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2000 Dodge Dakota Review

Hands-down choice for utility.

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The 2000 Dodge Dakota offers full-size doors that allow easy access for passengers and cargo, and even though the bed is downsized, its length is almost the same as before. With a 6200-pound towing capacity, it's ready to take the whole family and their gear on the road.

The 200 Dodge Dakota's new V-8 engine gives a new lease on life, backed by a four-speed automatic transmission with two different second-gear ratios. The drivetrain package gives it crisp performance and 295 lb-ft of towing torque. The new Quad Cab wheel base delivers a smooth ride even on the freeway.

The Range

Body Styles: regular cab, extended cab, crew cab
Engines: 2.5-liter four-cylinder, 3.9-liter V-6, 5.9-liter V-8
Transmissions: four-wheel drive, four-speed automatic, five-speed manual
Models: Dakota Base, Dakota Sport Plus, Dakota Sport, Dakota SLT, Dakota SLT Plus, Dakota R/T Sport

What's New

The 2000 Dodge Dakota provides a new 4.7-liter, V-8 engine and the availability of a four full-size door version. The eight-foot bed is discontinued, and five more vibrant color choices are available.


The 2000 Dodge Dakota comes with power brakes, a rear step bumper, styled 15-inch steel wheels, tinted glass, and intermittent windshield wipers. Consumers looking to haul cargo can opt for a bed liner. Maximum towing capacity comes in at 1850 pounds with a maximum payload of 1275 pounds. Its length is 195.8 inches, and ground clearance is 8.4 inches while the curb weight is 2278 pounds with a wheel base of 111.9 inches on the base model.

The 2000 Dodge Dakota offers five new exterior color choices, making it a total of nine selections: amber fire pearl coat, black clear coat, bright white clear coat, flame red clear coat, forest green pearl coat, intense blue pearl coat, light driftwood satin glow, patriot blue pearl coat, and sierra bronze.


The 2000 Dodge Dakota is considered compact but has a huge interior with a 40/20/40 split vinyl seat standard. Consumers can opt for cloth-covered high-back bucket seats, and rear passengers travel on a 60/40 split-folding bench seat. This will allow for six people to be seated in the Quad Cab version; meanwhile, the interior is quiet with improved seating comfort.

The 2000 Dodge Dakota enjoys standard base front cup holders, a steering wheel with mounted audio controls, and an AM/FM cassette radio player with four speakers. An oil pressure gauge, voltmeter, and tachometer finish off the dashboard features. Interior comfort upgrades include a front center armrest with storage with bench seating standard. Cruise control and a tilt steering wheel also are optional items. Passengers receive a ton of front head room at 40 inches, with front hip room at 56.7 inches, front leg room at 41.9 inches, and front shoulder room at 581 inches.

Performance & Handling

The 2000 Dodge Dakota improves the independent front suspension to ensure a solid ride quality. Steering also was switched to rack-and-pinion for better response.


The 2000 Dodge Dakota offers front disc brakes with optional anti-lock brakes (ABS) and rear drums with standard ABS. Standard driver and passenger airbags didn’t help the NHTSA frontal offset test, which rated it ?poor.? Identifix found an occasional problem with the crankshaft position sensor. Failure of the sensor may prevent the truck from starting. The transmission output shaft speed sensor also occasionally failed during testing, along with the rear axle speed sensor.

EPA Fuel Economy

Dodge Dakota 2WD, four-cylinder, manual: 18/23 mpg city/highway
Dodge Dakota 2WD, V-6, automatic: 15/20 mpg city/highway
Dodge Dakota 2WD, V-6, manual: 15/21 mpg city/highway
Dodge Dakota 2WD, V-8, automatic: 13/18 mpg city/highway
Dodge Dakota 2WD, V-8, 5.9-liter, manual: 11/16 mpg city/highway
Dodge Dakota 4WD, V-6, automatic: 13/17 mpg city/highway
Dodge Dakota 4WD, V-6, manual: 14/17 mpg city/highway
Dodge Dakota 4WD, V-8, automatic/manual: 13/17 mpg city/highway
Dodge Dakota 4WD, V-8, 5.9-liter, automatic: 11/15 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Four full-size doors
  • Huge, roomy interior
  • Great looking vehicle

You Won't Like

  • Fuel consumption in the 5.9-liter
  • Cheap interior materials

Sum Up

Hands-down choice for utility.

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