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2002 Dodge Dakota

   
 
Dodge Dakota Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 3.9 L V 6-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Four Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Manual
  • Horse Power 175 hp @ 4800 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 14/18 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No
 

Review of the 2002 Dodge Dakota

  • If one word could best describe the 2002 Dodge Dakota, comfortable would be it. Whether carrying five adults, cruising the interstate, transporting cargo or tackling off-road terrain, the Dakota is at ease no matter where it is or what it's asked to do.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Available V8 power, commodious cabin, commendable performance on road and off.

  • Cons

    Poor fuel consumption with V8, upper trim levels can get pricey if loaded up with options.

  • What's New for 2002

    A new value-priced 2002 Dodge Dakota SXT debuts and includes 16-inch alloys, automatic tranny, air conditioning, bucket seats and CD…

 
What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

  Average Consumer Rating (4 total reviews)


Great truck

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Vehicle: 2002 Dodge Dakota 2dr Club Cab SLT 4WD SB (3.9L 6cyl 5M)

This truck rides like a luxury car on the highway and in the mountains it is a very stable well balanced ride. I have towed a heavily loaded 20 foot trailor over many of the mountain passes in Colorado, handling is supurb and the V6 Magnum engine has plenty of power to assend these high passes - many of them over 10,000 ft.




All around great truck

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Vehicle: 2002 Dodge Dakota 2dr Club Cab SLT 4WD SB (3.9L 6cyl 5M)

One thing I haven't seen anyone mention anything about is the optional AWD. I'm not sure if maybe it's not offered in all regions, but it's another great feature that puts this vehicle one notch above the rest. One flaw of the Dakota is it seems to have a light rearend. No problems with AWD. We've hauled 6000lbs of hay on a 16 foot trailer with the 4.7L 5 speed combo, and never had a problem pulling it uphill or anywhere. Comfortable and an attractive design. Especially for being 8 years old. The back seat of the club cab is not for adults but is good for children or storage.




Hope to stay pleased.

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Vehicle: 2002 Dodge Dakota 2dr Club Cab SLT 4WD SB (3.9L 6cyl 5M)

Looked at a Ford Ranger 4WD Edge first and just about bought it. Wow, am I glad I took some advice and looked at the SLT...........not really in the same category but in my case, close in price. Hope I comtinue to enjoy as much as I do now. My wife also loves it because it has plenty of style, room, and power w/o overwhelming size.



 
 
 
Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 14
  • cty
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  • 18
  • highway
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Full 2002 Dodge Dakota Review

What's New for 2002

A new value-priced 2002 Dodge Dakota SXT debuts and includes 16-inch alloys, automatic tranny, air conditioning, bucket seats and CD player. An appearance group consisting of graphite-colored bumpers, grille and fender flares is also fitted to the SXT.

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