Dodge Durango: An Adrenaline-Powered SUV That Also Offers Luxury

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The model 2017 year for the Dodge Durango sees a new GT trim instead of the Limited. This has added a new sports-type dimension to the exterior view. Meanwhile, the base SXT is available with seating in two rows. Other changes include an Anodized Platinum package.

The New Matured Dodge Durango

If the Dodge Durango seems familiar it's probably due to the fact that the current-generation models have been with us since their model year of 2010. However, for the 2017 crossover SUV Dodge has motivated a new appeal which began with a significant update for the 2014 model year. This saw the addition of an 8-speed automatic transmission and a revised interior that boasted the appealing Chrysler 8-inch touchscreen. What has remained are the basics of the vehicle which include an exceptional towing capacity, the optional V8 engine power, and space for adults in the third row.

A leading muscle vehicle in its segment, the Durango is also among the heavy-weights. Which can put a strain on the fuel consumption, but it also makes a good case for the available robust Hemi V8, instead of the standard V6 engine. The matured Dodge Durango although at an advanced stage of its production cycle, still remains among the most capable of the available three-row crossovers on the market.

The 2017 Dodge Durango is offered with a standard 3.6L V6 engine with 290-horsepower for every trim, except the R/T version. Also fitted as standard, are an 8-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive, with an AWD available if preferred. Another advantage with the Dodge Durango which is fitted as a standard feature is the automatic, fuel-saving stop-start system that stops the engine when the SUV is halted.

Fuel Economy and Performance

Concentrating first on the on the V6-engine fuel economy; it is estimated at 11L/100 km, for city driving at 12L/100 km and on the highway 9L/100 km, all with rear-wheel drive. With the recommended equipment and a V6 engine, the Dodge Durango has the capacity to tow over 2800 kilograms, which exceeds the ratings of most competitors.

During testing, the V6-Durango with rear-wheel-drive accelerated to 96km/h in 7.8 seconds. On being tested with the AWD option the result was 8.1 seconds. Although these figures for the Durango are regarded as being acceptable, comparatively they are significantly below those of the leading segment vehicles.

Turning to the V8 alternative, this engine generates 360-horsepower with a torque of 390 lb-ft; it is standard on the R/T trim, optional for the Citadel. Standard 8-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive are standard but there is the option of an all-wheel-drive system. Reported fuel economy for the V8 is 13L/100 km combined, for the city its 16L/100 km and 10L/100km on the highway, utilizing either a rear or AWD.

Whichever option you choose, you are getting a lot of vehicle for your investment!