Dodge Trucks and Cars For 2000
By Carey Russ
The Dakota "Quad Cab" follows in the footsteps of the larger Ram version, offering near crew-cab comfort in a compact pickup. A sport model of the Durango sport-utility is new. The full-size Ram lineup has been revised. The Ram Van and Wagon full-size vans continue with few changes.
Dodge's Dakota is already unique among compact trucks, being slightly larger than others in its class and having an available V8 engine. The four-real-door "Quad Cab" extended-cab joins the normal "Club Cab" extended cab and the regular-cab models. It's the same length as the Club Cab model, so its bed is a bit shorter. But it makes up for that with much-increased interior space and easier access. Two- or four-wheel drive is available with all cab configurations. Engine choices vary, but include a 2.5-liter four-cylinder, 3.9-liter V6, 5.9-liter V8, and new "Next Generation" 4.7-liter V8. The limited-production R/T muscle truck continues for 2000, with a 250-hp version of the 5.9- liter V8 and a sport suspension.
The "Next Generation" 4.7-liter V8 also finds its way into the Durango sport-utility for 2000. It's offered in four-wheel drive models. A new "Sport" trim level joins the SLT. Both have a wide variety of mechanical and comfort enhancements for the new year.
The full-size Ram pickup brought style to the pickup class when it was introduced several years ago. It later introduced the "Quad Cab" concept -- four full doors in a pickup smaller and more manageable than a traditional crew cab truck. It's offered in regular, Club Cab, and Quad Cab form, with various trim levels, two- or four-wheel drive, and engines ranging from a 3.9-liter V6 through 5.2 and 5.9-liter V8s, a 5.9-liter Cummins turbodiesel, and an 8.0-liter V10.
Full-size vans continue to be popular for a variety of uses, and as a basis for small motorhomes, ambulances, and airport jitneys. The Dodge Ram Van continues to satisfy those needs.