2009 Dodge Dakota vs. Its Competition

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Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

The H3T stands out in this category for its styling and the HUMMER brand's cachet with a certain crowd, but plenty of people are likely to be scared away from that brand's eco-unfriendly image; the H3T is considerably more expensive, too.

The two vehicles in this class with the freshest look are the H3T and the Ridgeline, which received a modest refresh for 2009.

The Colorado is on paper a competitor, but in the real world its powertrains are uncivilized and it feels in a class below the others.

The V-8 in the 2008 Dodge Dakota gives it a distinct advantage in power over the five-cylinder Chevy and GMC mid-size twins, as well as the six-cylinder Tacoma, Frontier, and Ridgeline.

However, the imports offer quality and dynamic performance advantages over the Dodge.

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Quick Specs
If you need most of a full-size pickup's capabilities but want to be able to get into a parking space or carport, consider the 2009 Dodge Dakota with its available V-8.
The 2008 Honda Ridgeline is a flexible light-duty truck with a plush feel, but it can't tackle all the tasks a full-size truck does well.
For those of us who don't live on a ranch, the 2008 Nissan Frontier is large enough to haul real people and cargo, but sized for the urban-congestion reality.
The 2008 Toyota Tacoma covers the basics, at a price that’s lower than full-size trucks.
MSRP From   
Gas Mileage   
14 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy
Gas V6Gas V6Gas 4-cylGas I4
EPA Class   
N/A4WD Pickup TrucksN/AN/A
Style Name   
2WD Ext Cab ST4WD Crew Cab RT2WD King Cab I4 Manual XE2WD Reg I4 MT (GS)
Rear Wheel DriveFour Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
Passenger Doors   
Body Style   
Extended Cab 6'7" Bed4 Door Crew CabKing CabRegular Cab
Manual w/ODAutomatic w/ODManualManual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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