May 6, 2019
The 2019 Ram 1500 crew cab Rebel with air suspension, 12" nav display, and the 5.7 Hemi is pretty nice.
Pros: comfort, usb-c that quick charges front and back, easy to use nav system, comfortable ride (with caveats), nice convenience features like rain sensing wipers, etc. Awesome sunroof, great styling inside and out. Oh yeah, easy tailgate. Soft down and easy up. Electronic latch. I know that's low on the list but I sure is nice.
Cons: ride is not good in aero suspension setting. Have to turn off that feature. Fuel economy is terrible. Typical 11-13 mpg. If someone says it is higher they are either not using it in traffic or they are lying. The back up emergency braking is jarring and over sensitive to the point of being terrible and unusable.
I think the rebel is awesome, and the air suspension is a must. But get nerf bars because waiting for it to raise and lower every time you get out or in is not reasonable. It's not so much a con, but bears mentioning.
Reliability is anyone's guess, obviously. It is a strong truck. Transmission shifts very smoothly.
In the rebel you lose the 4-wheel auto setting, which is a really nice thing to have. My old ram had it and I got into the habit of using it in the rain when I wasn't hauling anything.
I do not like the super luxury trucks typically, but the Rebel trim is a great compromise. You get the rubber floor mats standard, reasonable off road capability (face it that's needed even if you don't go mudding), and while it is indeed a"pretty" truck, it can get down to business without you worrying you are going to scratch your Sunday go to meetin' vehicle. I opted for a drop in bedliner which I personally feel does a better job of protecting against dents.
In the end, you don't need my or anyone else's review to decide on a new ram. They are excellent vehicles. Far better fit and finish than any Ford, far better materials and comfort than any Chevy. Not that I'm a religious purist about it, but then again, I bought mine because my last truck was a ram. My next one might or might not be. For now, they are a clear winner.