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The Dodge Durango is now in its third year after a major overhaul for 2011. The complete redesign for the SUV included all-new exterior styling, a new interior and a new base V-6 engine. The Durango seats up to seven people in three rows. Competitors include large crossovers like the Chevrolet Traverse and Ford Explorer.
New for 2013
A new Rallye Appearance Group is available for SXT models and features a slightly more powerful 295-horsepower V-6 engine, 20-inch aluminum wheels, darkened headlight bezels, body-colored trim pieces like the R/T model, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, Bluetooth streaming audio and an auto-dimming rearview mirror.
The Durango's design is enhanced by a vertical crosshair grille that gives the SUV 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:
The Durango shares its platform with the Jeep Grand Cherokee, so it's not surprising that the 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:
Under the HoodBuyers have a choice of a 290- or 295-hp, 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, though the V-8's transmission provides six speeds for driver-initiated gear changes. Mechanical features include:
Available safety features include:
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