I would recommend this truck to anyone that is not buying it for a performance value. A V8-equipped Dakota can tow up to 7,250 pounds, which is one of the highest ratings in the class. Later, it also added chrome-clad steel wheels, as well as a color-keyed front fascia and front grille, and Sport decals that adorned the doors and pickup bed sides of the Dakota. While auto reviewers concede that the V6 is adequate for daily driving, many agree that it isn't strong enough for heavier towing or hauling. Key individuals involved in making this product a reality included Glenn Gardner, Glen House, Robert Burnham, Don Sebert, Jim Hackstedde, and Clark Ewing. Exterior Dodge gave the Dakota a front-end makeover for 2008.
While the Dakota is no longer the only mid-size truck offering a V8 engine, it still is an excellent hauler, tow-rated at 6,500 lbs. The extended cab has a 6-foot-4-inch cargo box, while the bed in the crew cab is 5 feet 3 inches long. Big enough for 4 adults, easy to park and navigate and fits well in a standard garage, adequate space in the cab so my big-guy hubby is comfortable. The gas mileage is one of my few complaints. Maximum towing capacity is 7,250 pounds, and all V-8 models are rated to tow at least 5,500 pounds. If you want V8 power, be sure to check out the and as well.
All vehicles also got new radio options. New for 2011 The Dakota receives two new exterior colors: Hunter Green Pearl and Deep Cherry Red Crystal Pearl. Show full review Vehicle Overview The Dodge Dakota is the perfect size for many pickup truck consumers; it's not too small or too big. See also: First generation Overview Production 1986—1996 1987—1996 Body and chassis 2-door 2-door 2-door Related Powertrain 2. In addition to a refresh of the Dakota's styling, this generation was not offered in a regular cab model. The Dakota has more power on tap than poise.
The Dakota had been over the years becoming increasingly closer in powertrains, features, and capability, to the full-size Ram pickups, but in recent years it's been reconfigured to be more of a basic truck. The Dakota looks good with either the chrome grille or monochromatic finishes. The edges are crisp and the styling elements are well-integrated. The Quad Cab featured a full-sized flip up rear seat to provide room for three passengers in the back or lots of dry, interior room for cargo. All the V8s in the line can pull at least 5,500 pounds, and with the proper setup it maxes out at 7,200 pounds. The Dakota Warrior was made to resemble the Warlock trucks of the late 1970s.
They noted that that extended cab models offer very little back-seat legroom, and that the crew cab is the more passenger-friendly choice. A fairly extensive revision of the Dakota's interior was made in 2000 for 2001 year models, including a completely redesigned dash, door panels, and revised seats. The Dakota's safety score should rise this year because of the addition of standard curtain airbags and anti-lock brakes. So far, no problems or issues and we haven't had to use the 4 wheel drive yet. From its introduction through 2009, it was marketed by.
For safety and security, Dodge has installed advanced multistage driver and front-passenger airbags and side curtain airbags. Sperlich, who was in charge of Chrysler's Product Planning in the early 1980s, in which Japanese-inspired compact pickups of the time lacked the size and features necessary to meet the demands of American buyers. The Laramie tops out with automatic headlights, heated front seats, Bluetooth technology and leather upholstery, along with other goodies. The cargo bed has chiseled wheel flares to match the aggressive front end. The Dakota has impressive towing and hauling capabilities, sharp exterior styling and decent interior accommodations, but there's no regular cab. However, the changes are important ones: side curtain airbags and anti-lock brakes now are standard on all versions.
The V6 gets 15 miles per gallon in the city and 20 on the highway. It was slightly updated for the 1991 model year. Some of the last models made in 2003 came with the new stampede lower body cladding package and chromed version of the original cast 17x9 aluminum wheels at no extra charge. In 1996, the first generation's final year, the base 2. Rear anti-lock brakes are standard on the Dakota, as is a tire pressure monitoring system.
They said that its base V6 feels underpowered compared with the available V8, which was well-liked. Two- or four-wheel drive were available, and both engines were paired with an automatic transmission. I am sorry to learn they stopped making them. Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Most buyers ordered the V6 or V8 engines, which were considerably more powerful and, in the case of the V6, which was made standard for 2003, nearly as fuel-efficient with a manual transmission. Archived from on February 4, 2009. Another important addition that year was 's -powered , his first vehicle in two decades.
Cabins on the 2011 Ram Dakota get good marks for roominess, storage options, comfortable rear seats and the fact they are relatively quiet compared to those of their competitors. This new generation model also reverted to five-lug wheels from the prior generation's six-lug wheels due to cost and assembly time saving measures. He even hung up on me while I was inquiring further information on a vehicle. The Dakota is built at the plant in. Also, an automatic transmission was not available with the four-cylinder.
At times, the Dakota feels like a full-size pickup, though with a wheelbase of 131. Other Trucks to Consider The was well-liked by reviewers for its composed handling and strong V6. The extended cab has a 6-foot-4-inch cargo box, while the bed in the crew cab is 5 feet 3 inches long. But it comes up a little short on the refinement meter. The standard engine remained the 3. When it was last revamped for 2008, its interior got a little more Spartan and plasticky compared to the rest of the market, too. Archived from on February 4, 2009.