2010 Dodge Dakota vs. Its Competition

2010 Dodge Dakota 2WD Crew Cab ST Side Exterior View
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

The 2010 Dodge Dakota splits the size difference between full-size trucks and compact pickups-but it's closer to the full-sizers, as are the other trucks cited here.

The Honda Ridgeline is an odd duck, spun from the Pilot crossover and with real towing and hauling capacity in its flexible bed and cabin.

Plus, it offers hidden storage under the bed floor and in the fenders, along with a bi-directional tailgate.

Altogether more conventional is the Toyota Tacoma, which offers four-cylinder value editions, good resale value, and good fuel economy along with a bouncy ride, hard seats, and a big price tag on V-6 versions.

The best of the bunch is the Nissan Frontier; its rugged look matches the earthy performance of its V-6 engine, and it tows and hauls with authority, even if the ride's a touch busy and the interior trim a bit cheap.

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Quick Specs
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.
The 2010 Honda Ridgeline is a more road-friendly solution for those who need occasionally heavy-hauling ability.
The 2010 Nissan Frontier clearly isn't as large or capable as full-size trucks, but it offers enough toughness for personal use along with an especially good feature list.
The Tacoma is a workhorse truck that gives a little more space and capability than a true compact, yet offers decent fuel efficiency and a low price.
MSRP From   
Gas Mileage   
14 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy
Gas V6Gas V6Gas 4-cylGas I4
EPA Class   
N/A4WD Standard Pickup TruckN/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 6'6" Bed4 Door Crew CabKing CabRegular Cab
Automatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODManualManual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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