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2011 Dodge Dakota Review

From the worksite to family vacations, this truck won’t disappoint.

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The 2011 Dodge Dakota boasts of a 3.6-liter engine. With the plastic interior that made pickups look fake coming off and an inclusion of convenience features like vanity mirrors, you may just arrive at that family gathering to looks of approval.

The Range

Body Styles: pickup
Engines: 3.6-liter V-6, 4.7 liter V-6
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Dodge Dakota ST Extended Cab Pickup, Dodge Dakota Big Horn Cab Pickup, Dodge Dakota Big Horn Crew Cab Pickup, Dodge Dakota Laramie Crew Cab Pickup, Dodge Dakota TRX Crew Cab Pickup

What's New

The 2011 Dodge Dakota comes with a couple of new safety features, among them ABS and side-mounted airbags. It also takes on a new name by dropping the ?Dodge? and taking on the ?Ram? Dakota.


The exterior of the 2011 Dodge Dakota, ST Extended Cab Pickup, comes with all terrain P245-70R16 tires and 16-inch steel wheels. The truck has a ground clearance of 7.9 inches, a height of 68.6 inches, a width of 71.7 inches, and a length of 218.5 inches, with a wheelbase measuring 131.3 inches. The maximum tow capacity of this truck reaches 7250 pounds when properly equipped.


For a pickup, the passenger vanity mirror provides a refreshing surprise in the 2011 Dodge Dakota. It also has air-conditioning and reading lights in the cabin.

It offers a comfortable amount of space for occupants with 39.6 inches of headroom, and 41.9 inches of legroom. It also keeps passengers comfortable in the front cabin with bucket front seats that provide 54.9 inches of hip room and 57.7 inches of shoulder room.

In the back cabin, the 2011 Dodge Dakota feels a bit more cramped but still offers fair space at 36.5 inches of headroom and 32.1 inches of legroom. The rear seat also folds back, which creates a compartment behind the seat.

The interior loses its earlier plastic look and replaces it with cloth materials that give it a more friendly feeling. The front and rear door have a compartment or a pocket, and cup holders add another convenient feature for front and rear occupants.

The driving experience no longer has to be a muscle job as the pickup comes with power steering and a tilt-adjustable steering wheel.

Performance & Handling

The 2011 Dodge Dakota is an impressive machine, with a 3.7 liter, 210-hp, V-6 engine that produces 235 ft-lb of torque. It uses rear drive, which makes it a tricky one to maneuver in slippery areas. The four-speed automatic transmission contributes to its poor control when its gets slippery.

It does have good road traction with independent suspension in the front, a solid rear suspension axle, a double wishbone front suspension, and a stabilizer bar. The grip and weight may tone down the skids on slippery surfaces.


ABS has found a home with pickups, and the 2011 Dodge Dakota offers four-wheel ABS, ventilated front disc and rear drum brakes, and electronic brake force distribution, which makes stopping safe a more assured experience.

It also has curious child safety measures such as the child seat anchors and the passenger airbag deactivation switch. Tire pressure monitoring comes fitted in and the valve indicates when a tire runs low. The models also offer fog driving lights which make a good addition to the pickup range.

The front seats of the 2011 Dodge Dakota have height-adjustable headrests, but the rear-seat headrests remain fixed. The Dakota also includes standard front- and rear-seat airbags and side airbags.

EPA Fuel Economy

Dodge Dakota: 15/20 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Best-in-class towing capacity
  • Comfortable ride
  • A lot of standard features

You Won't Like

  • Crammed rear seat
  • Pricey options

Sum Up

From the worksite to family vacations, this truck won’t disappoint.

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