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2009 Dodge Dakota vs. 1998 Dodge Ram

To start off, 2009 Dodge Dakota is newer by 11 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1998 Dodge Ram. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1998 Dodge Ram would be higher. At 5,899 cc (8 cylinders), 1998 Dodge Ram is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 1998 Dodge Ram (242 HP @ 4000 RPM) has 31 more horse power than 2009 Dodge Dakota. (211 HP @ 5200 RPM) In normal driving conditions, 1998 Dodge Ram should accelerate faster than 2009 Dodge Dakota. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 1998 Dodge Ram weights approximately 439 kg more than 2009 Dodge Dakota. So despite on having greater horse power, its additional weight may have an impact towards its acceleration in comparison.

Both vehicles are four wheel drive (4WD) - it offers better handling, traction, and control in all driving conditions compared with front wheel drive or rear wheel drive vehicles. With that said, do keep in mind that many other factors such as speed and the wear on your tires can also have significant impact on traction and control. Let's talk about torque, 1998 Dodge Ram (453 Nm @ 3200 RPM) has 134 more torque (in Nm) than 2009 Dodge Dakota. (319 Nm @ 4000 RPM). This means 1998 Dodge Ram will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 2009 Dodge Dakota. 2009 Dodge Dakota has automatic transmission and 1998 Dodge Ram has manual transmission. 1998 Dodge Ram will offer better control over acceleration and deceleration in addition to better fuel efficiency overall. 2009 Dodge Dakota will be easier to drive especially in heavy traffic.

Compare all specifications:

2009 Dodge Dakota 1998 Dodge Ram
Make Dodge Dodge
Model Dakota Ram
Year Released 2009 1998
Body Type Pickup Pickup
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 3701 cc 5899 cc
Engine Cylinders 6 cylinders 8 cylinders
Engine Type V V
Horse Power 211 HP 242 HP
Engine RPM 5200 RPM 4000 RPM
Torque 319 Nm 453 Nm
Torque RPM 4000 RPM 3200 RPM
Fuel Type Gasoline Gasoline
Drive Type 4WD 4WD
Transmission Type Automatic Manual
Number of Seats 5 seats 4 seats
Vehicle Weight 1691 kg 2130 kg
Vehicle Length 5560 mm 4760 mm
Vehicle Width 1830 mm 2030 mm
Vehicle Height 1750 mm 2030 mm
Wheelbase Size 3340 mm 2790 mm


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