2010 Dodge Dakota: Pickup Truck Review

August 23, 2010

Available in extended cab or crew cab design, the 2010 Dodge Dakota is a respectable choice for pickup truck. Although, it does have some flaws and there are complaints about the $22,755 price tag. The suspension has been revised for 2010 and there are now more color choices on the market.

The truck has a standard 3.7-liter Magnum V-6 engine that gets 210 horsepower and has 235 pound-feet of torque. However, drivers are more inclined to rave about the Laramie trim, which comes with a 4.7-liter V-8 Flexible Fuel engine that gets 302 horsepower and 329 pound-feet of torque. While the V-6 offers enough power, the V-8 is the one you want if you plan on doing a lot of towing and hauling. The Dakota can tow up to 7,250 pounds when adequately equipped. There are mixed reviews when it comes to handling. Some say the Dakota gives a smooth ride, while others complain of harshness from the rear axle on uneven surfaces. The brakes are progressive and seem to be responsive enough. 

Fuel wise, this pickup truck gets 16 mpg in the city and 20 mpg on the highway for the 2WD V-6 with manual transmission. The V-8 2WD gets 14 mpg in the city and 19 mpg on the highway, the 4WD gives similar results. 

In theory the Dodge Dakota can seat six, but the uncomfortable back seat means it really only fits four if you don't want any form of comfort. People over six feet were not considered when Dodge designed the cab--there is not much head or leg room to speak of.

Standard interior features for the SLT extended cab are, six-way power drivers seat, AM/FM/CD stereo system with four speakers, and floor console and overhead console with mini-trip computer. On the higher trim levels the Dakota offers the MyGIG system, which is an information and entertainment system with a 6.5-inch LCD screen and voice-activated GPS navigation control. The crew cab has 46.5 cubic feet of cargo room behind the first row seat. Extended Cab trim levels have only 39.1 cubic feet of cargo room. Rear seat storage is popular with reviewers, and consists of two collapsible plastic crates that hide in the floor under the back seats. Safety features include,

front multistage air bags, which inflate according to pressure when there is an accident. It is disappointing that Dodge doesn't offer stability control with the Dakota.  It is worth buying the Dodge Dakota if you want the powerful V-8 engine, which is ideal for towing, cargo hauling, and passenger transportation.

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