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1999 Dodge Dakota Review

A reliable pickup truck with ample power for most jobs with the V-8 engines.

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The 1999 Dodge Dakota classifies as a midsize pickup truck, which began production in 1987. It uses a front-engine and rear-drive or four-wheel-drive layout along with a two-door or four-door body style. The second generation, which includes the 1999 model, increases power with a new engine and transmission. It is known for its convenient dimensions and power in the upper-level models.

The Range

Body Styles: pickup truck
Engines: 2.5-liter four-cylinder, 3.9-liter V-6, 5.2-liter V-8, 5.9-liter V-8
Transmissions: four-speed automatic, five-speed manual
Models: Dodge Dakota Sport, Dodge Dakota SLT, Dodge Dakota Base

What's New

Dodge makes no significant changes to the Dakota for 1999.


The 1999 Dodge Dakota comes in a range of trims with a common midsize truck profile, two doors, and the recognizable Dodge truck front end. Some exterior features include skid plates and a trailer hitch receiver, optional power door mirrors, alloy wheels, and fog lights on the SLT and the Sport, and a standard front-wheel independent suspension.


The Dodge Dakota offers optional air-conditioning and an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, CD player, and steering-wheel-mounted audio controls for the Sport and SLT. A cassette player comes standard on all versions of the 1999 Dodge Dakota, along with speed control, tilt steering, and power front windows.

Performance & Handling

The 1999 Dodge Dakota offers a range of power options. The top-of-the-line 245-hp, 5.9-liter V-8 performs well with good towing and hauling capacity. The 230-hp and the 175-hp models do moderately well, and the 120-hp four-cylinder better suits regular commutes and light loads. Handling feels good and the ride comfortable on smooth roads, but it gets rough over potholes.


The 1999 Dodge Dakota includes dual front airbags, and the passenger-side airbag can be disengaged. Furthermore, ABS comes standard.

EPA Fuel Economy

Dodge Dakota: 12/16 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • V-8 performance
  • Convenient dimensions

You Won't Like

  • Four-cylinder towing capacity
  • Standard features

Sum Up

A reliable pickup truck with ample power for most jobs with the V-8 engines.

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