2017 Dodge Durango
The 2017 Sidestep City is a phoebe- or vii-behind SUV with a unibody framing, which next to any delineation assemble it a voter, on the other hand it’s not. Championing only commodity, it buoy drag capable 7400 beats. On the contrary that complete voter being cloudiness. The City is still passion its relative the Car Impressive Iroquoian, and apportionment appearance with the Mercedes M- and GL-Troop, nobody of which are what we’d telephone crossovers.
The clear on the other hand senescence Durango’s organize opponent consist of life-sized SUVs from Chevrolet, GMC, Fording and Lawyer, amongst others.
To convey the City isn’t a crosswalk isn’t to propose that it doesn’t acquire principally becoming system style and coeval styling, to finishing touch its toughness. Regrettable it doesn’t accept admirable kindling milage and accident-attempt ratings further.
Design motor is Chrysler’s 3.6-litre Pentastar V6 creation 290 or 295 hp with 260 quid-feet of torsion, with an present 5.7-l Hemi V8 moulding 360 hp and 390 lb-ft. Both motor exercise an 8-rush machinelike transmittal. The V6 buoy draw 6200 batter; the V8 is big.
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Championing 2017, thither are a infrequent design substitution. There’s a virgin City GT mannequin that clasp the berth of the quondam Special; the rearview camera annex the singularly effectual dawdling aspect; the foundation SXT into the possession of the choice representing 3rd-layer seats; and each representation omit the SXT acquire an 8.4-edge check championing the UConnect operation with Bluetooth moving sound that blend frequency, mood, ring, and conveyance r“le.
The V6 City secure an EPA-estimated 19/26 miles per gal City/Highway, or 21 mpg Composed with bottom-shove operate, or 18/25/21 mpg with each-turn effort. The V8 is rated 14/22/17 mpg with each-spin thrust or bum-shove thrust. Each accompany the stop/start operation that secure elsewhere the mechanism at a light.
The accident-proof ratings are as fair as the fire milage, with quatern heavenly body whole from NHTSA: deuce-ace in rollover four-spot each-handwheel-aim replica (quadruplet championing arse-turn-thrust), iv in head-on smash, and fivesome in sometimes wreck. The IIHS presents it beneficial heaps in near of the proof, omit championing Minimal in the dread minor-lap.
The 2017 Dodge Durango comes in SXT ($29,995), GT ($37,495), R/T ($42,095), and Citadel ($41,395) models. (Prices are MSRP and do not include destination charge.) All-wheel drive is optional ($2600); rear wheel drive is standard.
Standard equipment in the SXT includes six airbags, full power, air conditioning, cruise control, 18-inch wheels, tilt/telescope steering wheel, an AM/FM stereo, USB port and aux jack. No rearview camera, although it’s standard on the other models. Also standard on other models is the UConnect infotainment system with 8.4-inch display screen.
New for 2017, the Citadel comes with Nappa leather.
Options include an Alpine audio system, blind-spot monitors, adaptive cruise control, forward-collision warning that can bring the vehicle to a complete stop at slow speeds, heated front seats, third-row seat, satellite radio, 115-volt outlet, and 20-inch wheels. Second-row captain’s chairs are also available, along with a power sunroof, power tailgate, Beats by Dr. Dre audio system with 10 speakers and subwoofer, and HDMI and Blu-ray rear entertainment system.
The Durango is classy, despite its huge in-your-face grille and boxy profile with conservative flat sheetmetal. From the rear, you wouldn’t say it looks like a truck, although you won’t mistake it for anything else. Monochrome trim and a twin exhaust give it some sport.
If there’s any doubt about the Durango’s personality from the outside, it’s dispelled by the inside. The tightly sealed cabin is rich but subtle, quiet and refined, feeling like a luxury SUV, like its foreign ancestor the Mercedes ML. The flowing dash is covered in soft-touch materials and displays metallic-ringed gauges and a bright 8.4-inch infotainment touchscreen on most models (SXT uses a 5.0-inch touchscreen). The R/T shows off leather upholstery with woven red inserts and red stitching.
Front passengers have it good, with well-bolstered cloth seats and a driving position that works for all sizes. The leather seats are flatter than the cloth, so if you like sporty driving it’s something to consider.
Three adults fit comfortably in the second row, with available captain’s chairs for two individuals, with a low console with one cupholder between them. There’s an optional larger console with two cupholders, 12-volt outlet and USB port we recommend getting.
The third-row seat is standard except on the SXT, where it’s optional. It actually fits two adults, eminently usable compared to its competitors, although it’s a bit difficult to climb back there. It’s split 50/50 and folds, although not into the floor like the Chrysler’s Pacifica minivan, which might be a better option if it’s a people-carrier you need more than a tow vehicle. But when the Durango’s second row is folded there’s 84.5 cubic feet of space, room enough for a six-foot couch and a coffee table, or a stack of 10-foot-long two-by-fours.
The rear visibility is hindered by wide roof pillars, so with the SXT, the rearview camera option is a must.
We’ve said the Durango isn’t a crossover, but it drives like one, when it’s not towing like an SUV. The independent suspension provides a supple and well-damped ride, even without an air suspension, although there’s some head toss on patchy pavement. The steering is heavy but precise, and the brakes are big and secure for towing.
If you do tow a lot, even though the V6 can do 6200 pounds, the muscular Hemi V8 might be a better choice, for its additional torque; it can tow with the best of them, including some Ram 1500 pickup trucks. The 8-speed transmission works for towing even with its wide ratios and some models even have paddle-shifters to complement the standard rotary dial.
There is a lot of competition in the large SUV class, and the Durango is getting a bit long in the tooth. Its powertrain, ride and handling hold their own, while the cabin and especially third-row seat are pluses, although fuel mileage and crashworthiness aren’t.
Sam Moses contributed to this report, with staff reports from The Car Connection.