2008 Dodge Dakota: Now With Crate 'N Go

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Chrysler created Stow 'N Go — second-row seats that stow in pockets in the floor of its minivans to expand cabin cargo capacity — and Swivel 'N Go, which lets those second-row seats swivel around to face the third row. You can even install a companion table between the two rows so the kids can lunch or play games while you drive.

But Chrysler can't have all the fun.

Mark Kudla, senior manager of product planning at Chrysler, says "We saved an 'N Go for Dodge."

It's called Crate 'N Go, and it's offered as standard equipment in all but the base Crew Cab versions of the redesigned 2008 Dodge Dakota pickup, and it ranks up there with the cupholder as one of the neatest novelties in the industry.

Crate 'N Go resembles those stackable plastic storage containers used to hold toys, games and stuffed animals in kids’ rooms, or those mini milk cartons at school. To make them practical in a vehicle, Chrysler made them collapsible so they can be stored flat under the rear seat bottom cushions.

Lift the 60/40-split rear seat cushions, and a few flat sheets of plastic rest under each. Pull up the sides, snap them in place like Legos and you've created two stowage crates that lock into the rear floor so you can carry groceries or the kids’ soccer or baseball gear without it being tossed about the cabin.

Once home, just press the release lever and the crates remove so you can carry the groceries inside. When you’re done, fold them flat and put them back under the seats, out of the way.

Kudla said Chrysler is looking at putting Crate 'N Go in other vehicles in the future.

"All I need is 1.5 inches of space under the seat to install them," he said.

By Jim Mateja | September 4, 2007 | Comments (8)

Comments 

Mark

Great idea and I'm surprised no one thought of it before. I rank this one up there with the coin holder.

Bob

How can it be that Chrysler can come up with nifty ideas like this, yet can't put together a decent interior?

What I like about this Dodge version is that they're perfectly sized and easily stowed... but can I get one without the Dodge attached to it??

Tip for trunk users or non-Dodge owners: you can do something similar by getting collapsible crates at Target, LNT.com or Container Store. They're a popular back-to-school item so you'll see them at a lot of stores right now.

Kyle C.

Yes you can do that. And then have to tie them down or some how secure them so they don't fly all over the place. These crates are secured into the floor.

Bravo Cars.com! An article about the Chrysler group that says nothing about the interior quality! Pat yourself on the back!

wait, we didn't bash the interior?! We'll have to recall this one.

PAUL

BJs Warehouse Club offered these fold down plastic crates almost 10 years ago,so this design is nothing new.

PAUL

Ummm...My 2004 Saturn VUE had the exact same thing in the cargo area - GM thought this concept up when the VUE debuted in 2002/2003...Nice try, Dodge!

Jennifer May

We bought a 2008 Dakota this past weekend and the crates did not come with the truck... anyone know where/how to find replacements?

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