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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.

Dakota

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.

Durango

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.

Ram Pickup

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.

Ram Van

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.

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