Dodge Dakota Engine

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Dodge developed the mid-sized Dakota pickup in 1986 and introduced the vehicle with the 1987 model year. The truck was designed to fit between the compact truck lines such as the Ford Ranger and Chevrolet S-10 and the full-sized trucks like the Ford F-150 and the Chevrolet Sierra lines. The product intent was to combine the fuel economy and other features of the smaller trucks with the larger size and greater capacity of the full sized vehicles.

 

The pickup has a unique place in the history of American light trucks. In 1989, Dodge included a convertible model as part of the product line. This was the first convertible pickup truck since the early days of the Ford Model A.

The most recent generation of the Dodge Dakota offered two engines. The basic V6 boasted about 210 horsepower based on an engine displacement of 226 cubic inches or 3.7 liters. This engine produced about 17 miles per gallon combined city and highway.

The optional V8 engine generated about 300 horsepower based on an engine displacement of about 270 cubic inches or 4.7 liters. The V8 configured truck produced about 15 miles per gallon combined mileage.

Both engines were paired with a standard four-speed automatic transmission. Trucks were available in a variety of configurations including two- and four-wheel drive. The four-wheel drive vehicles commonly get lower gas mileage than the two-wheel drive versions.

Most light pickup trucks are purchased as passenger vehicles although some are still used form moving materials. The Dodge Dakota has a payload capacity of about 1,800 pounds and is capable of towing more than 4,500 pounds. The extended cab version of the truck has a passenger capacity of five people.

The Dodge Dakota product line was discontinued in 2011 due to lack of demand for small to mid-sized trucks. During its last years of production the trucks included both the Dodge and Ram emblems with the same truck model often referred to as the Dodge Dakota or the Ram Dakota. Management at Dodge do not anticipate replacing the Dodge Dakota with a similarly sized light truck product.