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1996 Dodge Dakota

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Dodge
Model
Dakota
Year
1996
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1996 WS 4x2 Regular Cab 112 in. WB
most popular
Price:   -  From $11,075
1996 WS 4x2 Regular Cab 124 in. WB Price:   -  From $11,691
1996 Sport 4x2 Regular Cab 112 in. WB Price:   -  From $11,945
1996 Base 4x2 Regular Cab 112 in. WB Price:   -  From $13,170
1996 Base 4x2 Regular Cab 124 in. WB Price:   -  From $13,681
1996 Sport 4x2 Club Cab 131 in. WB Price:   -  From $15,121
1996 WS 4x4 Regular Cab 112 in. WB Price:   -  From $16,114
1996 Base 4x2 Club Cab 131 in. WB Price:   -  From $16,251
1996 WS 4x4 Regular Cab 124 in. WB Price:   -  From $16,762
1996 Sport 4x4 Regular Cab 112 in. WB Price:   -  From $16,895
1996 Base 4x4 Regular Cab 112 in. WB Price:   -  From $17,805
1996 Base 4x4 Regular Cab 124 in. WB Price:   -  From $18,358
1996 Sport 4x4 Club Cab 131 in. WB Price:   -  From $18,936
1996 Base 4x4 Club Cab 131 in. WB Price:   -  From $19,713

Overview

At some point, the designers of the Dodge Dakota must have thought of the story of the three bears. It's smaller than a full-size pickup, a bit larger than a compact, designed for people who want the power, room and toughness of a full-size truck with the value, style and maneuverability of a compact. The Dakota became the first midsize pickup--self-anointed--when it was introduced as a 1987 model. It still holds that distinction today, though compact pickups--Ford Rangers, GMC Sonomas and Chevrolet S-Series--have gotten bigger. Dodge is so bullish on its midsize truck that it doesn't even sell a compact. That makes business sense, because sales of compact pickups have recently been declining. Compact pickups were bought by millions of baby boomers in the 1970s and 1980s, people who wanted the utility and image of a truck without the higher prices and bigger parking requirements of a full-sized model. Compact pickups in those days came with low prices and competed with subcompact sedans. Nowadays the price of a loaded compact pickup puts it in the same territory as lower-priced sports cars, mini sport-utility vehicles and midsize sedans. Many compact trucks still have an attractive base price, but the average transaction prices are much higher. A modestly equipped compact pickup typically tops $15,000. The higher prices have driven many of the new generation of entry-level buyers away. And the baby boomers are now older, raising families, making more money and are driving roomier, higher-priced sport-utilities and luxury sedans. Auto makers blame the higher prices on increasing safety and emissions regulations. This has left manufacturers with three basic choices: Wage the price war with stripper models devoid of profit, market loaded high-end trucks with strong image, or get out of the compact truck business. Ford, Chevrolet and GMC are fighting in the trenches with their competitively priced compacts. Toyota has gone upscale with its sporty Tacoma 4wd trucks. Nissan's compact truck is showing its age, Mazda's B-Series trucks are Ford Rangers with a different front end and Mitsubishi has given up on the segment. The Dakota straddles the fence. It competes with the compacts in terms of price, while offering a little more size, as well as the only V8 engine option south of a full-size truck. While a Dakota can be appealing to small businesses that don't need a full-size truck, most of them are bought for personal use. People use them to haul snowmobiles, personal water craft, surf boards. Or they buy the 4X4 Sport model and turn it into an image machine.

Specs & Features

Highlights
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Available
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
Standard: 2.5L I-4 / 120 HP / 145 ft.lbs.
Available: 3.9L V-6 / 175 HP / 225 ft.lbs.5.2L V-8 / 220 HP / 295 ft.lbs.
Transmission
Standard: 5-spd man w/OD
Available: 4-spd auto w/OD
Drive Type
Rear-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
21 / 25 / 23 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
Not Available
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
Standard: 2.5L I-4 / 120 HP / 145 ft.lbs.
Available: 3.9L V-6 / 175 HP / 225 ft.lbs.5.2L V-8 / 220 HP / 295 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Rear-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
21 / 25 / 23 Mpg
Brakes
Front Disc/rear Drum
Front Suspension
Rear Suspension
Spare Tire And Wheel
Full-size
Fuel Tank
15.0 Gal. / 22.0 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Regular Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
$57
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
Passenger Volume
Exterior Length
189.0 "
Exterior Width
69.4 "
Exterior Height
65.0 "
Front Headroom
Rear Headroom
Front Legroom
Rear Legroom
Front Shoulder Room
Rear Shoulder Room
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
3,042 Lbs.
Wheel Base
112 "
Turning Radius
Exterior Features
Door Count
2 Doors
Wheels
Paint
Pearlcoat / Clearcoat / Center Band Two-tone
Exterior Mirrors
Manual Driver / Dual Power Remote
Bumpers
Colored
Grille Moldings
Rear Spoiler
Exhaust
Interior Features
Seating
Passenger Capacity
Seat Trim
Vinyl / Cloth
Front Seat Type
Bench
Heated Front Seats
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
Front Armrests
Rear Armrests
Rear Seats
Radio & Infotainment
Radio
Am/fm Stereo
Speakers
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Climate Control
Cruise Control
Sun Roof
Rearview Mirror
One Touch Open Window
Tinted Windows
Vanity Mirrors
Remote Keyless Entry
Power Outlets
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Front Impact Airbags
Driver Front-impact
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Knee Airbag
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Blind Spot Sensor
Lane Departure Warning
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Security Systems
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Warranty
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Major Components Months
Included Maintenance Months
Roadside Assistance Months
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Corrosion Perforation
84 Months / 100,000 Miles
Accessories Months

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