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Ram trucks are usually overlooked in favor of rivals with higher towing capacities. However, that seems to be changing, as evidenced by the automaker's success over Chevy and GM trucks. Their pleasing ride quality and relatively luxurious interior definitely play a role in this.
The 2021 Ram 1500 is available in several trims, with the Laramie and Rebel sliding in the middle. Both of these offer a better variety of features compared to the base Tradesman, but which one is better? MotorBiscuit helps us break down the differences between these two models.
What's included on the Ram 1500 Laramie?
The Ram 1500 Laramie comes with a standard V-6, but it can also be equipped with a more powerful V-8. This powertrain makes 395 horsepower and 410 lb-ft of torque and is paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. You can also get the Laramie with the eTorque mild-hybrid system, which adds up to 130 extra lb-ft of twist.
The mild-hybrid setup makes it more efficient compared to the base engine, earning 17 mpg city and 23 highway with RWD. However, eTorque limits the Ram 1500 Laramie's towing capacity to 11,610 pounds. The V-8 without eTorque can tow up to 12,750 pounds, but it has a slightly lower payload capacity.
On the inside, the Ram 1500 Laramie features leather front seats with ventilation and heating. Upgraded standard tech includes smartphone integration, a bigger touchscreen, and an Alpine stereo system. The Laramie Southwest model comes with an attractive 12-inch touchscreen and a panoramic sunroof.
The Laramie trim also has some more optional driver's aids, including automatic parallel parking. Overall, this truck is perfect for drivers who want more features without splurging on the Limited trim.
Is the Ram 1500 Rebel worth the upgrade?
The Ram 1500 Rebel starts at $46,120, making it about $4,000 more expensive than the Laramie. It only comes equipped with a V-6 that makes 305 horsepower and 269 lb-ft of torque. This usually allows for a maximum towing capacity of 7,730 pounds, but MotorBiscuit said the Rebel's is closer to 7,440.
You can also upgrade to the V-8 for more power, but it will be even more expensive compared to the Laramie. Still, the Rebel earns its higher price tag with its off-roading equipment. Drivers can enjoy a performance suspension, a locking differential, a lift kit for higher ground clearance, and tow hooks. Disappointingly, you still have to pay extra for 4WD, even though this is the dedicated off-roading trim.
The Rebel has fewer standard features in general, but plenty of upgrades are available. Two upgraded audio systems are on offer, as well as heated seats and more tech features. These extras can add up quickly, and the result is a fully-loaded Rebel costing nearly $60,000.
Which Ram 1500 is right for you?
If you do a lot of serious off-roading in your spare time, the Ram 1500 Rebel is the obvious choice. The Laramie is better from a value standpoint and is probably just as capable for light adventuring with 4WD. The wide engine selection ensures that both models offer drivers the power they need.
Unlike some of Ram's competitors, both of these trucks can also have a V-6 diesel. It earns 22/32 mpg city/highway with RWD and adding 4WD results in minimal efficiency loss. While it only has 260 horsepower, it has a whopping 480 lb-ft of torque for smooth power delivery and towing.
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