Dodge Dakota

2009 Dodge Dakota

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  • (4.0) 3 reviews
  • MSRP: $8,202$20,302
  • Body Style: Truck
  • Combined MPG: 16-17
  • Engine: 210-hp, 3.7-liter V-6 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: 4x2
  • Towing Capacity: 4,800 lbs.
2009 Dodge Dakota

Our Take on the 2009 Dodge Dakota

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 Dakota buyers to purchase larger trucks.The Dakota has impressive towing and hauling capabilities, s... 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

2009 Dodge Dakota Reviews 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 for the 2009 Dodge Dakota

Consumer Reviews


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My Dak

by 3ton from Las Vegas, NV on June 10, 2010

I love my 2009 Dodge Dakota! 18,000 mi strong! Has taken me everywhere! Pros: Off-road handling, exterior styling (I like it), reliability, ease of switching to and from 4x4 Cons: Fuel Consumption, ca... Read Full Review

14 Trim Levels Available

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2009 Dodge Dakota Safety Ratings

Crash-Test Reports


Great news! There are currently no known recalls on 2009 Dodge Dakota.

Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $4,100 per year.

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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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