1997 Dodge Dakota Review

1997 Dodge Dakota Review


  • Dual airbags, tight turning circle, Ram styling, roomy cab, simplified model lineup, optional V-8 engine, optional ABS


  • No third door option, cannot use rear facing child safety seat in front seat because passenger airbag cannot be switched off

What's new

Powertrains are carried over, but everything else on the 1997 Dodge Dakota is new. Distinctions? Tightest turning circle in class, roomiest cabs and dual airbags are standard. Faux pas? No third door option, and the passenger airbag cannot be deactivated, so a rear-facing child seat is out of the question unless you cram it into the rear of the Club Cab.


Dakota Regular Cab

Dakota Extended Cab