The Dodge Dakota was considered the first mid-size pickup that filled the niche left between compact pickups, such as the Ford Ranger, and full-size pickups, such as the Dodge Ram series. However, the Dakota was discontinued in 2010 due to declining consumer interest in small trucks. Chrysler announced a partnership with Japanese auto manufacturer Mitsubishi to co-develop the Mitsubishi L200 compact pickup in 2014. Some auto industry analysts believe this vehicle may be positioned as a re-launch of the Dakota in the American market, but no definite launch date or name for this vehicle has been announced as of April 2015.
The Dodge Dakota came as standard with a 3.7-liter V6 engine in its final year of production. This engine produced 210 horsepower and 235 foot-pounds of torque. A larger 4.7-liter V8 was optional on all but base trim Dakotas that produced 302 horsepower and 329 foot-pounds of torque. This engine gave the 2010 Dakota the top towing capacity of all pickup trucks in its size class for the year, allowing it to tow up to 7,200 pounds with the proper equipment. Rear-wheel drive was standard on the 2010 Dakota, but a four-wheel drive was available as an option.Learn more about Car Makes & Models