The Durango was awarded the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Five-Star frontal impact rating in 2005, in part due to the Durango's frame design, which absorbs front impacts. Folding down the seats reveals more than 100 cubic feet of cargo space. The front fenders make the hood look as narrow as it is short. The Durango is huge inside and out, not as big as a Yukon or Epidition but definatly larger than a Trailblazer and Grand Cherokee. Once back there, a small bubble in the ceiling provides additional headroom for third-row passengers.
This is no small virtue. Basic Durango styling cues continued, but the current model is 7 inches longer and more than 3 inches taller than its predecessor. Driving Impressions Steering is lighter than expected, and a comparatively soft suspension translates to an especially comfortable ride. The windshield is aerodynamically efficient and offers good visibility. Developed gas filler splash back issue at about 100K miles that was dealer warranty fixed complete new tank I think. Response from the Hemi V-8 is less vigorous than expected.
Some of them are truly good American cars. Details are carefully thought out, including convenient grab handles cleverly molded into the stubby rear leg of the second-row seat, which ease climbing back to the third row. Basic Durango styling cues continued, but the current model is 7 inches longer and more than 3 inches taller than its predecessor. Chrysler has an expensive new wind tunnel at its headquarters in Auburn Hills, Michigan, and it was used extensively when designing the second-generation Durango to reduce wind noise. Overall, performance stands tallest in offroad situations.
Suspensions differ among the three engine choices, but not dramatically. The second-row seats recline and have their own climate control, so back-seat passengers can snooze in comfort. The Hemi seems like a good value. Side-impact air bags are not available. And that trim is real wood and real aluminum, not plastic.
General Comments: Bought it as a family car for my wife to drive. For 2006, a new Electronic Stability Program and roll-sensing side curtain-type airbags are available. The shifts were incredibly smooth. Curtain airbags and electronic stability control are available as options. I'm not a Dodge fan or any American car fan for that matter, I think they make rubbish cars. The Durango takes styling cues from the 1946 Dodge Power Wagon. The Hemi V-8 now features a Multi-Displacement System that suspends half the cylinders when they're not needed, which Dodge says improves gas mileage by up to 20 percent.
It rides well and handles especially well, and has excellent engineering touches and details. I live in the middle east and so the car will do a lot of high speed driving on desert highways as well as regular use in the dunes. And we welcome the availability of seat heaters. Speaking of loading cargo, this task is aided by the liftgate, which opens very easily. Dodge and refinement haven't always gone together, but the Durango is quiet and it rides smoothly.
Put the second row down, and there's 102 cubic feet of cargo capacity. When you need to slow down or stop, they'll be there. My little sister is so happy. Safety features include optional curtain air bags with roll-over sensors added for 2006, and we recommend them highly for the head protection they can provide to occupants in a side impact or rollover accident. Cargo volume behind the third row is 19 cubic feet; that space grows to 102. The second-row seat easily flips forward with the touch of one hand, and the seatback flops flat just as easily.
Its pricing represents a good value. Prices do not include manufacturer's destination and delivery charges. Large amounts of glass contribute to that feeling along with lots of cargo space. Once back there, a small bubble in the ceiling provides additional headroom for third-row passengers. It compliments my 2010 Honda Accord coupe nicely. Great deal on used ones most likely because of this though. None of the three remaining Hemi-powered Dodges crest 15 mpg in the city, but the Hemi in these models get respectable mileage on the highway.
Thick A- and B-pillars obscure the view somewhat. I have always driven big, lifted trucks. Speaking of loading cargo, this task is aided by the liftgate, which opens very easily. This second-generation Durango is big. We found the Durango offered good, responsive handling over more than 100 miles of remote twi Dodge Durango is smooth and powerful with either of the two V8 engines.
I had the water pump replaced and the thermostat, just cos it was 155k miles. The best fuel economy goes to the 3. InteriorThe Dodge Durango feels spacious inside. The short hood and flared fenders give the Durango the look of a big-rig truck. Power steering pump is noisy like a Ford truck.