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Facts & Figures
Bodystyle: Pickup Truck
Class: Mid-Size Truck
Engines: 3.7l 6-cyl. (210hp)
4.7l 8-cyl. (230-250hp)
EPA Mileage:
[mpg]
14 - 17 (City)
18 - 22 (Highway)
Our Rating:
Overview & Pictures
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Dakota competes against the , , , , and . As with full-size pickups, competition for compact or mid-size trucks is hot. Though the Ranger is dated, Canyon, Colorado, Tacoma, and Frontier are totally new pickups for either 2004 or 2005. Dakota's biggest advantage, other than its larger size, is the availability V8 engines, not one, but two of them. Its towing capacity has been expanded to 7,150 pounds, by far the most in the class.

Built on a new frame, the new Dakota is substantially longer than the previous model with styling that complements the recently redesigned SUV and pickup. Getting in is easy and the redesigned interior is comfortable and convenient with controls that are easy to reach and operate.

Underway, the Dodge Dakota is smooth and quiet. The optional 4.7-liter V8 burbles subtly in the background when cruising, but really scoots when the throttle is mashed. Yet its fuel economy is rated within 1 mpg of the standard V6's. The steering is light for easy maneuverability in crowded parking lots. The Dakota responds quickly on mountain roads and tracks extremely well on the highway.

Facts & Figures

The 2005 Dodge Dakota is available in 2 versions:
Club Cab and Quad Cab.

The JB car pages provide engine and transmission specs, as well as gas mileage and dimensions for all of these versions.

Club CabQuad Cab

The 2005 Dodge Dakota Club Cab is powered by a base 3.7-liter V6 with 210 at 5,200 hp. Other available engines include a 4.7-liter V8 with 230 at 4,600 hp and a 4.7-liter V8 with 250 at 5,200 hp.

2005 Dodge Dakota Club Cab Specs & Features

The 2005 Dodge Dakota Quad Cab is powered by a base 3.7-liter V6 with 210 at 5,200 hp. Other available engines include a 4.7-liter V8 with 230 at 4,600 hp and a 4.7-liter V8 with 250 at 5,200 hp.

2005 Dodge Dakota Quad Cab Specs & Features

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