SUVs are becoming more popular these days, and the Dodge Durango is a top-notcher. Refreshed for 2014, the Durango does not trail behind its rivals simply because it is competitive. It offers rear-wheel and all-wheel drive systems, V6 and V8 engines, an 8-speed automatic transmission, and updated features. And although it is a little smaller than most competing SUVs, the Durango is just as capable and does not provide less interior room and comfort.
NEW FOR THE 2014 DURANGO
- updated front fascia
- standard 8-speed automatic transmission
- better fuel economy
- redesigned interior
- updated infotainment features
UNDER THE HOOD
The 2014 Dodge Durango gets either a V6 or a V8 engine. The former is a 3.6-liter 6-cylinder engine that makes 290 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. It makes 295 horsepower for Rallye models. The other engine is a 5.7-liter V8 that puts out 360 horsepower and 390 pound-feet of torque. Both engines are available for Limited and Citadel models. But the SXT can be had with only the V6. Likewise, the R/T gets only a V8.
All Durangos can either be a rear-wheel or all-wheel drive—your choice. But keep in mind that the AWD works with the V6 engine only. Meanwhile, an 8-speed automatic transmission is standard on all models.
The EPA fuel economy ratings for the 2014 Dodge Durango are the following:
ON THE ROAD
The Dodge Durango is a large and massive vehicle at almost 5,000 pounds but it is easy to maneuver in almost any road conditions. Steering reacts quickly and the cabin feels relaxed and quiet in highway cruises.
The V6 may have low-end torque but it is actually adequate for merging and passing. The V8 predictably delivers better performance. It is brisk and the exhaust note it produces is music to the ears. The new 8-speed automatic transmission is remarkably responsive.
INSIDE THE 2014 DURANGO
The Durango’s interior has been improved with families and functionality in mind. That’s exactly how it feels. The overall appeal is modern and attractive. The materials are upscale and “class-leading” (as Edmunds.com described it).
The front seats are satisfyingly comfortable and spacious, but the second-row seats’ cushions feel flat. There’s also less legroom there than most of the Durango’s rivals. The third row, however, has surprisingly ample legroom and headroom and can be easily accessed.
The 2014 Durango’s cargo area can open up a maximum of 84.5 cubic feet of space when the third- and second-row seats are folded down. That’s acceptable for its size but some vehicles in the competition offer more.
There are four models of the 2014 Dodge Durango: SXT, Limited, R/T and Citadel. Below are some standard features equipped in each model and the optional features offered.
SXT: cloth upholstery, fold-flat-forward front-passenger seat, 60/40 fold-and-tumble second-row seat, tri-zone automatic climate control, vehicle information center, interior ambient lighting, Uconnect with 5-inch touchscreen display, 6-speaker audio system, Bluetooth, media hub (SD card reader, USB port and auxiliary jack input), automatic headlights, LED taillights, fog lights, capless fuel fill, hill start assist, keyless entry/ignition with push-button start, cruise control, 7 airbags
Limited: power front seats with lumbar adjustment, heated front and second-row seats, leather upholstery, auto-dimming rearview mirror, heated leather-wrapped steering wheel, driver memory function, satellite radio, 8.4-inch touchscreen display, 2 USB ports, 18-inch aluminum wheels, LED daytime running lights, side mirrors with turn signals, rear park assist, rearview camera, remote start system, security alarm
R/T: 9-speaker audio system, 20-inch black aluminum wheels, bi-xenon headlights, power liftgate
Citadel: floor console with leather armrest, power sunroof, power tilt/telescopic steering column, navigation system, 20-inch polished aluminum wheels, rain-sensing wipers, ventilated front seats
Options: Rallye Equipment Package (20-inch black aluminum wheels, power driver’s seat, auto-dimming rearview mirror, satellite radio, unique exterior styling), rear Blu-Ray/DVD entertainment system (9-inch screens, 2 wireless headphones, wireless remote control), Technology Group (blind spot protection, forward collision warning, rear cross-traffic monitor, adaptive cruise control, advanced brake assist)
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