I've owned several Dakotas from the two previous generations and have had mixed results. The redesigned Dakota showed significant refinement in build quality, ride, handling, reliability, performance, style and just about everywhere else. I couldn't be happier with my 2005 Dakota! My only complaint is that it can be a little gas thirsty.
Seating comfort, stereo, convenience of controls.
While I've had no functional issues, interior could be softened. The hard plastic feels a little cheap.