26 reviews
2005 Dodge Dakota
2005 Dodge Dakota
Available Price Range $4,057-$13,173 Trims12 Combined MPG 17-19 Seats 3-6

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

12 Trims Available

A trim is a style of a vehicle model. Each higher trim has different or upgraded features from the previous trim along with a price increase. Learn more about trims

Trims Explained

When talking about cars, “trims” is a way of differentiating between different versions of the same model. Typically, most start with a no-frills, or “base” trim, and as features are added, or a different engine, drivetrain (gas vs. hybrid, for example) or transmission are included, trim names change and prices go up.

It’s important to carefully check the trims of the car you’re interested in to make sure that you’re getting the features you want, or that you’re not overpaying for features you don’t want.


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Crash-Test Reports


There are currently 6 recalls for this car.

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