The base transmission is a six-speed manual. Available automatic transmissions include a four-speed for V-6 models or five-speed unit for V-8 models.
For added traction, the new 2008 Dodge Dakota
may be equipped with a transfer case featuring two-wheel drive and four-wheel drive with locked high and low ranges, or an available transfer case with full-time four-wheel drive as well as selections for locked high and low ranges.
Interestingly, regardless of whether you opt for a 2WD or 4X4, the ride height is identical. And speaking of ride, I noted that the overall comfort level from my Dakota Extended Cab SLT 4X4 tester was remarkably good, and almost car-like.
I enjoyed operating my 4X4 Dakota in 4WD mode while driving on snow-covered roads. The extra traction was appreciated, but as is the case with locking units, there was considerable crow-hop when negotiating tight turns.
My tester had the V-6 engine and six-speed manual gearbox. While I would have preferred the power of the V-8, the V-6 was strong and had enough torque to allow for starting off in second, skipping to fourth and then sixth without a problem.
When properly equipped, the 2008 Dakota can tow up to 7,050 pounds. The 2008 Dodge Dakota is an impressive mid-size pickup, but when you add equipment the $19,435 base price can quickly jump, closing in on the $30K range. 2008 Dodge Dakota Extended Cab SLT 4X4 Engine:
3.7-liter (210 hp) V-6 Transmission:
6-speed manual Drive type:
4WD Fuel economy (city/hwy):
15/19 mpg Base price:
$26,900 As tested:
$29,210 (including $645 for destination) Web site: www.dodge.com