The 2008 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 2008 Dodge Dakota?
The 2008 Dodge Dakota has a maximum towing capacity of 7,050 pounds.
The 2008 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 2008 Dodge Dakota Tow?
The 2008 Dodge Dakota has a towing capacity of 7,050 pounds.
The 2008 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.
2008 Dakota Towing Capacity By Trim Level
There are many trim levels for the 2008 Dakota. Some engines and features are not available on certain configurations, so they can each have different max towing limits.
Here’s the max tow capacity broken down for each package on the 2008 Dodge Dakota:
|2008 Dodge Dakota Trim Level||Towing Capacity|
|2008 Dodge Dakota ST||4,850 pounds|
|2008 Dodge Dakota STX||4,850 pounds|
|2008 Dodge Dakota SLT||7,050 pounds|
|2008 Dodge Dakota TRX/TRX4||7,050 pounds|
|2008 Dodge Dakota Sport||7,050 pounds|
|2008 Dodge Dakota Laramie||7,050 pounds|
Towing Capacity By Engine Size & Drivetrain
2008 Dodge Dakota Engine Towing Specs
There is are two engine options for the 2008 Dakota which is are a 3.7 Liter V6 engine that produces 210 horsepower and 235 lb-ft of torque, and a 4.7L Flex Fuel V8 engine that produces 302 horsepower and 329 lb-ft of torque..
2008 Dodge Dakota 3.7L V6 Engine Towing Capacity: 4,950 pounds
2008 Dodge Dakota 4.7L V8 Engine Towing Capacity: 7,050 pounds
2008 Dodge Dakota Drivetrain Towing Specs
The 2008 Dodge Dakota comes standard with front-wheel drive, with all-wheel drive optional on most trims.
2008 Dodge Dakota FWD Tow Capacity: 7,050 pounds
2008 Dodge Dakota AWD Tow Capacity: 7,050 pounds
Note that these are the max towing limits for each 2008 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.
2008 Dodge Dakota Payload Capacity
The maximum payload capacity of the 2008 Dodge Dakota is 1,720 pounds.
This means that the 2008 Dakota can carry up to 1,720 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 2008 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.
2008 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 2008 Dakota.
2008 Dodge Dakota Towing Capacity Vs Competitors
The 2008 Dodge Dakota has a maximum tow rating of 7050 pounds, which makes it capable of medium duty towing.
Here are some similar vehicles to the 2008 Dodge Dakota and their towing capacities below:
2008 Ford F-150 Towing Capacity: 11,000 pounds
2008 Chevy Silverado 1500 Towing Capacity: 10,500 pounds
2008 GMC Sierra 1500 Towing Capacity: 8,600 pounds
2008 Toyota Tundra Towing Capacity: 10,800 pounds
2008 Nissan Titan Towing Capacity: 7,400 pounds
2008 Dodge Models Towing Capacity Chart
|2008 Dodge Model||Towing Capacity|
|2008 Dodge Ram 1500||9,100 pounds|
|2008 Dodge Dakota||7,050 pounds|
|2008 Dodge Nitro||5,000 pounds|
We’ve gathered all data represented here from the official 2008 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 2008 Dodge Dakota.