Designed for pickup drivers with active lifestyles, the 2011 Dodge Dakota is equipped for work and play. The 2011 Dakota features best-in-class towing of up to 7,250 pounds, the greatest interior room of any Extended Cab midsize truck with 30 cu.-ft. of interior space in the Extended Cab models and 37.1 cu.-ft. in Crew Cabs, and the largest and longest standard cargo bed in its class: 6-ft., 6-in. in the Extended Cab.
The 2011 Dodge Dakota is offered in two body styles — Extended Cab and Crew Cab. The 2011 Dakota comes standard with a 3.7-liter Magnum V-6 engine that generates 210 horsepower and 235 lb.-ft. of torque.
The available 4.7-liter V-8 incorporates two spark plugs per cylinder (the only Chrysler engine to do so, other than the 5.7-liter HEMI), which provides increased compression ratio, improved cylinder-head port flow and combustion system. The result is 302 horsepower and 329 lb.-ft. of torque. The 4.7-liter V-8 is also equipped with electronic throttle control (ETC) and is E85 compatible.
The 3.7-liter V-6 is backed by a standard four-speed automatic with overdrive, while a five-speed automatic is standard on V-8-equipped models.
The 2011 Dodge Dakota features a ladder-type frame, with hydroformed main rails fully boxed for strength and rigidity. All models feature an independent front suspension with coil-over shock absorbers.
Base model estimated mpg: 15/20
Estimated starting price: $22,760
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