Ok, I have owned my Durango Citadel for a year now and feel I can give it an honest review. I have covered 12,000 miles during the past year and must say, of all the SUVs I have owned, 2 of them being...
Ok, I have owned my Durango Citadel for a year now and feel I can give it an honest review. I have covered 12,000 miles during the past year and must say, of all the SUVs I have owned, 2 of them being the previous generation Durango, this is the best by far. Other's include GMC Suburban, Honda Pilot, and Jeep Grand Cherokee. My Durango is AWD, 5.7 powered and has all options with the exception of the flip down TV. (My last Durango had this opition and was never used in 85,000 miles of driving)
I had owned this vehicle for a couple of months before heading out on a 2K plus mile trip from DFW to Lexington, KY and back last Christmas and it had 1200 miles on the odo when I left. I knew the highway fuel milage would get better as the miles increased and indeed it did. I averaged 20.3mpg on the trip north, with 3 adults and our luggage, enough clothes to last us 12 days. Luggage storage was not an issue, nor was the numerous Christmas gift packages already wrapped.
On the return trip, the mileage went up to 21.8, carrying the same load, driving at or slightly above the posted speed limits.
I recently took it on a work trip from DFW to Toledo, loaded with enough luggage to carry 2 weeks of clothing for one person. This time the trip north netted 22.3 average, with a high of 23.7. The return trip netted an average of 22.4 and included some stop and go traffic in Arkansas that created an hour delay between Memphis and Little Rock. Without the stop and go, I sincerely believe the return mileage could have been 23 plus, a phenomonal number for a vehicle this size with AWD and 360 hp.
I use this SUV to pull an 18 foot open, aluminum car trailer, with either a C6 Corvette, or a Honda CRX Si, to and from track events. Mileage towing averages in the 14 to 15 mpg range. It has plenty of power and torque to pull either vehicle, and is hardly noticable in terms of drivability.
Overall, this is an excellent SUV and I would reccommend it to anyone with a desire or need for a semi luxury SUV. The interior and options provided with the Citadel model is well worth the extra few bucks in my opinion, and certainly enhances the driving pleasure of this vehicle.