Dodge won't be altering the exterior styling of their Dakota compact
pickup lineup, but all models will benefit from an interior freshening
featuring many new customer conveniences.
noted above, there are four engines and four transmission choices
for the Dakota, not to mention two transfer cases for 4x4 models
-- a part-time and a full-time version. 4x2 drive set-ups are also
available. Cab choices include: Regular Cab, Club Cab and Quad Cab.
The latter sports the longest bed in the segment at 5'3", and
is capable of seating up to six passengers. Longer cargo boxes may
be ordered for regular cab models. The diverse Dakota offers Best-In-Class
power and capability. Varying trim levels make it possible to tailor
Dakotas to suit their specific needs -- There's even a performance
version in the Dakota R/T that is driven by the 5.9 liter Magnum®
V-8 mated to a four-speed manual gearbox. A myriad of after market
goodies are offered to further modify and personalize the roomy
and comfortable Dakota.
The Dakota's popular exterior design that resembles a stylized version
of its full-size sibling (but with more balanced proportioning)
-- the Ram, will remain status quo for 2001.Interior
Design: Inside styling of all Dakotas will receive a freshening
treatment, with the addition of creature comfort and upgraded safety
features and changes to virtually everything the driver sees or
touches, including a rotary dial for the new electronic transfer
Engine choices for Dakota range from a 2.5 liter, 120 horsepower
four-banger to a 5.9 liter, 250 horse motor that also generates
a whopping 345 pound feet of torque. If that's not enough, a Hemi
crate motor may be ordered from MoPar.
Price: $13,910* (4x2 Regular Cab) to $22,370* (4x4 Quad Cab)
- Add $570 destination
charge. * Prices are base prices.
Four engines are available to fill the Dakota's engine bay:
- 2.5 liter OHV Magnum® inline four-cylinder with sequential
multi-port fuel injection.
- 3.9 liter OHV Magnum® V-6 with sequential multi-port
- 4.7 liter SOHC Magnum® V-8 with sequential multi-port
- 5.9 liter OHV Magnum® V-8 with sequential multi-port
Four transmission choices exist for the Dakota Lineup:
- Five-speed manual overdrive.
- 42RE Four-speed automatic overdrive.
- 45 RFE Multi-speed automatic overdrive.
- 46RE Four-speed automatic overdrive.