2011 Dodge Durango
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Best Vehicle Next to My Jeep Grand Cherokee!

by from Syracuse, NY on January 22, 2011

Purchased this gorgeous red Durango for my wife after buying a 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland for which the '11 Durango's based. We needed one vehicle to fit at least 7 with luggage space for an eq...
Purchased this gorgeous red Durango for my wife after buying a 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland for which the '11 Durango's based. We needed one vehicle to fit at least 7 with luggage space for an equal number of people. The Jeep is so perfect that we opted for the even roomier Dodge when the minivan's lease expired. Both are pristine, yet have different personalities. We love them equally, but the added space means far more road trips in the Durango. The Hemi-V8's unparalleled. Gas mileage is stellar for the size, horsepower & towing abilities. No dislikes whatsoever. We are thrilled with: the sumptuous ride, handling, quality, fit, finish, paint luster, materials, rugged good looks, superior comfort all around, precision parts & range rover-like grade leather. Reliability is ahead of all others & on par with the Jeep. Price was reasonable. A steal, in fact. We were Ford people until we bought a Chrysler Town&Country Limited. Now we are Dodge & Jeep fans, too.
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2011 Durango Is Awesome!

by from Portsmouth, Ohio on April 7, 2011

I now have 4000+ miles on my 2011 Hemi Durango, and I can assure you that this vehicle is everything Dodge/Chrysler said it would be. On the plus side I have to say the interior and exterior styling i...
I now have 4000+ miles on my 2011 Hemi Durango, and I can assure you that this vehicle is everything Dodge/Chrysler said it would be. On the plus side I have to say the interior and exterior styling is excellent. There is plenty of room for 7 passengers, and the entry to the 3rd row seating is very easily accomplished. My wife descibes driving it as "The same as driving a car." The Hemi power is smooth and strong. I have a 24 foot pontoon boat which I have towed once with the Durango, and the trip was effortless. Some of the reviews I have read are not giving the 5 speed transmission much credit, but I haven't noticed anything to complain about. The shifting is smooth and quiet. The exhaust will give out a growl if you put your foot down! I have been able to exceed the "average" highway 20 MPG with averages showing as much as 23.8 on 3 trips that I have made. I only have a couple of negatives to say about the vehicle. the first one is no show stopper, but even though it is very easy to use it is sometimes difficult to see the radio/navigation screen. The second concern I have is that the side of the vehicle kind of bulges out, and there is no side protection to guard against other folks opening their doors and hitting mine. Overall, I think I got what I paid for, and more. This vehicle would have easily been "Truck of the Year" if it hadn't been for issues with previous models. The Durango is a winner and I highly reccommend it!!
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Never Happier with a Vehicle!

by from Batavia, NY on January 25, 2011

I was looking to replace my beloved Jeep Wrangler Unlimited after the recent birth of my twin sons. My wife pressured me to consider a minivan but as we drove into our Chrysler-Jeep dealership to test...
I was looking to replace my beloved Jeep Wrangler Unlimited after the recent birth of my twin sons. My wife pressured me to consider a minivan but as we drove into our Chrysler-Jeep dealership to test drive a new Chrysler Town & Country minivan we both did a double take watching a new Durango being backed off a car carrier of new Dodge Durango's and Jeep Grand Cherokee's. I was amazed that the '11 Durango was out already, expecting to see it unveiled in late spring. Well, after bargaining for just a brief 35 minutes and getting an awesome deal/trade in, we became the owner of a very safe, roomy, nice riding and great handling AWD SUV for our young family. Every aspect of the 2011 Durango is pristine. Fit, finish and interior material are class leaders. We selected the v8 (a Hemi!) mainly because we fell in love with the unique and rugged green model that we witnessed being dropped off. It was fate and we were thrilled with the many features on this stunner, plus the other models were pre-ordered by customers or newly sold. The color we first admired was very close to that of my favorite Jeep of all time, the Unlimited I reluctantly traded. I now see how better suited the Durango is for a growing family without experiencing any young daddy minivan sigma. Lol, yet anything for the boys and my wonderful spouse. An added bonus to Durango owners is free routine service and so much more.
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So Far Fantastic!

by from long island, ny on April 15, 2011

I just bumped up to the new Dodge Durango 2011 from a Dodge Journey 2010...and so far I'm so happy I did! There is no comparison in almost every category. Although I was relatively happy with the Jour...
I just bumped up to the new Dodge Durango 2011 from a Dodge Journey 2010...and so far I'm so happy I did! There is no comparison in almost every category. Although I was relatively happy with the Journey, we felt that with 3 kids already and 1 on the way it might be tight. I actually bought the Durango without test driving it, based on all of the reviews I read and the ride in the Journey. I am not disappointed one bit, and in fact the minute I drove out of the lot in the Durango, I turned to my wife and said "Now this is a sweet ride!" The Durango has many redeeming qualities: it's smooth riding, it is powerful enough (I got the Pentastar V-6), it is solid feeling on the road with no noticeable sway while cornering, and for a vehicle that size I felt very comfortable braking as needed and with total control. I also have a BMW 530xi, and I must say that I actually am having a tough time deciding which vehicle to drive! The interior is very comfortable and refined for the money. The power seats have a tremendous range of adjustment. I also like the steering wheel controls and feel. The roominess is terrific so far, although #4 is on the way so we will see once we have to hit the beach... But the ease of entry to the back, and the room back there was worth the bump up from the Journey. And by the way, the gas mileage so far is almost identical to the Journey. The other part that is awesome is the UConnect system! It's so user friendly and complete. The only problem is that the kids are driving me crazy telling me to push the voice recognition button so they can tell it what station to put on! And it understands commands very easily...ahhh technology. Anyway, so far it is fantastic all across the board. I hope that it holds up the way it has started off, although we got the extended warranty so I'm not really worried. If you are thinking about the Durango, I wouldn't hesitate at all.
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Almost Perfect

by from Southern Ohio on February 20, 2011

I started following the new Durango from the very beginning. I read every article and story about it and determined it was going to be my next vehicle before it was ever built. So far my expectations ...
I started following the new Durango from the very beginning. I read every article and story about it and determined it was going to be my next vehicle before it was ever built. So far my expectations have been met. The Hemi engine performs flawlessly and actually provides better than advertised fuel mileage. The interior is awesome, and the instrument features are very user friendly. The towing capabilities are next to none, and there's plenty of room for the grandchildren. If not for the problems that plagued Dodge in the past, the Durango would have definitely been voted Truck of the Year. I love it!
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Durango Rates Superior!

by from Rockville, MD on February 28, 2011

After owning Ford & GM products all my adult life, we bought a new 2011 Dodge Durango. The room amazes me. Quality is #1. It handles like a dream, rides as smooth as glass and the Hemi-8 gets outstand...
After owning Ford & GM products all my adult life, we bought a new 2011 Dodge Durango. The room amazes me. Quality is #1. It handles like a dream, rides as smooth as glass and the Hemi-8 gets outstanding mileage. Long live the conventional SUV. Dodge and Jeep ('11 Grand Cherokee Limited) are champs in this venue and choosing between them was tough. The very roomy third row sold us on the Durango and we are thrilled with all of the luxury items, many are standard. Safety is the greatest. We did our research. No issues on this 4x4... the BEST of the best. I will never go to another brand after this amazing vehicle.
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shockingly good option to haul 7 people

by from Frisco, TX (North Dallas) on January 9, 2012

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.
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2011 Durango V8 Crew

by from Bay City, TX on March 30, 2011

I recently traded my 2009 jeep wrangler unlimited for a 2011 durango after finding out my wife was pregnant with twins. I stepped up to the Crew to get the power everything and the V8. After reading o...
I recently traded my 2009 jeep wrangler unlimited for a 2011 durango after finding out my wife was pregnant with twins. I stepped up to the Crew to get the power everything and the V8. After reading other reviews, I did not consider V6 (alot said it was under powered). The V8, that we had a hard time finding, is great, the power is unbeleivable,runs fantastic, gas milage is great, ride is car-like. The sterio sounds great. The only thing I have to complain about is that there is no option for 2nd row captain chairs, so entry to the 3rd row is a bit of a pain with 2 carseats in the 2nd row. Other than that, it is a great all around vehicle that still has many conveinient features that we are still stumbing onto after a month of owning.
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Dodge Got it Right!

by from Philadelphia, PA on March 3, 2011

Loving everything about our new Dodge Durango 4X4 with all of the amenities to entertain the children a Hemi V8 to please dad... and even mom, my wife! The ALL NEW Mercedes-Benz derived Durango ride's...
Loving everything about our new Dodge Durango 4X4 with all of the amenities to entertain the children a Hemi V8 to please dad... and even mom, my wife! The ALL NEW Mercedes-Benz derived Durango ride's very compliant an or off pavement. We are a very active family. All of us enjoy crew, fishing, camping and traveling. Thus far we have traveled from Philly Pennsylvania to Orlando, Florida in some of the worst winter weather in decades, even pulling over to assist others not so fortunate driving during a blizzard. The 2011 Dodge commercials touting AWD are right on the money. The amount of safety equipment standard on the '11 Durango is reason enough when traveling with a wife and children. Other favorite attributes range from the monstrous room inside, to the most elegant but easy to clean and maintain rich leather seating and trim to lush carpeting. Room for up to seven people in complete comfort no matter their size is quite impressive. Perhaps my favorite thing is the countless people telling us how much they love our new SUV. It is truly a looker. Dodge got it right.
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Where have you been, 2011 Durango!

by from Little Rock, AK on March 19, 2011

This is the 1st SUV that I love so much I have logged on a PC to spread the word. I am not a regular computer user so this is special. After riding in my br.-in-law's '11 Durango while visiting in-law...
This is the 1st SUV that I love so much I have logged on a PC to spread the word. I am not a regular computer user so this is special. After riding in my br.-in-law's '11 Durango while visiting in-laws in Seattle on vacation, I started to conduct my very own research and he was 100% correct: It does everything well. Very well, in fact! The family (wife and three children) loves: the styling, compliant smooth ride, heated everything (it seems), navi, fantastic entertainment package, frornt/rear DVD, bluetooth, room, lack of blind spots and only the finest grade leather and other materials. In addition to my wide and children's favorite attributes, I am thrilled with the new ever powerful Pentastar V6 (my br-in-law in Washington State swears by his HEMI V8) and exceptional gas mileage. I am pleased with the many hand's free devices that allow the driver to focus on the road. This SUV's the 1st I have experienced with three rows of super comfortable seats for even 6 footers. Look into a 2011 Durango. Glad I did!
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