Horsepower increased to 302, which will probably help. The gave this generation a 'Poor' rating in the frontal offset crash test. Each can seat five to six passengers, but back-seat riders will be much more comfortable in the Quad Cab. The resulting highly investment-efficient program enabled Chrysler to create an all-new market segment at low cost. The Dakota pickup maintains a slightly better-than-average projected residual value, better than the Chevrolet Colorado and Ford Ranger, but not yet at the high mark set by the , and.
Rear view of a 2007 Dakota Crew Cab The gave this generation a 'Good' rating in the frontal offset crash test. Interior fits and finishes are good. Also in 1998, the Dakota R1 was released for production in Brazil through the efforts of a small team known as Truck Special Programs and featured a base four-cylinder engine and offered a 2. Last redesigned for 2005, the Dodge Dakota hasn't changed much in appearance since then. The step-side beds were constructed out of and. Model overview: Dodge's Dakota mid-size pickup is smaller overall than full-size pickups like the Dodge Ram for 2007, yet larger than compact trucks like the Ford Ranger, offering a compromise between the two. You might say Dakota is the mid-size pickup with a full-size attitude.
Four-door Quad Cab models had a slightly shorter bed, 63. The 1997 model year Dakota was unveiled via press release in the summer of 1996 and built from July 1996 through July 2004. The base Dakota 4x4 trim level similarly makes 15 mpg in the city and 19 mpg on the highway. With only two occupants and no load, it really scoots from the stoplight despite the nearly 4800-pound weight of the Quad Cab 4X4. Dodge's Dakota mid-size pickup is smaller overall than full-size pickups like the Dodge Ram for 2007, yet larger than compact trucks like the Ford Ranger, offering a compromise between the two. The truck tracks extremely well, responds quickly to inputs, and stays hunkered down during mountain road playtime.
Dakota looks nearly as big and tough as the full-size Dodge Ram. Its strong torque means plenty of low-down grunt for pulling payloads of up to 1,660 pounds or towing up to 7,150 pounds. Model value: The 2007 Dodge Dakota--positioned as a good compromise between compact pickups and full-size trucks--ranks as the only mid-size pickup with available V8 power, and has a best-in-class tow rating of up to 7,150 pounds, according to Dodge. The Li'l Red Express Dakota was made to resemble the original Express, which was based on the Dodge D-Series. Overall, the Dakota was capable, but its price had gone up, and many buyers either shrugged and went to a Ram 1500 or turned to the Chevy Colorado and Toyota Tacoma. It comes with a six-speed manual transmission.
For 2007, that option was deleted on the V8 models. The recall for Mitsubishi started on June 24, 2015. The affected vehicles are equipped with a dual-stage driver frontal air bag that may be susceptible to moisture intrusion which, over time, could cause the inflator to rupture. Roughly 2,482 were sold that first year. The 2007 Dakota continues the same theme, although with a sharper edge.
Other minor trim revisions were made, including redesigned aluminum wheels on various models. The ride is better than some competitors, but is still somewhat buoyant. For 2007, the V8 is now flex-fuel capable, meaning it can run on gasoline or up to 85 percent ethanol. Maneuvering the Dakota on city streets isn't as problematic as full-size trucks, yet towing and hauling ability is better than most compact trucks. We liked the ride and handling, though like all pickup trucks it can get choppy over small, high-intensity bumps and ruts. It felt confidently heavier at higher speeds, with excellent wheel-to-steering-wheel feedback.
Overall, the passenger area is clean and purposeful and without many surprises - or much color variation. Still, Dakota boasts sharper, crisper lines and flatter planes than its relatives; and its grille is laid back, not vertical. Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. One-touch lane-change signaling is available for those who like that feature. If you're in the market for a compact truck, you should also consider the and.
A radio was also available, eliminating the need for a separately mounted unit located elsewhere inside the truck. The Dodge Dakota looks big. Getting in is easy, and the interior is comfortable and convenient, with controls that are easy to reach and operate. It was slightly updated for the 1991 model year. Horsepower increased to 302, which will probably help.