The 2010 Dodge Dakota Laramie Crew Cab gets revised suspension tuning for an improved ride and better handling…that's the good news.
The bad news, at least if you are not buying the Dakota as a work truck, is that the level of interior refinement still falls short of competitors like the Honda Ridgeline, Nissan Frontier and Toyota Tacoma.
In other words, the Dakota still feels very much like the work truck that it was designed to be when it was first introduced way back in 1987.
Our 4X2 tester came with the standard 3.7 Liter V6 4 with a 4 speed transmission and 210 horsepower which provides adequate power, but certainly won't pull big boats or trailers (maximum towing capacity of 4,950 pounds)…for that you'll want to get the bigger V8 which can pull 7,200 pounds.
At an as tested price of $34,085 the mid-sized pick-up also tilts the scales away from affordability, but keep in mind that our Dakota had about every possible option including heated seats and touch screen navigation.
Take a look at this brief iPhone First Look video.