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Diesel Ram 2500 HD Rebel Is a Beast of a Pickup Truck

a red truck parked in a field
Diesel Ram 2500 HD Rebel Is a Beast of a TruckAutoweek
  • Ram 2500 HD Rebel is powered by a 6.7-liter turbodiesel Cummins inline-six paired with a six-speed automatic, good for 370 hp and 850 lb-ft of torque.

  • The HD Rebel offers capable off-road skills along with a luxurious cabin, but probably isn't for the casual truck buyer.

  • This diesel Rebel is a bit of a niche choice, and it's possible to option one north of the $90,000 mark.


Pickups have long ago become a common family vehicle, just as SUVs had gone mainstream in the 1990s. For one thing, it's now possible to get a truck with interiors as nice as that of luxury SUVs from the same automaker, while also getting all the toys you'd find in those SUVs. Just about the only thing that's missing from truck interiors for now are third-row seats, but even that is probably going to materialize soon enough.

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A more recent trend, but one that already feels familiar, is that of off-road trucks. And it's a category that has also filled up in record time, with capable choices from the major truck makers. There are probably enough of these to make foreigners think that a sizable percentage of Americans commute to work on unpaved roads shared with grizzly bears.

Combine the two categories, throw in a massive Cummins diesel under the hood, and you get something that looks like the Ram 2500 HD Rebel.

a red ram 2500 rebel hd parked on a field
A 6.7-liter Cummins turbodiesel is not an inexpensive option, with a 6.4-liter Hemi V8 also on the menu.Autoweek

With an imposing exterior, which is another irreversible trend in this segment and the one below it, this version of the Ram 2500 is powered by a 6.7-liter turbodiesel Cummins inline-six paired with a six-speed automatic.

That’s good for 370 hp and 850 lb-ft of torque, allowing the Ram to major in off-roading and towing, and even towing something while off-roading. It can tow up to 16,870 pounds and has a max payload of 3140 pounds.

This is admittedly a lot of different capabilities thrown into one truck for scenarios that are tough to encounter on a given commute, unless your commute involves fording a stream or pulling some kind of small excavator to the office. And some drivers' commutes certainly see that sort of thing.

The result is one of the more complete trucks on the market today, especially if you are of the diesel persuasion. The other engine option is a burly 6.4-liter Hemi V8 with 410 hp and 429 lb-ft of torque on tap, which is perhaps less suited for towing Bobcat front-loaders for hours on end.

The diesel truck's reflexes certainly set it apart from the average half-ton you might encounter while shopping for a "regular" truck.

For one thing, the 6.7-liter Cummins turbodiesel is a more gradual, purposed engine that rewards careful inputs—not the sort of thing that invites wheelspin from stoplights.

The steering is also heavier and far more measured in this version of the 2500, requiring a few turns from lock to lock, while reminding you just what kind of wheels and tires the truck is wearing. It can be ponderous, especially if you're not used to trucks of this size. As such, its reflexes are more gradual, and the steering feel a bit numb.

Those wheels are 20-inch by 8-inch diamond-cut aluminum rims wearing LT285/60R20 all-terrain tires, but they're quiet enough on paved roads.