The 2003 Dodge Dakota is a compact pickup truck that offers a comfortable ride, strong towing capacity, and a range of features including its size and capability that make it a solid choice for those in need of a reliable work truck. But what is the towing capacity of a 2003 Dodge Dakota?
The 2003 Dodge Dakota has a maximum towing capacity of 6,600 pounds.
The 2003 Dodge Dakota tow capacity can vary based on a few different factors such as engine size, drivetrain, trim level, and others which we’ll cover in this guide.
How Much Can The 2003 Dodge Dakota Tow?
The 2003 Dodge Dakota has a towing capacity of 6,600 pounds.
The 2003 Dodge Dakota tow capacity is affected by other factors like engine type, drivetrain, the weight of cargo and passengers, and whether your vehicle has a towing package equipped or not.
You can always reach out to your local Dodge dealership for details to confirm how much your Dakota can tow.
You can also read our guide on what affects a vehicle towing capacity to learn all the aspects that go into it.
Towing Capacity By Engine Size & Drivetrain
2003 Dodge Dakota Engine Towing Specs
There is are two engine options for the 2003 Dakota which is are a 3.7 Liter V6 engine that produces 210 horsepower and 235 lb-ft of torque, and a 4.7L Magnum V8 engine that produces 230 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque..
2003 Dodge Dakota 3.7L V6 Engine Tow Capacity: 5,100 pounds
2003 Dodge Dakota 4.7L Magnum V8 Engine Tow Capacity: 6,600 pounds
2003 Dodge Dakota Drivetrain Towing Specs
The 2003 Dodge Dakota comes standard with front-wheel drive, with all-wheel drive optional on most trims.
2003 Dodge Dakota FWD Tow Capacity: 6,600 pounds
2003 Dodge Dakota AWD Tow Capacity: 6,600 pounds
Note that these are the max towing limits for each 2003 Dodge Dakota engine. Your Dodge Dakota may have a lower towing capacity based on the drivetrain, axle ratio, and if your vehicle has a towing package installed.
2003 Dodge Dakota Payload Capacity
The maximum payload capacity of the 2003 Dodge Dakota is 1,750 pounds.
This means that the 2003 Dakota can carry up to 1,750 pounds worth of passenger and cargo weight in the vehicle, which makes it great for road trips and hauling heavier items.
Note that the max payload capacity of your 2003 Dakota will vary based on factors like the engine type, drivetrain and whether or not a towing package that includes other features like an engine oil cooler or transmission oil cooler is installed.
You can always contact your local dealership for extra details if you’re unsure of your vehicle’s payload capability.
2003 Dodge Dakota Tow Package
Dodge offers an optional factory-installed towing package for the Dakota which includes a hitch receiver and wiring harness.
We definitely recommend getting the towing package if you plan on towing anything with your 2003 Dakota.
2003 Dodge Dakota Tow Rating Vs Competitors
The 2003 Dodge Dakota has a maximum tow rating of 6600 pounds, which makes it capable of medium duty towing.
Here are some similar vehicles to the 2003 Dodge Dakota and their towing capacities below:
2003 Ford F-150 Towing Capacity: 8,800 pounds
2003 Chevy Silverado 1500 Towing Capacity: 9,900 pounds
2003 GMC Sierra 1500 Towing Capacity: 10,000 pounds
2003 Toyota Tundra Towing Capacity: 7,200 pounds
2003 Dodge Ram 1500 Towing Capacity: 8,650 pounds
We’ve gathered all data represented here from the official 2003 Dodge Dakota Owner’s Manual on Dodge’s site and have checked all data thoroughly for accuracy.
Having said that, we still recommend you refer to your vehicle’s owner’s manual yourself before towing with a 2003 Dodge Dakota.