2005 Dodge Dakota Consumer Review: A truck for all around use

2005 Dodge Dakota - Consumer Review

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SLT Quad Cab (3.7L V6 4x4 4-speed Automatic 5.4 ft. Bed)

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A truck for all around use
By Lisco on


2005 Dodge Dakota 4dr Quad Cab SLT 4WD SB (3.7L 6cyl 4A)


This is the second Dakota Quad Cab I have owned. Have also owned F-150 and Tundra Double Cabs. Previous Dakota Quad Cab with V-8 5-speed auto with a tonneau cover averaged a tad over 20 mpg on trips, this one with only 2,000 miles, V-8 4x4 managed 19.4 mpg on a recent out of state trip. Handles well, steering is nice, and road noise is acceptable. City driving is much like driving a full size car, and parking in tight spaces is no longer the chore the larger trucks were. A 4x2 with limited slip is a bit quieter and smoother but the 4x4 does offer a more well rounded vehicle.

Best Features

Good road manners, entry and exit easier for spouse than larger trucks, and decent power even with regular gas. Plenty of towing capacity for my needs.

Worst Features

Adjustable bed rail tie downs similar to the new Tacoma.
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