2007 Dodge Dakota

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2007 Dodge Dakota Review

Note: This review was created when the 2007 Dodge Dakota was new.

The Dakota impresses reviewers with its optional 260-horsepower V8 engine, road handling, hefty towing capability and class-leading six-passenger capacity. Nevertheless, mediocre standard powertrain combinations and low-grade cabin materials detract from its overall appeal. If you're in the market for a compact truck, you should also consider the Nissan Frontier and Toyota Tacoma.

8.0

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 8.5
Performance: 7.4
Interior: 7.7
Safety: 8.9
Reliability:
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Pros & Cons

  • Only available V8 in its class
  • Good ride, handling and steering
  • Capable of towing nearly 8,500 pounds
  • Available class-leading six-passenger capacity
  • Standard engines feel underpowered
  • Neither traction nor stability control are available
  • Some interior materials appear low-grade

2007 Dodge Dakota Overview

The 2007 Dodge Dakota receives accolades for its optional 260-horsepower V8 engine, smooth handling, hefty towing capacity and available six-passenger seating. Still, reviewers are left disappointed with its standard powertrain combinations, as well as a drab and generally low-quality interior cabin.

The 2007 Dodge Dakota is available in three trim-levels: ST, SLT and Laramie. While standard engine options include a 210-horsepower V6 and 235-horsepower V8, reviewers generally agree that only its optional 260-horsepower V8 engine is powerful enough to vitalize the hefty Dakota. Overall, the Dakota's maximum 8,500 pound (ST Club Cab 4x4) towing capacity and generally smooth handling impress, but reviewers are left disappointed in its lack of traction and stability control. Still, Kelley Blue Book asserts, "If you want or need V8 power, but prefer a pickup with more manageable dimensions than a full-size Ram, the new Dakota is a fine choice. It also just happens to be your only choice."

The Dodge Dakota is available in both a Club and Quad Cab body style -- which most reviewers agree are bold, yet not appealing to everyone. According to the Boston Globe, "It features the gaping grill of the bigger Ram pickup. It may sit lower, but it still looks imposing." Its interior, however, receives mixed reviews. Its optional class-leading six-passenger seating arrangement and ergonomic design please reviewers, but cramped back seat, lackluster styling and use of seemingly low-grade materials disappoint them. According to the Detroit Free Press, "The hard plastic on the dashboard and doors recalls the days when pickups were utilitarian work vehicles."

IntelliChoice gives the Dodge Dakota Club Cab ST 2WD a rating of "Average" for its predicted five-year total cost of ownership compared to other vehicles in its class. While all Laramie trim levels receive a rating of "Poor," all other 2007 Dakota trims are rated "Worse Than Average." Even so, the Detroit Free Press asserts that the 2007 Dakota is "the best midsize truck you can buy today." Kelley Blue Book explains, "With no rival from Ford or GM, and only a handful of Japanese competitors (none of which can best the Dakota's torque, towing capacity or cabin volume), the Dakota continues to play in a league of its own."  Car and Driver disagreed, however, ranking the Nissan Frontier and the Toyota Tacoma above the Dakota in 2005 a compact pick-up comparison test. 

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