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2014 Dodge Durango

With its glaring, squinty eyes sticking out cross-hair nose; and large, muscular position, the present Dodge Durango struck the market for the 2011 design year as no diminishing violet. At the back, the 14 Durango acquires the ringed, “racetrack” taillamp treatment from the Charger, a hard to ignore 192-LED parting shot that emphasizes the truck’s large position.

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Big, however Not Huge

The Durango trips a stretched variation of the unit-body platform that underpins the Jeep Grand Cherokee. A tweener amongst SUVs, it’s larger and much heavier than front-drive-based three-row mid-sizers such as the Ford Explorer, then Honda Pilot, and Toyota Highlander and smaller sized, more fuel-efficient, and a bit more active than rear-drive-based full-sizers such as the Chevy Tahoe and Ford Expedition. It’s Chrysler’s biggest SUV, convenience food for Pentastar fans interested in charitable hauling capability (up to 7400 pounds) and the simple torque of an offered V-8.

That V-8 would be Chrysler’s 360 hp, 5.7-liter Hemi, back for a return engagement for 2014, regardless of ever-tightening fuel-economy policies. The ZF-sourced automatic offers a larger ratio spread than that of the six-speed autobox provided in 2011-13 Hemi-powered Durangos, and EPA freeway approximates enhance from 20 to 23 mpg for 2014, depending on the driveline.

Moving Fortunes

The eight-speed makes an even bigger distinction behind the Durango’s basic 290-hp, 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 (295 horse power in the Rallye), which was connected to a five-speed automatic in previous years. Incorporated with a much shorter last drive and lower first-gear ratio, the 2014 variation of the V-6 vacates wisely from rest, and the smaller sized steps in the eight-speed’s tailoring give the engine to remain in the fat part of its torque curve more of the time, producing kindlying drive quality and great response, even at part throttle. You do not have to step into the throttle as deeply due to the fact that the V-6 now does not have to work up as much of a lather.

That latter particular most definitely assists with the Durango’s EPA scores, which enhance from 16/23 mpg city/highway last year to 17– 18/24– 25 this year. Multiply those freeway approximates times the Durango’s largest-in-class 24.6-gallon fuel tank, and you would go 600-plus miles in between fill-ups.

Significant four-wheelers make note The Hemi variations of the Durango are still offered with a 4WD system with a 2.72:1 low variety for crawling over terra unfirma. And Durango V-6 designs can be had with an on-demand all-wheel-drive system, albeit without any low-range alternative. For the many part, the Durango continues to be an elegant, aggressive-looking truck with readily available V-8 power, plenty of lugging capability, and some brand-new fuel-economy innovation hiding behind its menacing face.

With its glaring, squinty eyes; sticking out cross-hair nose; and large, muscular position, the present Dodge Durango struck the market for the 2011 design year as no diminishing violet. At the back, the ’14 Durango acquires the ringed, “racetrack” taillamp treatment from the Charger, a hard-to-ignore 192-LED parting shot that emphasizes the truck’s large position.

The eight-speed makes an even bigger distinction behind the Durango’s conventional 290-hp, 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 (295 horse power in the Rallye), which was connected to a five-speed automatic in previous years. That latter particular most definitely assists with the Durango’s EPA scores, which enhance from 16/23 mpg city/highway last year to 17–18/24–25 this year.

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