- suv 83,760
- 24,990 overpriced
- Tacoma, WA
- 5 years
- suv 83,760 flex fuel red automatic
2011 dodge durango review this car review is specific to this model, not the actual vehicle for sale. To that end it can accommodate seven, even seven adults. It can tow a minimum 3500 pounds fully loaded and up to 7200 in a lightly loaded v8, considerably more than most of the crossover competition that's based on front-wheel-drive platforms. Those less concerned with mileage will opt for the hemi, not because of its 70 added horsepower but for the extra 130 lb-ft of torque and the v8 soundtrack. durango's interior now seats seven (except the heat model) but it feels larger than before and looks better. Materials and fit-and-finish are miles ahead of its predecessor and remain wholly appropriate for the suv mission. pricing runs from about $30,000 to about $46,000. By class benchmarks the durango has a refined ride and cabin; by previous durango standards it's beyond comparison. durango competes in a fairly crowded market, against the gmc acadia, chevrolet traverse, buick enclave, ford explorer, toyota highlander, hyundai veracruz, kia sorento, subaru tribeca, mazda cx-9, and honda pilot. With the same v6, a 6-speed automatic and less weight to cart around it is quicker, gets better mileage, handles as well, has more people room, and as much cargo space behind the second row as the durango does behind the front seats. lineupthe 2011 dodge durango is offered in six trim levels, all with a 5-speed automatic transmission. Rear-wheel drive (2wd) is standard. V6 models offer full-time all-wheel drive (awd) that splits power 50/50 while v8 models use a two-speed transfer case (4wd) with low-range gearing, automatic mode for on-highway use, and a neutral position that allows it to be towed on its wheels, as behind a motorhome. durango express 29,195) is the base model and comes only with a 290-hp 3. 6-liter v6 engine. It includes cloth upholstery, three-zone climate control, power windows/locks/heated mirrors, 18-inch alloy wheels with 265/60r18 michelins, fog lamps, 50/50-split folding third row seats, 60/40-split fold/tumble second row seats, fold-flat right front seat, and media center 130 am/fm/cd/mp3 stereo with one-year subscription to sirius satellite radio. Express is available with awd 31,195). Options include a popular equipment package 1295) with 30gb hdd upgraded audio, bluetooth streaming and voice, leather-wrapped steering wheel, auto-dimming inside mirror, rear park sensors and a rearview camera. A towing package includes class iv hitch, 7 and 4-pin plugs, full-size spare tire, upgraded cooling, load-leveling rear shocks. Also available: skid plates, roof rails/cross bars 250), engine block heater 50), sunroof 850). durango heat 30,295) is basically a 295-hp v6 version of the r/t. It adds 265/50r20 tires on painted alloy wheels, body-colored trim, auto-dimming inside mirror, sport suspension and a 5. 9-cubic-foot storage well under the floor behind the second row seat. The heat is the only five-passenger durango, the only v6 with dual exhausts, and has no overhead rear ac controls. Options include three-season performance tires 175) and most express options except the roof rails and tow package. The heat is available with awd 32,295). durango r/t 35,465), for road/track, is the sportiest durango and comes with a 360-hp 5. 7-liter hemi v8, revised suspension, bigger brakes, 20-inch wheels, body-color trim, digital suede red-stitched upholstery, hid low-beam headlamps, homelink, keyless entry, security system, remote start, leather-wrapped wheel and the media center 430 audio system with bluetooth, nine speakers, and 506-watt alpine amplification. Durango r/t 4wd 37,865) is identically equipped. R/t extras include audio upgrades, navigation, adaptive cruise control with forward collision warning. A leather package 1395) for 4wd versions includes leather-trimmed seats, heated first and second-row seats, power tilt/telescoping steering wheel, power front seats, auto-dimming exterior driver-side mirror, led signal repeaters on the mirrors, and two-position memory system for seat/mirrors/wheel/radio presets. A dvd rear entertainment 1695) system is available, usually requires sunroof. durango crew 33,195) and crew awd 35,195) is the mainstream model, and adds to express the 506-watt media 430 sound system, power liftgate, power folding mirrors, remote start, driver memory system, roof rails/cross bars, power 8-way driver and 6-way passenger seats, leather wheel, homelink, keyless entry/run, rear camera and park sensors, and a 115-volt 150-watt outlet. Crew options include a 5. 7-liter v8 1495), polished 20-inch wheels 1150), an entry navigation/commuter group 695) that includes navigation system, power tilt/telescope steering wheel, rains-sensing wipers, smartbeam auto-dimming headlamps. Options are the v8, sunroof, rear dvd, tow package and media center 730 sound/navigation system with sirius traffic, voice-recognition and a usb port. durango citadel 41,795) and citadel awd 43,795) upgraded from crew lux with nappa perforated leather seat trim, ventilated front seats, sunroof, media center 730, hid low-beams, eight-way power passenger seat (does not fold flat like all other durango), heated steering wheel, blind spot warning, rear cross-path detection, adaptive cruise control with forward collision warning, r/t brakes, and 20-inch alloy wheels with chrome covers. Upgrades are limited to the v8, block heater, tow package, and inferno red paint. safety features on all durangos: front and front-side airbags, full side-curtain airbags, and electronic stability control with trailer-sway control. Optional safety features include blind spot warning, rear cross-path detection, adaptive cruise control with forward collision warning, rear camera, rear park sensors, and all-wheel drive. walkaroundit wouldn't be a dodge without a big cross-hair grille and the 2011 durango doesn't disappoint. The hood carries out to the fenders rather than sloping off like the old one, and combined with the deep air dam and bodywork gives it a much more wagon-like proportion in side view. dodge durango falls right in the middle of the three-row mix of suvs for outside dimensions, and the long rear side doors look even longer because they have no fixed quarter window within. It's a fairly subtle shape with chrome down low on most models, sprinkled about more on fancy ones. Windows are neither hummer-slit nor overly generous, and the apparent proportions vary significantly with paint color. the rear end of the 2011 durango is sloped more than the previous durango, not as upright as the ultra-practical pilot nor as fastback as others. Rear lighting is simple, though we found them too similar to those on the all-new 2011 jeep grand cherokee. Like the wheel-well openings, the lower edges all around the perimeter are dark plastic to avoid scuffing and rock chips. a cargo hatch, powered on some models, does not open the glass separately, not such a big deal with pushbutton access. A lock button is camouflaged in the big chrome dodge band across the back, and the manual hatch release is big enough to use with gloves. Low-profile roof rails have swivel-out crossbars built in so wind noise is.
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