Dodge Durango Review
Latest Dodge Durango, referred as the core SUV, is based on the Dodge Dakota - a mid size pick-up truck. The truck appeal of Durango vanished out when the manufacturer stopped the production of its last generation model which was developed over a body on frame structure. Its new generation with number of up-gradations and enhancements put its best to win the fight. This is more of an off-roader instead of regular day life performer. The newly designed 2014 variant was launched at 2013 New York Auto Show is a unique structure when it comes to performance, looks and entertainment.
Engine, mileage & variants
The Dodge Durango line-up is available in variants powered by 2 different engines. 3.6 litre Pentastar® V6 engine deployed with host of advanced technologies are focused to deliver an optimal balance of performance and fuel economy. This 3.6-litre V6 VVT engine produces a maximum power of 290 hp at 6400 rpm and a peak torque of 353 Nm at 4800 rpm. The second engine here is the 5.7 litre HEMI V8 engine which can churn out a maximum power of 360 hp at 5150 rpm coupled with a humongous torque of 520 Nm at 4250 rpm This powerful engine is further mated with 8-speed automatic transmission which enables driver in taking fast take-off and even at higher speeds. This SUV saves you rides to petrol pump by offering a mileage of 8.6 kmpl. Durango can attain a top speed of 229 kmph and can accelerate from 0-100 kmph in 8.6 seconds.
Dodge designers have tastefully crafted this high-strength SUV to be the center of the attention on the road. Its wide stance and aggressive front pattern fillips air flow which brings superior performance and power while the gleaming chrome accents remind you that it is a truly stunning piece with well-crafted outline. Its entire presence is underlined with stylish headlamps employed with auto levelling feature, large chrome finished grille and rear LED tail lamps making a statement of timeless elegance. This full size SUV stands on an overall exterior proportions measuring as 5075 mm X 1925 mm X 1801 mm (LXWXH). Durango's wheelbase is 3045 mm exhibiting about its spacious cabin. Moreover, it comes fitted with 18 inch alloy wheels adding to its sporty character.
If you crave for a compelling exterior with luxurious interior, then Dodge Durango is the vehicle for you. The positioning of the dashboard is upright and it conveys the traditional styling of Dodge. All the related controls and switches are embedded over the steering wheel with highly responsive switch gears. Besides, enabling the occupants to sit in Durango's plush stylish cockpit, rear passengers have also offered with a convenient access to ventilation, USB jack and power outlet. Its tilt and telescopic adjustable steering wheel, comfortable driver's seat, rear view mirror, radio and paddle shifters are segments which you can alter according to your choice in order to make handling convenient even though if you are driving in peak traffic conditions.
Safety, Braking and Miscellaneous
Available with copious standard safety aspects, the new Dodge Durango is all set to take you on drive fill with maximum peace of mind. Its body structure is manufactured of high strength monocoque chassis and it is capable of absorbing severe collision impacts. All the 4 wheels of this SUV are supported with HD disc brakes which are further assisted by an anti lock braking system along with electronic brake force distribution as well as brake assist, improvising the braking performance of this vehicle. For firm driving the front suspension comes with independent McPherson strut, while the rear one are employed with a multi link along with level ride type suspension. Other standard features of the Dodge Durango includes electronic stability system, all speed traction control, electronic roll mitigation, tyre pressure monitor, hill start assist and so on.
Powerful appeal, comfortable interior designing and impressive safety measures - all of these terms depict the complete persona of this SUV by Dodge. However, unsatisfactory ride quality might disappoint its occupants.