• (4.2) 31 reviews
  • MSRP: $3,512$12,888
  • Body Style: Truck
  • Combined MPG: 17-19
  • Engine: 210-hp, 3.7-liter V-6 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: 4x2
  • Towing Capacity: 4,550 lbs.
2005 Dodge Dakota

Our Take on the 2005 Dodge Dakota

Our Take

What We Don't Like

  • V-6 performance
  • Manual-transmission operation
  • Automatic-transmission operation with H.O. V-8
  • Seatback support

Notable Features

  • Redesigned for 2005
  • Biggest small pickup
  • Longer than its predecessor
  • Three engine choices
  • Quad Cab and Club Cab body styles


Our Expert Reviews

Dodge Dakota gains a new look and a boost in size for 2005. It also loses something that no one is likely to miss.Following the trend in pickup trucks, Dakota no longer comes with a traditional, single-seat cab. Now, there is just a variety of Club Cab and four-door Quad Cab models. Both have rear seats, though only the Quad has full-size seating in the back.Dropping the short cab makes sense b... Read full review for the 2005 Dodge Dakota

Consumer Reviews


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Best Mid-Size Truck on the Market

by AZPathfinder from Wisconsin on August 31, 2010

I waited for the 2005 redesigned Dakota body style and really like the way it looks. Had a Ford Ranger for 2 years, test drove all the other small to mid-size trucks. The Dodge Dakota is the best by f... Read Full Review

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Crash-Test Reports


There are currently 6 recalls for this car.

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Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $4,800 per year.

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