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2012 Dodge Durango Review

For 2012 The Dodge Durango has received minor changes: revised trim levels, six-speed automatic transmission and captain’s chairs for the second row. It is regarded as one of the most affordable Full-size crossover SUV sold in the North American market. compared to the previous incarnations, this current generation Dodge Durango has improved on handling and ride quality. Interior is more sleek, refined and comfortable than ever before. Dodge Durango can seat upto seven people and is pretty much nimble and easy to maneuver.                         

Engine and Performance

Under the hood the 2012 Dodge Durango offers a choice of a V6 or V8 engine to choose from. The V6 displaces 3.6 Liter and pumps out nearly 300 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque at wheels; it is found on all trim levels except for the performance oriented R/T, which features only V8. Durango is offered in both rear wheel drive and all wheel drive layouts. Also an on demand 4WD system with dual-range gearing is offered with  V8 powered Durangos only. The V8 powered Durango boasts the best hauling and towing capability  in its class that stands at 7,400 pounds of weight, making it an excellent choice for those looking for heavy duty SUV.

The 5.7 Liter V8 – found on the R/T and optional on Citadel and Crew trims – generates 360 horsepower and 290 pound-feet of torque at wheels. The V6 and the V8 engines are mated to a five-speed and six-speed automatic transmission. Despite of pumping out 300 horsepower, the V6 engine has good fuel economy figures of 16mpg in city driving, 23 mpg on highway and 19 mpg in combined mode. In contrast, the V8 does the same at 13 mpg in city, 20 mpg highway and 15 mpg in the combined mode driving.
For safety, the antilock disc brakes, stability control, traction and anti sway controller for the trailer. The front and full side curtain airbags are standard across the lineup. Also, the upscale trim (Citadel) also feature a blind-spot monitoring and land departure warning system. Brakes are powerful and brings the Durango to a complete standstill in 119 feet from 60mph. Also, during the in the Institute for Highway Safety frontal-offset, side impact and roof-strength tests, Durango has performed well and had earned a decent “Good” rating.

Trim Levels and Optional Package

For 2012, the Dodge offers the Durango in the following four trims: base trim SXT,  Crew, performance oriented R/T and the upscale Citadel.

SXT Trim: This is the baseline trim level offered on the Durango and has features that are not found on base models of competing vehicles. The standard equipment found on this trim level are 18-inch alloy wheels, powered accessories, fog-lamps, automatic headlights, cruise control, climate control for all three zones, a separate air-conditioning for the rear zone, reclining second row seats with 60/40, heated side view mirrors, 50/50 split folding third row seats, satellite radio, auxiliary audio jack and CD player with six speaker sound system.

CREW Trim: The crew is a mid level trim and adds features such as remote ignition, powered liftgate, powered folding side-view mirrors, cargo compartment cover, leather wrapped steering wheel, rearview camera, auto dimming rear-view camera, powered front seats with driver memory functions, a 115 volt power outlet, Bluetooth for phone and streaming audio and keyless ignition/entry. The sound system has also been upgraded to nine speaker along with a touch screen, digital music storage and interface for USB and iPod.

R/T Trim: The R/T is the performance oriented version of the Durango and features a V8 engine under the hood. Also in addition to the equipment found on the Crew, it adds 20inch steel wheels, xenon headlights, sport tuned suspension, parking sensors and rear view camera.

Citadel:  This is top of the line trim and adds automatic xenon headlamps, chrome grill inserts, sunroof, leather upholstery, ventilated front seats, eight way powered seats, heated front and rear seats, adaptive cruise control, leather wrapped heated steering wheel and a navigation system.

Optional Package: The features found on the Citadel trim can be added to the Crew and R/T trim levels. Optional package includes rear seat DVD entertainment system and satellite TV on all trim levels except for the SXT.

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