2009 Dodge Dakota Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2009 Dodge Dakota was new.


Interior: 7.4

With available seating for up to six passengers, the 2009 Dodge Dakota has class-leading passenger capacity, ergonomic design and large cargo hold. Yet comfort and material quality continue to disappoint.

  • "With typical Detroit irony, the market-inappropriate interior is awash in the type of brittle and crude plastics that bring about lust to a workingman's heart. Maybe Dodge is courting those "lifestyle" buyers after falling off the rock wall and spending a week in the cold, unyielding walls of the local ICU." -- The Truth About Cars


The 2009 Dodge Dakota remains the only compact pickup that can seat six, but rear-seat comfort is still lacking. Most are generally pleased with the front-row seating in the Dakota. Many agree the Dakota's backseat is only suitable for two adults and is short on legroom.

  • "We found the driver's seat to have too much lumbar even when set at its most unobtrusive setting." -- Car and Driver
  • "The standard bench seats are very comfortable, while the available power seats offer a wealth of adjustability." -- Edmunds
  • The Crew Cab's backseat dimensions are only "adequate for adults under 6-ft," while the Extended Cab's "forward facing jump seats best suit those under 5-ft-3." -- Consumer Guide

Interior Features

Among the many standard features equipped on the ST Extended Cab are bucket seats and an AM/FM/CD stereo system with four speakers. Additional standard features equipped on the SLT Extended are a six-way power driver's seat, 40/40 folding-split rear seat, floor console and overhead console with mini-trip computer .

Further features standard on the Laramie Extended Cab include an upgraded stereo system with steering wheel-mounted audio controls. With the exception of an added rear 60/40-folding seat, interior features standard on Crew Cab trim levels are the same as the Extended Cab. The Dakota also offers (on some trims)  MyGIG, an information and entertainment system with a 6.5-inch LCD screen and voice-activated GPS navigation.

  • "The black-on-white instrument panel is easy to read and the ample storage areas are so numerous that you might find yourself trying to find uses for all of them." -- Kelley Blue Book.
  • "The big disappointment about the Dakota is its interior design, which even on the upscale Laramie features acres of unattractive hard plastic." -- BusinessWeek.
  • "Yes, the cabin is still swimming in cheap, hard plastic -- the Dakota seems forever destined to that fate. However, the materials do look better now, fit and finish has improved, and more features have been added." -- Motor Trend


While every Dakota Crew Cab maintains 46.5 cubic feet of cargo room behind the first row of seats, Extended Cab models have just 39.1 cubic feet of cargo room. The Crew Cab's "Crate 'N Go" rear-seat storage system is a reviewer favorite, and consists of two collapsible plastic crates that hide on the floor under the rear seats.

  • "Dodge has improved storage by designing the rear seats to flip rearward against the seatbacks to create a cavernous pass-through rear-storage area." -- Truck Trend
  • "Flip-up rear seats make way for stuff, revealing integrated and removable cargo carriers." -- Car and Driver
  • "In all but the ST, that surface features a pair of milk-cratelike boxes that pop up to hold various loose items -- a thoughtful and useful touch." -- Edmunds

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