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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 New for 2007

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 552 Ratings for the 2005 - 2007 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.2/10
    Quality
    8.2/10
  • Reliability
    8.6/10
    Performance
    8.2/10
  • Comfort
    8.4/10
    Styling
    8.4/10

Enjoyable driving and nice for long trip also

By on Tuesday, May 17, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 40,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "obvious is still a great drive"

Cons: "a bit more insulation to reduce road noise."

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

"I mainly drive in the local area and shopping for groceries etc. I wanted an expanded cab so the groceries and other shopping items could be placed in the cab on a seat. I did take 4 trips mainly interstate to Arizona and another to the Southern states. The air conditioner even as a 9 year old vehicle is very good, all the bells and whistles work fine, Windows, power seat and cruise control. The MPG around area abt 20 mpg and the long trips average 25 MPG. This vehicle is a Club cab model and 6 cylinder automatic. Wish they would again make this mid size vehicle. I am retired and do not need a full size vehicle. Have enjoyed the vehicle very much. Just waiting to update, but leaning again toward a midsize pickup."

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Its a great vehicle overall

By on Sunday, April 10, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 122,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "truly fun to drive for our "get away" trips"

Cons: "none"

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

"I am the 2nd owner of my "07" dakota and have not had any negative experiences with it.This truck has proven itself to be reliable and dependable. I dont have power windows or a tilt steering wheel,its still quite comfortable."

5 people out of 6 found this review helpful

Truck Exceeded Expectation

By on Friday, February 5, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 115,000

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
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Fun to drive and reliable."

Cons: "Love to have a Hemi in it."

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

"Bought new 2006 with V8 Auto. Many people were surprise I purchased a Dodge truck because of perceived poor reliability and transmission issues. Well the truck drives great, has good power, and looks nice. I use it as a daily driver and for home improvement projects. Replaced brakes, ball joints, tires, & radiator. Rust around rear passenger wheel well. Not too bad for 10 year old vehicle and it should last another 10 years. Too bad Dodge discontinued this model and I hope they bring it back."

12 people out of 18 found this review helpful

Good mechanics, poor rust resistance

By on Monday, December 7, 2015

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

10 3.0
overall rating 3 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
3/10
Value
1/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
5/10
Performance
3/10
Styling
5/10
Comfort
5/10

Pros: "Good engine/drivetrain"

Cons: "Body rust through, steering ratio too aggressive."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 2

"Engine/drivetrain are good. Forward visibility isn't very good. Steering is way too quick for a truck. The body quality is alright if you don't mind early rust through, especially around right rear fender. Had several Dakotas and regret trading my 1995 for this one."

5 people out of 11 found this review helpful

Great truck

By on Thursday, November 19, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 118,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "No major problems in over 100 thousand miles"

Cons: "Cloth seats"

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

"I have had this truck since new. traded in a regular cab for the quad when the twins arrived. Raised them in this truck. Totally reliable, never had a problem. Did regular oil changes and preventative maintenance and it paid off. All I would change is having leather seats instead of the cloth. The front seat look almost new, but the back seat where the girls lived is really stained."

9 people out of 12 found this review helpful

Nice truck but could use the longer bed.

By on Saturday, September 26, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 60,700

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Comfortable, great sound system."

Cons: "Not the most ecomonical for a V6 and A/C is weak."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"Comfortable to drive, plenty of power, handles well and fun four wheeling. Solid ride, but shift points for an automatic are a bit abrupt."

8 people out of 19 found this review helpful

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