11. Dodge Dakota
Dodge noticed that buyers of full-size trucks often don’t need a ton of power and space. Therefore, buyers of compact trucks often required more usability. What was their solution? A model that had smaller dimensions than a full-size Ram. Dodge was right, and in 1987, after the Dakota was introduced, the sales went up significantly (Via NADAguides).
It featured optional all-wheel drive, with good towing capacity and payload because of its new design. The Dakota was the first mid-size truck on the market and was named after the Dakota states. It really hit the spot because it was affordable and usable and had better fuel economy than the bigger models. The Dakota wasn’t the only model on the market, but it was the most successful. Dodge retired it in 2011 with no replacement so far.