The Dakota, around since 1986, remains Dodge's offering in the compact pickup truck segment. For 2004, truck buyers can choose a Dakota Regular Cab, Compact Cab, or the four door Quad Cab. All three configurations are available as 2WD and 4WD trucks. The Dakota is the only model in its segment to offer a V8 powertrain.
Quad Cab Highlights
Five-speed 5-4RFE electronically controlled engine on the Magnum 4.7L engine uses a dual-ratio second gear to aid in towing, passing and grade change situations.
Most spacious interior among four-door compact pickups.
Standard bucket seats.
Rear seats split 60/40 to allow a better combination of people and cargo.
Rear doors open a full 90-degrees, and have windows that lower
all the way down.
Standard 16" x 7" aluminum wheels.
6,100 pound towing capability.
A five-foot, three-inch bed that's the largest among four-door compact pickups. It can handle a payload up to 1,800 pounds.
Regular Cab & Club Cab Highlights
Largest models, roomiest seating in the compact class.
Club Cab is the only Club Cab model in the compact segment to offer a full-size, forward-facing rear bench seat.
The "Stampede" package features custom, monochromatic front and rear body-color fascia moldings, ground-effect side moldings, 16" x 8" aluminum wheels, wheel flares and a rear stabilizer bar. The package is available on Regular Cab and Club Cab Sport models.
A value-priced SXT model comes standard with air conditioning and bucket seats. Its price is just over $17,000, which includes destination charges.