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2014 Dodge Durango SUV

Originally Published in Trailer Life Magazine

Dodge has just unveiled the new 2014 Durango. While its chassis and driving dynamics are shared with Jeep’s Grand Cherokee, its unique exterior is completely different. Durango now comes with a new transmission, fresh distinctive styling, and new info-tainment systems. The 2014 Durango will come in SXT, Rallye, Limited, R/T, and Citadel models.  The new Limited includes leather and heated seats, heated steering wheel, and 8.4-inch Uconnect screen.

Styling updates include projector-beam headlamps and LED running lamps on all except the base SXT model. R/T and Citadel models have HID headlamps and projector foglamps, complementing a slimmer grille, reshaped hood and fascia. New wheel designs continue the restyling, along 192 individual LED lamps in back. Blind-spot monitoring and rear cross path detection are available, as are adaptive cruise control.

2014-dodge-durango_dashSeating is available for up to seven, or seating for six with second-row dual captain’s chairs. The second row folds forward to accommodate large items.

The standard 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 is rated 290 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. Trailering enthusiasts will like the 5.7-liter Hemi V-8, which puts out 360 hp and 390 lb-ft of torque. The new transmission promises up to nine percent better fuel economy and Hemis have fuel saving cylinder deactivation, along with a new Eco Mode which changes throttle response and shift points for even better mileage.

For 2014 Durango has the same eight-speed automatic transmission found in Jeep’s Grand Cherokee, with a rotary shifter and paddle-shifters on the steering wheel. Durango also offers rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive. Depending on model, two different AWD systems are used. The V-8 models get a low-range transfer case and V-6 models having a one-speed unit. Tow rating capability is up to 7,400 pounds with the V-8. Pricing has not been announced.


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