bigger than a laptop. My 1967 Alfa Romeo will be a driver, not a trailer queen, when its restoration is finished. But Id still like a pickup truck. A pickup truck is your best friend on four wheels, a tough, useful, versatile tool that can be configured a zillion different ways, an automotive Leatherman. --> It's hard to look past our 2019 Truck of the Year , the Ram 1500 , easily the most rounded of the current generation of light-duty trucks, and my pick of the 1500 lineup is the Rebel 44, because I want a truck with all-road, all-weather capability thats capable of taking me anywhere in the country, any time of year. Besides, those 33-inch Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac tires not only look cool, but also deliver a great ride. The Rebel lineup opens at $44,940 for a Quad Cab V-6, but Id go for the $47,740 Crew Cab V-6 because it has bigger rear doors and a roomier cabin. At this level, its pretty much a blank canvas: The options list is extensive and enticing. Lets start with the mechanicals. Id spend $1,395 on the 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 for the extra power and torque over the standard mild-hybrid V-6. Another no-brainer is the $1,795 height-adjustable air suspension, which offers five height settings, from low-slung entry mode to high-riding off-road mode, and delivers a remarkably calm and compliant ride. Butgulpto get it you also have to pay either $2,000 or $3,000 for one of two equipment groups that include infotainment and feature upgrades. Id spend $3,000 on the Level 2 equipment group to get automatic climate control, parking sensors, automatic wipers, keyless entry, remote start, and a 115-volt auxiliary rear power outlet. Then Id add the $2,495 Rebel 12A pack, which includes power seats with black leather trim and red accents, a nine-speaker audio system, and the giant 12-inch Uconnect 4C infotainment touchscreen. Id also order the $1,495 panoramic sunroof. In this spec, the Ram Rebel interior feels almost like that of a sports-oriented luxury car. The fact the transmission is operated via a rotary controller on the dash rather than a clunky work truck column shifter also enhances cabin's the car-like ambiance. To top it off, Id go with the Billet Silver Metallic over Black Crystal paint ($200) and a handful of useful options, such as the clever RamBox storage units ($995) and the trailer tow pack ($400). Id also spend $595 on a spray-in bedliner to keep it looking fresh, $445 on the 33-gallon fuel tank for a nearly 30 percent increase in cruising range, and $195 on the deployable rear step because climbing in and out of the back of pickup trucks doesnt seem as easy as it was 30 years ago. Total cost? $60,890. Not cheap, but Id lease rather than buy. Ram has offered 36-month lease deals of $653 a month, with $6,264 down. For that money, its a helluva truck. The post 2019 Ram 1500 Rebel 44: Why Id Buy It Angus MacKenzie appeared first on MotorTrend .


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