The Dodge Dakota, which was discontinued in 2011, ranks well in its category. U.S. News & World Report ranked the most recent model sixth among other used 2011 compact pickup trucks. Trucks that rank higher include the Nissan Frontier, Honda Ridgeline, Toyota Tacoma, Suzuki Equator and the GMC Canyon.
One of the most important attributes of the Dodge Dakota – or the Ram Dakota, as it was renamed in 2010 – is its towing capacity. The 2011 model with the V8 engine received positive reviews for its 329 pound-feet of torque and 7,200-pound capacity. In that respect, the V8 model ranks higher than many competitors in its class.
Edmunds stated that the V6 models felt less capable than the Nissan Frontier and the Toyota Tacoma trucks of the same year. The smaller engine lacks the power for passing and serious highway driving, making it a better choice for driving around town.
The Dodge Dakota loses points for comfort and interior fittings; U.S. News noted the cheap appearance of the plastic interior and Popular Mechanics gave the truck an average rating in terms of ride quality. In the rankings of 2011 compact pickup trucks, the Ford Ranger and Chevrolet Colorado rank lower than the Dodge Dakota.