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Why Midwest Automotive Media Writers Chose the 2025 Ram 1500 Rebel as the Top Pickup

According to the Midwest Automotive Media Association, 100 journalists tested nearly 80 vehicles on the track, during autocross, street drives, and on a technical off-road course.

Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, was buzzing with activity and the latest and greatest vehicles as the Midwest Automotive Media Association (MAMA) hosted the 2024 Rally at Road America. The group reports that 100 journalists drove 80 vehicles through several different scenarios. The writers got to hit the Road America track, drive autocross, traverse the scenic streets and experience a technical off-road course. Members chose the 2025 Ram 1500 Rebel as the top truck.

The 2025 Ram 1500 Rebel

The 2025 Ram 1500 Rebel is the latest version of the off-road  pickup truck from North America’s leading truck producer. The Rebel features unique design cues and great performance backed by Ram Truck engineering. Like other Rams, the Rebel is available with the RamBox built in storage system.

A Ram Rebel is immediately recognizable because of its  blacked-out grille with prominent “R-A-M” badging. It also has a new black off-road front bumper design with a durable powder-coated surface, which incorporates a powder coated skid plate, front tow hooks and new LED fog lamps. Black bezel bi-functional projector headlamps are integrated beneath an aluminum sport hood.

The Ram 1500 Rebel has paddle shifters, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and console-mounted performance shifter. A panoramic sunroof rounds out the distinctive design.

2025 Ram 1500 Rebel Loaded with Rugged Luxury

The new 2025 Ram 1500 Rebel features the latest Uconnect system, with a new and improved 14.5-inch touchscreen display and intuitive user experience. The Uconnect 5 system offers even more connected services and features for unmatched ease of use. The 2025 Ram 1500 Rebel also features a class-exclusive 10.25-inch passenger screen. The screen allows the front passenger to help with navigation, program their own entertainment or help the driver by viewing the exterior vehicle cameras. Imagine how much it would help to have the passenger helping with hooking up a trailer by helping guide the driver.

The 2025 Ram 1500 Rebel has enhanced off-road approach, departure and breakover angles courtesy of a 1-inch lift kit plus four-corner air suspension is available. The Rebel has 33-inch all-terrain tires mounted on 18-inch aluminum wheels. Other  features on the Rebel include Bilstein front and rear shocks and a steering calibration that matches the Rebel’s increased ride height.

The all-new, more powerful 3.0-liter Hurricane Standard Output SST engine, with 420 horsepower and 469 lb.-ft. of torque, powers the Rebel.

The 2025 Ram 1500 Rebel stickers at $64,195, plus $1,995 destination.

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Mary Conway is a professional automotive journalist and has decades of experience specializing in automotive news analysis. She covered the Detroit Three for more than twenty years for the ABC affiliate, in Detroit. Her affection for the Motor City comes naturally. Her father ran a gas station while Mary was growing up, in Wisconsin.

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Alive Burtwop (not verified)    July 1, 2024 - 11:55PM

If you're going to use a press release for an alleged "article," at least re-write it - you just dumped RAM's press release about the RAM word-for-word.

Mary Conway    July 2, 2024 - 1:27AM

In reply to by Alive Burtwop (not verified)

Thanks so much for reading the story and commenting. As far as I know, Ram didn't write a press release about the Ram winning. The members of MAMA did. They listed all seven of their category winners. I added details about the Ram Rebel from different stories I have done. Feel free to comment anytime!