The Dakota was a mid-sized pickup, larger than compacts like the Ford Ranger, but smaller than a full-sized truck.
Four-, six-, and eight-cylinder engines were available in the first two generations, but only the thirsty V8s could be considered strong.
The ride is jittery and unsettled.
It handled relatively well for its era, and available full-time 4WD was a plus.
Model year 2000 brought a four-door Quad Cab model and a more modern V8.
The 2005 redesign offered only extended-cab versions.
A 3.7L V6 was standard, but even the 4.7L V8 felt sluggish and drank fuel.
Further, the buoyant ride and unresponsive handling remained and ESC was not available.