The Dodge Dakota, known as the Ram Dakota for the final two years of production, is a mid-size pickup truck from Chrysler's Ram (formerly Dodge Truck) division. From its introduction through 2009, it was marketed by Dodge. The first Dakota was introduced in 1986 as a 1987 model. The Dodge Dakota was nominated for the North American Truck of the Year award for 2000. The Dodge Dakota has always been sized above the compact Ford Ranger and Chevrolet S-10, but below the full-sized pickups such as Dodge's own Ram. The Dakota is the first mid-size pickup with an optional V8 engine. One notable feature was the Dakota's rack and pinion steering. Dodge Dakotas have been used by police and fire departments, as off-road vehicles, patrol trucks, and even brush trucks. Keyless entry remote systems are an available option for most models of the Dodge Dakota.