For someone like me, who only infrequently drives a pickup and rarely needs to use one for hauling or towing, a vehicle like the Dakota has several advantages over a full-size pickup. It's easier to maneuver around town and in tight parking situations, consumes less fuel, and is easier to get into and out of, all while still being able to carry four adults. But aside from those practical advantages, the Dakota simply doesn't feel like a $30,000 vehicle when you get inside. The interior is rather dated, although at least it has a decent media center. All you need to do is look at sales figures to see that the Dakota hasn't exactly been flying out of dealer lots -- for every Dakota the company sells, it moves 13 full-size Rams.
Amy Skogstrom, Managing Editor