2009 Dodge Dakota

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2 reviews
Available Price Range $10,939-$22,167 Trims14 Combined MPG 16-17 Seats 2-6

Our Take on the 2009 Dodge Dakota

Our Take

The Dodge Dakota is the perfect size for many truck consumers; it's not too small or too big. The problem is that incentives on full-size trucks, like the Dodge Ram, put pressure on potential ... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • No six-speed manual in offroad V-8 model
  • No regular cab
  • Quality of interior materials better, but doesn't impress
  • Limited safety features

Notable Features

  • Big Horn/Lone Star models replace SLT trim line
  • SLT, Sport and TRX 4x2 models dropped
  • Crate' N Go collapsible storage system standard on Big Horn/Lone Star models
  • Tilt steering standard on base ST model
  • Premium cloth bucket seats standard on Laramie
  • Premium bolstered bucket seats standard on TRX4


Our Expert Reviews

Editor's note: This review was written in November 2007 about the 2008 Dodge Dakota. Little of substance has changed with this year's model. To see what's new for 2009, click here, or check out a side-by-side comparison of the two model years.The Dodge Dakota of the late '90s was one of the early midsize pickup trucks on the market. It was ahead of its time in that regard, a... Read Full Review

Consumer Reviews

4.5 out of 5

Based on 2 reviews

The eighth Dodge Truck, and one of the best!!

by truck lover from Rapid City, SD on October 31, 2011

I had my 04 dakota advertised for sale, still very reliable, but I wanted four doors. While I waited to sell it, I kept my finger on the pulse of the "Dakota Market" by monitoring, Cars.com. I had two... Read Full Review

14 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.


Crash-Test Reports


There are currently 3 recalls for this car.

Safety defects and recalls are relatively common. Stay informed and know what to do ahead of time.

Safety defects and recalls explained

Warranty Coverage





Roadside Assistance Coverage


What you should get in your warranty can be confusing. Make sure you are informed.

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Warranties Explained


Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.


Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

Roadside Assistance

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

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