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in 2011 Compact Pickup Trucks

Avg. Price Paid: $14,285 - $21,206
Original MSRP: $23,210 - $33,635
MPG: 15 City / 20 Hwy
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2011 Ram Dakota Interior

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With available seating for up to six passengers, the 2011 Ram Dakota continues to lead its class in passenger capacity, although comfort and materials quality are disappointing.  Because the basic ST trim is only available with an Extended Cab, you will have to pay the $3,000 to upgrade to the Big Horn/Lone Star trim in order to get a Crew Cab.  Additionally, the premium Laramie trim is not available with the Extended Cab, so your only seating option for that trim level is the Crew Cab.

  • "While the controls are intelligently placed and easily accessible, with simple to read, large gauges, the materials used in the interior have a feel and appearance of budget all over them. Shiny and hard plastic overlays the majority of surfaces, and a few of the controls do not have that quality feeling to them." -- Automobile.com

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Seating

The Ram Dakota remains the only compact pickup that seats six, thanks to the option of a front bench seat that can replace two standard front bucket seats. However, some reviewers say the back seat is not large enough for three adults, citing a low ceiling and little legroom. While rear-seat comfort remains average, most reviewers are generally pleased with the front-row seating in the Dakota, especially after adding options like heated leather seats.

  • "The standard bucket seats are very comfortable, while the available power seats offer a wealth of adjustability." -- Edmunds

Interior Features

Among the many standard features equipped on the ST Extended Cab are bucket seats and an AM/FM/CD stereo system with four speakers and tilt steering wheel. Many reviewers loved the plastic bins located in the floor beneath the rear seats in the Crew Cab models, providing extra storage that can keep cargo from rolling around on the floor.

If you move up the trims, features standard on the Laramie Crew 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 Big Horn/Lone Star Crew Cab trim levels are the same as the Extended Cab. The Dakota also offers on its upper trims MyGIG, an information and entertainment system with a 6.5-inch LCD screen and voice-activated GPS navigation.

  • "The black-on-white instrument panel is easy to read and the ample storage areas are so numerous that you might find yourself trying to find uses for all of them." -- Kelley Blue Book.
  • "While the controls are intelligently placed and easily accessible, with simple to read, large gauges, the materials used in the interior have a feel and appearance of budget all over them. Shiny and hard plastic overlays the majority of surfaces, and a few of the controls do not have that quality feeling to them." -- Automobile.com
  • "Everyone else will probably flinch at the cheap plastics, low-quality switchgear and overall industrial feel." -- Edmunds

Cargo

While every Dakota Crew Cab maintains 46.5 cubic feet of cargo room behind the first- row seat, Extended Cab trim levels maintain just 39.0 cubic feet of cargo room. Opting for the Crew Cab decreases bed length by about a foot.   The Crew Cab's "Crate 'N Go" rear-seat storage system is a favorite, and consists of two collapsible plastic crates that hide in the floor under the rear seats.

  • "Flip-up rear seats make way for stuff, revealing integrated and removable cargo carriers." -- Car and Driver
  • "All crew cab models also feature a pair of handy boxes similar to milk crates, that fold up to keep loose items from rolling around the interior." -- Edmunds.com

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