The 2011 Dodge Durango had me at 'hello.' I was impressed from the moment I first drove it as a rental car in CA. And this is despite the Dodge sour taste in my mouth from our crummy 2005 Grand Carava...
The 2011 Dodge Durango had me at 'hello.' I was impressed from the moment I first drove it as a rental car in CA. And this is despite the Dodge sour taste in my mouth from our crummy 2005 Grand Caravan. (It's no wonder they went bankrupt - what a shoddy product!)
The Durango: sharp styling, fun to drive, great features, rather economical V6 (esp given its size), and a stunning interior - WOW. The CREW trim gives a lot for the $$$. Even if - like me - you think you don't need all the fancy stuff like power tailgate, backup camera, etc... you might find yourself delighted w/ them once you have them. (The base model is quite good still - better than most entry level trims.)
I'm stunned how great the handling is - exceptionally smooth and very, very quiet. The seats are large, supportive but not hard, immensely adjustable, even throne-like. Its rear wheel drive is more enjoyable than its front drive competitors. Towing is also strong even on base models without options. Got a pop-up camper? Bring it on, no tow package required! And I never get tired of seeing and touching the dashboard's subtle pattern and cushioned feel.
Downsides? A few quibbles - the mileage around town does drop fast if you don't feather it from stoplight to stoplight. The CREW stereo gets really loud, but it's muddy sounding until the volume is high, and then it sounds better. This is a great way to get our 4 kids around town, though some sort of expanded storage on the roof is needed for camping trips since the "trunk" is a bit limited. The cruise control system is a tad slow to engage sometimes, like when pushing the resume button. And the backup camera screen is slow to become visible when putting the car in reverse. Like I said - quibbles; nothing that will irritate an owner over the years.
What about quality? Well, this is post-bankrupt Dodge, and it shares its underpinnings w/ a Jeep and Mercedes, so it's promising. Even better though - for a reasonable price Chrysler offer a LIFETIME unlimited year/mileage warranty that's pretty much "bumper to bumper." That sealed the deal for me! I bought a lightly used model that was only 6 mo old and approx eight thousand $$$ below MSRP.