2005 Dodge Dakota Road Test Specs | Edmunds

2005 Dodge Dakota - Road Test Specs

2005 Dodge Dakota Pickup

(3.7L V6 6-speed Manual 6.6 ft. Bed)


Model year2005
Style4dr Quad Cab Laramie 4WD SB (3.7L 6cyl 4A)
Base MSRP$28,679.00
As-tested MSRP$32,239.00


Drive type4WD
Engine typeV8
Displacement (cc/cu-in)4.7
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)230@4600
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)290@3600
Transmission type5-speed automatic


Suspension, frontIndependent w/ stabilizer bar
Suspension, rearLive axle w/ stabilizer bar
Steering typePower rack and pinion
Tire brandGoodyear
Tire modelWrangler
Tire size, frontP265/65R17
Tire size, rearP265/65R17
Brakes, front4-wheel disc w/ABS

Track Test Results

0-45 mph (sec.)5.8
0-60 mph (sec.)9.3
0-75 mph (sec.)14.6
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)16.93@80.16
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)31.98
60-0 mph (ft.)131.47
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)57.9
Sound level @ idle (dB)Low
@ Full throttle (dB)74
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)68

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsAcceleration seemed a little disappointing considering this is a V8-powered truck, we'd expected it to run at least in the eights 0-60. The engine sounds a little unrefined, sort of whiny and raspy as opposed to a low-frequency rumble like you'd want from a truck. The transmission also doesn't upshift as postively as we'd like, and the shifts occur about 400 rpm sooner than we'd like. It loses a bit of traction off the line, but it isn't really an issue.
Braking ratingExcellent
Braking commentsBraking was quite good in the Dakota. It stops straight without any need to correct for direction with steering, and it had a hint of ABS vibration in the pedals but it was very slight considering this is a truck. Distances seemed consistent and short, particularly for a truck and the numbers seem to bear that out. There was no evidence of fade even after four runs, so overall it gets an excellent rating.
Handling ratingExcellent
Handling commentsThe Dakota did quite well in the slalom, and it's interesting because turning on the four-wheel-drive system did seem to help at least modestly in terms of grabbing and sticking to the pavement. Body roll feels pretty tight, especially for a four-wheeler, and steering feedback was quite good. The truck's handling is quite predictable, you can hang the rear end out when you want to but it's easy to catch and control. Overall for a 4x4 truck it was very solid.

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)15 City 20 Highway
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)22

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)6010
Length (in.)218.8
Width (in.)72
Height (in.)68.6
Wheelbase (in.)131.3
Legroom, front (in.)41.9
Legroom, rear (in.)36.4
Headroom, front (in.)39.9
Headroom, rear (in.)38.4
Seating capacity6
Cargo volume (cu-ft)37 cu. ft.
Max. cargo volume, seats folded (cu-ft)37 cu. ft.


Bumper-to-bumper3 years / 36,000 miles
Powertrain7 years / 70,000 miles
Corrosion5 years / 100,000 miles
Roadside assistance3 years / 36,000 miles
Free scheduled maintenanceNot Available


Front airbagsStandard
Side airbagsNot Available
Head airbagsOptional
Antilock brakesStandard
Electronic brake enhancementsNot Available
Traction controlNot Available
Stability controlNot Available
Rollover protectionNot Available
Emergency assistance systemNot Available
NHTSA crash test, driverNot Tested
NHTSA crash test, passengerNot Tested
NHTSA crash test, side frontNot Tested
NHTSA crash test, side rearNot Tested
NHTSA rollover resistanceNot Tested

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