- "You won't worry about trashing this all-terrain pick-up truck - it's pretty much trashed already. At this price, just be grateful that the brakes work."
- ―Southernsanandreassuperautos.com description.
The truck features a very linear design, similar to that of a fourth generation Toyota Hilux. It features a chrome bumper that spans the entire width of the front and also a short distance of the front quarter area. Above the bumper there are rectangular headlamp units. Just above the front of the flared wheel arch, rear view mirrors are mounted.
The main body features plain paneling, the main body line of the truck is completely straight, as evidenced by the bottom edge of the door windows. Behind the doors the cab features a window whose bottom edge is in line with the bottom edge of the door handle. The wheelbase is spanned by side steps, mounted just beneath the body. The rear section also features the same flared wheel arches. The load bed area has an impressed area near the top, leaving a ledge at the top of the body for the load bed area. The load bed area features a six-point roll bar, which may appear with four spotlights on top, mounted just behind the cab. The truck appears with eight spoke wheels wrapped in high-profile tyres.
The rear of the truck features rectangular rear lamp units, between these there is an impressed area with large embossed lettering of the manufacturer Karin.
There are two versions of the Rebel, a "clean" version and a dirtier, rustier version. The dirty version is far more common than the clean version, which is decidedly rare. The clean version can be modified with various bullbar and bed modifications, including a roll bar and fog lights. The more common rusty version, however, has a much wider range of customization options, with a rally or off-road racing theme. These modification include assorted bullbars, extended wheel arches, and a variety of bed options including covers and roll bars. It is even possible to install a reinforced spaceframe that replaces remove most of the vehicle's bodywork and includes rallying equipment such as spare tires, tool kits and additional fog lights. With the space frame installed the Rebel's quarter panels, bed floor and sides and tail lights are all removed, leaving only the cab and front end (reinforced with additional framework) intact.
On road, the Rebel has ample acceleration and a reasonable top speed in line with other trucks. It stays flat in the corners for a truck it's size and height, and is somewhat sporty. It's ride however, is stiff and punishing. The Karin Rebel seats only two in its spartan cab. Offroad, the Rebel is easily one of the best off road vehicles in the game. It's high ground clearance (thanks to the aftermarket "lift kit" it has received), 4-wheel drive and fat offroad tires makes the Rebel negotiate hills and rocks with ease, and has little chance of a rollover. The engine provides ample power, and will easily cause wheel spin when going up steep and slippery hills, but if the driver eathers the throttle, the Rebel will make use of all of its grip well and climb hills with ease. The Rebel can reach relatively high speeds offroad, and landing right from jumps has the suspension taking in all the impact, leaving the body undamaged. The truck has a short wheelbase, although "beaching" the truck is still a danger the driver must watch, especially when rock climbing with the truck. Despite the real life counterpart's Toyota Hilux's invincible reliability, rusty versions of the Rebel will still occasionally have trouble starting. In conclusion, the Rebel is a practical vehicle for any environment.
- Rarely seen driving around Blaine County.
- Spawn located at the lumber mill in the Chiliad Mountain State Wilderness
- Can also spawn under the Raton Canyon Highway Bridge.
- Spawns more often when driving a Bobcat.
- Spawns much more often when driving a Rat Loader.
- Used by rival members of Los Aztecas or Marabunta Grande during Trevor's Arms Runner land missions.
- The good condition Rebel can spawn at Air Drop Crate locations that are in Blaine County. As of March 4, 2014, the good condition version can be stored in garages after downloading Patch 1.11.
- The rusted version can be bought for $3000 at Southernsanandreassuperautos.com.
- The truck may appear with the text "4x4 REBEL", towards the rear of the sides of the load bed.
- In all three pieces of pre-release content that the truck was featured in, it had been destroyed by Trevor. This may be a play on Toyota Hilux's reputation for being a near-indestructible car.
- The name Rebel could be a reference to the Toyota Hilux's infamous use as both a transport and an improvised armed fighting vehicle (colloquially known as a technical) by numerous rebel/insurgent forces around the world. Notable examples of this include the "Toyota War" that occurred on the border between Chad and Libya in 1987, during which Chadian troops fitted Toyota pickup trucks with mounted weapons, or the Battle of Mogadishu in Somalia (famously dramatized as the novel and film Black Hawk Down).
- The default appearance of the Karin Rebel resembles the Toyota Hilux that, in 2003, was famously abused by Top Gear UK to test its indestructibility, with trials including crashing the pickup into a tree, dropping a caravan onto it, smashing it with a wrecking ball, driving it through a portable building, drowning it in the sea, setting it on fire and finally placing it atop a high-rise residential building before explosively demolishing the tower beneath it — none of which succeeded in destroying the Hilux.
- In-game, the Rebel is actually quite weak, and can easily be wrecked.
- The 2008 film Rambo features a tribe called the Karen Rebels; the manufacturer and the name of the truck in GTA V is possibly a reference.
- The Rebel sounds like a Cavalcade when driven by a NPC, but when the player drives the Rebel, it sounds like the Rat Loader and the small Tow Truck. This is possibly an audio glitch, however this does not happen on the clean variant.
- The beater version of the Rebel can be customized into a full baja truck in Los Santos Customs.
- The Rebel is the cheapest vehicle that can be purchased in GTA Online, as it can be bought for $3,000 through Southernsanandreassuperautos.com.
- There is a car in real life named the Rebel made by Rambler/AMC, it was a muscle car in production from 1957 to 1970 with five generations.
- The default appearance of the Rebel could be a possible reference to Marty McFly's 1985 Toyota Hilux from the Back to The Future franchise.
- Sometimes the Rebel may contain a CB Radio, which can be heard whilst driving the car around. Not all spawn with a CB Radio however, and it appears to be completely random, and somewhat rare for one to spawn.