It's not often that antiques pass through our office, but the 2010 Dodge Dakota is one of the, uh, most seasoned vehicles on the market today. The interior materials and designs are very familiar -- and stale -- to me (note the ancient HVAC and power-seat controls), as I test-drove for Chrysler sporadically from 1999 through 2003 and spent long hours in prototypes of this Dakota's SUV sibling, the Durango.
Old doesn't always mean bad, though. I was impressed with the ride quality, especially for such a large "mid-size" pickup. Acceleration isn't terribly slow for a V-6 in a 4400-pound truck, either, although passing maneuvers need to be planned carefully. Still, the Dodge (not yet branded "Ram" for whatever reason) easily handled my many intermediate-strength hauling challenges over my weekend with the truck.
Rusty Blackwell, Copy Editor