The Dodge Durango is a sports utility vehicle, or SUV, that is produced by the Dodge division of Chrysler. This vehicle is classified as mid-size. Although it is a bit larger than most other mid-size SUVs, it is still not as large as most full-size vehicles. This has allowed this vehicle to be powerful, with a spacious interior to comfortably seat multiple passengers, without becoming too bulky for the average driver.
The Durango is a four-door vehicle that can seat five to seven passengers depending on the trim level. This SUV can have up to three rows of seats. The Dodge Durango can tow between 6200 and 7400 pounds. This vehicle has been rated for 14 to 16 city miles per gallon and 20 to 23 highway miles per gallon, and it has a 24.6 gallon fuel tank. These vehicles were originally assembled in Newark, Delaware but are currently assembled in Detroit, Michigan.
In 1998, the first generation Durango was introduced. It was meant to be a sturdy SUV and had a truck-like design. The second generation began production in 2004. These Durangos were larger than their predecessors and added a third row of seating. This generation also included the 2009 Dodge Durango Hybrid. The third generation was released in early 2011. This present generation features a new body design and is somewhat similar to the Jeep Grand Cherokee in build. This generation began assembling Durangos in Detroit, Michigan.
The Dodge Durango has some nice features. It has a five-speed automatic transmission and comes equipped with either a V6 Pentastar or a V8 HEMI engine. The trim levels of the 2011 Dodge Durango are the Durango Express, Heat, Crew, Crewlux, R/T, and Citadel. Each trim level is available in either rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. Only the Durango R/T is available with the V8 HEMI engine. Overall, the entry-level Durango Express is the cheapest and most fuel efficient, the Durango R/T has the powerful V8 engine but the worst fuel economy, and the Durango Citadel has the most comfort and entertainment features but is the most expensive.
The Dodge Durango is known for being spacious and comfortable, yet relatively powerful. The Durango won Motorweek's 2011 Driver's Choice Award for Best Large Utility". It has also been named a finalist for the 2011 Automotive Press Associations "Truck of the Year". Overall, most reviews of this vehicle have been positive, despite criticism of its interior and storage space.
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