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2014 Dodge Durango Debut

A new eight-speed transmission and racetrack taillights bring the 2014 Dodge Durango up to speed.

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What's New

After some speculation as to if it would survive the 2014 model year, we officially know that the Dodge Durango isn't going anywhere. For now, anyways. The 2014 Dodge Durango welcomes an eight-speed automatic transmission, a rotary shifter, and Dodge's now-signature "racetrack" taillight treatment. The interior also gets a redesigned instrument cluster, a new steering wheel, and the optional Uconnect infotainment system with an 8.4-inch touch screen. When paired to the eight-speed transmission, the Durango's 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine can go as far as 600 miles in between fill-ups. The aforementioned V-6 engine is rated at 290 horsepower, 260 pound-feet of torque, and can tow up to 6,200 pounds.

Who It's For

Gas prices continue to hover around $4 a gallon but families haven't stopped growing and going to soccer practice. If you happen to fall into this lifestyle, then you're probably no stranger to the SUV, and possibly even the Durango itself. The full-size SUV segment is crowded with stalwart models like the Ford Explorer, Honda Pilot, and even its two-row stable mate, the Jeep Grand Cherokee. Each aforementioned vehicle can haul more than its fair share of people and cargo, but the 2014 Dodge Durango separates itself with its towing capabilities. If you opt for the 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine, you can automatically lug 6,200 pounds behind the Durango on top of the gear and people riding inside. The optional V-8 has no trouble pulling its own weight and then some with a tow rating of 7,400 pounds.

Key Features

The 2014 Dodge Durango comes stocked with new features to make it more like its stable mates across the Chrysler Group board. Some key features include:
  • An eight-speed automatic transmission
  • Uconnect with an 8.4-inch touchscreen is now an available option
  • Estimated range of 600 miles with the V-6 engine
  • Capable of towing 7,400 pounds with the V-8 engine, 6,200 pounds with the V-6

What We Think

The addition of an eight-speed automatic transmission and big towing numbers will only help the 2014 Dodge Durango become a prominent player in the segment once again. Further interior refinements like the addition of Uconnect and an 8.4-inch touch screen will also help the Durango garner some attention it has been missing in years past as well. The 2014 Dodge Durango received necessary (and needed) tweaks like the racetrack taillights, making it look similar to that of the Dart and Charger, and an increase in fuel economy won't hurt it chances either.

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