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2005 Dodge Dakota

2005 Dodge Dakota

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2005 Dodge Dakota Summary

The 2005 Dodge Dakota represents yet another bold move into the truck market for Dodge. With sales of basic small trucks in steady decline, Dodge has redesigned the Dakota as a much larger, more macho midsize pickup.

2005 Dodge Dakota Full Review

Dakota competes against Ford Ranger, Chevrolet Colorado, GMC Canyon, Toyota Tacoma, and Nissan Frontier. As with full-size pickups, competition for compact or mid-size trucks is hot. Dakota's biggest advantage, other than its larger size, is the availability V8 engines, not one, but two of them. Built on a new frame, the new Dakota is substantially longer than the previous model with styling that complements the recently redesigned Durango SUV and Ram pickup. Underway, the Dakota is smooth and quiet. The steering is light for easy maneuverability in crowded parking lots. The Dakota responds quickly on mountain roads and tracks extremely well on the highway. 

2005 Dodge Dakota Trims 

2005 Dodge Dakota For Sale FloridaAll Dakotas are Club Cab extended-cab versions or Quad Cab four-door crew cab models and are set up for five- or six-passenger seating. Standard-cab pickups have faded in popularity as families are increasingly using pickups for recreation and as a transportation alternative to a car. Dodge doesn't even offer a regular cab Dakota.

Either body style and all three trim levels come standard with a 3.7-liter V6. A 4.7-liter Magnum V8 engine is available on all models. A high-output version of the 4.7-liter V8 is available for the SLT and Laramie trim levels. Each engine comes standard with a six-speed manual.

Two-wheel drive and four-wheel drive are available: A traditional part-time four-wheel drive system is standard on 4X4 models. Full-time four-wheel drive with part-time differential locking is optional. 

With the Club Cab, you get a 6 1/2-foot bed length; with the Quad Cab you get a 5-foot 4-inch bed. Club Cabs now feature small doors to access the rear compartment, which the old model did not have. 

Club Cab and Quad Cab are available in ST, SLT, or Lariat trim levels. The ST trim level comes standard with 16-inch wheels. SLT adds 16-inch aluminum wheels, fog lamps, tilt steering, dual rear seats, and power windows, locks and mirrors. Laramie comes loaded with leather seats, six way leather power driver's seat, an Infinity six-speaker 288-watt premium sound system with six-disc changer, cruise control, fog lamps, overhead console, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel with remote audio controls. 

Options include the premium audio system, Sirius satellite radio, four-wheel ABS, front-seat side-curtain air bags, towing packages, and 17-inch chrome wheels. Among them: a chrome air deflector for the top of the grille, chrome accents, light bars, and roll bars.

Buy 2005 Dodge Dakota West Palm Beach2005 Dodge Dakota Exterior Design

Starting out with a truck that's almost four inches longer than the previous Dakota, with almost all the extra length devoted to front crush space and deeper bumpers to meet future crash standards, the new Dakota boats almost 56 cubic feet of interior space. 

The intersection of the front fender, multi-element, twin-lens headlamp and grille makes the whole design work beautifully. All models come with front and rear tow hooks and tie-downs in the bed. 

New to the Dakota is an Enhanced Accident Response System or EARS, which automatically turns on interior lights and unlocks doors in the event of an air bag deployment, so that medical or response personnel can help faster and easier.

2005 Dodge Dakota Interior Design 

The angular center stack houses the sound system, climate controls and vents. The thick four-spoke steering wheel features audio and cruise controls. The rear seats are deliberately stepped up on their bases so that rear-seat occupants can see out more easily, and they are split into 40/20/40 folding sections with two rear cupholders. 

The rear seat room in our Quad Cab test truck was more than generous for family-style use, with 33 cubic feet of storage behind the rear seat. New interior features for the 2005 Dakota include standard head restraints and shoulder belts for all seat positions, taller head restraints, optional Sirius Satellite Radio, and an optional hands-free communications system that uses Bluetooth technology to make a compatible cellphone work as part of the truck.

Driving 2005 Dodge Dakota

Finance 2005 Dodge Dakota FLThe 3.7-liter Magnum V6 is rated 210 horsepower and 235 pound-feet of torque. The 4.7-liter V8 generates 230 horsepower and 290 pound-feet of torque. Our Quad Cab with the standard 4.7-liter accelerated with uncommon vigor and a wonderful exhaust note. At highway speeds it settled down into a nice background burble in overdrive fifth gear. Its strong torque means plenty of low-down grunt for pulling payloads of up to 1,800 pounds or towing up to 7,150 pounds.

The transmission has perfectly spaced ratios for trucking, and worked without roughness or harshness, even in high-rpm full-throttle upshifts. For towing, there's a Tow/Haul setting that alters the shift pattern of the automatic transmission.

The truck tracks extremely well, responds quickly to inputs, and stays hunkered down during mountain road playtime. We'd rate the ride and handling very high like all pickup trucks. 

The Dakota offers only rear-wheel anti-lock brakes as standard safety equipment, but four-wheel ABS disc/drum brakes are optional. We deliberately tried the rear ABS on a straight, flat, dry road for several maximum-g stops with no load and no passengers, and it worked very well, keeping the unladen, light-in-the-rear pickup straight and coming to crisp stops four times in a row without locking the rear wheels.

2005 Dodge Dakota For Sale Sawgrass FL2005 Dodge Dakota Conclusions

Anyone in the market for a medium-sized truck that goes around acting like a full-size truck should have a look at the new Dodge Dakota. The Dakota is unique in the class, with its brawny style, generous size, powerful V8 engines for towing, and plenty of room for a typical family. And the Dakota starts below $20,000.