Seattle Dodge Dakota
Form, function and fun. Three small words with a huge impact. The 2010 Dodge Dakota combines rugged style with well-rounded capability to bring you the ultimate midsize pickup. But it’s more than just style. Behind Dakota’s looks, lie a ready-for-anything attitude and the stamina to help you get things done. So hook up your big toys, load your gear in and get going to Rairdon Dodge for your Dodge Dakota.
The 2010 Dodge Dakota in Seattle is a midsize pickup truck available in extended and crew cab body styles, each with only one bed size. Both come in ST, Big Horn, TRX4 and Laramie trim levels.
Standard on the ST are 16-inch steel wheels, a dual-position tailgate, air-conditioning, front bucket seats, cloth upholstery, a tilt steering wheel and a CD player stereo.
The Big Horn adds 17-inch alloy wheels, body-colored bumpers and front fascia, full power accessories, a front center console, cruise control, two rear folding seats and a rear under-seat storage system. Big Horn options include full-swing rear doors, a sliding rear window, utility bed rails, power front seats, satellite radio, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls.
These items are standard on the TRX4, along with 16-inch alloy wheels, off-road tires, an anti-slip differential, a trip computer and special front seats with bigger side bolsters.
The Laramie also adds the Big Horn’s optional items plus 18-inch alloy wheels, chrome exterior accents, automatic headlights and a bedliner. The Laramie is the only trim level available with leather upholstery.
The Big Horn and Laramie extended cabs can be equipped with a front bench seat in place of the standard buckets. Other options, depending on the trim level, include dual power-folding and heated mirrors, heated front seats, a rear window defroster and a premium audio system with a six-CD changer.
A 3.7-liter V6 is standard on every 2010 Dodge Dakota, producing 210 horsepower and 235 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed manual is standard on the ST, with a four-speed automatic available as an option. The rest of the trim levels get the automatic as standard. Rear-wheel drive is standard on all Dakotas, with optional four-wheel drive. When properly equipped, maximum towing capacity with the V6 is 5,000 pounds. Optional on all but the base ST is a 4.7-liter V8 that produces 302 hp and 329 lb-ft of torque.
In performance testing, a 4WD Dakota Laramie crew cab with the V8 went from zero to 60 mph in 7.6 seconds. Estimated fuel economy with the V8 and 2WD is 14/19/15 mpg. Opting for 4WD drops consumption by 1 mpg. When properly equipped, max towing capacity is 7,100 pounds.
Rear-wheel antilock brakes are standard on the 2010 Dodge Dakota, while an optional Safety Group provides four-wheel ABS and full-length side curtain airbags.
In government frontal crash tests, both the extended- and crew-cab Dakotas earned a perfect five stars for driver and front passenger protection. In side-impact tests, the Dakota crew cab without side curtain airbags earned five stars for the protection of both front and rear passengers.
The 2010 Dodge Dakota’s interior design is for the most part straightforward. Switchgear is where you’d expect it to be, while the climate controls and the standard stereo are easy to use.
The standard bench seats are very comfortable, while the available power seats offer a wealth of adjustability. The crew cab’s comfy backseat bottom features a 60/40 split, and when raised provides a flat loading surface.