2017 Dodge Dakota Review

The newest 2017 Dodge Dakota is close at hand. This a model for which everyone has been yearning for a comeback. The model has so much potential about it and has always been a standout vehicle. It was a wonder why Dodge has been waiting all this time to bring back the brand and started making it again. This new model has announced its release date recently and thus we are happy to give you a full review which is going to be much appreciated by the people who have wanted to see this car make its claim to the segment once again.

Dodge decided one day that it would be a good idea to try out a new segment and introduce a new compact pickup truck to the world. And boy was this a good idea. In 1980 they introduced to the world the first Dakota model which was the first compact pickup truck ever produced by Dodge which was already a famous truck maker company. The model was so good even after its release that it posed a threat against the likes of Toyota Tacoma and Nissan Frontier which were ruling the circuit at the time.

2017 Dodge Dakota rear view

The greatest advantage that the Dodge Dakota brought to the world is actually to bridge a big gap between the small and big full sized trucks. This was a vehicle which was completely necessary for those of you who wanted a truck but wanted something in between as going too big nor too small was not an option.

2017 Dodge Dakota side view

The newest model is going to bring great road manners which is all owed to its compact chassis design and also brings great handling and a good ride for the users. The past vehicles were offered with a variety of  V6 and V8 engine and also come in  4×2 and 4×4 configurations and the new one is going to keep this standard and resume with some of the offers. Read all about the new changes here.


The design for the latest 2017 Dodge Dakota is going to come out from the Dodge Ram models that were recently released. The famous crosshair radiator grille has been added as a familiar part to the design and has obviously been kept here as a trademark signature of Dodge. The front end also adds a set of familiar and conventional headlight designs which adds a great new flair for the new bumper design that has some rounded fog lamps.

2017 Dodge Dakota exterior

The hood also features an interesting look and a great design as there were some longitudinal creases added which make the car look more dynamic. There are other creases placed along the sides of the car as they run through the course of the vehicle placed at the bottom part of the door.

The rest of the car does not bring anything spectacular as the Dakota looks like your every day average pickup truck. It has a long nose and a generous load bed which make it great to use and interesting to look at. But the Dodge Dakota 2017 is going to have two available body styles, the Club Cab, with extended passenger compartments, and the optional Quad Cab, which comes with four full-size, front-hinged doors and a five-foot, four-inch bed.


The interior of the 2017 Dodge Dakota manages to liven things up a little bit by adding a little bit of a flair inside. The original cabin look was bit dull. But even with the innovations added, there are still some parts which are kept and preserved in its classical way. The center console layout for example still features the same and familiar kind of controls with the audio system on the upper side and the HVAC controls underneath it. The center console has lots of storage space and also adds some new ones for you to put away your things while driving.

The instrument panel has a conventional design but adds some white face gauges which makes it much easier to see particularly while driving at night. The steering wheel perhaps has a rudimental design but still has integrated controls in it and is very comfortable to hold while driving.

2017 Dodge Dakota interior

In the Club Cab configuration, you have enough space for 5 passengers which are going to feel more than comfortable. You get a three-place front bench which is standard and  front bucket seats as optional. The two seats in the very back are meant for adults but are too small actually so better use them mainly for kids. The  Quad Cab model  allows you to get much more space in the back if that is something that you need. It also has a standard 5-seatung composition,  front bucket seats, optional seating for six and a 40/20/40-split front bench.

Engine specs

With the latest 2017 Dodge Dakota you get a few engine options offered as well. The standard one is the powerful 3.7 liter SOHC V-6 engine which makes 210 hp and 235 lb-ft of torque.  The power is transferred via a six speed manual transmission, but you can also opt for a four speed automatic unit available which is offered for the top trims levels. This engine option actually displays a great mix between performance and efficiency and is in that way a favorable option.

2017 Dodge Dakota engine view

The secondary one is a 4.7 liter SOHC V8 engine. It gives you 230 horsepower and 290 lb-ft of torque and is combined with a standard six speed manual transmission. As an optional choice you can also chose the five sped automatic transmission. This one provides more power and is a beefier option if you need one.

Release date and price

The latest 2017 Dodge Dakota is going to be released pretty soon. You can already expect to get the more for sale next year. The release date is the first quarter of 2017 and the starting price is going to range between 58,000 and 60,000 USD.



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