I like the size of the Dakota. Full size trucks are too large for what I need and compact trucks are just too small. Good power from the 4.7 L V8. Knew better than to get the V6, little if any better fuel economy with no power. Back seats are OK for the little kids but should have gotten quad cab for more room. Had problems with vibrations at 50-65 mph. Dealer finally found & replaced 3 defective tires (Goodyears). Only real gripe is the extremely soft front suspension. Dips and bumps in the road make for a bouncy white knuckle ride. Very unnerving when the front end is bouncing up & down & up & down nearly bottoming out over a small dip on the highway.
Perfect size truck and V8 engine. Feels sturdy for a smaller truck. Comfortable front seats and large armrest. Grill attached to hood for better engine access.
Stiffer front suspension, feels unsafe at higher speeds. More hooks in bed of truck for tying down cargo. Better tires. Cross member is directly under oil drain which makes a mess. Better MPG would be nice, but hey, it's a truck.