How Much: Base price, $29,745; As tested, $34,350

What's Hot: Cool 4x4 options, 302-horse V-8 (only V-8 in class), best-in-class towing

What's Not: Over-creased exterior, rough ride, pricey

Like this? Try These: Nissan Frontier, Toyota Tacoma, Ford Ranger

Bottom Line: Straddles the line between a neglected category (compact) and one filled with better choices (full-size).

2008 Dodge Dakota Crew Cab TRX4
Drivetrain Front engine, 4WD
Engine 4.7L/302-hp/329-lb-ft SOHC V-8
Transmission 5-speed auto
Curb weight (dist f/r) 4700 lb (mfr)
Wheelbase 131.3 in
Length x width x height 218.5 x 76.4 x 68.6 in
0-60 mph 8.7 sec (MT est)
EPA city/hwy fuel econ 14/19 mpg
CO2 emmisions 1.22 lb/mile (est)