2005 Dodge Dakota Overview


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My First New Vehicle by Steve
 — I loved this truck for the 2 years I had it. It had a V8, 4WD, and a 6-speed manual transmission. I factory ordered it exactly how I wanted it. It drove beautifully, and hauled a load in the back h... Read More
Power To Spare-magnum V-8 by horseygal
 — Big truck power-Sport truck handling-Luxury car ride. Was sister's truck and she passed on. Being a constant reminder, it needs to go to someone that needs reliable power and dependability in an Ameri... Read More
Dodge Dakota Laramie 4 Wh Drive by esmile
 — Great size truck, not quite full size, it's got a very comfortable leather interior, seats 4 (quad cab) with 4 wheel drive. Handles well, gets good gas mileage. Roomy, handles well in all kinds of w... Read More

2005 Dodge Dakota Overview

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2005 Dodge Dakota

It's a new generation for the Dodge Dakota in 2005, but this mid-size pickup that drives like a car, yet tows like a full-size truck isn't going through any growing pains.  It's only getting better, faster, stronger.

Set on a redesigned platform, the 2005 Dakota is offered in three new trims -- ST, SLT, and the high-end Laramie with extra options and leather seats.  The 2-door regular cabs are history, leaving only the extended Club Cab and 4-door Crew Cab, which seat five and six respectively.  At four inches longer, nearly 3 inches wider, and 600 pounds heavier, the Dakota is the biggest pickup in its class.  It's also the most powerful, still the only mid-size to offer a V8 and 4WD.  In 2005, engine options are the holdover 3.7-liter, 210-hp V6 and the 4.7-liter, 230-hp V8, as well as the new 4.7-liter, 260-hp High Output (HO) V8.  Six-speed manual comes standard on all models, with a 4-speed automatic option on the V6 and standard V8 and a 5-speed auto tran on the HO.

New front and rear suspension and a new rack and pinion steering system mean a more comfortable ride and better handling around turns.  Dodge has lately sold the Dakota on its car-like characteristics, appealing to families as an alternative to an SUV.  It's as functional as any full-size, with new tie-downs and hauling power, but rides quietly and comfortably like a sedan.  To this end, Dodge also worked on reducing wind and road noise in the 2005 Dakota, even within the HO V8.  New exterior styling, including a more angled hood, grille, and fenders, enhances the aerodynamics of the truck.

The 2005 Dakota is also the roomiest pickup in its class.  The Club Car has new rear doors that open towards the rear, but do not open independently of the front doors.  Instead of a 3-passenger bench seat, the rear has two individual seats to supposedly provide more comfort.  The Crew Cab has 60/40 folding bench seats to accomodate any configuration of passengers and cargo, and easy access.  

The 2005 Dodge Dakota is rated highly by adoring drivers, for its look, it's handling, it's towing capacity, and its engine power.  The only down spots are fuel mileage and the smaller bed in the Quad cab.  But it remains a top choice for people looking for a family truck.


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