The Dodge Dakota was created for drivers who need a pickup that can tackle any job but is compact enough for comfortable, everyday driving. The Dodge Dakota has filled this need and dominates a niche in the market that no other pickup is able to.
The Dodge Dakota is available in two body styles: extended cab and crew cab, with over 6 trims offered. Extended Cab Dakotas are offered in the ST and Big Horn (called Lone Star trim in Texas). Crew Cab Dakotas are available in the ST, Big Horn/Lone Star, TRX4, and Laramie trim levels. Four-wheel drive is optional on all trims.
In 1998 the Dakota R/T was available with a 5.9-Liter OHV Magnum V8. In 2004, the 3.9-Liter OHV V6 was replaced with a 3.7-Liter SOHC 12-valve V6.
In 1989 the Dakota was offered with an available 5.2-Liter V8 engine.