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Dodge Dakota

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Overview of the Dodge Dakota

Learn about the Dodge Dakota

Summary

Produced from 1987 to 2011, the Dodge Dakota is a smaller, more agile and fuel-efficient alternative to full-size pickups. The available V8 engine and its impressive towing capacity have earned it praise as a versatile and powerful utility truck. With its spacious interior, bucket seats and clean, ergonomic design, the Dodge Dakota’s cab makes driving a pleasure. This mid-size pickup is known for being simple without sacrificing power, comfort or convenience. Whether you're using it as a passenger vehicle or as a work truck, the Dakota delivers comfort and functionality.

Safety

If you're looking at more recent Dakotas, models from 2008 and onwards have a wide array of safety features, including: 

  • Driver and passenger airbags, as well as front side and front and rear head protection
  • Four-wheel Anti-Lock Braking System to help control the truck in the event of a skid
  • Front disc/rear drum brakes for reliable four-wheel braking
  • Child locks

Earlier models certainly lacked safety features, but it's worth noting if you opt for an older car that the 2003 did well on side impact tests, even without airbags.

Interior

The 2008 SLT Extended Cab trim level offers a six-way power driver’s seat, with a choice of seat height, proximity to the steering wheel, and amount of recline, and a 40/40 folding split rear seat—the entire back seat can be folded down, or just one side or the other. Heated bench seats, air conditioning and electric window controls are also offered in different trim levels.

You can still find a decent older model, such as the 2004, with basic features like air conditioning. The SXT even offered leather seating at the time, so your second-hand Dakota may feel less dated than other vehicles of its time.

Technology

Models produced since 2010 have a wide variety of electronic features, like standard 12-volt power outlet and tire pressure monitoring, and options such as:

  • 6.5-inch LCD screen
  • MyGIG infotainment system
  • Voice-activated GPS
  • Bluetooth audio
  • Remote start
  • Six-DVD/MP3 stereo with auxiliary input 
  • Sirius radio

Some drivers find that the optional touchscreen could be more user-friendly but is still a welcome addition. Entertainment-wise, tech on older models around 2007 only comes with a standard CD player and auxiliary audio jack.

Space

The Dakota has a surprising amount of cab and cargo space and a lot of options for interior storage. This is the only compact pickup that can seat six. There is 46.5 cubic feet of cargo room behind the first-row seat in the Crew Cab model, and 39 cubic feet of cargo room in the Extended Cab model. The “Crate 'N Go” storage system expands the available cargo space with collapsible plastic crates that can be stowed under the rear seats, leaving lots of leg room in the back seat. The Dakota's box capacity rivals that of full-size pickups. 

Comfort

ceaA well-engineered suspension ensures a ride that feels more like a car than a pickup truck. Even with the available full-time four-wheel drive engaged, the truck drives smoothly and handles very well. The Dakota is responsive and comfortable to drive. Although critics point out that too few body styles were offered, the three cab types, two box sizes and four trim levels available provide enough variety to keep the Dodge Dakota resale market very strong.

Pros and cons of the Dodge Dakota

  • Lots of interior storage space
  • Optional V8 engine
  • Excellent towing ability
  • Limited choice of body styles
  • Options drive up price quickly
  • Optional touchscreen is not user-friendly
This is general information and should not be relied on as purchasing advice.

Specifications of the Dodge Dakota

Key specifications available across all trim levels
  • Seats2 - 5
  • Doors4
  • Fuel typeGas
  • TransmissionManual or Automatic
  • City consumption12.9 - 16.3 L/100km
  • Highway consumption7.4 - 11.3 L/100km
  • Width1822 - 1887 mm
  • Length5550 - 5558 mm
  • Trunk space-
  • Cargo space849 - 1051 L
Exact values depend on trim and engine choice.

Trims available with the Dodge Dakota

What is a trim? Trims are different options of the same car with different features and equipment. The specs depend on the trim you choose.This variant of the Dodge Dakota 2005 - 2010 is available in 4 trims:

Laramie trim features and specs

Available with the Laramie trim:
  • Electric windows
  • Electrically adjustable front seats
  • Front seats have lumbar support
  • Leather steering wheel
Available across all trims:
  • Center arm rest between front seats
  • Heated front seats (optional)
  • Power steering
  • Spare wheel
Available with the Laramie trim:
  • Alloy wheels
  • Door mirrors electrically adjustable
  • Fog lights
Available across all trims:
  • Crew cab
  • Daytime running lights
  • Extended cab
  • Four-wheel drive (optional)
  • Short wheel base
Available with the Laramie trim:
  • Dimming interior mirror
  • Dusk sensor
Available across all trims:
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Disc brakes
  • Four-wheel drive
  • Front-driver airbag
  • Front-passenger airbag
  • Rear-wheel drive
  • Side curtain airbag (optional)
Available with the Laramie trim:
  • CD disc changer
  • Cruise control
  • MP3-CD player
  • Power door locks
Available across all trims:
  • Radio
2 engines are available with the Laramie trim:
4.7 L - Gas - 230 hp
City consumption:16.3 L/100km
Highway consumption:11.1 L/100km
Transmission:Automatic
4.7 L - Gas - 260 hp
Transmission:Automatic

ST trim features and specs

Available with the ST trim:
  • Electric windows (optional)
  • Electrically adjustable front seats (optional)
  • Front seats have lumbar support (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Center arm rest between front seats
  • Heated front seats (optional)
  • Power steering
  • Spare wheel
Available with the ST trim:
  • Alloy wheels (optional)
  • Door mirrors electrically adjustable (optional)
  • Fog lights (optional)
  • Steel wheels
Available across all trims:
  • Crew cab
  • Daytime running lights
  • Extended cab
  • Four-wheel drive (optional)
  • Short wheel base
Available with the ST trim:
  • Side airbag (optional)
  • Tire pressure indicator (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Disc brakes
  • Four-wheel drive
  • Front-driver airbag
  • Front-passenger airbag
  • Rear-wheel drive
  • Side curtain airbag (optional)
Available with the ST trim:
  • Bluetooth (optional)
  • CD player
  • Cruise control (optional)
  • MP3-CD player (optional)
  • Power door locks (optional)
  • Satellite radio (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Radio
2 engines are available with the ST trim:
3.7 L - Gas - 210 hp
City consumption:13.4 - 15.6 L/100km
Highway consumption:9.8 - 11.3 L/100km
Transmission:Manual or Automatic
Range:605 - 703 km
4.7 L - Gas - 230 hp
Transmission:Manual or Automatic

SXT trim features and specs

Available with the SXT trim:
  • Driver seat has lumbar support (optional)
  • Electric windows
  • Electrically adjustable front seats (optional)
  • Front seats have lumbar support (optional)
  • Leather steering wheel (optional)
  • Multifunction steering wheel (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Center arm rest between front seats
  • Heated front seats (optional)
  • Power steering
  • Spare wheel
Available with the SXT trim:
  • Alloy wheels
  • Door mirrors electrically adjustable
  • Fog lights
Available across all trims:
  • Crew cab
  • Daytime running lights
  • Extended cab
  • Four-wheel drive (optional)
  • Short wheel base
Available with the SXT trim:
  • Side airbag (optional)
  • Tire pressure indicator
Available across all trims:
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Disc brakes
  • Four-wheel drive
  • Front-driver airbag
  • Front-passenger airbag
  • Rear-wheel drive
  • Side curtain airbag (optional)
Available with the SXT trim:
  • CD disc changer (optional)
  • CD player
  • Cruise control
  • MP3-CD player
  • Power door locks
  • Satellite radio (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Radio
3 engines are available with the SXT trim:
3.7 L - Gas - 210 hp
City consumption:13.4 - 15.6 L/100km
Highway consumption:9.8 - 11.3 L/100km
Transmission:Automatic or Manual
Range:605 - 703 km
4.7 L - Gas - 230 hp
Transmission:Manual
4.7 L - Gas - 302 hp
City consumption:12.9 - 15.6 L/100km
Highway consumption:7.4 - 10.8 L/100km
Transmission:Automatic

SLT trim features and specs

Available with the SLT trim:
  • Driver seat has lumbar support
  • Electric windows
  • Electrically adjustable front seats (optional)
  • Front seats have lumbar support (optional)
  • Leather steering wheel (optional)
  • Multifunction steering wheel (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Center arm rest between front seats
  • Heated front seats (optional)
  • Power steering
  • Spare wheel
Available with the SLT trim:
  • Alloy wheels
  • Door mirrors electrically adjustable
  • Fog lights
  • Sunroof (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Crew cab
  • Daytime running lights
  • Extended cab
  • Four-wheel drive (optional)
  • Short wheel base
Available with the SLT trim:
  • Dusk sensor
  • Side airbag (optional)
  • Tire pressure indicator (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Disc brakes
  • Four-wheel drive
  • Front-driver airbag
  • Front-passenger airbag
  • Rear-wheel drive
  • Side curtain airbag (optional)
Available with the SLT trim:
  • Bluetooth (optional)
  • CD disc changer (optional)
  • CD player
  • Computer (optional)
  • Cruise control
  • MP3-CD player (optional)
  • Navigation system (optional)
  • Power door locks
  • Satellite radio (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Radio
4 engines are available with the SLT trim:
3.7 L - Gas - 210 hp
City consumption:13.4 - 15.6 L/100km
Highway consumption:9.8 - 11.3 L/100km
Transmission:Manual or Automatic
Range:605 - 703 km
4.7 L - Gas - 230 hp
Transmission:Manual or Automatic
4.7 L - Gas - 260 hp
City consumption:15.6 L/100km
Highway consumption:10.7 - 10.9 L/100km
Transmission:Manual or Automatic
4.7 L - Gas - 302 hp
City consumption:12.9 - 15.6 L/100km
Highway consumption:7.4 - 10.8 L/100km
Transmission:Automatic

Frequently asked questions about the Dodge Dakota

No. Dodge no longer produces the Dakota. The truck was introduced in 1987, and they discontinued the line in 2011.

No. This pickup is classified as a “mid-size pickup”. Its cargo capacity is similar to that of a full-size truck, but it handles better and is more fuel efficient.

SLT is the name of a trim package offered for the truck. Depending on the model year, it can refer to the level of performance, comfort, appearance or special features.

The Quad Cab (2004-2011) had a box length of 63″. The Long Bed (1986-2004) was 95 3/8″. The Short Bed was 77 1/8″ (1986-1996), 77″ (1987-2004), and 76 3/4″ (2005-2011).

Yes. Its Gross Vehicle Weight Rating is 6010 lbs., which classifies it as a Class 2 “Light Duty” or “Half-Ton” pickup.