Video: Ram Rebel vs Ram TRX – Here Is What You Get For An Extra $35,000 When You Upgrade

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What are all the differences between the new 2021 Ram TRX and it’s brother – the Ram Rebel? We put these two well-optioned trucks side by side. On one side is a new Ram 1500 Rebel with a 5.7L V8 and a few options for a sticker prices of around $56,000. On the other side is a new Ram 1500 TRX with many options and a price of around $91,500. Is the new TRX really $35,000 better than the Rebel? Let’s find out.

Power and capacities

SpecRam RebelRam TRX
Engine5.7L N/A V86.2L S/C V8
Power395 hp702 hp
Torque410 lb-ft650 lb-ft
Transmission8-speed8-speed
Curb weight (approx.)5,600 lbs6,800 lbs
MPG (EPA)17/22/1910/14/12
Fuel Tank23-gal 33-gal
Payload (actual)1,488 lbs966 lbs
Towing (actual)11,110 lbs8,100 lbs

The Ram TRX has a unique and heavier-duty frame. Ram says the TRX frame is about 75% unique when compared to the one on the Rebel. As for the supercharged engine, it’s is massively more powerful than any other half-ton full-size truck currently on sale. The TRX has a much wider track with unique long-travel suspension and active Bilstein Blackhawk E2 shocks. Most components of the TRX are increased in size and capacity. This includes the steering components, drive shafts, skid plates, rear axle, and more. In fact, the TRX uses a heavy-duty rear solid axle with a fully-floating design.

Tires, ground clearance and suspension

Ram RebelRam TRX
Tires33-inch Goodyear Duratrac AT35-inch Goodyear Territory AT
Ground Clearanceup to 10.8-in11.8-in
ShocksBilsteinBilstein Blackhawk E2 (Active)
Rear Diff Ratio3.923.55
Rear LockerYesYes
Front LockerNoLSD

The TRX is taller than the Rebel. It offers more ground clearance. Its tires are massive by comparison with you see them next to the already respectable Rebel Duratrac tires. As it sits, the TRX is riding on 35-inch tall tires. The TRX has unique exterior styling and a very luxurious interior. The interior uses the same 12-inch infotainment system as available in the Rebel and other Ram 1500 and HD trucks. However, the TRX has unique front seats with additional bolstering. There is a center console mounter transmission shifter. The TRX offers new features such rear camera mirror, heads up display, 360-degree camera system, several driving modes, launch control, and more.

TRX also offers unique “TRX Pages”, which is a software system that combines the Dodge SRT Performance Pages and Off-Road Pages into one. This includes additional gauges to monitor supercharger boost, air/fuel mixture, air intake temperature, and more. There is a performance data timer, g-force meter, drive mode selector, real-time hp/torque meter, and more.

Is the TRX Worth the extra money?

The new Ram TRX starts at around $71,000 with destination charges. This TR2-package equipped truck also includes Mopar rock rails, an in-bed extra spare tire carrier, beadlock-capable wheels, graphics package, a premium stereo system, towing package, and a few other options.

It’s not all great. The TRX offers much less payload and towing capability than the well-optioned Rebel we have here. The TRX is much more focused on an incredibly smooth ride, blistering acceleration times (Ram estimated 4.5 sec 0-60 MPH), and flat-out desert running performance.

Does this TRX feel like it’s worth the additional $35,000. I say – yes. I would not add all of the luxury features that are on this TRX, but the additional performance, configurability, and style are worth it – in my opinion. What do you think? Let me know in the comments below.