• (4.4) 16 reviews
  • MSRP: $583–$7,771
  • Body Style: Sport Utility
  • Combined MPG: 15-16
  • Engine: 235-hp, 4.7-liter V-8 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: 4x2
  • Seats: 6-8
2001 Dodge Durango

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Vehicle Overview
Dodge gives its midsize SUV a new dashboard and several new interior features for 2001. Durango is based on the Dakota pickup and straddles two segments of the sport utility market.

Durango is larger than most midsize SUVs like the Ford Explorer, Jeep Grand Cherokee and Chevrolet Blazer while challenging full-size models such as the Chevrolet Tahoe and Ford Expedition with its V-8 engines and optional eight-passenger seating.

Styling on the Durango, a four-door wagon, is the same as the Dakota pickup from the windshield forward. With an overall length of 193 inches, Durango is 10 inches longer than the Chevrolet Blazer and 3 inches longer than the Ford Explorer.

The redesigned instrument panel includes new gauges, climate controls and a tilt-steering column with a greater adjustment range. A new floor console for models with front bucket seats includes three cupholders, an armrest and several storage bins.

Durango seats as few as five and as many as eight. An optional two-place rear seat and a three-place front bench can augment a pair of front buckets and a three-place middle bench. Both the middle and rear seats fold flat for maximum cargo room of 88 cubic feet.

Under the Hood
Durango comes only with V-8 engines. A 235-horsepower 4.7-liter V-8 is the base engine and teams with a five-speed automatic transmission. A 5.9-liter V-8 with 250 hp is the top engine choice and comes with a four-speed automatic.

Durango comes with rear-wheel drive or a choice of two four-wheel-drive systems. The standard 4WD system is the part-time type that can't be used on smooth, dry pavement, and the optional system operates full-time.

Both are engaged by a dashboard switch instead of a floor-mounted transfer-case lever.

Driving Impressions
Durango attracts buyers from the compact and full-size SUV markets by offering V-8 engines and nearly full-size interior space in a more manageable, competitively priced exterior package. The 5.9-liter V-8 is more powerful, but the 4.7-liter engine is a newer design that is smoother, quieter and nearly as lively.


Reported by Rick Popely  for cars.com
From the cars.com 2001 Buying Guide

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Dodge Durango

by SnowWolf 2012 from Radford, Va on October 18, 2017

This SUV was a great vehicle and it provided me with enough seating for my children. I would love to own another one.

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Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.


Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

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Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

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Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

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