2002 Dodge Durango

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2002 Dodge Durango Review

Potency, space, and utility bundled into one solidly-constructed vehicle.

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Overview

The 2002 Dodge Durango is extremely roomy for a full-size SUV. In the past, the only SUVs in the midsize class that had an optional third seat were the Durango. Nowadays, it seems that most of the competition is offering the same feature. As an effort to stay on top of the pack, the automaker includes a few features in hopes to remain competitive. Topping the list is the inclusion of the sophisticated DVD entertainment system that is a newly available option for the rear-seat passengers to enjoy. The passenger’s seats are comfortable and plush, which stays true to tradition as it always has encompassed a lavish interior. The luxury extends with the available entertainment system, while it has enough room for up to seven passengers at the maximum level.

The 2002 Dodge Durango's roomy cabin does not take away from the compact-level maneuverability and has precise steering and agile handling with a well-controlled body roll. The standard power plant is a 4.7-liter V-8 that generates around 235 horsepower with the option of either four- or two-wheel-drive configuration. The optional engine choice is the 5.9-liter V-8, which is a little more of a thirsty option. Producing 245 hp, this engine promises better towing capabilities and is able to lug about 7600 pounds. All models can choose from the standard automatic five-speed or four-speed transmission.

The Range

Body Styles: SUV
Engines: 4.7-liter V-8, 5.9-liter V-8
Transmissions: four-speed automatic, five-speed automatic
Models: Dodge Durango Sport, Dodge Durango SLT, Dodge Durango SLT Plus, and Dodge Durango R/T

What's New

The 2002 Dodge Durango receives a new entry-level model called SXT. Additional improvements include side airbags, optional DVD system for entertainment, and an upgraded five-speed gearbox.

Exterior

The 2002 Dodge Durango has a styling that looks similar to its sibling, the Dakota, because it comes directly from the four-door model. The overall length is 193 inches and has varying wheel-size options. The Sport model wears the 15-inch wheels, SLT and SLT Plus has 16-inch wheels, and the sporty R/T has the bigger 17-inch cast aluminum wheels. Step running boards come on the latter trim levels, and all models have the rear liftgate door.

Interior

The 2002 Dodge Durango's seating configuration is different between models. As many as eight occupants fit comfortably in those equipped to do so. The front bucket seats are comfortable. The standard second-row three-place bench that occupies the five-passenger models is equally pleasing. For seating eight, it must be fitted with the bench seat instead of the bucket seats in the front. The new feature of video entertainment is available, giving the most satisfying trip for rear-seat passengers.

Performance & Handling

The 2002 Dodge Durango offers a base engine that's an efficient 4.7-liter V-8 and can make 235 horsepower. The engine comes with the choice of either four-wheel or two-wheel-drive configuration. An additional engine selection is the 5.9-liter V-8 that can be a bit thirstier at the gas pumps. This engine generates 245 hp and has much better capabilities for towing. The properly-equipped model can tow up to 7600 pounds. Each model chooses from the newly-upgraded automatic five-speed or the optional four-speed transmission.

Driving the 2002 Dodge Durango is highly exciting and very rewarding for the segment. The R/T can be somewhat noisy with the exhaust notes that sound more like a sports car than an actual SUV. Having a vigorous performance and smooth shifting of the newly-enhanced transmission, it comes out ahead, regardless of exhaust noise. Some drivers feel that it gives the SUV a sporty-sound that is fitting for the performance-oriented R/T model.

Safety

The 2002 Dodge Durango have standard safety features that includes airbags for the driver and the front passenger, seatbelt pretensioners, transmission/brake interlock, height-adjustable outboard shoulder belts, and the dual-note horn. All of the necessary precautions ensure the utmost protection and safety.

EPA Fuel Economy

Dodge Durango Sport: 13/17 mpg city/highway
Dodge Durango SLT: 13/17 mpg city/highway
Dodge Durango SLT Plus: 13/17 mpg city/highway
Dodge Durango R/T: 11/15 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Aggressive style
  • Capable off- and on-road performance
  • Spacious cabin
  • New option of DVD video and side airbags

You Won't Like

  • Fuel consumption high
  • Interior trim is cheaply made

Sum Up

Potency, space, and utility bundled into one solidly-constructed vehicle.

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