Dakota pickups made for model years 2008 through 2011 offer the best blend of power, towing capacity and interior features, according to Truck Trend. The Dakota line was discontinued after 2011.
Dodge, and then later the RAM Trucks brand, produced the Dakota midsize pickup in three generations from 1987 through 2011. Of those three generations, the third Dakota truck features the most power, highest towing capacity and most modern interior equipment.
Dodge updated the third-generation truck significantly for the 2008 model year, adding a more powerful V-8 with higher horsepower and torque. At this point, the Dakota was the only truck in the midsize segment with available V-8 power. Today, the post-refresh 2008 through 2011 models may not be considered as "classic" as the earliest Dakota trucks, but they are more advanced from an engineering standpoint and more reliable.