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The 1998 Dakota is a 2-door, up to 6-passenger compact pickup, available in 5 trims, ranging from the Regular Cab 6' 4X2 to the Club Cab 4X4. The 1998 Dakota's closest competitors include the Chevrolet S10 Pickup 2WD, the GMC Sonoma Regular Cab 2WD, and the Toyota Tacoma 4X4.
Upon introduction, the Regular Cab 6' 4X2 is equipped with a standard 2.5-liter, I4, 120-horsepower engine that achieves 20-mpg in the city and 25-mpg on the highway. A 5-speed manual transmission with overdrive is standard. The Club Cab 4X4 is equipped with a standard 3.9-liter, V6, 175-horsepower engine that achieves 15-mpg in the city and 19-mpg on the highway. A 5-speed manual transmission with overdrive is standard, and a 4-speed automatic transmission with overdrive is optional.