The 2012 Dodge Durango Crew+ is by far the best valued vehicle I have ever purchased. I bought this vehicle in December 2011, and have put about 2,000 miles on it already. The number of options that c...
The 2012 Dodge Durango Crew+ is by far the best valued vehicle I have ever purchased. I bought this vehicle in December 2011, and have put about 2,000 miles on it already. The number of options that came on this SUV is comparable to vehicles that cost 10 - 20k more. I paid just under $40k, and the only thing I didn't get was the speed/distance sensing cruise control, and the rear seat DVD player.
The room inside is more spacious than any cross-over, yet it drives the same. The safety features are phenomenal with Blind Spot Avoidance, Back up camera, automatic headlights, auto dimming/bright lights, and side curtain air bags.
The drivers memory settings are a knee saver for me, as I am 6'4, and my wife is 5'2. The programable remotes make it so that when the vehicle is unlocked by my remote, the settings adjust for me before I get in, and the same holds true for hers. The driver and passenger comfort is incredible.
Remote start is pretty cool, as well as the automatic climate control. Hot days and cold winters aren't a big deal anymore!
Rear seat passengers have reclining seats, and adjustable climate controls as well.
The sound system is incredible as well. A 30gb hdd, 2 usb inputs, 10 speakers, a very discreet subwoofer, and IPod controls make this a great unit.
The first year of Sirius/XM service with live traffic updates, millions of points of interests, as well as applications like a fuel service locator with pricing is a great feature, but I am nervous how much its going to cost once the free trial runs out.
The interactive voice command feature is very easy to use, and keeps us from trying to focus on the electronics too much. You can map a route, change radio stations, select audio inputs very easy.
With this vehicle, we also purchased the Chrysler extended warranty that covers most of the vehicle for the life of our ownership. Not bad for $2500.
This vehicle came with the 5.7L Hemi, and with the selective Eco option, it selectively kills two cylinders while cruising down the highway, therefore only reducing gas mileage by 2 mpg versus the V6 model, which brings me to the only negative thing I can point to. The gas mileage. Its advertised between 13 and 20mpg. 20 was never achieved by me. But, I live in the Pacific Northwest where hills and mountains are a part of everyday life. If you drive this on cruise control across flat land, you might get close. I average 16.5 mpg daily driving, so I guess I can't complain much since the city driving is supposed to be down around 13. I had no problems going up hills or accellerating to merge into traffic. This is a very responsive, and powerful SUV.
Its early to say for sure, but at this point, I am extremely happy with this purchase. We owned a 2001 Durango R/T for 9 years before this, and the difference is incredible! Definitely more refined. If you are struggling with the choice between the Durango Crew and the Citadel, save the $10k and go with the Crew +! You won't be disappointed.
One final note, this review process required me to submit a reliability review. Although this SUV has not given me any problems since I have owned it, I feel its not fair to you, the consumer, to rate it with 5 stars based on a month of driving. So far, so good. I'd rather leave the reliability to be determined at a later date.