Dodge Dakota Models and Dakota History

Built as a durable utility pickup for drivers seeking a smaller alternative to full-sized trucks, the Dodge Dakota featured smaller dimensions than the Dodge Ram but was also one of the most capable vehicles in its class. After a 1997 redesign that involved the adoption of a Ram-like front end, the Dodge Dakota was offered with a regular and Club Cab model.


With the regular cab version of the 1998 Dakota, a 6.5-foot and 8-foot bed box was available. For 1998, the performance ante of the medium-sized pickup truck was raised by the presence of an R/T version of the Dakota with a 250-horsepower 5.9-liter Magnum V-8 powerplant.



A 5.2-liter Magnum V-8 engine also available for the 1998 Dodge Dakota pickup truck. Before the Chevrolet Colorado SS models arrival in 2009, the Dakota was the only commonly available mid-sized pickup truck in the United States with a V-8 engine. Other powerplants available on the 1998 Dakota also included a 2.5-liter four-cylinder and a 3.9-liter V-6 engine.



Rear-wheel drive as well as a part-time four-wheel drive system allowed power to the ground. For the 2000 model year, a four-door Quad Cab version of the Dodge Dakota was introduced. Also in 2000, the trucks 5.2-liter V-8 engine was replaced by a new 4.7-liter displacement PowerTech V-8. Given a new look mirroring its full-sized Dodge truck counterpart, the Dakota was refreshed in 2005 with an all-new suspension. The regular cab version of the Dakota was discontinued on the newer model leaving the Club Cab and Quad Cab.



Engine choice for the 2005 Dodge Dakota consisted of a 3.7-liter V-6 or the 4.7-liter V-8 powerplant rated at up to 260 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque. In 2010, the truck division of Dodge was divided into the Ram brand. As a result, the Dakota could be considered a Ram product for its final two years on sale. With dropping customer popularity, the Dakotas production ended after the 2011 model year.


New and Used Dakota Prices, Dodge Dakota Model Years and History

The 2010 Ram Truck Dakota is a mid-size pickup truck that separates itself from the class by offering a V8 engine.
A mid-size pickup truck, the 2009 Ram Truck Dakota offers the utility of a larger vehicle with the maneuverability of a smaller one, making it a capable truck that gets the job done.
A mid-size pickup with an brand new look outside and in, the 2008 Ram Truck Dakota is available with RWD or 4WD and offers the only V8 engine option in this class.
The 2007 Dodge Dakota is a mid-size pickup truck available with two or four doors, and 2WD or 4WD.
A mid-size pickup truck with seating for five to six passengers, the 2006 Dodge Dakota is offered as a two-door Club cab or four-door Quad cab.
A versatile mid-size pickup truck, the 2005 Dodge Dakota is available with both Club and Quad cab body-styles, and with RWD or 4WD.
A pickup truck that straddles the line between compact and mid-size, the 2004 Dodge Dakota is available with a 260 hp V8 making it one of the most powerful in its class.
The 2003 Dodge Dakota is a compact pickup truck available with a biggest in class engine choice in the form of a 5.9L V8.
Slotting between a compact and a full-size pickup truck, the 2002 Dodge Dakota is in a class of its own and available in a wide range cab styles and bed lengths.
A sporty compact pickup truck, the 2001 Dodge Dakota is available with a choice between three cab styles; the regular cab, club cab, or the four-door quad cab.
The 2000 Dodge Dakota is the perfect choice for someone who wants a pickup truck that is bigger than the compact offerings on the market, yet doesn't need a true full-size.
A mid-size pickup truck, the 1999 Dodge Dakota offers greater utility than most compact trucks without getting into the full-size truck category.
The 1998 Dodge Dakota is a mid-size pickup truck which is available with RWD or 4WD and a choice between four or six-cylinder power.