September 29, 2023
2023 Ram 2500 Rebel

2023 Ram 2500 Insurgent in Granite Crystal (a $250 shade choice)

Consumer Guide Automotive 2023 Ram 2500 Heavy Obligation Insurgent

Class: Giant Pickup Truck

Colour: Granite Crystal

CG Report Card
Room and Consolation A
Energy and Efficiency B+
Match and End A-
Gas Financial system C
Worth B
Report-card grades are derived from a consensus of test-driver evaluations. All grades are versus different automobiles in the identical class. Worth grade is for particular trim degree evaluated, and will not replicate Shopper Information’s impressions of the complete mannequin lineup.
Massive & Tall Consolation
Massive Man A
Tall Man A
Massive & Tall consolation rankings are for entrance seats solely. “Massive” score primarily based on male tester weighing roughly 350 kilos, “Tall” score primarily based on 6’6″-tall male tester.
Engine Specs 370-horsepower 6.7-liter
Engine Kind Turbocharged diesel six
Transmission 6-speed computerized
Drive Wheels 4WD

Miles pushed: 125

Noticed gasoline financial system: 13.6 mpg

Driving combine: 65% metropolis, 35% freeway

EPA-estimated gasoline financial system: N/A

Gas kind: Diesel

Snow efficiency: Glorious

Base value: $66,135 (not together with $1895 vacation spot cost)

Choices on check automobile: Cummins diesel engine ($9695), Degree 2 Tools Group ($7110), Towing Expertise Group ($2095),  Security Group ($1840), sunroof ($1195), 20-inch alloy wheels ($995), Mattress Utility Group ($845), particular paint ($250)

Value as examined: $92,045


Fast Hits

The nice: Higher than anticipated trip and dealing with, Ram-typical cabin appointments

The great: Spacious cabin, easy-to-use infotainment system

The not so good: Choices add up shortly


Tom Appel:

In the event you’ve pushed a contemporary 1/2-ton pickup truck not too long ago, you understand that although being succesful haulers, they are often geared up to imitate the consolation and luxurious of a premium-brand sedan. Ram, particularly, is constructing pickup vehicles with cabins that might not look misplaced in a Cadillac or Lincoln. You might also know that trendy light-duty pickups may be enjoyable to drive, that includes the sort of energy and dealing with that may encourage smiles on even the dullest of commutes. However, that’s half-ton pickups. What concerning the heavy-duty stuff?

2023 Ram 2500 Rebel

2023 Ram 2500 Insurgent

Sadly, given the hauling and towing expectations of ¾-ton pickups, these succesful beasts are tuned to work, not frolic, and the standard of trip and dealing with endure because of this. Predictably, much more succesful 1-ton vehicles endure moreover within the space of on-road refinement.

There’s, nevertheless, a ¾-ton Ram mannequin, new for 2023, that goes a ways in direction of feeling like a ½-ton truck whereas principally sustaining its big-rig towing and hauling numbers. Meet the Ram 2500 Heavy Obligation Insurgent.

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2023 Ram 2500 Rebel

2023 Ram 2500 Insurgent

The Insurgent slots  pricewise within the Ram 2500 lineup between the favored Massive Horn and upscale Laramie trim ranges, and spices issues up with a severe dose of off-road and dealing with upgrades. Word {that a} Insurgent variant has been a part of the Ram 1500 collection since manner again in 2015, and provides light-duty pickup consumers an reasonably priced and enjoyable choice that’s each sporty and cozy.

The 2500-series Insurgent isn’t any totally different in mission, although the it’s rather more succesful as a piece truck than the 1500, and never fairly as a lot enjoyable to drive.

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2023 Ram 2500 Rebel

2023 Ram 2500 Insurgent

For the indecisive, the 2500 Insurgent would be the technique to go. The large pickup comes solely in crew-cab type and solely with a 6’ 4” mattress. Engine choices embody a 410-horsepower gasoline-fueled 6.4-liter V8. Additionally accessible, for lots more cash, is the favored Cummins-brand 6.7-liter diesel. The diesel produces 370 horsepower and mates completely to a 6-speed computerized transmission. The gasoline engine pairs with an 8-speed auto. All 2500 Rebels come normal with 4-wheel drive and a 2-speed switch case.

Although the truck is handled to quite a lot of distinctive trim bits, together with a novel hood, what makes a Insurgent a Insurgent is generally what’s beneath it. In further to beefed up springs and an accessible air suspension, the Insurgent employs Bilstein-brand shock absorbers in any respect 4 corners. The chassis updates additionally embody 33-inch off-road oriented wheels and tires,  in addition to protecting skid plates, and a WARN-brand 12,000-pound winch. All this {hardware} makes the 2500 Insurgent a severe rock-crawler in addition to a greater handler on street. That’s the place the enjoyable is available in. Extra on that in a second.

The Insurgent does quit some towing capability within the title of off-road functionality and on-road agility, however the truck’s 14,920-pound restrict continues to be totally fifty % greater than most half-ton vehicles, and greater than most consumers will ever want.

Shopper Information not too long ago spent per week in a Ram 2500 Insurgent in Granite Crystal geared up with the diesel engine, and the all-encompassing Degree 2 Tools Group. The $7110 bundle goes a ways in direction of changing the Ram right into a Bentley, and consists of such niceties as a 12-inch contact display, Harman Kardon premium audio, black-aluminum cabin trim, and leather-based seating surfaces. Value-conscious consumers with be glad to listen to {that a} Degree 1 Tools Group does a pleasant job of spiffing up the Insurgent for a extra budget-friendly $4410.

Anybody aware of the present crop of Ram vehicles is aware of the model leads the trade in cabin design and appointments, and the 2500 Insurgent lives as much as that normal. Every thing contained in the Insurgent seems to be upscale and seems to be properly assembled and of high-quality.

All 2023 Ram 2500 pickups make use of the Stellantis Uconnect 5 infotainment digital interface, and the system works very properly. On-screen controls are logically organized and function intuitively. And, the Harmon Kardon audio system ranks among the many finest brand-name audio techniques we’ve loved in a heavy-duty truck.

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2023 Ram 2500 Rebel

2023 Ram 2500 Insurgent

There’s loads of house within the Ram, although this creator’s spouse lodged two complaints: First, she discovered the step-in into the truck one thing of a attain (she’s 5’ 2”, however she’s nimble), and the passenger aspect entrance footwell consists of some intrusion from the transmission tunnel forcing occupants to take a seat aligned barely to the best. Pushing the passenger seat totally again helps to alleviate the issue. The rear seating space is a lot roomy, and conveniently geared up—through the again of the middle console–with two USB-A and two USB-C shops, which must be sufficient connectivity for even essentially the most ardently digital passengers.

However it’s on the street the place the 2500 Insurgent impresses most. The burly Cummins diesel engine isn’t the snorting beast it as soon as was, having been refined over time consistent with Ram’s transfer upscale. The diesel nonetheless cranks out virtually obscene quantities or torque, however is smoother now, and much quieter. Worry not, hard-core diesel followers, the Cummins engine continues to be the loudest of the big-pickup diesel engines, but it surely quiets down impressively at cruising speeds.

The enjoyable I discussed earlier comes not from the below the hood, however by means of the chassis and steering wheel. Now, I’m not speaking Volkswagen GTI enjoyable, however the Insurgent serves up way more suggestions and management than I might count on from a ¾-ton truck.

Along with shocking trip high quality unladen, the 2500 Insurgent—regardless of its off-road oriented wheels and tires—turns in virtually athletically in corners, with out lean or vital scrubbing of velocity. Even the steering feels (comparatively) good, with first rate suggestions and extra accuracy than an enormous pickup usually offers.

As famous above, the burly diesel offers all kinds of energy, however throttle response may be tardy, and the engine clatter is considerably out of step with the sportiness mission. In the event you want the Cummins for hauling and towing, so be it. However when you’re searching for a sportier profile, and wish to save virtually $10,000, we suggesting check driving a 2500 Insurgent with the usual gasoline V8.

No matter your engine selection, the 2023 Ram 2500 Insurgent is a surprisingly livable machine that’s extra enjoyable to drive than any ¾-ton pickup has a proper to be. If the worth of this high-quality beast appears excessive, contemplate going with the gasoline engine and the less-inclusive Degree 1 Tools Group choice bundle. You’ll be forward some cash, and nonetheless have a giant rig that’s surprisingly entertaining to drive—and nonetheless severely succesful.

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