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2011 Dodge Durango

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2011 Dodge Durango
Available in 10 styles:  2011 Dodge Durango 4dr AWD shown
Asking Price Range
Estimated MPG

13–16 city / 20–23 hwy


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2011 Dodge Durango 4.7 41
$ 12,479-27,179
December 21, 2010
Vehicle Overview

The Dodge Durango returns for the 2011 model year. The three-row SUV has been completely redesigned and features all-new exterior styling, a new interior and a new base V-6 engine. It hits dealerships before the end of 2010, and competitors include large crossovers like the Chevrolet Traverse and Ford Explorer.

The previous-generation Durango looked odd from certain angles, but the 2011 model is considerably more stylish. Dodge designer Mark Trostle constantly brought up the word "proportion" when describing the SUV's looks. The design is enhanced by a vertical crosshair grille that gives the Durango an intimidating stare. The sides and rear are less memorable — and the design seems to sag slightly aft of the rear wheels — but on the whole it's attractive. Exterior features include:

  • 18-inch aluminum wheels standard; 20-inch rims optional
  • Standard front fog lights
  • Standard automatic halogen headlights; high-intensity-discharge headlights optional
  • Standard heated side mirrors
  • Optional SmartBeam automatic high-beam headlights
  • Optional power liftgate
  • Optional power sunroof
  • Optional roof rack with storable cross rails
  • Optional rain-sensing windshield wipers

The Durango shares its platform with the Jeep Grand Cherokee, so it's not surprising that its interior is reminiscent of the Jeep's. The design is tastefully understated, with a look that should hold up well over time.

With three rows of seats standard, the Durango has room for up to seven people. Unless you're eyeing a Chevrolet Suburban or Ford Expedition EL, most three-row SUVs and crossovers don't have a lot of cargo room behind the last row of seats. In the Durango, the space measures 17.2 cubic feet — a little bit more than what you'd find in your average family sedan. You have to clear a tall rear bumper when loading luggage, but the third row folds easily into the floor to expand the cargo area to 47.7 cubic feet. Interior features include:

  • Standard fabric-covered seats; leather-trimmed seats optional
  • Standard 60/40-split second row and 50/50-split third row
  • Standard tilt/telescoping steering wheel with audio controls
  • Standard tri-zone automatic air conditioning
  • Standard CD stereo with auxiliary input
  • Optional touch-screen audio system with hard drive for storing music
  • Optional Alpine premium audio
  • Optional Garmin-based in-dash navigation system
  • Optional front- and second-row heated seats
  • Optional heated steering wheel
  • Optional auto-dimming rearview mirror

Under the Hood
Buyers have a choice of a 290-horsepower, 3.6-liter V-6 or a 360-hp, 5.7-liter V-8 that features cylinder deactivation for thriftier fuel use under light loads. Both engines work with a five-speed automatic transmission. Mechanical features include:

  • Four-wheel independent suspension
  • Rear- or all-wheel-drive versions available with either engine
  • Both engines can run on regular gas
  • V-6 gets 16/23 mpg (RWD) or 16/22 mpg (AWD)
  • V-8 gets 14/20 mpg (RWD) or 13/20 mpg (AWD)
  • Maximum V-6 towing capacity is 6,200 pounds; V-8's is 7,400 pounds

Available safety features include:

  • Standard antilock brakes
  • Standard side-impact airbags for the front seats
  • Standard three-row side curtain airbags
  • Standard stability system
  • Standard trailer-sway control
  • Optional rear parking sensors
  • Optional backup camera
  • Optional blind spot monitoring system
  • Optional rear cross-path detection
  • Optional adaptive cruise control with forward-collision warning


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