Compare 2010 Dodge Dakota vs 2010 Ford Explorer

2010 Dodge Dakota
2010 Ford Explorer
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2WD Crew Cab Bighorn/Lonestar
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Dakota 2WD Crew Cab Bighorn/Lonestar 15 20 $25,006 $26,325
Dakota 2WD Crew Cab Laramie 15 20 $28,514 $30,180
Dakota 2WD Crew Cab ST 15 20 $24,078 $25,305
Dakota 2WD Ext Cab Bighorn/Lonestar 15 20 $22,473 $23,630
Dakota 2WD Ext Cab ST 15 20 $21,678 $22,755
Dakota 4WD Crew Cab Bighorn/Lonestar 14 18 $27,751 $29,275
Dakota 4WD Crew Cab Laramie 14 18 $31,304 $33,180
Dakota 4WD Crew Cab ST 14 18 $26,823 $28,255
Dakota 4WD Crew Cab TRX 14 18 $29,653 $31,365
Dakota 4WD Ext Cab Bighorn/Lonestar 14 18 $26,431 $27,880
Dakota 4WD Ext Cab ST 14 18 $25,635 $27,005
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4WD 4-Door Eddie Bauer
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Explorer 4WD 4-Door Eddie Bauer 13 19 $33,156 $35,600
Explorer 4WD 4-Door Limited 13 19 $35,886 $38,600
Explorer 4WD 4-Door XLT 13 19 $29,516 $31,600
Explorer AWD 4-Door Limited 13 19 $35,886 $38,600
Explorer AWD 4-Door XLT 13 19 $29,516 $31,600
Explorer RWD 4-Door Eddie Bauer 14 20 $31,044 $33,280
Explorer RWD 4-Door Limited 14 20 $33,774 $36,280
Explorer RWD 4-Door XLT 14 20 $27,404 $29,280
Explorer Sport Trac 4WD 4-Door Limited 13 19 $33,102 $35,590
Explorer Sport Trac 4WD 4-Door XLT 13 19 $28,684 $30,735
Explorer Sport Trac AWD 4-Door Limited 13 19 $33,102 $35,590
Explorer Sport Trac RWD 4-Door Limited 14 20 $30,804 $33,065
Explorer Sport Trac RWD 4-Door XLT 14 20 $26,386 $28,210
Pricing
Invoice Price
$25,006
$33,156
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$26,325
$35,600
Monthly Payment Estimate
$439 / month
$593 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
6.8
8.0
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2010 Dodge Dakota could be a fine full-size pickup alternative, but its lack of standard safety gear, sloppy handling, and low-grade fit and finish knock it out of contention. If you're torn between an SUV and a pickup and cutting-edge styling isn't important, the 2010 Ford Explorer Sport Trac might be the answer.
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Fuel Economy
City
15 mpg 13 mpg
Highway
20 mpg 19 mpg
Interior Dimensions
Front Hip Room (in)
54.9 55.4
Second Leg Room (in)
36.4 36.9
Front Head Room (in)
39.9 39.8
Second Hip Room (in)
56.0 55.5
Front Shoulder Room (in)
57.7 59.0
Passenger Capacity
5 7
Second Head Room (in)
38.4 38.7
Second Shoulder Room (in)
57.5 58.9
Front Leg Room (in)
41.9 42.4
Third Leg Room (in)
- 34.9
Third Hip Room (in)
- 45.3
Third Head Room (in)
- 37.4
Third Shoulder Room (in)
- 53.1
Exterior Dimensions
Overhang, Rear w/o bumper (in)
- TBD - -
Wheelbase (in)
131.3 113.7
Ground Clearance, Front (in)
7.9 8.3
Cab to Axle (in)
- TBD - -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
71.7 73.7
Ground to Top of Load Floor (in)
31.9 31.4
Overhang, Front (in)
- TBD - 35.4
Frame Width, Rear (in)
- TBD - -
Front Bumper to Back of Cab (in)
- TBD - -
Length, Overall w/o rear bumper (in)
218.5 -
Ground Clearance, Rear (in)
8.1 8.3
Cab to End of Frame (in)
- TBD - -
Height, Overall (in)
68.7 71.9
Ground to Top of Frame (in)
- TBD - -
Side Door Opening Width (in)
- NA
Step Up Height - Side (in)
- - TBD -
Rear Door Opening Width (in)
- 48.3
Length, Overall w/rear bumper (in)
- 193.4
Side Door Opening Height (in)
- NA
Step Up Height - Front (in)
- - TBD -
Rear Door Opening Height (in)
- 32.9
Overhang, Rear w/bumper (in)
- 44.3
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)
45.2 45.3
Tailgate Width (in)
59.6 -
Cargo Box Length @ Floor (in)
64.9 -
Ext'd Cab Cargo Volume (ft³)
37.1 -
Cargo Box Width @ Floor (in)
59.6 -
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
17.6 - TBD -
Cargo Volume (ft³)
38.2 -
Cargo Box Width @ Top, Rear (in)
59.6 -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
- 39.5
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
- 43.9
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 4 (in)
- NA
Cargo Volume to Seat 4 (ft³)
- NA
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)
- 74.4
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
- 83.7
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in)
- - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
- 13.6
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
- - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Console (in)
- - TBD -
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
NA 11.85 x 0.39
Brake ABS System
Rear Wheel 4-Wheel
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
11.6 x 2.28 NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.3 x 1.1 12.01 x 0.43
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
Yes NA
Brake ABS System (Second Line)
NA NA
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
NA Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Location
- TBD - Midship
Aux Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
NA NA
Aux Fuel Tank Location
NA NA
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
22.0 22.5
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), On Center
17.4 18.9
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
44.0 36.8
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Power Rack & Pinion
Steering Ratio (:1), At Lock
- TBD - NA
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - 38.4
Tires
Rear Tire Capacity (lbs)
- TBD - 1700
Spare Tire Order Code
TBB - TBD -
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Front
- TBD - 709
Rear Tire Size
P265/65R17 P245/65R17
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Spare
- TBD - 709
Front Tire Capacity (lbs)
- TBD - 1700
Rear Tire Order Code
TXK TC2
Spare Tire Capacity (lbs)
- TBD - 1700
Front Tire Size
P265/65R17 P245/65R17
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Rear
- TBD - 709
Spare Tire Size
- TBD - P245/65R17
Front Tire Order Code
TXK TC2
Trailering
Fifth Wheel Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
4800 3500
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
4800 3500
Fifth Wheel Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
480 350
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
720 525
Weight Information
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating Cap (lbs)
6010 6280
Gross Axle Wt Rating - Front (lbs)
3100 2960
Curb Weight - Front (lbs)
2451 2476
Gross Combined Wt Rating (lbs)
9300 8500
Gross Axle Wt Rating - Rear (lbs)
3600 3400
Curb Weight - Rear (lbs)
1902 2152
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x 8.0 17 x 7.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7.5 17 x 7.5
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x 8.0 17 x 7.5
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - 7.8
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Watts
- TBD - 1950
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (2nd)
NA NA
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
136 130
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
600 650
Engine
Engine Type
Gas V6 Gas V6
Fuel System
SMPI SMPI
Engine Oil Cooler
NA NA
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
235 @ 4000 254 @ 3700
Engine Order Code
EKG 99E
Displacement
3.7L/226 4.0L/245
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
210 @ 5200 210 @ 5100
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
15 13
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
17 -
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
20 19
Transmission
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High
NA 1.00
Reverse Ratio (:1)
- TBD - 3.07
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.57 2.29
Trans Order Code
DGV 44V
Transfer Case Power Take Off
NA NA
Trans Power Take Off
NA NA
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.69 1.00
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD Automatic w/OD
Transfer Case Model
NA BW-4412
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
2.84 3.22
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low
NA 2.48
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.54
Trans Type
4 5
Trans PTO Access
NA NA
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive 4-Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 0.71
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Summary
Vehicle Name
Dodge Dakota Ford Explorer
Body Code
131.3" WB NA
Body Style
Crew Cab 5'4" Bed 4 Door
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - 32.0
Axle Capacity - Front (lbs)
- TBD - 3240
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Leaf Independent SLA
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
NA 0.77
Axle Ratio (:1) - Front
NA 3.55
Spring Capacity - Rear (lbs)
- TBD - 2200
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - 32.0
Axle Type - Rear
- TBD - IRS
Suspension Type - Front
Independent Coil Independent SLA
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - 1.34
Axle Capacity - Rear (lbs)
- TBD - 3600
Spring Capacity - Front (lbs)
- TBD - 2470
Axle Ratio (:1) - Rear
3.92 3.55
Axle Type - Front
- TBD - Upper SLA
Frame
Frame Type
Ladder Ladder
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
11 12.4
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
3 11.4
Vehicle
Rear Door Type
- Liftgate
Doors
Side Door Type
- NA

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