The new Dodge Durango is a sleek and muscular full-size SUV with comfortable three-row seating, a large cargo volume, excellent power, driving range and towing capability. For 2014, Dodge has added the latest advancements in technology to enhance the design, capability and functionality.
With a new standard eight-speed automatic transmission, improved fuel economy and performance, new LED exterior lighting, two new interior touchscreens, a new programmable instrument cluster, and an available high-definition dual-screen Blu-ray entertainment system, the Durango builds on its reputation for performance, utility and comfort.
The Durango was launched in 1998 and today it is the most technologically advanced, fuel efficient and dramatically styled Durango ever. It is available in five trim levels — SXT, Rallye, the new Limited, R/T and Citadel. Durango’s rearwheel- drive-based drivetrain is the foundation for its excellent on-road driving performance. The two available AWD systems — one for the HEMI V-8 and one for Pentastar V-6 models — enhance the vehicle’s handling and traction by leveraging the 50/50 weight distribution to deliver a smooth driving experience on a wide range of road conditions.
The HEMI-powered AWD Durango has a low-range transfer case with a neutral position. Low range improves light offroad performance and helps ease maneuvers such as pulling a boat up a steep launch or backing up with a trailer. On models equipped with the Pentastar V-6 engine, Durango can tow up to 6,200 pounds; with the 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine, tow capability is 7,400 pounds — more weight than a 24-foot boat and trailer.
With the addition of the new eight-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters standard across the lineup, Durango has even more improved efficiency, as well as a more refined driving experience.
Durango has a sculpted hood and grille with the unique Dodge forward-leaning profile. Anew front fascia with a floating signature Dodge crosshair grille and new projector headlights with available LED running lights accent the front end. On the inside, there is a new three-spoke steering wheel with standard paddle shifters; available second- row captain’s chairs with a standard pass-through center console for easy access between second- and third-row seats.
There is an available second-row full center console with additional storage; five-inch or 8.4-inch touchscreens with available Uconnect Access technology, connectivity and navigation with 3D mapping; Wi-Fi capability and mobile apps including Pandora and iHeartradio; available voice command, handsfree calling, hands-free texting, streaming music via Bluetooth and remote USB port, and a standard seven inch customizable transistor full-color instrument cluster.
The MSRP on the 2014 Dodge Durango ranges from $29,795 to $43,395.
Ron Beasley is the automotive editor for Miami’s Community Newspapers. He may be contacted by calling 305-662-2277, ext. 261, or by addressing email to LetsTalkCars@aol.com.