Summary, Prices, Specs

By April 29, 2011

Summary

The 2011 Dodge Durango qualifies as a wholesale advance on its predecessor. It's not merely competitive, it's near the top in many of the things that SUV buyers want. Durango can carry seven people very comfortably, rack up the vacation miles in quiet punctuated only by the half-kilowatt stereo, and is full of the conveniences you never thought of before and now can't do without. That it drives so nicely and is downright fun with the addictive note of the V8 is the frosting on the cake.

G.R. Whale filed this NewCarTestDrive.com report after his test drive of the Durango models in Southern California.

Model Line Overview
Model lineup:Dodge Durango Express ($29,195), Express AWD ($31,195); Durango Heat ($30,295), Heat AWD ($32,295); Durango R/T ($35,465), R/T 4WD ($37,865); Durango Crew ($33,195) Crew AWD $35,195); Crew Lux ($38,195), AWD ($40,195); Durango Citadel ($41,795), Citadel AWD ($43,795)
Engines:290-hp 3.6-liter V6; 360-hp 5.7-liter V8
Transmissions:5-speed automatic
Safety equipment (standard):frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, all-row side curtain airbags; electronic stability control with trailer sway control, ABS, EBD
Safety equipment (optional):Blind-spot warning, rear cross-path detection, rearview camera, rear park sensors, active cruise control, forward collision warning; all-wheel drive
Basic warranty:3 years/36,000 miles
Assembled in:Detroit, Michigan
Specifications As Tested
Model tested (MSPR):Dodge Durango Crew ($33,195)
Standard equipment:cloth upholstery, three-zone climate control, power windows/locks/heated mirrors/liftgate, power front seats, driver memory system, rear camera and park sensors, 18-inch alloy wheels, roof rails/cross bars, HomeLink, keyless entry/run, 115-VAC outlet, cruise control, message center, trip computer, floor shift, fog lamps and AM/FM/DVD/MP3/HDD/Sirius 506-watt, 9-speaker audio system with Bluetooth
Options as tested (MSPR):Entry navigation/commuter group ($695) includes Garmin navigation, rain-sensing wipers, SmartBeam headlamps, power tilt/telescope steering wheel; sunroof ($850)
Destination charge:$850
Gas guzzler tax:N/A
Price as tested (MSPR):$35590
Layout:rear-wheel drive
Engine:3.6-liter dohc 24-valve V6
Horsepower (lb.-ft @ rpm):290 @ 6400
Torque (lb.-ft @ rpm):260 @ 4800
Transmission:5-speed automatic
EPA fuel economy, city/hwy:16/23 mpg
Wheelbase:119.8 in.
Length/width/height:199.8/75.8/70.9 in.
Track, f/r:63.9/64.1 in.
Turning circle:37.1 ft.
Seating Capacity:7
Head/hip/leg room, f:39.9/57.0/40.3 in.
Head/hip/leg room, m:39.8/56.0/38.6 in.
Head/hip/leg room, r:37.8/42.8/31.5 in.
Cargo volume:84.5 cu. ft.
Payload:1228 Lbs.
Towing capacity:5000 Lbs.
Suspension, f:independent, coil springs, antiroll bar
Suspension, r:independent, coil springs, antiroll bar
Ground clearance:8.1 in.
Curb weigth:4838 lbs.
Tires:P265/60R18 Michelin Latitude Tour
Brakes, f/r:vented disc/vented disc with ABS, EBD, brake assist
Fuel capacity:24.6 gal.
Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle. All prices are manufacturer's suggested retail prices (MSPR) effective as of April 29, 2011.Prices do not include manufacturer's destination and delivery charges. N/A: Information not available or not applicable. Manufacturer Info Sources: 800-423-6343 - www.dodge.com