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2007 Dodge Dakota Interior

This interior review was written when the 2007 Dodge Dakota was new.

With available seating for up to six passengers, the 2007 Dakota receives accolades for its class-leading passenger capacity, ergonomic design, long list of convenience features and large cargo hold. Reviewers, however, are disappointed in the interior cabin's overall comfort and dull styling. According to MSN, the "interior has easily read gauges and climate controls. But it suffers from drab colors and too much hard shiny plastic."

Though most auto reviewers seem generally pleased with the Dakota's placement of controls and convenience features, many are left unimpressed by its lackluster styling. Consumer Guide sums it best: "Controls logically placed, readily accessible. Large gauges easy to read. Interior materials look and feel low grade. Hard shiny plastic covers most surfaces, and some controls lack quality feel." Newsday adds, "The Dakota's dashboard is uninspired aesthetically but just fine ergonomically." Many, however, agree with the Arizona Republic's assertion that the Laramie trims, "at least," appeared to be composed of "high-quality materials."

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Seating

Though reviewers are pleased with the number of occupants the 2007 Dodge Dakota is capable of transporting, most are generally disappointed with its lack of rear seat room. Nevertheless, it remains the only truck in its class to offer six-passenger seating.

While the ST Club's standard seating arrangement can accommodate a maximum of two passengers, optional seating expands its capacity to five. SLT and Laramie Club trims maintain standard seating for four, but are also expandable to five. With standard seating, every Quad Cab is able to accommodate five passengers. Optional seating, however, increases this capacity to six. Depending on which trim level drivers chose, seating is expanded by opting for either a 40/20/40 split front bench seat or rear 40/40 folding split seat. According to Automobile Magazine, "Those requiring a bona fide back seat should opt for the Quad Cab model."

Most auto writers are generally pleased with the front row seating in the Dakota. The Arizona Republic boasts that it's "quite roomy up front." Consumer Guide adds, "Dakota Quad Cab's available front bench seat will accommodate three occupants in a pinch." In the front cabin, interior dimensions include 39.6 inches of headroom (39.9 inches in the Quad Cab), 41.9 inches of legroom, 57.7 inches of shoulder room and 54.9 inches of hip room.

Many reviewers agree that the Dakota's backseat is only suitable for two adults and is short on legroom. According to Consumer Guide, "Crew [Quad] Cabs offer three-abreast rear seating, but only two adults will fit comfortably." Moreover, the Quad's backseat dimensions are only "adequate for adults under 6-ft," while the Club's "forward facing jump seats best suit those under 5-ft-3." Most reviewers attribute this problem to a lack of rear legroom and, for the Quad, center headroom. In spite of a cramped rear cabin, Car and Driver, along with many other reviewers, asserts that the rear seat's angled style allows for a "comfortable" ride. In the Club/Quad rear cabin, interior dimensions include 36.5 inches/ 38.4 inches of headroom, 32.1 inches/ 36.4 inches of legroom, 57.4 inches/ 57.5 inches of shoulder room and 56.9 inches/ 56 inches of hip room.

Interior Features

Among the many standard features equipped on the ST Club Cab are bucket seats and a 66-watt AM/FM/CD stereo system with four speakers.

Additional standard features equipped on the SLT Club are a six-way power driver seat, 40/40 folding split rear seat, floor console and overhead console with mini-trip computer -- which A Car Place says is "easy to see and to use." Moreover, a one-year subscription to SIRIUS Satellite Digital Radio is included.

Further features standard on the Laramie Club Cab include an upgraded stereo system with wheel-mounted audio controls.

With the exception of an added rear 60/40 folding seat, interior features standard on Quad Cab trim levels are the same as the Club Cab.

 Cargo

While every Dakota Club Cab maintains 30 cubic feet of cargo room behind the first row seat, Quad Cab trim levels maintain 37.1 cubic feet of cargo room. Truck Trend explains, "Dodge has improved storage by designing the rear seats to flip rearward against the seatbacks to create a cavernous pass-through rear-storage area."

Additional cargo room is afforded by Dakota's standard pickup box and map pocket. Moreover, SLT and Laramie trim levels feature a standard overhead and center floor console, which the Washington Times says is "quite large, providing a covered space for items you wish to keep out of sight." This floor console is also optional for the ST.

Review Last Updated: 5/5/08

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