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Dodge Dakota

The Dodge Dakota is a pickup that is not too large and not too small. Though no longer in production, many used Dodge Dakotas can be found on the market today. At CARFAX, we aim to provide consumers a better understanding of the Dodge Dakota, which includes both standard make and model details along with proprietary CARFAX data tied to each particular vehicle.

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Used Dodge Dakota: In Depth



1999 Dodge Dakota
For towing a boat and general use. I really like the Magnum V8. Lots of power.


Because the Dodge Dakota is small, but not too small, this truck handles smoothly on the roads and also when hauling small loads. Consumers like that, even though this it is considered a small truck, they can drive it with a V8. In order to keep the truck in line with other more fuel-efficient models, though, a V6 was also an option.

Those looking for two-wheel drive or part-time four-wheel drive have both of these options available to them in the Dodge Dakota. The Dodge Dakota is a great truck to drive around the city, due to its smaller size, but you'd be impressed with how much the Dakota can haul. Some trim packages offer a max towing capacity of 7,050 pounds.

The Dodge Dakota is a great car for one who appreciates the simpler things in life. The industrial grade interior isn't the most luxurious interior available, but it gets the job done for a low price. And with a powerful V8 engine and an impressive towing capacity, you can get many jobs done!


The 2011 Dodge Dakota made some important safety changes by including side curtain airbags and anti-lock brakes standard on all vehicles. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's latest crash test for the Dakota was on the 2004 Dodge Dakota regular cab model. The only test that was performed was the moderate overlap front test. For this the Dakota received a rating of "Poor."


  • The Dodge Dakota is widely preferred by those looking for a truck that is not a compact, but also is not huge, and will handle their daily commutes, light hauling, and passenger travel needs.
  • For those who are in to performance and economy, the Dakota offers a V8 engine while still delivering 20 mpg on the highway.
  • Even though the Dodge Dakota has been available for several years, reviewers suggest focusing searches for vehicles between the model years of 2005-2011, to offer the buyer a savings but a car that doesn't have too much wear and tear.

Vehicle Overview

Number of Service Records Dodge Dakota

Carfax Facts

A used Dodge Dakota has on average 6.7 service records, like tire rotations or transmission fluid changes. 54 percent of these vehicles have more than 5 service records, making the Dodge Dakota a well maintained car.

Average Odometer Reading

Carfax Chart

The 2010 model year is your best bet to find a Dodge Dakota with 50,000 or less.

Dakota Specifications

  • 3.7L V6

  • 15 city / 20 hwy mpg

  • Two-wheel or four-wheel drive
  • 4-speed automatic

  • 210 hp @ 5,200

  • 131.3 inches

I found a Dodge Dakota extended cab with the asking price of $9,900. After checking the CARFAX report, I found that it had more than two owners and that it was registered in a different state than what I was told.  Thanks to CARFAX, I found out the truth and avoided what could have been an agonizing ordeal.

—Harold Lee Nelson