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2009 Dodge Dakota Truck

4WD Ext Cab Bighorn/Lonestar

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Benefits of Driving a 2009 Dodge Dakota Truck

The 2009 Dodge Dakota is one of just a few mid-size pickups, more practically sized for city driving yet almost as capable as its full size counterpart. While the Dakota is no longer the only mid-size truck offering a V8 engine, it still wears the crown for best-in-class towing capacity. Along with its beefy powertrain the 2009 Dodge Dakota offers loads of comfortable interior space and storage.

What's new for 2009?

For 2009, Dodge's mid-size Dakota pickup sees a shake-up in its trim levels, eliminating the SLT and Sport editions and redistributing the options among the remaining ST, Big Horn, Laramie and TRX. Other changes include a dual-position tailgate for more cargo hauling options, increased body color and wheel options, new 'Crate-N-Go' storage in the cab and E85 ethanol-blend flex-fuel capability in the available V8. There is also an increase in price seen mostly in the lower level trims.

Model Strengths

  • Compact size
  • abundant interior storage
  • best-in-class hauling and towing capability
  • powerful available V8.

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The Dakota's 4.7L V8, available in the Bighorn/Lonestar, Laramie and TRX editions, makes a brawny 302 horsepower and 329 lb-ft of torque with a class leading 7100 lbs of towing capacity. The V8 is paired with a 5-speed automatic transmission with available multi-speed overdrive and is capable of operating on E85 ethanol blended fuel. The standard 210-horsepower, 3.7L V6 engine is paired with either a 6-speed manual transmission in the ST or four-speed automatic in all other models.

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Source: The Car Connection

To assemble this comprehensive review of the 2009 Dodge Dakota, the truck fans at TheCarConnection.com spent time researching the latest professional reviews from across the Web. Experts from TheCarConnection.com also drove several different 2009 Dodge Dakota models to provide you with more detailed information and driving impressions.

The 2009 Dodge Dakota is marketed as a mid-size truck, but with a wheelbase of 131.3 inches--longer than some current full-size pickup trucks--it feels much like its full-size brethren. Blame the supersizing of America for the Dakota's growth spurt if you want, but at least you'll be able to haul quite a bit with that extra space.

For 2009 the Dodge Dakota comes in just two body styles, Extended and Crew Cab, along with four trim levels, down from six last year. The available trims are ST, Big Horn (which sells as the Lone Star down in Texas), TRX4, and Laramie. Bed length options are limited solely to a 6.6-foot carrier for the extended cab and a 5.3-foot bed on the four-door crew cab. Bed utility is increased on the 2009 Dodge Dakota thanks to built-in cargo box utility rails.

The mid-size Dodge Dakota, one of only two V-8-powered mid-size models available in all the land, is a rare breed in its class. While a 210-horsepower, 3.7-liter V-6 is standard fare, Dodge also offers an optional 302-hp, 4.7-liter powerplant. The six-cylinder engine comes with either a four-speed automatic or six-speed manual transmission, while the V-8 is mated exclusively to a five-speed auto. Fuel economy is typical for trucks of this size, if not a bit better than average, with both the V-6 and V-8 achieving EPA estimates of 16 mpg city and 22 mpg highway in two-wheel-drive models.

With all of the emphasis placed on pumping some life into the engine compartment of the new Dodge Dakota, some basic safety features seem to have been completely overlooked. While the engine benefits from fully modern technology (and delivers up to 7,000-pound towing capabilities), the brakes are pure old school: discs in front, drums in the back with rear-wheel-only anti-lock brakes. Four-wheel anti-lock control is optional. Handling is perhaps a bit better than you would expect, thanks to a quick-ratio rack-and-pinion steering setup, but the suspension is prone to excessive floating. However, given the truck's weight (more than 4,500 pounds), you can't expect it to handle like a sports sedan.

Coming off its significant refresh in 2008, the 2009 Dodge Dakota offers few changes. The latest Dodge Dakota still boasts the more angular Nitro-ish exterior that debuted last year and features better fit and gap management, while new fenders dramatically change the truck's profile, which now includes a rear spoiler--a genuine aero feature.

The 2009 Dodge Dakota also features full-swing rear access doors on Extended Cab versions, which open nearly 170 degrees to facilitate entry and exit, as well as cargo loading into the backseats. Seating for five is standard, and with the rear seats folded, there's up to 30 cubic feet of storage space. The larger Crew Cab offers even more room: another 7.5 cubic feet. Seating is comfortable, especially inside the Laramie and TRX4 models, which feature upgraded seats for 2009. Also increasing interior utility is Dodge's Crate 'N Go system, new for 2009, which features custom removable containers that fit under the rear seat, allowing gear to be organized and contained within the truck without rolling around.

The useful and space-efficient center console design, carried over unchanged from last year, incorporates cup holders with modular inserts and a pull-out bin specifically designed to hold electronics such as an MP3 player (which may be plugged into any of the Dodge Dakota's audio systems), cell phone, or PDA. While Detroit automakers have tried to emphasize quality of late, the 2009 Dodge Dakota comes up well short of its competitors, both foreign and domestic, in this department.

The Bottom Line:

If you need most of a full-size pickup's capabilities but want to be able to get into a parking space or carport, consider the 2009 Dodge Dakota with its available V-8.

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What do the Safety Ratings mean?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) performs independent crash testing of new vehicles and then assigns them a score based on their performance. The overall crash test rating is based on how a vehicle performs in the following tests:

Driver Crash Grade:

Measures the chance of a serious injury to a crash test dummy that is placed in a driver's seat and driven into a fixed barrier at 35 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less chance of injury.

Passenger Crash Grade:

Similar to the driver crash grade, only now the focus is on the passenger.

Rollover Resistance:

Simulates an emergency lane change to measure the likelihood of a vehicle rolling over. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less risk of rollover.

Side Impact Crash Test - Front:

Focuses on the front side of a vehicle. It simulates crashes that can occur in intersections by striking a 3,015-pound weight against the side of a vehicle at 38.5 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 5 percent or less chance of injury.

Side Impact Crash Test - Rear:

Similar to the front side impact test only now the focus is on the rear passenger.

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Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction

4-Wheel ABS Std
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Std

Passenger Restraint

Driver Air Bag Std
Passenger Air Bag Std
Child Safety Locks Std

Road Visibility

Daytime Running Lights Opt
Fog Lamps Std
Intermittent Wipers Std
Variable Inter. Wipers Std

Security

Anti-theft System Opt
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Original Warranty
An original warranty is the warranty associated with a vehicle when it is brand new. In addition to the original warranty, select items, like tires, are typically covered by respective manufacturers. Also, an act of Federal law sometimes provides protection for certain components, like emissions equipment.
The original warranty is often broken down into multiple sections, including:
Basic Warranty:
Typically covers everything except for parts that wear out through normal use of the vehicle. Examples of non-covered items are brake pads, wiper blades and filters.
Drivetrain Warranty:
This warranty covers items the basic warranty does not protect. Wear and tear items such as hoses will not be covered, but key items like the engine, transmission, drive axles and driveshaft often will be.
Roadside Assistance:
The level of service differs greatly with this warranty, but many manufacturers offer a toll-free number that helps provide assistance in case you run out of gas, get a flat tire or lock your keys in the car.
Corrosion Warranty:
This warranty focuses on protecting you from holes caused by rust or corrosion in your vehicle's sheet metal.
Please check the owner's manual, visit a local dealership or look at the manufacturer's website to learn more about the specifics of the warranties that apply to a vehicle.

Basic 3 Years/36,000 Miles
Drivetrain Unlimited Years/Unlimited Miles
Corrosion 5 Years/100,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance 3 Years/36,000 Miles

Dodge Certified Pre-Owned Warranty  help
Certified Pre-Owned Warranty
To be eligible for Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) status, vehicles generally must be recent models with relatively low mileage. CPO vehicles must also pass a detailed inspection, outlined by the manufacturer, which is measured by the number of inspected points.
Warranty coverage can vary from one manufacturer to the next. While most certified pre-owned programs transfer and extend the existing new car warranty terms, others offer a warranty that simply represents an additional year and mileage value. Always check with the manufacturer for the specific warranties they offer.
Common features and benefits of Certified Pre-Owned warranties include:
Age/Mileage Eligibility
To even be considered for certification, a car must be a recent model year and have limited mileage. The exact requirements are established by individual manufacturers.
Lease Term Certified
Some manufacturers offer certified pre-owned cars for lease. The length of the lease is often shorter than a new car lease, but it will cost you less.
Point Inspection
These inspections entail a comprehensive vehicle test to ensure that all parts are in excellent working order. The point inspection list is simply a numbered list of exactly what parts of the car are examined. While many inspections range from a 70- to 150-point checklist, most are very similar and are performed using strict guidelines. Ask your local dealer about specific details.
Return/Exchange Program
Some manufacturers offer a very limited return or exchange period. Find out if you will get the sales tax and licensing/registration fees back should you return or exchange the car.
Roadside Assistance
Most certified pre-owned programs offer free roadside service in case your car breaks down while still under warranty.
Special Financing
Reduced-rate loans are available through many certified pre-owned programs. Manufacturer-backed inspections and warranties help eliminate the risks involved with buying pre-owned, so buyers who qualify can take advantage of the great offers.
Transferable Warranty
When a new car warranty transfers with the certification of the car and remains eligible for the next owner, it is known as a transferable warranty. Once the original transferable warranty expires, an extended warranty takes effect.
Warranty Deductible
This is the amount for which you are responsible when repair work is performed under the warranty. Some manufacturers require a deductible while others don't, so always ask.

7-Years/100,000-Miles (whichever comes first). Powertrain Limited Warranty runs from the date vehicle was sold as new.

3-Month/3,000-Mile Maximum Care Warranty. Starts on the date of the CPOV sale, or at the expiration of the remaining 3/36 Basic New Vehicle Warranty.

A deductible may apply. See dealer for details or call 1-800-677-5782
Age/Mileage Eligibility 5 years / 75,000 miles
Lease Term Certified No
Point Inspection 125
Return/Exchange Program No
Roadside Assistance Yes
Special Financing Yes
Transferrable Warranty Yes
Warranty Deductible $100

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