I love my Dakota. I purchased a Colorado in '05 and soon after saw the new Dakota and wanted one. I finally made that choice about a month ago and I am glad I did so. Of course the gas mileage isn't as great but the difference isn't that drastic. Other things such as ride comfort, looks and standard features make up for it.
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