The popular midsize Dodge Dakota pickup has been completely overhauled for 2005, with larger overall dimensions, styling cues from the menacing Ram line, and a bunch of new engine options. The standard V6 will make 210-hp, the mid-level V8 should create 235-hp, and the top-shelf high output V8 will be rated at over 250-hp. The Dakota will have a tow rating of at least 7,000 pounds, the most for the mid-size segment. Adding to its appeal is class-dominating passenger room with an extra-wide cab and fold-down rear seats for even more hauling flexibility. The inside will also benefit from an improvement in materials, and the availability of side curtain airbags to cushion the heads and faces of both rows of passengers should your Dakota get squirrely in the Home Depot parking lot.

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