• (4.4) 20 reviews
  • MSRP: $8,402–$21,118
  • Body Style: Truck
  • Combined MPG: 16-17
  • Engine: 210-hp, 3.7-liter V-6 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: 4x2
  • Towing Capacity: 4,800 lbs.
2011 Dodge Dakota

Our Take on the Latest Model 2011 Dodge Dakota

What We Don't Like

  • No regular cab
  • Quality of interior materials better, but doesn't impress
  • No electronic stability system

Notable Features

  • New exterior colors
  • Two- or four-wheel drive
  • Extended cab or crew cab
  • Standard side curtain airbags
  • Standard antilock brakes

2011 Dodge Dakota Reviews

Vehicle Overview

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

The Dakota has impressive towing and hauling capabilities, sharp exterior styling and decent interior accommodations, but there's no regular cab. The Dakota comes in extended cab or crew cab only, riding a shared 131-inch wheelbase. The extended cab has a 6-foot-4-inch cargo box, while the bed in the crew cab is 5 feet 3 inches long.

The Dakota is one of only two compact or midsize trucks available with a V-8 engine. The base power plant is a V-6. Both cabs are available in three trims: ST, Big Horn/Lone Star and Laramie. The TRX4 off-road package is offered only in 4x4 models.

The Dakota's strongest selling points are its size and capability. Maximum towing capacity is 7,250 pounds, and all V-8 models are rated to tow at least 5,500 pounds.

New for 2011
The Dakota receives two new exterior colors: Hunter Green Pearl and Deep Cherry Red Crystal Pearl. For 2011, all Dakota models receive standard antilock brakes and side curtain airbags.

Dodge gave the Dakota a front-end makeover for 2008. The edges are crisp and the styling elements are well-integrated. The cargo bed has chiseled wheel flares to match the aggressive front end. The Dakota looks good with either the chrome grille or monochromatic finishes.

  • Bedliner standard in Laramie; available in Big Horn/Lone Star
  • Dual-position tailgate helpful in containing cargo
  • Big 6-by-9-inch side mirrors available
  • TRX4 offers skid plates, front tow hooks and fender flares
  • Sliding rear window available on extended cab, standard on TRX4
  • 18-inch alloy wheels standard on Laramie

The Dakota's interior has nice touches, including white-face electroluminescent gauges, extra storage options and available heated leather seating. Some interior materials are not as kind to the touch as other vehicles in the segment, but the roomy cab is arguably quieter on the road than other compact trucks.

  • Under-seat Crate 'n Go storage in crew cab
  • Alpine six-CD audio system standard in Laramie, available in TRX4 and Big Horn/Lone Star
  • Sirius Satellite Radio standard in Laramie and TRX4; available in Big Horn/Lone Star

Under the Hood

  • 210-horsepower, 3.7-liter V-6 with iron block and aluminum cylinder heads, SOHC, two valves per cylinder and 235 pounds-feet of torque
  • 302-hp, 4.7-liter V-8 engine with iron block and aluminum cylinder heads, SOHC, two valves per cylinder and 329 pounds-feet of torque
  • Four-speed automatic standard in V-6
  • Five-speed automatic standard in V-8
  • 4.7-liter V-8 engine compatible with E85

While the Dakota is behind the curve in offering advanced features, the truck has a solid chassis and body structure. Side curtain airbags and four-wheel antilock brakes are now standard for the 2011 model year. Electronic stability control is still not available, but the Enhanced Accident Response system will turn on interior lights, unlock doors and shut off the fuel pump should the airbags deploy.

  • Electronic brake-force distribution
  • Latch child-seat anchors
  • Seat belt pretensioners

Of Interest to Truck Owners

  • Maximum gross vehicle weight rating: 6,010 pounds
  • Maximum payload capacity: 1,750-1,810 pounds (extended cab 4x2 V-6 auto)
  • Maximum towing capacity: 5,800-7,250 pounds (extended cab 4x2 V-8)
  • Fuel tank capacity: 22 gallons
  • Axle ratio: 3.55:1, 3.92:1
  • Transfer case low range: 2.72:1
  • Crawl ratio: 40.85:1 (manual with 3.55:1 axle), 31.79:1 (five-speed auto with 3.92:1 axle)
  • Minimum ground clearance: 7.9 inches
  • Approach angle: 21.9 degrees
  • Departure angle: 22.6 degrees (4x2), 22.5 degrees (4x4)
  • Ramp breakover: 19.9 degrees (4x2), 19.6 degrees (4x4)
  • Cargo-bed load height: 31.9 inches
  • Cargo floor length: 6.4 feet (extended cab), 5.3 feet (crew cab)
  • Cargo floor width: 59.6 inches
  • Cargo floor width at wheel well: 45.2 inches
  • Cargo bed depth: 17.6 inches


Consumer Reviews


Average based on 20 reviews

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Great truck

by Dodge fan from NY on July 21, 2017

This truck rides very nicely, it is strong and looks great. I'm surprised Dodge stopped making them in 2011 as it is the perfect mid size truck.

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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.

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