How Much: Base price, $22,780 (ST 3.7L); As tested, $32,465 (Laramie 4.7L)

What's Hot: Only V-8 in the class, biggest tow rating for its size, all you have to do is think burnout to make it happen, plus it now has an auto start feature on the key FOB

What's Not: Chassis feels long-in-the-tooth, interior still looks carved with a dull spatula, and it lacks an identity (new nose styling is meant to remind you of other Dodge products)

Like this? Try These: Toyota Tacoma, Nissan Frontier, Honda Ridgeline

Bottom Line: Will need significant mods and upgrades to make it a segment leader. For now, it barely keeps up with the pack-unless you need a V-8.

2008 Dodge Dakota 4x2 Crew Cab
Drivetrain Front-engine, RWD
Engine 4.7L/302-hp/329-lb-ft SOHC OHV V-8
Transmission 5-speed auto, CVT
Curb weight (dist f/r) 4689 lb
Wheelbase 3600 lb (mfr)
Length x width x height 131.3 in
0-60 mph 8.6 sec (MT est)
EPA city/hwy econ 14 / 19 mpg
CO2 emmisions 1.22 lb/mile