2011 Dodge Dakota

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Key specs

Base trim shown

Pickup Truck

Body style


Combined MPG


Seating capacity

218.5” x 68.6”


Rear-wheel drive



The good:

  • V-8 power and response
  • Available navigation and Alpine premium audio system
  • Roomy cab interior
  • Segment-leading tow ratings
  • Dual-position tailgate
  • Standard side curtain airbags

The bad:

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

3 trims

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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 review: Our expert's take

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 4×4 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 4×2 V-6 auto)
  • Maximum towing capacity: 5,800-7,250 pounds (extended cab 4×2 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 (4×2), 22.5 degrees (4×4)
  • Ramp breakover: 19.9 degrees (4×2), 19.6 degrees (4×4)
  • 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

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.5
  • Interior 4.4
  • Performance 4.0
  • Value 4.2
  • Exterior 4.7
  • Reliability 4.4

Most recent consumer reviews


Bought it new

Bought it brand new, good use of space in center console, everything logically placed. Very few issues. Seat seam wore out from entry and exit on regular basis.


Pretty decent

Engine choices suck.Bring back the 5.2(318),so its actually a reliable working truck.Having to avoid the V/8 and getting the V/6 is not nice at all.


Good reliable truck for anyone

This truck was my friend for four years until I traded it in om a fullsize RAM. It was a true workhorse. I used it as a daily commuter, family vehicle, cargo hauler, and as a tow vehicle and it did it all well. Ride could be better but, let's face it it's a truck. I truly love the design, I feel it's an attractive looking truck. Interior design looks a little cheap, but it's thought out well and I was always using the fold-flat crates under the back seats. I traded it in because I needed a larger back seat as kids are getting bigger, and because it's one flaw is the power (or lack there of) of the V6 engine. Hot day with the A/C cranked up and a full load of passengers and you can feel a big drop in performance.

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Based on the 2011 Dodge Dakota base trim.
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New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Dodge CPO Go
New car program benefits
36 months/36,000 miles
60 months/100,000 miles
60 months/100,000 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
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