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2007 Dodge Dakota

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$19,370

starting MSRP

Key specs

Base trim shown

Pickup Truck

Body style

3

Seating capacity

218.8” x 68.7”

Dimensions

Rear-wheel drive

Drivetrain

Overview

The good:

  • Passenger space
  • V-8 performance
  • Maneuverability
  • Towing capacity
  • Instrument readability

The bad:

  • V-6 performance
  • Manual transmission operation
  • Automatic transmission operation with high-output V-8
  • Seatback support

9 trims

Starting msrp listed lowest to highest price

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Notable features

  • Quad Cab and Club Cab body styles
  • V-6 or V-8
  • E85-capable V-8
  • Optional remote starter

2007 Dodge Dakota review: Our expert's take

By Bob Golfen


Formerly a modest, utilitarian midsize pickup, Dodge Dakota has grown into a pretty formidable truck. Dakota now sports aggressive big-rig styling lifted from the full-size Ram, and it’s just a smidge smaller than full- size. It can be ordered with a choice of several beefy V-8 engines, just like the big boys. The four-wheel-drive Quad Cab Laramie that I drove is the top-drawer model, a pricey number that was optioned up to its door handles with features. Most notable among the options was a high-output 4.7-liter V-8 good for 260 horsepower and 310 pound-feet torque, a powerful standout in this mid-size range. There was also an off-roading package with a bunch of critical pieces, such as full skid plates, heavy-duty shocks, all-terrain tires, antilock brakes and some heavy-duty cooling components. Just the stuff for hitting boulder-strewn Arizona trails, and a bargain at $555. Last year, I drove a toned-down version of this truck, a two-wheel-drive Laramie with Club Cab, and I was anxious to feel the difference in performance and capability. The extra V-8 muscle was certainly apparent, even with the extra heft of the bigger cab and four-wheel drive, but gas mileage stayed below 14 mpg in a mix of city and freeway driving, according to the on-board computer. There’s no doubt Dakota holds its own niche among pickup trucks. The bigger question here is whether Dakota is a reasonable compromise between full-size and compact trucks or whether it lacks the benefits of either: big-truck ruggedness and roominess or small-truck economy and maneuverability. PERFORMANCE: The high-output V-8 cranks out loads of torque, with plenty of power for brisk acceleration and hill climbing. It also lets out a gutsy roar whenever you get on the throttle, which could excite some drivers, though I found it tedious. Towing capacity is a significant 6,850 pounds. The automatic transmission is unacceptably clunky, even for a truck. I thought there was something wrong with it until I read other reviewers who had the same reaction that I had. Upshifts are jarring and downshifts happen with an audible “thunk.” Not good.

DRIVABILITY: Driving around Phoenix, the Dakota felt as you’d expect, like a big, beefy truck with dicey handling and a squirrely ride on rough pavement. But out on the highway, Dakota settles down to a fairly refined cruising attitude. Where Dakota really shone was on some twisting, rocky trails in the nearby Bradshaw Mountains, handling nicely and feeling well-sorted for all-terrain duty.

STYLING: The big cross-hair grille, which started out with the Ram pickup, has become a stable of Dodge cars and trucks, giving them a brawny look. Though I’m not crazy about the four-door crew-cab look on any pickup, I can’t fault the versatility. The extra cab space comes directly out of the bed length, which is less than 6 feet. INTERIOR:

The Quad Cab comes either as a six-seater with a front bench seat or as a five-seater with front buckets, like the test truck. Quite roomy up front, although rear passengers could feel cramped for legroom. The cabin has a nice, airy feel, with good-looking and functional dashboard and, at least in the Laramie, high-quality materials. Side air bags were notably absent.

BOTTOM LINE: With a nearly $30,000 base price, or $35,000 as tested, the Dakota Quad Cab Laramie is a pricey truck. But there is a lot of substance. You just have to balance the style and performance with the entry fee and the high price of gas.

Dodge Dakota Quad Cab Laramie

Vehicle type: Five-passenger, four-door pickup, four-wheel drive. Engine: 4.7-liter V-8, 260 horsepower at 5,200 rpm, 310 pound-feet torque at 3,600 rpm. Transmission: Five-speed automatic. Wheelbase: 131.3 inches. Overall length: 218.8 inches. Curb weight: 4,690 pounds. Towing capacity: 6,850 pounds. EPA rating: 14 city, 18 highway.

Highs: Strong engine, interior space, rugged styling. Lows: Clunky transmission, dicey handling, paltry fuel mileage.

Pricing

Base price: $29,790. Price as tested: $35,215.

SELECTED OPTIONS — High-output V-8, anti-spin differential, shift-on-fly transfer case, $1,615. — Sunroof, $850. — Off-road group, including heavy-duty shocks, all-terrain tires, aluminum wheels, skid plates, heavy-duty cooling, anti-lock brakes, $555. — Full-time four-wheel, $395. — Heated front seats, $250. — Box bedliner, $245. — Shipping, $645.

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.2
  • Interior 3.8
  • Performance 3.9
  • Value 4.2
  • Exterior 4.5
  • Reliability 4.3
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Most recent consumer reviews

5.0

keep making them Chrysler

bought this truck an found it to be very reliable i don't understand the one hate comment on it they probably don't take good care of it but overall the trucks worth it an i plan on keeping it an giving it to a family member once i die its got over 213,477 thousand miles on it, its getting 25 miles per gallon its 4x4 five speed automatic but i want to switch it to manual an same thing for the 4x4 nob love the upper center console computer i would get the higher end radio head to be honest but imma keep it original its got the 4.7 liter flex fuel v8 in it i can fit six in the cab though i wish it had a long bed instead of a short bed though i need to replace the front axles the grind in four wheel drive when i steer to the left an replace all the tyres

5.0

Full sized attitude, Mid sized truck

I've owned my dakota for abou 2 years and considering that at this point it's 15 years old it's held up very well. i've obviously had problems with it, like the exhaust manifold heating up and bending causing an exhaust leak called the hemi tick. It's definitely not fast with the 3.7l v6 but it gets the job done when you need it. it will tow a good amount of stuff as well, just don't expect to have a car hauler 5th wheel. i bought mine as my first truck for 3k and considering how cheap i got it for it really is a beast. the front seats are comfortable and as a tall person (6'5") i fit surprisingly well. the back seats are... restrictive but if you have kids or people willing to have a fight ride it's perfect. the gas mileage is not great, i drive with a lead foot so i get about 9 mpg but the truck is rated for 16/20 so if you drive reasonably it's great. the bed is small at 5'4" but i've taken it camping and have no problems laying in the bed, moving around drywall and other oversized items is a breeze if you strap it down in the bed. maintenance is also incredibly easy as long as you know how to work on a vehicle. the truck looks pretty good too, mine is metallic red pearl coat and it's a stunner, it's got full sized attitude in a midsize truck and considering what it was given, it's pretty good.

4.0

Shifts into 4 wheel drive itself

I have replaced the 4x4 motor and had 4x4 rebuilt and the truck will shift into 4 wheel drive whenever it wants to. Locking and unlocking the doors will cause the 4x4 to actuate. I have also put $1800 into fixing the oil leak and it continues to have an excessive oil leak.

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Safety

Based on the 2007 Dodge Dakota base trim.
Frontal driver
5
Frontal passenger
4
Nhtsa rollover rating
4
Side driver
5
Side rear passenger
5

Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Dodge CPO Go
New car program benefits
Bumper-to-bumper
36 months/36,000 miles
Corrosion
60 months/100,000 miles
Powertrain
36 months/36,000 miles
Roadside assistance
36 months/36,000 miles
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
6-10 MY and/or 75,001-120,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
3 Month 3,000 mile Max Care Warranty
Dealer certification required
125 point inspection
Roadside assistance
Yes
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