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2007 Dodge Dakota

2007 Dodge Dakota Review

The Dodge Dakota pickup truck, got a redesigned for 2005. For 2007, Dakotas get a standard two-position tailgate that can be locked at an angle to better carry cargo. Available YES Essentials fabric is designed to be stain-, odor- and static-resistant. A remote starter is newly optional. A V-6 is standard, but the Dakota can be fitted with either of two V-8s. Dodge Dakota comes in two body styles: The Club Cab is an extended-cab configuration with small, reverse-opening rear doors to access the rear compartment. It comes with a 6 1/2-foot bed. The Quad Cab is a crew-cab style truck with four full-size doors and a 5-foot, 4-inch bed. Each can seat five to six passengers, but back-seat riders will be much more comfortable in the Quad Cab. Dakotas are available with rear- or four-wheel drive in three trim levels: ST, SLT and Laramie. Dakota's steering is light for easy maneuverability in crowded parking lots and the Dakota responds quickly on the road.

2007 Dodge Dakota Trims

Three trim levels are available: ST, SLT, and Laramie. ST Club Cab and Quad Cab come standard with air conditioning, AM/FM/CD stereo with audio auxiliary jack, tinted rear windows, front disc/rear drum brakes with rear-wheel anti-lock (ABS), and 16-inch steel wheels. Quad Cabs have fold-down rear seats. Both bodies are built on the same 131.1-inch wheelbase.

SLT Club Cab and Quad Cab are upgraded with new YES Essentials seat fabric, fold-down rear seats; a full-floor console for Quad Cabs; power windows, mirrors and locks with remote keyless entry; cruise control; tilt steering; color-keyed carpet mats; chrome bumpers; fog lights; and 16-inch painted aluminum wheels.

Laramie Club Cab and Quad Cab add leather upholstery, leather-wrapped steering wheel, premium 276-watt Alpine audio with MP3 capability and 6-CD changer, automatic headlamps, auto-dimming rearview mirror, body-color front bumper, bright bodyside moldings, and a security alarm with Sentry Key engine immobilizer.

2007 Dodge Dakota Powertrain

A 210-horsepower, 3.7-liter V-6 is standard. For more power, the available 4.7-liter V-8 produces 230 hp and 290 pounds-feet of torque. At the top of performance is a high-output 4.7-liter V-8 that makes 260 hp. Transmission choices include a four-speed automatic, five-speed automatic and six-speed manual. The Laramie comes standard with the automatic. Either a part-time or full-time four-wheel-drive transfer case is available.

2007 Dodge Dakota Handling

With the V-6, the Dakota cab feel short on power and sluggish for passing and merging. Furthermore, it doesn't offer a big fuel economy advantage. The V-8s are more suitable on grades. Automatic transmission shifts on a V-8 are a bit more noticeable than in the V-6 model, but they're still not bothersome. Performance with the high-output engine isn't appreciably quicker than with a regular V-8. Four-wheel-drive versions ride with pleasant smoothness on good pavement. The suspension reacts quickly to bumps and recovers promptly. On narrow two-lane roads, the Dakota maneuvers quite handily and with satisfying steering feel. Dakota's rack-and-pinion power steering is a bit over-assisted. The truck tracks extremely well, and responds quickly to inputs. Like all pickup trucks the 2007 Dodge Dakota can get choppy over small, high-intensity bumps and ruts. It's been upgraded for '07 with electronic throttle control and exhaust-gas recirculation. Thick glass, big mufflers, and generous sound insulation throughout the body and firewall help reduce noise. Still, the Dakota drives bigger than it looks, with a hefty, Ram-like way about it, and plenty of muscles to flex.

2007 Dodge Dakota Interior

2007 Dakota Quad Cab models can be configured for six-person seating rather than the usual five-person capacity. With the rear seats folded, Club Cab storage space totals 30 cubic feet, versus 37.1 cubic feet in the Quad Cab. Club Cab models have forward-facing rear seats and rear-hinged access doors. The rear seats are 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. Getting in is easy, and the interior is comfortable and convenient, with controls that are easy to reach and operate. Rear-seat room is generous. A center console and lots of cubbyholes provide organizational options. Black-on-white gauges are outlined with chrome rings, and the central speedometer is about twice as large as the other two gauges. The angular center stack houses the sound system, climate controls and vents. The thick four-spoke steering wheel features audio and cruise controls. Brushed metal accents brighten the cockpit, and the whole design works very well in terms of usability, convenience, and reach. The plastic materials are decent and interior finishes are good.

2007 Dodge Dakota Exterior

Dodge Dakota looks massive and menacing; Club Cab models have a 6.5-foot bed, while the Quad Cab gets a bed that measures 5 feet, 4 inches. Squared-off styling on the hood, grille and fender edges gives a distinctive look. Wheels are available in 16-, 17- and 18-inch sizes. Club Cabs have auxiliary rear doors that swing open nearly 180 degrees. Quad Cabs feature four huge doors; the rear doors open out to nearly 90 degrees, so ingress and egress are very good. Quad Cab interiors are roomy, with over 102 cubic feet of passenger space. Last redesigned for 2005, the Dodge Dakota hasn't changed much in appearance since then. The Dakota shares its design with the full-size Dodge Ram and Durango SUV. All three share the retro big-rig grille motif and bulging fenders that have become trademarks of the Dodge Truck brand. Still, Dakota boasts sharper, crisper lines and flatter planes than its relatives; and its grille is laid back, not vertical. Front fender lines deliberately extended halfway along the length of the door. A coil-over-shock independent front suspension is used on both 2WD and 4WD models, with conventional leaf springs at the rear. All models come with front and rear tow hooks and tie-downs in the bed.

2007 Dodge Dakota Safety

Rear-wheel antilock braking is standard; four-wheel ABS is optional. Side curtain airbags that protect passengers in both rows of seats are optional. The Club Cab has earned five-star safety ratings in both front and side impact testing by the federal government (NHTSA).

The Dodge Dakota is on the large end of the mid-size pickups. The Dakota is the biggest pickup in the mid-size class, and the only mid-size truck available with a V8. Dodge claims its 7150-pound maximum towing capacity is by far the best in the class. Dakota looks nearly as big and tough as the full-size Dodge Ram. For 2007, the V8 is now flex-fuel capable, meaning it can run on gasoline or up to 85 percent ethanol. A dual-position tailgate is now standard on all models, maximizing versatility when hauling long building materials. If you are looking for a vehicle that is big and brawny, but not as big as a full-size, the Dodge Dakota is a good choice. All models come with front and rear tow hooks and tie-downs in the bed.