Wanted a Toyota Tacoma crew cab, but settled for the Dakota, and glad I did. The Tacoma does not have the room the Dakota has nor does it have the power. Happy with the Dakota, bought it used and wish I would have looked for one with more features.
The power is the best for this size truck. Toyota may have the name but Dakota has the power.
Gas mileage, you see the gas gauge move everytime you go to the corner store.