2007 Dodge Dakota ST Club Cab 4x4
More photos! Click image to enlarge

The Dakota is the only truck in its class with a two available V8 engines. It’s also bigger than you’d expect, even for a midsize truck. The Dakota performed competently on the off-road course, and offered a comfortable ride on the highway. Its 230 hp V8 engine set it apart from its competition, and contributed to the feeling of substance and ruggedness. The small rear seats in the extended cabin are good for occasional use only, but in a pinch will accommodate an extra two occupants. Dashboard and controls look like those in the bigger Ram trucks, and the prominent grille lets people know you’re driving a Dodge. Although it pulls with the best in its class, acceleration was somewhat slower than expected and the four-wheel drive low range is slow to engage. However, the Dakota gets full marks for its very competitive price.

Technical Data: 2007 Dodge Dakota ST Club Cab 4×4

Base price (Club Cab 4×4 ST) $28,780
Options (4.7-L flexible fuel V8 – $695; trailer tow group – $545; 5-speed automatic transmission – $1,365; see daimlerchrysler.ca for more details
Freight $1,150
A/C tax $100
Price as tested $32,535
Engine 4.7-L flexible fuel V8
Horsepower 230 @ 4,400 rpm
Torque 290 lb-ft @3,600 rpm
Transmission 5-speed automatic
Axle ratio 3.55
Transfer case Electronic shift-on-the-fly part-time transfer case
Tires P245/70R16 on/off-road
Curb weight 2073 kg (4560 lbs)
GVWR 2732 kg (6010 lbs)
Payload capacity 659 kg (1450 lbs)
Max. trailer weight 3182 kg (7000 lbs)
Wheelbase 3335.3 mm (131.3 in.)
Length 5558.2 mm (218.8 in.)
Width 1821.7 mm (71.7 in.)
Height 1741.4 mm (68.6 in.)
Box length 1195 mm (76.4 in.)
Box width between wheel housings 1146.9 mm (45.2 in )
Rear load height 808.9 mm (31.8 in.)
Ground clearance Front: 201.9 mm (7.9 in.)
  Rear: 203.8 mm (8.0 in.)
Fuel consumption City: 15.6 L/100 km (18 mpg Imperial)
  Hwy: 10.7 L/100 km (35 mpg Imperial)
Fuel type Regular
Warranty 3 years/60,000 km
Powertrain Warranty 5 years/100,000 km
Assembly location Warren, Michigan

Connect with Autos.ca