1981-93 Dodge Ramchargers are riding the two-door SUV wave


For weekend camping getaways and light towing, 1981-93 Dodge Ramchargers are a roomier V-8 alternative to Jeeps of the same era. They’ve kept their niche among Mopar fans, too. Many Ramcharger diehards shun these later models, as they have a fixed roof as opposed to the removable tops like their Blazer and Bronco competitors, yet their short wheelbases and optional 4x4 utility make them nimble and capable off-roaders.

This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://www.hagerty.com/articles-videos/articles/2019/01/25/dodge-ramchargers-increasing-in-value

I think these were the first of the class to get a hatch back in place of a tailgate. People back then thought this was blasphemy at first, but it didn’t take long for everyone to realize the hatch back design was more convenient for loading and unloading. Tailgates disappeared from SUVs in short order. Dodge was ahead of the curve on that one.


I agree 100%. The 1987 Ramcharger 4x4 with the 318 is quite possibly the most perfect example of a capable yet comfortable 4x4 SUV