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Inside, the Dakota is spacious and comfortable. The center console and accent finishes are all new. The instrument panel is also new, but we found the changes to be minor. The surfaces, textures, and switchgear are very similar to those found in our project Power Wagon, so we felt right at home. Models equipped with bucket seats are fitted with the new center console, and it offers lots of handy storage, including a neat fold-out holder for a cell phone. Cab step-in height is low, making it very car-like to enter and exit. Forward visibility is somewhat muddled by wide A-pillars and a steeply raked windshield. The transfer-case shift knob is inconveniently recessed in the bottom of the center stack.