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1995 Dodge Dakota

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1995 Dodge Dakota Review

A powerful little pickup truck with great handling.

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The1995 Dodge Dakota is energy efficient enough for day-to-day use and serves as an excellent work vehicle that's able to haul lots of cargo. Smaller and easier to maneuver than some of its larger competitors, it has enough power and performance to put an edge on the competition.

The 1995 Dodge Dakota has many benefits, one of them being its competitive price point. It does, however, offer similar amenities to the Ranger with comparable performance and capabilities. Whether sticking to the bare essentials with the base and WS or indulging in the upgraded SLT or Sport models, it's a smart and economical choice in a midsize pickup truck.

The Range

Body Styles: truck
Engines: 2.5-liter four-cylinder, 3.9-liter V-6, 5.2 V-8
Transmissions: five-speed manual, four-speed automatic
Models: Dodge Dakota, Dodge Dakota Sport, Dodge Dakota WS, Dodge Dakota SLT

What's New

The 1995 Dodge Dakota features the new club cab Sport model. Other than this new model, it remains largely unchanged from the 1994 model year.


The1995 Dodge Dakota comes in either regular or extended cab lengths. It comes equipped with standard 15-inch alloy wheels. A rear step bumper is included as standard on all models except the WS and base.


The1995 Dodge Dakota base and WS models come with standard vinyl seating, while cloth seating is featured on the Sport and SLT models. All models are equipped with power steering and AM/FM audio system. The upgraded SLT comes with standard equipment such as air-conditioning, manual horizontal sliding rear window, intermittent windshield wipers, and cassette audio system..

Performance & Handling

The 1995 Dodge Dakota has enough power to tow a fair amount of cargo while managing to handle really well. It's available in two-wheel or four-wheel drive and maneuvers easy with a smooth acceleration. Equipped with either a 2.5-liter four-cylinder or the more powerful 3.9-liter V-6, the Dakota gets slightly better gas mileage than some of its larger competitors with excellent performance. It also comes with an option to upgrade to a 5.2-liter V-8. While it's considered a compact truck, it has full-size power in many categories.


The 1995 Dodge Dakota includes driver front airbags and rear-wheel anti-lock brake systems (ABS). Crash test reports from the National Institute for Highway Safety (NIHS) are not available.

EPA Fuel Economy

Dodge Dakota 2WD, four-cylinder: 20/25 mpg city/highway
Dodge Dakota 2WD, V-6, automatic: 15/19 mpg city/highway
Dodge Dakota 2WD, V-6, manual: 15/21 mpg city/highway
Dodge Dakota 2WD, V-8, automatic: 13/17 mpg city/highway
Dodge Dakota 2WD, V-8, manual: 14/18 mpg city/highway
Dodge Dakota 4WD, V-6, automatic/manual: 14/17 mpg city/highway
Dodge Dakota 4WD, V-8, automatic: 12/16 mpg city/highway
Dodge Dakota 4WD, V-8, manual: 11/16 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Good as work vehicle or for everyday use
  • Excellent handling and maneuverability

You Won't Like

  • Poor fuel economy
  • Odd design
  • Lack of luxury features

Sum Up

A powerful little pickup truck with great handling.

If You Like This Vehicle

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