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The Dodge Durango Brings Power Back to Your Family

There are a lot of options that you might be considering when you are looking for a vehicle to meet the needs of your family. Many of these SUV models have similar traits, but there is one that stands out: The Dodge Durango.

The bold and powerful design will draw your eyes to the Durango. While many other models have been moving towards a curvier design, the Durango holds onto its heritage; this doesn't mean it has gone unchanged though. The Durango used to be on the same frame as the Dakota, but the rough and uncomfortable ride was only appreciated by those who actually used them off-roading. Dodge - like the majority of manufacturers - moved to a more comfortable frame so that it provides a smoother ride, better fuel economy, and an overall more enjoyable ride for customers to enjoy.

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A Bold Design That Withstood the Test of Time

The tallest and longest SUV in its class deserves a design that portrays what it stands for. It isn't for lack of creativity that Dodge has kept the design the way it is, it's because the Durango perfectly portrays what it wants everyone to see: power. Many of the most recent SUVs pander to the family-friendly look, but the Durango has maintained the gritty and dependable look so that all who sees one will know that it is among the most capable on the market.

Powerful Isn't Just a Look

The design isn't the only thing that promotes power, the engine backs it up. The most cost-effective Durango trims are the SXT, GT, and Citadel, all coming with the amenities to keep everyone comfortable for the duration of your ride. The standard power for these options come from a 3.6-liter V6 engine that can make 293 horsepower. This option provides you with the most fuel efficiency for the model, making it perfect for commuting, errands, or whatever else you might need to do. While that is impressive, I hope you have noted that is the "standard" engine to come with.


If you continue to go up the line in trims, you can find the Durango R/T which comes with a 5.7-liter V8 engine that makes 360 horsepower and 390 LB-FT (also available as an option for the Citadel) of torque to make your ride a little more exciting. While the rest of the vehicles in this class would have stopped there, the Durango continues to push a little further because - simply put - it can.

The Durango SRT offers you 475 horsepower and 470 LB-FT of torque from a 6.4-liter V8 engine for a 4.4 zero to sixty time. The standard all-wheel drive helps you maintain traction while you make the most of the power, not to mention it will help you tow up to 8,600 pounds. This behemoth might seem intimidating to some, but fret not, this model comes with driving lessons from the SRT Track Experience at the Bondurant Racing School in Arizona.

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Comfortable for the Whole Ride

The most conventional thing you will find in the Durango is a comfortable interior. Even though it brings power similar to a sports car - and a zero to sixty time that shames some of those sports cars - the interior of a three-row crossover will always be one of the most important aspects. Three-zone climate control, keyless ignition, and configurable seats are just the start of the standard features; when you upgrade to more luxurious trims you'll find heated front- and second-row seats, leather/suede upholstery, and much more to support everyone during the ride.

The configurable seats are a big bonus in this model. Seating for seven is standard, but there are options to replace the second-row bench with Captain's Chairs, making for a more practical layout if you travel with adults, or if you find that you don't normally need all seven seats. If you realize you won't even need that much room, you can choose an SXT without that third row, making it a five-passenger model with even more cargo space.

That would be another place the Durango doesn't lack: cargo space. If you are looking at having all three rows of seating, you can make sure of 17 cubic feet behind that last row, but when you fold it down you are looking at up 48 cubic feet of cargo space. When you have to fold down all those seats in the back, you will be getting 85 cubic feet of cargo space with a loading floor, putting it in second place among midsized SUVs.

What About Safety?

Another common aspect of SUVs is a lot of safety features and tech to come standard, but the Durango seems to be lacking in this department. A rearview camera and parking sensors in the front and back come on the GT and Citadel, but will need to pay for extra packages for some of the radar-based technology that other models seem to incorporate with ease.

The Technology Group Package includes this technology with adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, a forward collision warning system with automatic braking, lane departure warning, and lane keeping assist, and with blind spot monitoring coming with the Safety/Security and Convenience Group.

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A Standout in its Class

The Durango certainly makes waves in its class by bringing power, comfort, and a bold design, and we commend it for that. It is nice to see a manufacturer maintaining its roots and doubling down on design and power. If you are looking for a powerful engine that makes a distinct roar, but have a family to look after, this is certainly one for you to consider.

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