2008 Dodge Dakota Road Test Specs | Edmunds

2008 Dodge Dakota - Road Test Specs

2008 Dodge Dakota Extended Cab

(4.7L V8 4x4 5-speed Automatic 6.6 ft. Bed)


Model year2008
StyleLaramie 4dr Crew Cab 4WD SB (4.7L 8cyl 5A)
Base MSRP$30,760
Options on test vehicleTrailer Tow Group, Electronic Transfer Case, Rear Window Defroster, Heated Front Seats, Mineral Gray Metallic Clearcoat Paint, 18" x 8.0" Chrome Clad Aluminum Wheels, Extra Security Package, MYGIG Multimedia Infotainment w/Navigation
As-tested MSRP$35,760


Drive typeFour-wheel drive
Engine typeV8
Displacement (cc/cu-in)4,701cc (287cu-in)
Block/head materialCast-iron block, aluminum alloy heads
ValvetrainSingle overhead camshaft
Compression ratio (x:1)9.1
Redline (rpm)5,750
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)302 @ 4,600
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)329 @ 3,600
Transmission type5-speed Automatic
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)I=3:1; II=1.67:1; III=1:1; IV=0.75:1; V=0.67:1; Axle: 3.92:1


Suspension, frontDouble wishbone
Suspension, rearSolid live axle
Steering typePower steering
Steering ratio (x:1)17.4:1
Tire brandGoodyear
Tire modelWrangler SR-A
Tire typeAll terrain
Tire size, frontP265/65R18
Tire size, rearP265/65R18
Wheel size18 X 8.0
Wheel materialChrome alloy
Brakes, frontVentilated disc
Brakes, rearDrum

Track Test Results

0-45 mph (sec.)4.7
0-60 mph (sec.)7.6
0-75 mph (sec.)11.3
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)16.0 @ 84.4
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)31
60-0 mph (ft.)126
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)58.9
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.74
Sound level @ idle (dB)43.4
@ Full throttle (dB)78.3
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)79.9

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsPlenty of tire grip means that even in 2WD, it's tough to get much wheelspin. Upshifts are quick and largely smooth.
Braking ratingGood
Braking commentsSoft-ish pedal, but decent stopping power despite rear drums.
Handling ratingGood
Handling commentsBig, chunky, howling tires limit grip in the skid pad. Eventually it pushes. In the slalom, quick turn-in, but delayed response from long travel suspension. There's a surprising amount of grip and poise for a truck.

Testing Conditions

Test date12/10/2007
Elevation (ft.)421
Temperature (°F)50

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)14 City / 19 Highway
Edmunds observed (mpg)15.08
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)22

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)4,859
Curb weight, as tested (lbs.)4,855
Weight distribution, as tested, f/r (%)57.7/42.3
Length (in.)218.5
Width (in.)76.0
Height (in.)68.1
Wheelbase (in.)131.3
Track, front (in.)62.8
Track, rear (in.)62.9
Turning circle (ft.)43.3
Legroom, front (in.)41.9
Legroom, rear (in.)36.4
Headroom, front (in.)39.9
Headroom, rear (in.)38.4
Shoulder room, front (in.)57.7
Shoulder room, rear (in.)57.5
Seating capacity6


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


Front airbagsStandard
Side airbagsOptional side airbags
Head airbagsOptional head airbags
Knee airbagsNot available
Antilock brakesRear-only ABS
Electronic brake enhancementsElectronic brakeforce distribution
Traction controlNot available
Stability controlNot available
Tire-pressure monitoring systemTire-pressure monitoring
Emergency assistance systemNot available
NHTSA crash test, driver5 stars
NHTSA crash test, passenger5 stars
NHTSA crash test, side front5 stars
NHTSA crash test, side rear5 stars
NHTSA rollover resistance4 stars

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