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Winner: Toyota Tacoma
Runner-Up: Dodge Dakota
Again, not a lot has changed in this segment: No signs that the Amarok or world-market Ranger are coming here. And we still don't know what's with Mahindra. Bottom line: There's nothing new to take on the champ Tacoma, so it remains the victor. It has added new options (T|X and T|X Pro), and still has the most bed, engine, transmission, and cab choices. It also has the best towing capacity a V-6 can offer, second only to the V-8 Dakota in this class.
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Compact Pickup, 4WD ext cab
Vehicle Chevy/GMC Colorado/Canyon Dodge Dakota by Ram Extended Cab Ford Ranger SuperCab
Base price $23,400/$23,400 $28,100 $25,835
Wheelbase 126.0 in 131.3 in 125.9 in
Base engine 2.9L DOHC I-4 3.7L SOHC V-6 4.0L SOHC V-6
Opt engines 3.7L I-5 $1000, 5.3L V-8 $3595 4.7L V-8 $1860  
Power, SAE 185 hp (242, 300) 210 hp (302) 207 hp
Torque, SAE 190 lb-ft (242, 320) 235 lb-ft (329) 238 lb-ft
Tires 235/75R16 245/70R16 225/70R15
Fuel cap 19.6 gal 22.0 gal 19.5 gal
EPA fuel econ, city/hwy 16-18/22-24 (16/21-22, 14/19) mpg 14/18 (14/19) mpg 14-15/18-19 mpg
Seating cap 5 5 5
Curb weight 3900 lb 4440 lb 3700 lb
GVWR 5300 lb 6010 lb 5280 lb
Payload 1400 lb 1610 lb 1580 lb
Max towing cap 6000 lb 7050 lb 5580 lb
 
Vehicle Nissan Frontier King Cab Toyota Tacoma Access Cab
Base price $25,050 $24,300
Wheelbase 125.9 in 127.4 in
Base engine 4.0L DOHC V-6 2.7L DOHC I-4
Opt engines   4.0L V-6 $1555
Power, SAE 261 hp 159 hp (236)
Torque, SAE 281 lb-ft 180 lb-ft (266)
Tires 265/70R16 245/75R16
Fuel cap 21.1 gal 21.0 gal
EPA fuel econ, city/hwy 14-15/19 mpg 18-21/20-25 (14-17/18-21) mpg
Seating cap 4 4
Curb weight 4300 lb 3950 lb
GVWR 5690 lb 5350 lb
Payload 1390 lb 1400 lb
Max towing cap 6300 lb 6500 lb
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2011 Dodge Dakota

SPECIFICATIONS
$23,210
15 / 20
3.7L V6
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Ram Drops Dakota for 2012
The Ram Dakota, the oft-forgotten, slow-selling smaller stablemate to the Ram 1500, will cease production on Tuesday.
Christian SeabaughAug 22, 2011
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Truck Trend's Best In Class 2011: Compact Pickup
Again, not a lot has changed in this segment.
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2011 Ram 1500 and Dakota Receive Minor Updates
Chrysler has announced the Ram 1500 and Dakota will receive minor updates for the 2011 model year.
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2010 Dodge Dakota

SPECIFICATIONS
$22,755
15 / 20
3.7L V6
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2009 Dodge Dakota

SPECIFICATIONS
$22,560
15 / 20
3.7L V6
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Recall: 2009-2010 Ram 1500, Dodge Dakota Rear Axle Pinion Nut
Loose Nut Could Result in Axle Seizure, Loss of Control
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Pre-owned: 2005-2009 Dodge Dakota
For 2005, the third-gen Dakota gained creased sheetmetal, an oversize grille, and a spruced-up interior riding on a new chassis featuring boxed frame members and a revised front suspension for 2WD and 4WD models.
Marc CookAug 18, 2010
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Detroit Goes Unibody, Dodge Dakota to make the switch
Rumor has it the next Dakota will be a unibody design (like the Ridgeline).
Sep 29, 2008

2008 Dodge Dakota

SPECIFICATIONS
$20,470
16 / 20
3.7L V6
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Pre-owned: 2005-2009 Dodge Dakota
For 2005, the third-gen Dakota gained creased sheetmetal, an oversize grille, and a spruced-up interior riding on a new chassis featuring boxed frame members and a revised front suspension for 2WD and 4WD models.
Marc CookAug 18, 2010
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Quick Drive: 2008 Dodge Dakota Crew Cab TRX4
Dodge's midsize pickup with all the off-road bells and whistles
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Quick Drive: 2008 Dodge Dakota 4x2 Crew Cab
A Midsize pickup with a Fullsize personality
Mark WilliamsApr 14, 2008
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Newcomer: 2008 Dodge Dakota
Dodge's 2008 Dakota adds several important improvements during its latest refresh, but keeps the same foundation.
Allyson HarwoodDec 20, 2007
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First Drive: 2008 Dodge Dakota
The 2008 Dodge Dakota attempts to carve its own niche by appealing to younger guys with active lifestyles.
Allyson HarwoodJul 15, 2007
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Spied: 2008 Dodge Dakota
Look for the revamped Dakota to make an official appearance in the fall of 2007.
John Pearley HuffmanFeb 26, 2007

2007 Dodge Dakota

SPECIFICATIONS
$19,370
16 / 22
3.7L V6
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Pre-owned: 2005-2009 Dodge Dakota
For 2005, the third-gen Dakota gained creased sheetmetal, an oversize grille, and a spruced-up interior riding on a new chassis featuring boxed frame members and a revised front suspension for 2WD and 4WD models.
Marc CookAug 18, 2010

2006 Dodge Dakota

SPECIFICATIONS
$20,340
16 / 22
3.7L V6
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Pre-owned: 2005-2009 Dodge Dakota
For 2005, the third-gen Dakota gained creased sheetmetal, an oversize grille, and a spruced-up interior riding on a new chassis featuring boxed frame members and a revised front suspension for 2WD and 4WD models.
Marc CookAug 18, 2010
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Long-Termwrap-Up: 2006 Dodge Dakota Quad Cab 4x4 Laramie
The new truck had more muscular squared lines that gave it a rougher, tougher look, one we liked a lot--enough to bring the midsize truck on board for (at least) a year of testing, on-road and off.
Scott MortaraMay 11, 2007
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Auto News: Chrysler 4.7-liter V-8 Engine Debuts in New 2008 Dodge Dakota
More Fuel-efficient, More Powerful Chrysler Group 4.7-liter V-8 Engine Debuts in New 2008 Dodge Dakota.
Mar 9, 2007
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Truckin Blog - Where's the Hemi?
I want a Hemi in my Dakota. So why can't I have one?
Edward A. SanchezJan 30, 2006

2005 Dodge Dakota

SPECIFICATIONS
$19,885
16 / 22
3.7L V6
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Pre-owned: 2005-2009 Dodge Dakota
For 2005, the third-gen Dakota gained creased sheetmetal, an oversize grille, and a spruced-up interior riding on a new chassis featuring boxed frame members and a revised front suspension for 2WD and 4WD models.
Marc CookAug 18, 2010
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Long-Term Introduction: 2005 Dodge Dakota Laramie
After it competed in last year's Truck of the Year, the newly redesigned Dodge Dakota begged for a closer look, so we welcomed a 2005 Dakota Quad Cab 4x4 Laramie into our family of long-term vehicles. There's value in testing trucks and SUVs over longer periods of time to report on how they last whe
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Exclusive: Performance West Dodge Dakota T/A
The 2005 Dodge Dakota T/A, a truck with a real attitude, courtesy of a tweaked 4.7-liter Magnum V-8 engine, a limited-slip differential, bucket seats, and a console that is pure musclecar--or should we say muscle truck?
Rich TruesdellJul 28, 2005
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Road Test: 2005 Dodge Dakota
The trend is clear: Nobody wants to make a compact pickup anymore. The 2005 model year seems to mark the death of the compact and renaissance of the midsize. Previous Dakotas have been ahead of the curve, always larger than their competitors.
Allyson HarwoodMar 28, 2005
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2005 Dodge Dakota - Road Test & Review - Motor Trend
After years of dormancy, the compact/midsize truck market is suddenly boiling over with new products. Last year brought fresh entries from GMC and Chevrolet, and before 2005 is over we'll see new rigs from Toyota and Nissan, plus the fresh Dodge Dakota pictured here.
Brian VanceOct 12, 2004

2004 Dodge Dakota

SPECIFICATIONS
$17,200
16 / 22
3.7L V6
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2003 Dodge Dakota

SPECIFICATIONS
$16,845
15 / 21
3.9L V6
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First Test: 2003 Modified Dodge Dakota R/T Regular Cab
An early pioneer of the sport-truck genre, Dodge is putting its Dakota R/T out to pasture, but not without one last ride: the company created the Modified Dakota R/T.The first Dakota rolled off the assembly line in 1986, leading its class in power and hauling capability.
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Road Test Performance: 217.314 Miles Per Hour 2003 Dodge Dakota
Think you have a fast pickup truck? Are you convinced the big brute in your garage is at the top of the food chain? Sorry, Bunkie, it's time to settle in on the porch to watch the Big Boys at work. Unless your wheels can crank out over 700 horsepower and 1300 lb-ft of torque, it might be in your bes
David NewhardtMar 15, 2004

2002 Dodge Dakota

SPECIFICATIONS
$15,720
16 / 22
3.9L V6
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2001 Dodge Dakota

SPECIFICATIONS
$14,010
20 / 25
2.5L I4
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2000 Dodge Dakota

SPECIFICATIONS
$13,655
20 / 24
2.5L I4
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Four-door, personal-use pickups are one of this year's Big Things. And it makes sense: Some people need the cabin space of a sport/utility, with the cargo box of a pickup. While three-quarter and one-ton crew cabs (those with four full front-hinged doors) have been around for decades, this new breed
Matt StoneDec 12, 2003
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The Dakota R/T Club’s National Meet
“Dodge Different.” The slogan couldn’t be more dead on. The second annual Dakota R/T Club National Meet was like no other event we’ve been to. Instead of being dulled by lazy show trucks sitting motionless in a hot parking lot, this three-d
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1999 Dodge Dakota

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$13,360
20 / 24
2.5L I4
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1998 Dodge Dakota

SPECIFICATIONS
$13,125
20 / 25
2.5L I4
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1997 Dodge Dakota

SPECIFICATIONS
$12,725
20 / 25
2.5L I4
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Ever swing a hammer that was too heavy for you? Or ever try to drive a large nail with a hammer that was just too light?
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1996 Dodge Dakota

SPECIFICATIONS
$11,075
21 / 25
2.5L I4
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1995 Dodge Dakota

SPECIFICATIONS
$10,286
23 / 27
2.5L I4
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