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2011 Dodge Durango

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2011 Dodge Durango Review

Roomy family vehicle that makes a statement.

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Overview

The 2011 Dodge Durango SUV serves as an impressive vehicle that gives a good name to the SUV range. Comfort, convenience, and style are the watchwords for this greatly improved machine.

The Range

Body Styles: SUV
Engines: 3.6 liter V-6, 5.7 liter V-6
Transmissions: five-speed automatic
Models: Dodge Durango Express Sport Utility, Dodge Durango Heat Sport Utility, Dodge Durango Crew Sport Utility, Dodge Durango RT Sport Utility, Dodge Durango Citadel Sport Utility

What's New

The 2011 Dodge Durango seems like a new kid on the block with such an overhaul, you almost do not recognize the current version against the previous version, except of course that the name tells you the difference.

Exterior

The 2011 Dodge Durango SUV marks an impressive vehicle, standing with 8.1 inches of ground clearance, at a height of 70.9 inches, a width of 75.8 inches, a length of 199.8 inches, and a wheelbase of 119.8 inches. It doesn’t get stingy on the cargo space and offers 17.2 cubic feet with all the seats in place, which expands to a maximum of 84.5 cubic feet.

It reaches a maximum towing capacity of 6200 pounds when adequately equipped for hauling, with a drag coefficient of 0.35 cd, and a curb weight of 4756 pounds. It performs best with P265-60R18 109T all-terrain tires, and the manufacturer design provides 18-inch alloy wheels. It has a rear defogger, variable intermittent wipers, and an intermittent rear window wiper.

Interior

The 2011 Dodge Durango comes with audio and cruise controls on the steering wheel, power steering, remote power door locks, power mirrors, and one-touch power windows. Drivers find ample compartments within the vehicle which come in handy for road trips with the family. These include cup holders in the front, rear, and third row; storage in the front seatback; and front door pockets.

This vehicle has interior room with 39.9 inches of front headroom, 40.3 inches of legroom, and bucket seats. It also feels roomy in the rear with 39.8 inches of rear headroom and 38.6 inches of rear legroom. The rear seats recline when you need to increase your space, and the center armrest folds up too, and it features a split-folding rear seat which makes your cargo room adjustments quite flexible even with passengers on board.

Performance & Handling

The 2011 Dodge Durango is a powerful machine by all standards, proudly sporting a 3.6 liter V-6 engine with 290 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. It uses 24 valves, variable valve timing (VVT), double overhead cam, (DOHC), and flex fuel. The Dodge Durango employs a five-speed automatic transmission with rear drive and a hill brake holder.

Safety

The suspension system of the 2011 Dodge Durango seems impressive with a double wishbone front suspension, front and rear stabilizer bars, a multi-link rear suspension, a four-wheel independent suspension, and the anti-lock braking system standard.

Dodge has left no known stopping and traction-enhancing technology unutilized. The vehicle comes with emergency braking assist, electronic brake force distribution, stability control, traction control, brake drying, ventilated front disc and solid rear disc brakes, and an engine immobilizer. With this many safety precautions, you can do both on-road and offroad driving with the 2011 Dodge Durango.

Standard fittings include airbags in the front, rear, and third row, and it also comes with front side-mounted airbags to protect against side impacts. Safety for your child gets attention with child seat anchors, a rear-door child lock function, and passenger airbag occupant-sensing deactivation.

Safety in night driving gets taken care of with the front fog lights and dusk-sensing headlamps. Other safety fittings include height-adjustable headrests in the front, three for the rear seats, and height-adjustable headrests for the third row seats. All headrests, including the driver’s, have a head restraint whiplash protection system.

EPA Fuel Economy

Dodge Durango: 16/23 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Comfort and convenience
  • Numerous storage compartments

You Won't Like

  • Less cargo room than rivals
  • V-6's performance not as good as you’d think

Sum Up

Roomy family vehicle that makes a statement.

If You Like This Vehicle

  • Toyota Highlander
  • Chevrolet Traverse
  • Mazda CX-9

See the New 2014 Durango.

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