Small Dodge Trucks

Many people wonder what small trucks are manufactured and sold by Dodge. Unfortunately, Dodge no longer manufactures what most people would consider a small truck for the North American market.

Even though Dodge no longer produces their smaller line up of trucks, they are still known as one of the top pick-up truck manufacturers.

Small Dodge Trucks

For decades, Dodge Rams and other trucks were manufactured and sold under the Dodge brand. In 2009 it was announced that the Ram brand would be separated into its own division.

With this division of brands, Dodge now focuses on selling cars such as the Charger and Challenger in addition to their SUV the Durango; while Ram focuses on the production of the Ram pick up trucks and vans.

In this article, we will explore the small trucks that Dodge produced in the past in addition to their current lineup.

While Dodge no longer produces small to mid-size pickup trucks, there are plenty of used examples that are in the marketplace which can be acquired if you are loyal to the Dodge brand but are not in the market for their larger Ram truck.

Former Small Trucks Manufactured By Dodge

Dodge Dakota

The Dodge Dakota was a small to medium size pickup truck manufactured by Dodge from 1987 through 2008. From 2009 through 2011, the Dakota was manufactured by Ram.

The Dakota was offered in various trim levels throughout the years such as ST, Sport, SXT, SLT and R/T, Lonestar, Laramie, SLT Laramie, Big Horn.

The first-generation Dakota was produced from 1987 through 1996 and was offered with the following engine types:

Model NameTrim3.6L V-65.7L V-8 Hemi5.7L V-8 Hemi eTorque3.0L V-6 Turbo Diesel6.2L Supercharged HemiTowing Capacity (lbs.)
Ram 1500LimitedNot OptionalStandardOptionalOptionalNot Optional8180
Ram 1500Limited LongHornStandardOptionalOptionalOptionalOptional6340
Ram 1500RebelStandardOptionalOptionalOptionalNot Optional7440
Ram 1500LaramieStandardOptionalOptionalOptionalNot Optional6640
Ram 1500BigHornStandardOptionalOptionalOptionalNot Optional6740
Ram 1500TradesmanStandardOptionalOptionalOptionalNot Optional7740
Ram 1500Tradesman HFE Quad CabStandardNot OptionalNot OptionalNot OptionalNot Optional6760
Ram 1500TRXNot OptionalNot OptionalNot OptionalNot OptionalStandard8100

Below are the engine options for the various trim levels of the Ram 1500 Classic:

Model NameTrim3.6L V-65.7L V-8 HemiTowing Capacity (lbs.)
Ram 1500 ClassicWarlockStandardOptional4560
Ram 1500 ClassicExpressStandardOptional4940
Ram 1500 ClassicTradesmanStandardOptional4940

Below are the various engine options for the trim levels of the Ram 2500:

Model NameTrim6.4L V-8 Heavy Duty Hemi6.7L I6 Cummins Turbo DieselTowing Capacity (lbs.)
Ram 2500LimitedStandardOptional14120
Ram 2500Limited LongHornStandardOptional14370
Ram 2500LaramieStandardOptional14550
Ram 2500Power WagonStandardNot Optional10520
Ram 2500BigHornStandardOptional14970
Ram 2500TradesmanStandardOptional15040

Below are the engine options for the different trim levels of the Ram 3500:

Model NameTrim6.4L V-8 Heavy Duty Hemi6.7L I6 Cummins Turbo Diesel6.7L I6 Cummins HO Turbo DieselTowing Capacity (lbs.)
Ram 3500LimitedStandardOptionalOptional14170
Ram 3500Limited LongHornStandardOptionalOptional14400
Ram 3500LaramieStandardOptionalOptional14480
Ram 3500BigHornStandardOptionalOptional14970
Ram 3500TradesmanStandardOptionalOptional14970

Below are the various engine options for the trim levels of the Ram Chassis:

Model NameTrim6.4L V-8 Heavy Duty Hemi6.7L I6 Cummins Turbo DieselTowing Capacity (lbs.)
Ram Chassis Regular CabTradesmanStandardOptional16080
Ram Chassis Regular CabSLTStandardOptional16080
Ram Chassis Crew CabLaramieStandardOptional18510
Ram Chassis Crew CabLimitedStandardOptional18510

Dodge Ram 700

As stated above, Dodge no longer produces small/midsize pickup trucks for the North American market. However, Dodge does manufacture a small truck called the Ram 700 that is only sold in Mexico and Latin America.

The 700 is built on the Fiat Strada platform and can be purchased in the SLT, Laramie and Big Horn trims.

The SLT and Laramie are powered by a 1.4-liter inline 4-cylinder engine producing 84 horsepower, while the Big Horn is powered by a 1.3-liter turbo 4-cylinder engine that produces 98 horsepower.

All trims of the Ram 700 are front-wheel drive and have manual transmissions.

While many potential buyers in North America would love for Dodge to produce a small to mid-size truck again, based on the power numbers and drive set up of the Ram 700, it doesn’t seem like we are missing out on much by not having access to this truck.

Speculation Regarding The Ram Dakota

In 2018 Dodge announced that they had a small to midsize pick-up truck called the Dodge Ram Dakota in the works. The Ram Dakota was rumored to be powered by the same 3.6-liter V-6 that is found in the Jeep Gladiator.

As of September 2021, Dodge has announced that the Dakota Ram project has been canceled.

Final Thoughts

When looking back over the years, it becomes apparent that while Dodge has offered small trucks during certain periods, small truck production was never Dodge’s main focus. This trend continues to ring true in the North American market since the smaller Ram 700 is only being sold in Mexico and Latin America.

The most recent example of a small to medium-sized truck manufactured by Dodge for the North American market is the Dakota which ended production in 2011.

While the Dakota and other small trucks are no longer being produced there are several examples of these small trucks for sale in the used vehicle market.

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