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2000 Dodge Durango Review
Focuses on utility.
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Now two years old, the Durango serves as Dodge’s SUV, which launched as an alternative to compact SUVs. The 2000 Dodge Durango rides rough, bouncy, and stiff. However, it still has some SUV-like cruising attributes. If you venture offroad, the Durango provides a capable vehicle.
Engines: 4.7-liter V-8, 5.9-liter V-8
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Dodge Durango Sport, Dodge Durango SLT, Dodge Durango SLT Plus, Dodge Durango R/T
The 4.7-liter V-8 now comes on four-wheel-drive models. It also links to an all-new automatic transmission. Rack-and-pinion steering comes standard for two- and four-wheel-drive Durangos. A performance-oriented R/T model joins the 2000 lineup, which already includes the SLT and the SLT Plus.
The 2000 Dodge Durango gives buyers seven colors to choose from. Exterior features include a keyless entry system, a lighted entry system, power brakes, a rear window defroster, sunscreen glass, power windows, power door locks, power exterior mirrors, 15-inch alloy wheels, remote trunk release, intermittent windshield wipers, privacy glass, and a rear window wiper.
An optional camper/towing package allows for a maximum towing capacity of 7600 pounds on the SLT Plus. Opt to upgrade to a limited-slip differential as well.
The Durango handles a maximum payload of 1690 pounds. It measures in at 193.3 inches and has a gross weight of 6050 pounds with a curb weight of 4360 pounds. The wheelbase measures 115.9 inches.
Compact on the outside and roomy on the inside, the 2000 Dodge Durango offers plenty of room for cargo and people on the inside. Passengers enjoy three interior cloth seat colors: agate, camel, and mist gray. Air-conditioning, an AM/FM/cassette/CD audio system, bucket seating, a center console, a tachometer, cruise control, power steering, and a tilt steering wheel all come standard in the base Durango.
For an upgrade to interior comforts, try the third seat for more passenger room. This obviously minimizes cargo room but suits a large family. If you fold the middle and rear seats, you get a maximum cargo area of 88 cubic feet. The Durango seats as few as five and as many as eight passengers with the third seat. Upgrading to an Infinity audio system also provides an option. Also, opt for leather and suede interior trim.
The spacious interior measures in with rear hip room at 56 inches, rear headroom at 40.4 inches, rear legroom at 37.3 inches, and rear shoulder room at 57.5 inches.
Performance & Handling
Enjoy a truck-like ride with front-wheel independent suspension and alloy wheels. Power steering comes standard. The powerful 2000 Dodge Durango comes with a 4.7-liter V-8 or a 5.9-liter V-8 engine.
Safety features on the 2000 Dodge Durango remain minimal with driver and passenger front airbags and a rear-wheel anti-lock brake system.
The NHTSA gives the passenger test four out of five stars, and the driver test earns a mere two out of five stars.
IIHS frontal-offset tests rate “Acceptable? overall, while the bumpers and head restraints rate poorly.
EPA Fuel Economy
- Aggressive styling
- Large interior
- 5.9-liter V-8
You Won't Like
- Interior squeaks due to wind noise
- Bad gas mileage
Focuses on utility.
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