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2023 Ram 2500 Insurgent in Granite Crystal (a $250 colour 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-
Gasoline 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 stage evaluated, and should not replicate Shopper Information’s impressions of your entire mannequin lineup.
Huge & Tall Consolation
Huge Man A
Tall Man A
Huge & Tall consolation scores are for entrance seats solely. “Huge” ranking primarily based on male tester weighing roughly 350 kilos, “Tall” ranking primarily based on 6’6″-tall male tester.
Engine Specs 370-horsepower 6.7-liter
Engine Kind Turbocharged diesel six
Transmission 6-speed automated
Drive Wheels 4WD

Miles pushed: 125

Noticed gas financial system: 13.6 mpg

Driving combine: 65% metropolis, 35% freeway

EPA-estimated gas financial system: N/A

Gasoline sort: Diesel

Snow efficiency: Glorious

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

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

Worth as examined: $92,045


Fast Hits

The good: Higher than anticipated journey and dealing with, Ram-typical cabin appointments

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

The not so good: Choices add up rapidly


Tom Appel:

Should you’ve pushed a contemporary 1/2-ton pickup truck lately, you realize that although being succesful haulers, they are often outfitted to imitate the consolation and luxurious of a premium-brand sedan. Ram, particularly, is constructing pickup vans with cabins that might not look misplaced in a Cadillac or Lincoln. You may additionally know that trendy light-duty pickups could be enjoyable to drive, that includes the type 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 journey and dealing with endure in consequence. Predictably, much more succesful 1-ton vans 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 the direction of feeling like a ½-ton truck whereas largely sustaining its big-rig towing and hauling numbers. Meet the Ram 2500 Heavy Obligation Insurgent.

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2023 Ram 2500 Rebel

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

The 2500-series Insurgent is not any completely different in mission, although the it’s way 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 stands out as the solution to go. The massive 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 solely to a 6-speed automated transmission. The gasoline engine pairs with an 8-speed auto. All 2500 Rebels come customary with 4-wheel drive and a 2-speed switch case.

Although the truck is handled to various distinctive trim bits, together with a singular hood, what makes a Insurgent a Insurgent is usually 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 remains to be totally fifty % increased than most half-ton vans, and greater than most consumers will ever want.

Shopper Information lately spent every week in a Ram 2500 Insurgent in Granite Crystal outfitted with the diesel engine, and the all-encompassing Stage 2 Tools Group. The $7110 package deal goes a ways in the direction of changing the Ram right into a Bentley, and contains such niceties as a 12-inch contact display, Harman Kardon premium audio, black-aluminum cabin trim, and leather-based seating surfaces. Worth-conscious consumers with be glad to listen to {that a} Stage 1 Tools Group does a pleasant job of spiffing up the Insurgent for a extra budget-friendly $4410.

Anybody conversant in the present crop of Ram vans is aware of the model leads the trade in cabin design and appointments, and the 2500 Insurgent lives as much as that customary. Every thing contained in the Insurgent appears upscale and seems to be effectively 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 effectively. On-screen controls are logically organized and function intuitively. And, the Harmon Kardon audio system ranks among the many greatest brand-name audio programs 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 writer’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 contains 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 lots roomy, and conveniently outfitted—by way of the again of the middle console–with two USB-A and two USB-C retailers, which ought to be sufficient connectivity for even essentially the most ardently digital passengers.

But it surely’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 through the years consistent with Ram’s transfer upscale. The diesel nonetheless cranks out nearly obscene quantities or torque, however is smoother now, and much quieter. Concern not, hard-core diesel followers, the Cummins engine remains to be the loudest of the big-pickup diesel engines, nevertheless it quiets down impressively at cruising speeds.

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

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

As famous above, the burly diesel offers all types of energy, however throttle response could be tardy, and the engine clatter is considerably out of step with the sportiness mission. Should you want the Cummins for hauling and towing, so be it. However should you’re on the lookout for a sportier profile, and need to save nearly $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 value of this tremendous beast appears excessive, think about going with the gasoline engine and the less-inclusive Stage 1 Tools Group choice package deal. You’ll be forward some cash, and nonetheless have an enormous rig that’s surprisingly entertaining to drive—and nonetheless critically succesful.

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