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2007 Dodge Dakota Quad Cab

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2007 Dodge Dakota Quad Cab Review

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Although dubbed a "mid-sized" pickup by Dodge, the Dakota offers so much interior room, power and cargo space it might was well be a full-size truck. With no rival from Ford or GM, and only a handful of Japanese competitors (none of which can best the Dakota's torque, towing capacity or cabin volume), the Dakota continues to play in a league of its own. A bold exterior inspired by the larger Dodge Ram allows even the base Dakota to stand out in a crowd. Although no Regular Cab model is offered, Club Cab models start below $20,000 and provide enough interior room for four people. In this category, no other competitor offers a V8 engine option, while the Dakota offers a choice of two.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you want or need V8 power, but prefer a pickup with more manageable dimensions than a full-size Ram, the new Dakota is a fine choice. It also just happens to be your only choice.

You May Not Like This Car If...

While the Dakota is definitely a solid truck, it doesn't offer the powertrain refinement and smoothness of the Toyota Tacoma or Nissan Frontier. Also, there is no Regular Cab model available.

What's Significant About This Car?

For 2007, a dual-position tailgate is made standard on all models, as is a retained-power feature. The 4.7-liter V8 is now Flex-Fuel compatible, meaning it can run on either gasoline or E85, and Remote Start is offered for the first time on SLT and Laramie trims.

Driving the Dakota Quad Cab

Driving Impressions We drove the Dakota equipped with the regular Magnum V8—not the high-output version—and while it felt strong enough to tow a trailer, we weren't overwhelmed with its power. Out on...

the highway, a nicely tuned suspension delivers a comfortable ride that won't jar any fillings loose nor bounce you into a state of motion sickness.

The Dakota isn't at all unpleasant to wheel around town either, thanks to a responsive accelerator and well-balanced power steering. Pulling quickly out into traffic takes some initial restraint, however, as the rear wheels can tend to break free rather easily if you hit the throttle hard.

High-Output V8
Delivering 260 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque, the Dakota's 4.7-liter high-output MPI V8 engine gives mid-size buyers a full-size engine option.

MP3 Capability
We're still waiting for the day that MP3 playback capability is standard on every CD system, but for now we're just happy to have it as an option.

2007 Dodge Dakota Quad Cab Details
Interior

The exterior theme of curves and lines carries into the interior of the Dakota, especially the dash. Overall, the passenger area is clean and purposeful and without many surprises—or much color variation. The seats are comfortable, and it's the only truck in its class to offer six-passenger seating with an available bench seat up front. The fold-down rear seats in the Crew Cab model might come in handy in a pinch, but if you ever plan to put people you like back there, you'll definitely want to opt for a Quad Cab model.

Exterior
2007 Dodge Dakota Quad Cab photo

In 1994, the truck segment was pleasantly surprised by the introduction of the most stylized pickup in recent memory: The Dodge Ram. This style was lifted nearly intact from contemporary big-rigs. The 2007 Dakota continues the same theme, although with a sharper edge. And while the mix of soft curves and sharp lines might not appeal to everyone, the Dakota maintains much-needed visibility in what has become a competitive category. For hauling, the Club Cab cargo bed is six feet, six inches long, and the Quad Cab bed is five feet, four inches. Each measures 45.2 inches between the wheel wells, and has a convenient 17.6-inch wall height that lets you load from the side with ease. The Regular Cab and eight-foot bed option are no longer available.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The entry-level two-wheel-drive Dakota Club Cab has a 3.7-liter V6, six-speed manual transmission, air conditioning, cloth bucket seats, dual-position tailgate, front airbags and a four-speaker AM/FM/CD sound system.

Optional Equipment

Available features include the Quad Cab configuration, 4.7-liter Flex-Fuel Magnum V8, 4.7-liter high-output MPI V8, four-wheel drive (shift-on-the-fly or full-time), leather seating, a six-speaker AM/FM/six-CD/MP3 sound system, SIRIUS Satellite Radio, UConnect hands-free communication, steering wheel-mounted audio controls, front bench seat, heated seats, six-way power driver's seat, power sunroof, side-curtain airbags, power door locks and windows, anti-lock brakes (ABS) and a sliding rear window.

Under the Hood

While the Dakota's V6 can certainly handle a loaded cargo bed, those who intend to tow and still merge with freeway traffic are best served by one of the optional V8s.

3.7-liter V6 Magnum
210 horsepower @ 5200 rpm
235 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 16/22 (2WD manual), 16/22 (2WD automatic), 16/20 (4WD manual), 15/19 (4WD automatic)

4.7-liter V8 Magnum
230 horsepower @ 4600 rpm
290 lb.-ft. of torque @ 3600 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 15/20 (2WD manual, Gasoline), 15/20 (2WD automatic, Gasoline), 15/19 (4WD manual, Gasoline), 15/20 (4WD automatic, Gasoline), N/A (2WD manual, E85), N/A (2WD automatic, E85), N/A (4WD automatic, E85).

4.7-liter V8 High-Output MPI
260 horsepower @ 5200 rpm
310 lb.-ft. of torque @ 3600 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 14/18 (2WD), 14/18 (4WD)

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2007 Dodge Dakota Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.0
Out of 10

Based on 544 Ratings for the 2005 - 2010 models.

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  • Value
    8.2/10
    Quality
    8.2/10
  • Reliability
    8.6/10
    Performance
    8.2/10
  • Comfort
    8.3/10
    Styling
    8.4/10

One owner, well maintained, low mileage

By on Tuesday, July 28, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 88,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Very dependable, beautiful color and comfortable o"

Cons: "Bent rear bumper, cloth seats need cleaning"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Bought new on October, 2005. I am original owner. Low miles, added backup camera, OnStar after market system, has satellite radio, bed liner, lockable hard tonneau cover and running boards and Remote start. New Michelin tires. Have always used synthetic oil and changed filter with every oil change. No mechanical problems. Rear bumper is bent on passenger side."

Best Truck I have ever owned...

By on Monday, July 20, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 23,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Wonderfully reliable and a comfort to drive."

Cons: "Doesn't have the latest gee-wiz electronics."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

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"Only work done besides required standard maintenance has been front struts, battery, & radio replacements. Remote alarm/lock key replaced once. Vehicle also has LoJack theft protection."

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

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Biggest waste of money

By on Wednesday, July 01, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 93,720

10 5.0
overall rating 5 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
5/10
Value
3/10
Reliability
5/10
Quality
2/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "looks good detailed"

Cons: "cheap parts"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"I bought this vehicle with low miles thinking it would last me a while. Once i started driving more and more rattles started appearing i spent 2500 dollars trying to fix the rattle and it never truely went away. the parts are super cheap and wear out quickly. i do not reccomend buying this vehicle."

2 people out of 7 found this review helpful

The best small truck out there

By on Tuesday, May 26, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 102,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "reliable, excellent value for the price"

Cons: "built-in computer acts strange constantly"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"bought my 2005 Dakota Laramie club cab with the HO 4.7L V8 half a year ago and have since been using it daily on the farm, around town, and traveling the country. other than a few annoying computer glitches that have cost me a few days in the shop, its a very mechanically reliable and all around excellent truck. very good towing capabilities and it can take off like a lot of bigger trucks cant. my only issue with it is the computer that runs it but again it is a very reliable, fun and practical truck. hasn't let me down once."

11 people out of 15 found this review helpful

overall not put together very well poor quality.

By on Saturday, May 23, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 92,000

10 3.0
overall rating 3 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
3/10
Value
2/10
Reliability
3/10
Quality
2/10
Performance
5/10
Styling
2/10
Comfort
5/10

Pros: "slightly bigger than most small pickups"

Cons: "poor design on chassi"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"65000 miles had to replace complete front end.bushings go bad in upper and lower control arm.sway bar link ends don't last long.parts are pricey.poor fuel economy,14 city 17 highway.I would not buy a dodge pickup again."

2 people out of 5 found this review helpful

Great truck

By on Friday, April 24, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 120,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "fun to drive"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"My first car was toyota corolla happy with it ,change to toyota 1990 pick up and i was so disappointed parts really expensive and was braking all the time ,I always wanted to get a dakota but financial issues were on the way well i finally got it, it was 2006 17,000 miles got it on april of 2008 now after 7 years of use and 118,000 miles later i haven't have any issues with it and beleive i use it alot from trimming trees to moving bricks for some costructions sites, I am so happy and I keep it as nices I can i ad some stickers on the side to make it looks sporty, every body thinks is new, no mecanical issues at all, the only parts that i changed were the battery and break pad other then that oil change every 3 months wetter is 3000 mile or not i just really love .Next year im planning on buying another one for my son he love this one too.Over all i definily recomend this vehicle also bigger then other small size trucks ."

6 people out of 7 found this review helpful

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