Intro: The Dodge Durango is back for 2011 and the latest take on the full-size three-row SUV is an instant winner. Aggressive styling, upscale features, and seating for seven make the Durango a well-executed family hauler.
That aggressive styling is borrowed heavily from the RAM full-size truck brand, and can easily be seen in features such as the upright grille and swept forward headlights. Trims for the Durango are Express, Crew, Heat, R/T, and range-topping Citadel, like the model we drove. It featured chrome mesh inserts in the grille, 20-inch chrome-clad wheels, and chrome accents on the running boards.
Performance: Base power for the Durango comes from a 290 horsepower 3.6-liter V6, while an available 5.7-liter V8 makes 360 horsepower. Power is sent through a 5-speed automatic transmission to the rear wheels or available all wheel drive with low range.
Fuel Economy: Here are the highest and lowest EPA estimates for fuel economy:
Features: Our Citadel test model came equipped with just about every option selected. The leather seating featured heated and cooled front seats, as well as heated rear seats. The heated steering wheel is a welcomed option on cold mornings while the wall-style power AC outlet provides added versatility.
Also standard on the Citadel trim was the 9-speaker premium stereo with subwoofer and auxiliary inputs, and Uconnect Bluetooth system with voice control.
A suggested feature for those with children is the rear seat entertainment system, with flip-down monitor, and a year's subscription to Sirius backseat TV- broadcasting children's programming directly into the Durango.
Safety Features: Standard safety features include electronic stability program, active head restraints, tire pressure monitoring system and a full array of front and side impact airbags.
Pricing: Base MSRP for the 2011 Dodge Durango is $29,195. A range-topping all-wheel-drive Citadel model starts at $43,795.
Warranty: The Durango is backed by a 5-year, 100,000-mile powertrain warranty.
Summary: With features rivaling that of a luxury car, and the capability of HEMI power and full-time all wheel drive - the new 2011 Dodge Durango bridges the best of old and new SUV's in one attractive full-size package.