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SAFETY | 8 out of 10
Four-wheel ABS is a worthwhile investment
Acceptable" for frontal crashes, "Marginal" for side impacts
Five stars, frontal impact and side impact protection; four stars, rollover
Good crash-test results and an adequate number of standard and optional safety features make the 2008 Dodge Dakota one of the safer pickups reviewed by TheCarConnection.com--but there's still room for improvement.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) awards the 2008 Dodge Dakota five out of five stars for frontal and side-impact crashes. In regard to rollover resistance, the Dakota garners four out of five stars. However, the more stringent Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gives the Dodge Dakota 2008 only a score of "acceptable" for frontal crashes and "marginal" for side impacts.
Standard safety features on the Dodge Dakota include "antilock brakes" and "curtain side airbags." Optional features for the Dodge Dakota, according to Cars.com, include "four wheel ABS, side impact air bags upfront and curtains front and rear for $640."
Lastly, J.D. Power notes that since the Dodge Dakota 2008 has "the driver sitting high" in the front seat, there is "good outward visibility."
The 2008 Dodge Dakota picks up good crash-test scores from the feds, but private test scores are lower, and many safety features are optional on some models.