Saturday - Sep 23, 2017

The 2014 Dodge Durango


Those in the market for a mid-size but sturdy SUV, the 2014 Dodge Durango should be higher on the list and worth considering.

Providing comfortable seating for up to seven passengers the 2014 Dodge Durango comes from a family with a rich pedigree, drawing most of its powertrain and chassis components from the Jeep Grand Cherokee.

The Durango is featured with a 3.6-liter V6 engine as standard, developing 290 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque, allowing it to reach 60 mph in just 7.8 seconds. Those looking for little more power under the bonnet can hope for the Citadel trim model powered by a 5.7-liter V8 engine, which also comes with all-wheel drive.

Either engine model comes with eight-speed automatic transmission, with most testers agreeing that it is a major improvement on five-speed automatic gearbox available on earlier models, while those who still hanker for some kind of manual control can always come to the steering-wheel-mounted shift paddles. No matter the combination gear changes go through as smooth as silk in both automatic and manual versions.


All versions of the 2014 Dodge Durango models come with antilock brakes, traction and stability control, trailer sway control and for the safety conscious, front-seat side airbags and full-length side curtain airbags that extend all the way to the third row.

As far as interior trim is concerned the Durango, is both modern and tasteful and finished to a level of trim that would do justice to a state-of-the-art family saloon.

Rear parking sensors and a rearview camera come as optional extras on lower trim models while standard on the Limited trim and upwards. The Durango also offers blind-spot monitoring system and rear cross-traffic detection as an optional on the Limited, while the top two conversions, the Citadel and R/T can be fitted with adaptive cruise control complete with a frontal collision warning system.

Outstanding among the particularly pleasing features that are standard on the Durango is the UConnect infotainment interface, dominated by an 8.4-inch touchscreen, which sends out clear and easy to understand graphics and responds remarkably quickly to commands.

Driver and passenger comfort in the car leave nothing to be desired, especially for those sitting in the front and middle rows. As is the case with most SUV’s the Durango’s third-row seats sit low to the floor, making them a comfortable proposition for children or even smaller passengers only. Anyone above normal height might find a longer than average journey something of a challenge.

Anyone whose job of hobbies involving carrying relatively bulky loads on a consistent basis, might find the S.UV. a little lacking in that department with just 17.2 cubic feet of cargo carrying space behind the third-row seats, with 47.7 cubic feet available if the sample is folded down. It is when used just as a cargo carrier, with both rows folded flat, that the Durango’s capacity lags well behind the opposition with a maximum of 84.5 cubic feet available, more than a quarter less than some of the opposition in its class.

For those drivers looking to do a little light towing, they will be pleased to discover that the rear-drive V6-powered models are rated to tow 6,200 pounds, while the V8-powered versions can tow up to 7,400 pounds, making for among the more competent SUVs when it comes to towing a heavy load.

Overall the 2014 version of the Dodge Durango is worthy of serious consideration for anyone looking for a rugged but good-looking SUV, and within a reasonable price range.

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