Reviewers liked the 2011 Ram Dakota for offering a bit more towing and hauling capability than most compact trucks. Reviewers didn’t say much about its ride, though one publication said its ride comfort is “average”. They said that its base V6 feels underpowered compared with the available V8, which was well-liked. Two- or four-wheel drive were available, and both engines were paired with an automatic transmission. A two-wheel drive Dakota with the V6 engine achieves 15/20 mpg city/highway, which is about average for the class. The V8 only reduces fuel economy by one mpg. A V8-equipped Dakota can tow up to 7,250 pounds, which is one of the highest ratings in the class.
THIS DODGE DAKOTA QUAD CAB IS THE PERFECT SIZE, I OWNED A 2002 DODGE DAKOTA SLT PLUS CREW CAB 2-WHEEL-DRIVE WITH THE 3.9 V-6 FOR 10 YEARS AND LOVED IT. AT 150,000 MILES ON THE ODOMETER I TRADED IT FOR THE 2011 RAM DAKOTA. I WISH DODGE STILL MANUFACTURED THE RAM DAKOTA. THE DAKOTA HAS A LOT MORE INTERIOR ROOM THAN THE GMC CANYON AND CHEVROLET COLORADO, AND THE DAKOTA HAS A LONGER BED. GREAT TO DRIVE.