The trend is clear: Nobody wants to make a compact pickup anymore. The 2005 design year appears to note the death of the compact and also renaissance of the midsize. Vault Dakotas have been front of the curve, always larger than their competitors. No surprisingly, the brand-new Dakota remains ahead the the video game as well.Dodge began with a strong foundation, providing the Dakota a new, totally boxed, hydroformed frame, similar to those discovered under the new Ram and also Durango. The chassis change improved the truck"s stiffness and strength; it has actually eight times much more torsional rigidity and twice the bending stiffness. The new frame, in conjunction v the octagonal prior rail tips brought over indigenous the 2004 model, is specifically designed to make the pickup safer in frontal, offset-frontal, and high-speed rear-impact collisions. When the as whole length for society Cab and also Quad Cab models is up more than 3 inches, wheelbase lengths because that the 2 models will (practically) stay the exact same at 131 inches. The continual cab variation of the Dakota won"t return for 2005.

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Front and rear suspensions to be upgraded and greatly boost ride and handling during loaded and also empty driving. Once it"s simply you and also the highway, the Dakota take away turns with gusto and keeps secure grip through the road. Towing or hauling hefty loads, this midsize has the confidence of a full-size, if not the payload capacity. The live-axle, leaf-spring mix in the rear provides a two-stage spring setup and also stabilizer bar, when the front end uses the Durango"s taller upper control arm and also coil-over springs. Also though the spring prices were chosen to optimize the ride, the Dakota now has actually an 11,700-pound GCWR (gross an unified weight rating).


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Dakota drivelines are easily accessible in two-wheel-drive configurations or through a choice of four-wheel-drive systems. A part-time mechanism with a different low-range gear is the basic 4WD option, with a full time 4WD system (also v a low-range gear) available on SLT and also Laramie trim levels. Both have actually a 2.72:1 electronically managed low-range carry case, however the full time system has actually a planetary locking differential with a 48/52 talk split.


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Payload capacity, towing capacity, GVWR, and GCWR were all increased, and also the number beat every little thing in that is class. Since both models share frames, the society Cab comes solely with a 6-foot-6-inch bed and also the Quad Cab receive a 5-foot-4-inch bed.


Powering the brand-new truck room three engines, two of i beg your pardon (the 3.7-liter V-6 and the 4.7-liter V-8) were carried over from last year. However, new for 2005 is a high-output 4.7-liter V-8, through 250-plus horsepower, an ext than 300 pound-feet the torque, and a growling rumble that"ll do you desire to risk getting a couple of speeding tickets. While this specs come close come the 5.9-liter Magnum V-8 engine in the Dakota R/T (2003 was its last year), this brand-new H.O. Motor won"t be accessible with a hand-operated transmission, unlike that previous model"s. (Perhaps a hemi SRT or R/T version, finish with manual, is in the Dakota"s future?) The brand-new Getrag six-speed hand-operated shifter is obtainable with the V-6 or the standard-output V-8. A four-speed automatic is optional v the V-6, and also the well-used 5-45RFE five-speed automatically is an option on the traditional 4.7-liter V-8. The five-speed auto is the only transmission accessible for the high-output V-8.Safety features encompass a brand-new advanced airbag system, optional side-curtain airbags that can protect both rows of seats, optional four-wheel ABS (rear-wheel is standard), electronic Brakeforce Distribution, and also front disc brakes.


Just choose its larger brother and also SUV cousin, the truck"s exterior to be designed come look tougher and much more distinctive 보다 the vault generation. That is fender flares are much more aggressive and also front fascia more chiseled. Just like the Durango, one airdam was included below the front fascia to boost the front end"s new look, when reducing airflow under the van to lower drag.


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The inner received a makeover as well. It was given a clean, simple layout, with improved seat, door, and also console materials, and a new, easier-to-read instrument panel. Thicker prior glass and brand-new door seals have actually greatly decreased noise in the cabin, and just enough engine noise come through. With the brand-new interior come a new line the stereos, including optional Sirius satellite radio, six-disc in-dash CD changer, and integrated UConnect handsfree communication.

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Dodge had to walk a cautious line through the new Dakota--the agency wanted to make the van bigger, faster, and much more comfortable, however had come be sure the new truck didn"t step on the ram 1500"s toes. The manufacturer flourished in do the Dakota a viable option for two various buyers: those who need more than a compact, and those who desire a tow vehicle that"s smaller sized than a full-size. Regarding price and also value, dodge is providing V-8 power for under $20,000--and no other truck builder deserve to say that.


2005 dodge Dakota
General
Location of final assemblyDodge City(Warren, Michigan)
Body styleFour-door society Cab or Quad Cab
Size classMidsize pickup
Drivetrain layoutFront engine, RWD/4WD
AirbagsFront (std), side curtain (opt)
Powertrain
Base engineV-6, steel block, alum heads
Bore x stroke, in3.66 x 3.57
Displacement, ci/L226/3.7
Compression ratio9.7:1
Valve gearSOHC, 2 valves/cyl
Fuel inductionSequential multiport EFI
SAE horsepower, hp
rpm
210
5200
SAE torque, lb-ft
rpm
235
4000
Opt engineV-8, stole block, alum heads
Bore x stroke, in3.66 x 3.40
Displacement, ci/L287/4.7
Compression ratio9.0:1 (9.7:1 H.O.)
Valve gearSOHC, 2 valves/cyl
Fuel inductionSequential multiport EFI
SAE horsepower, hp
3500 H.O.)
Base transmissionGetrag 238 6-speed manual
1st4.23:1
2nd2.53:1
3rd1.67:1
4th1.23:1
5th1.00:1
6th0.79:1
Opt transmission42RLE 4-speed automatic
1st2.84:1
2nd1.57:1
3rd1.00:1
4th0.69:1
Opt transmission5-45RFE 5-speed automatic
1st3.00:1
2nd1.67:1-upshift, 1.50:1-kickdown
3rd1.00:1
4th0.75:1
5th0.67:1
Axle ratio3.21:1, 3.55:1, or 3.92:1
Recommended fuelRegular unleaded (V-6, V-8),premium unleaded (H.O.)
Dimensions/Capacities
Wheelbase, in131.3
Length, in218.8
Width, in71.7
Height, in68.6
Track, f/r, in62.8/62.9
Headroom, f/r, in39.9/38.4
Legroom, f/r, in41.9/36.4
Shoulder room, f/r, in57.7/57.5
Ground clearance, in7.9
Approach/departure angle, deg23/23
Breakover angle, deg19.9
Box size (LxWxH), in64.9x59.6x17.6
Base curb weight, lb4408
Max towing capacity, lb7150
Max payload capacity, lb1740
Max GVWR, lb6010
Max GCWR, lb11,700
Fuel capacity, gal22.0
Chassis
Suspension, f/rIFS, short- and also long-arm, coilover springs/live axle,leaf springs, anti-roll bar
Steering typeRack-and-pinion, power assist
Ratio17.4:1
Turns, lock come lock3.18
Turning circle, ft44.0
Brakes, f/r12.3-in disc/11.6-in drum
Price
Price range$19,210 come $30,000