1999 Dodge Dakota Consumer Review: The best American-made

1999 Dodge Dakota Extended Cab - Consumer Review

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By Greg S on


1999 Dodge Dakota SLT 2dr Extended Cab SB


I researched the small truck market for months prior to buying. On paper, it came down to the Dakota, Tacoma, and Ranger. After the test drive, the Dakota won hands down. It had more muscle, better styling, the best ride, and it just felt more like I was in a real truck. The only negative is the gas mileage, which has surprised me only because it's been a good bit lower than advertised. I am a big guy - 6'2", 250 lbs. - and this truck is easily roomy enough and comfortable enough for me to drive daily. The seats have never caused me any discomfort, even on long trips. After three years, I'm as happy with my decision as the day I drove it off the lot.

Best Features

Comfort of seats, cabin space, layout of dash, quality of sound system (I have the AM/FM CD/cassette), ride and handling.

Worst Features

Gas mileage (V6), tires. Tires wore out in two years (I have the sports suspension with the larger tires) and the only company that makes a tire to fit the suspension is Goodyear - and they are VERY expensive to replace. If you have a choice, go with the regular suspension and regular tires.
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