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QUALITY | 7 out of 10
Only two adults will fit comfortably [in rear seats]
Comfortable, well-bolstered bucket seats
Cheap, hard plastics
Car and Driver
Dakotas are about average on overall quality
The 2008 Dodge Dakota has a more spacious interior than many compact trucks, but materials and poor fit and finish aren’t as good as those on some competitors.
"Crew cabs offer three-abreast rear seating, but only two adults will fit comfortably," says ConsumerGuide about the 2008 Dodge Dakota. "Headroom and legroom is adequate for adults under 6 ft, but taller riders will want more legroom," they add, noting that forward-facing jump seats are really targeted toward "those under 5-ft-3 because legroom is scarce." They comment, however, that entering these cramped quarters is made easier by the doors that swing open to a 170-degree angle. “All Dakotas offer comfortable seating and simple controls,” Edmunds states, while Autoblog notes the Dakota’s "comfortable, well-bolstered bucket seats."
Storage inside the 2008 Dodge Dakota and in its bed is ample. “The Quad Cab is the way to go if your truck will serve as a family vehicle, but unfortunately, it has a short 5-foot, 4-inch bed and Dodge offers neither a longer bed length nor a factory bed extender,” Edmunds writes. “Club Cabs have 6-foot, 6-inch beds.” Cars.com calls the Dodge Dakota 2008 model's storage space "average," but ConsumerGuide says the Dodge Dakota has "ample center-console and door-pocket storage." Automobile appreciates the "expanded passenger compartment" and "storage cubbies," while Car and Driver points out the Dakota has "an additional (open) storage bin above the glove box."
The Dakota’s interior wins no awards for fit and finish. “Despite the interior update for 2008, plastics remain low in quality,” Edmunds reports. Autoblog mentions that the dash, center console, and doors are made of "cheap plastic." Car and Driver agrees, saying the Dodge Dakota contains "cheap, hard plastics" and that it is hard to distinguish from old and new models in this regard. ConsumerGuide adds "some controls lack a quality feel" and the "interior materials look and feel budget grade."
However, ConsumerGuide also notes, "road noise is impressively hushed." And while "Some windrush is apparent at highway speeds," Car and Driver agrees that "road and tire noises are kept far from one's ears."
The 2008 Dodge Dakota has more storage than most compact trucks and comfortable seating, but its materials lack a high-quality feel.