The 2007 Dodge Dakota is a third-generation model of the popular mid-size pickup truck that was originally introduced in the 1980s. With a hydroformed fully boxed frame, the 2007 Dakota offers greater torsional rigidity than previous models. It also offers drivers a more nimble, car-like driving experience thanks to a coil-over front suspension design and rack-and-pinion steering.
Body Styles: pickup truck
Engines: 3.7-liter V-6, 4.7-liter V-8, higher-output 4.7-liter V-8
Transmissions: six-speed manual, four-speed automatic, five-speed automatic
Models: Dodge Dakota ST, Dodge Dakota SLT, Dodge Dakota Laramie
For 2007, Dodge introduces several new touches to the Dodge Dakota. These include optional remote starting capability and seat fabric that’s stain resistant. All Dakotas are also now equipped with a standard dual-position tailgate. New mechanical features include the introduction of flex-fuel capacity for the Dakota’s 4.7-liter V-8, enabling the model to run on either regular gasoline or an E85 blend of gasoline and ethanol.
A mid-size pickup with full-size leanings, the 2007 Dodge Dakota boasts a large crosshair grille out front. Additional exterior features include the dropped fenders that are characteristic of previous generations of Dodge Ram trucks. The SLT model comes with alloy wheels and power mirrors. The line-topping Laramie version features automatic headlights and a remote vehicle start
The 2007 Dakota is available as a standard Club Cab with four doors, forward facing rear seats, and a 6-foot, 6-inch bed. There is also a Quad Cab version that features four full-size doors and a 5-foot, 4-inch bed.
The controls in the 2007 Dodge Dakota are well laid out, user-friendly, and simple. The cabin design itself is crisp looking and attractive. There are style touches that include metallic trim and white-faced gauges along with storage compartments and cupholders. The cabin is spacious enough but only the Quad Cab version is truly capable of accommodating four adult passengers. One major drawback is the low-grade plastic utilized in the vehicle’s interior construction.
In addition to being available in two body styles, for 2007 Dodge has also made the Dakota available in three trim levels: ST, SLT, and Laramie. The base model ST comes with standard features that include cloth seats, air-conditioning, and a CD player with auxiliary audio jack. Quad Cab versions come standard with folding 60/40-split rear seating. Opting for the midrange SLT sees the addition of cruise control, Sirius Satellite Radio, rear jump seats in the Club Cab, power windows, and power locks. The line-topping Laramie version features an auto-dimming mirror, leather seats, remote vehicle start, steering-wheel-mounted audio controls, and an improved Alpine sound system that includes a dash-mounted CD changer.
Performance & Handling
While all available engines for the 2007 Dodge Dakota provide adequate power for everyday driving, if you plan any serious towing or hauling, a V-8 would better handle the job. The higher-output V-8 is the best of the bunch, but even it is basically just about on par with superior V-6 truck engines made by competitors, such as Nissan and Toyota. On the positive side, the 2007 Dodge Dakota does provide a ride that’s smooth and quiet at just about any speed. The cabin is quiet with a minimum of engine, road, or wind noise. Body roll is also kept to a minimum. Thanks to a stiff frame and good suspension tuning, the Dakota is capable of maintaining itself well, even on rougher terrain.
The base model ST features a 3.7-liter V-6 that’s rated at 210 horsepower and produces 235 lb-ft of torque. The two V-8 engine options include a 4.7-liter that’s rated at 230 horsepower and 290 lb-ft of torque and a high-output 4.7-liter V-8 rated at 260 horse and capable of generating 310 lb-ft of torque. The V-6 is paired with a six-speed manual or a four-speed automatic. There is also an available five-speed automatic for the V-8.
The 2007 Dodge Dakota comes standard with rear anti-lock brakes; however, four-wheel ABS is optional, as are full-length side-curtain airbags. The extended-cab Dakota earned a perfect five-star rating in NHTSA crash tests for driver protection and four out of five stars for front-passenger protection. The crew-cab version, on the other hand, received a perfect five-star rating for both. The crew-cab received a five-star rating for protecting both front and rear passengers in side-impact collisions. In IIHS frontal-offset crash tests, the Dakota earned a second best rating of ""acceptable.""
EPA Fuel Economy
Dodge Dakota 3.7-liter V-6: 15/20 mpg city/highway
- Strong lineup of engine choices
- Formidable towing ability
- Available part-time or full-time four-wheel drive
- Good handling ability
You Won't Like
- Interior utilizes low-grade plastics
- High sticker price
- No long-bed model available
A reasonable option for a mid-size truck.
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