Capsule Review: 2014 Dodge Durango The Truth About Cars

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Capsule Review: 2014 Durango

It’s a shame the 2014 Dodge Durango. car eventually gets wound but the Durango will be going out in its If the way a vehicle drives is a high for you, it’s hard not to the Durango’s comportment.

More the Durango has been the quiet way to get Cherokee goodness with bonus wheelbase and space for Dodge pricing. That’s to be over soon.

If the Durango is so and Chrysler even bothered to it this year, why is it going The answer: Because it’s a .

But the Durango won’t be gone for

Soon, the vehicle we know as the Durango will go back whence it came. It’s re-absorbed into the Jeep which has aggressive volume and can command higher prices. in the mid-aughties, Jeep tried a range topper.

The Commander did not do but it’s where this of Durango came from. The is brought to you by the letters W, X and K, but here’s the version: When Jeep up the Grand Cherokee for the 2011 year, the Dodge Durango over as the three-row version of WK2 architecture .

At one time, the Durango was booking 200,000 sales per year for but that’s ancient history. hot numbers happened back the Durango was the latest masterstroke Bob Lutz. Most recently, the has been racking up the critical while actual sales asbestos-lined, with no heat on.

Despite the Durango’s roots, a lot harder to demand premium without the power of deep love. Dodge has to be a lot more about putting cash on the to move iron. If you want to smarter than the average act now to get the best deal on what’s the best vehicle in this

You’re giving up a few things for the of the deal, chief among is brand cachet. That not be important to you, but it matters for While the Grand Cherokee strong resale and sniffs of from the other twit at soccer practice, the Durango’s value drops farther,

Also, the Durango isn’t as as other three-row family and it can feel a little more than the car-based competition. economy is also a challenge, the new 8-speed automatic takes sips.

Still, the positives of the outweigh the negatives. There’s rear seat legroom, cargo space, a human-sized row and composed highway ride to the significantly longer wheelbase. there’s good materials, touches like laminated glass, universally-praised UConnect now with an 8.8” screen and functionality, and surprising quiet.

I a V6 Durango dressed up like an but lacking the Hemi. I also had time with a full-boat Citadel that topped out $52,000, but I spent the most with this mid-$30,000s with AWD, V6, 8-speed with spiffy rotary and utility-focused cloth upholstery. most models facing sunset, the Durango is to-the-minute in its level of competitiveness.

You can be sure when this vehicle is Jeep emblems it will a thicker bottom line and incentives.

It’s counter-intuitive, but the fact Jeep is pulling a Godfather 3 on the is an acknowledgement of its fundamental goodness. back into the fold give Jeep a comprehensive range from Patriot through to Cherokee, Grand and on up. In spite of the looming change, the Durango and Grand Cherokee are together, it’s less to give the outgoing model the mechanical changes as the Jeep.

on the assembly line cost What the spec sheets tell you is how well all the facts and come together out on the road. the unitized construction, the attitude of the is more SUV than mall-trawler You feel it in the ride, which the feeling of weighty authority as it bad pavement into submission.

up higher in the Durango, and while smooth and quiet, she’s a big that’s clearly got some Ram in her There’s more rugged than carlike compliance, but the is solid and the machinery feels

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Saddled with 4,700 the Pentastar engine does a lot than you’d expect a 290 hp, 3.6 V6 could manage. That’s due to the new 8-speed transmission, but there are where it feels like it had a V8. Of course, you can get one of the best V8s on the market, the 360 hp 5.7 Hemi. The V8’s fat torque is blunted by the big-time curb but it does enable quicker and significant bump in towing to 7400 lbs.

The table for the Hemi are higher, with economy taking a significant even with MDS cylinder

The fuel economy numbers to pay to for the Durango are the city and combined EPA Family crossovers often do a lot of driving, and that kind of use a Hemi Durango Citadel had me at 14.5 MPG. The red Durango in the a Pentastar-powered all-wheel driver the 8-speed automatic returned a MPG average with a heavy on secondary roads. That’s good, though lots of and go will drive it down

Either way, the claim of 25 MPG seems like fantasy.

issue is visibility. The mirrors are and forward visibility is good, the elevated ride height hurt. But the back window is and far away. It wouldn’t be a surprise to that the constrained view to the has sunk more than one sale during the test

At 8.1”, ground clearance for the is higher than in other like the GM Lambda triplets the Nissan Pathfinder (6.5) or Explorer (7.6”), so it’s not as to get in and out of as those vehicles, and you’ll be perfecting your clean-and-jerk to stuff in the back of the Durango the lower lift-over heights of the

With all these gotchas, it sound like the Durango as good as those Crossovers came from cars. The is true. The ride is supple disciplined control, and the whole feels solid.

On smooth or the surface-of-the-moon byways that to cover 90 percent of the nation, the chassis is always graceful. The an electro-hydraulic rack and pinion, is and confident with good but not a whole lot of feel.

The Durango is well screwed and it feels as good as the Grand from behind the wheel. The which came before are the issue here. The original really well, a bit of parts-bin but it looked tougher than it to be. The second-generation Durango is best out of this conversation, unless trolling CraigsList for a bargain on a truck-based SUV that looks

That leaves this one as the and best Durango. Hold on to wallets, it’s gonna one hell of a Jeep.

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