Despite the Dodge Durango SUV has been around for nearly two decades, it’s an oft-overlooked associate of the three-row crossover collection. Perhaps that’s because it has changed its adventure several times over its three epoches. The first Durango arrived in 1997 as a mid-size, truck based SUV in the vein of the Ford Explorer, while the second-generation Durango, premiering in 2004, grew to become almost Chevy Tahoe stage huge. The current Durango, made entry in 2012, acted a dissimilar route, as it decreased down a bit and chosen the same unibody platform as the Jeep Grand Cherokee which itself assets underpinnings with the preceding Mercedes-Benz M-collection.
This means that the Durango is a bit dissimilar from stronger-selling oppositions like the Honda Pilot and the Toyota Highlander. Not only is the Dodge’s platform rear-steer-based rather than front-steer-based, it also comes crammed with a huge honkin’ Hemi V-8 to energy R or T trims, Citadel AWD versions can option the eight for $3995. a v-6 motor is regular and all-wheel steer is a $2600 option regardless of cut stage or motor decision. The most momentous automatic modify to the Durango for the 2016 version year is that V-6 versions increase motor start and stop technology for huge ratio efficiency a more 2 mpg on its EPA evaluating for had fuel economy analyzed with 2015 versions. The V-8 versions act to do without this stop/begin system but still employ solid dismissal. The 2016 modify also adds a sport method for all versions that sharpens valve, steering and transmission operations.
Dodge also has kept the Durango roll fresh with several impression collections that preservative up the out, namely the Blacktop, the coated Platinum, and the Brass Monkey collections that increase black, gray and bronze bits of cut, respectively. The Durango is just obvious cool in structures that other crossovers aren’t. Its muscular, battleful out implies fair steering dynamics and the bodies delivers. Steering is exact, body motions are nicely regulated and general the Durango goes down the roadway with a wholesome consistency. You can’t go erroneous with either powertrain. The regular V-6 provides abundance of energy for most states and the elective Hemi V-8 is capability but in a good path. The V-8 also makes quite a good sound, magnificent for those who want to indulge muscle-car imaginations. The huge motor also is helpful because it comes with huge brakes and a 7400-pound tow rating, versus the V-6’s max of 6200 pounds. Especially in the high cut stages, the indoor is nicely cut and can be had in eye-popping red leather in the R or T version.
The dashboard design is uncomplicated to use, too, with clearly marked climate and audio commands along with a huge Uconnect touchscreen with easy-to-navigate menus. The Durango falls a bit abbreviated of oppositions like the Honda Pilot and the Toyota Highlander in utility. The second-row rooms in the Dodge aren’t quite as large, and it doesn’t have as many retention spaces for toys, crockeries and other heterogeneous parts that come along with a SUV load full of kids. The Durango accommodates seven travelers with the regular second-row seat, or six with elective captain’s seats, the Pilot and Highlander both can be assembled to seat eight. Opting for the V-8 drags fuel economy down as debased as 14/22 mpg Durango/freeway, which could deformation your case even in times of bargain-priced gas. The V-6 achieves a much more agonistic 18/25 mpg with AWD or 19/27 mpg with RWD. A wholesome, pleasing-to-steer crossover with some muscle-car itinerant.