2011 Dodge DakotaChange Vehicle
of the 2011 Dodge Dakota base trim shown
From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team
- 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
- No regular cab
- Quality of interior materials better, but doesn't impress
- No electronic stability system
- New exterior colors
- Two- or four-wheel drive
- Extended cab or crew cab
- Standard side curtain airbags
- Standard antilock brakes
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.
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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. Read full review
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I just purchased my 2nd Dodge Dakota Truck. The first was the 6 cylinder, V-6 and this one is the 4.3 V-8 magnum 4wd Big Horn edition. Wow! I thought my first truck was a little work horse but I can ... Read full review
The 2011 Dodge Dakota currently has 0 recalls