2011 Dodge Durango

Express 2WD 4-Dr Sport Utility V6 auto trans

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2011 Dodge Durango Citadel Front Left Side View
The Dodge Durango slipped under the waves during Chrysler's bout with bankruptcy, tossed overboard as the mother ship took on water. Now the floodwaters of financial duress have receded, and Chrysler has brought back the Durango. Formerly a pickup-truck-based, body-on-frame SUV, the new version is based on the Jeep Grand Cherokee architecture, which means it has the unibody construction of a crossover vehicle.
2011 Dodge Durango Citadel Front Left Side View
Who you callin' a crossover?
Despite being a technically a crossover vehicle, the Durango does a convincing approximation of a traditional full-size SUV. First of all, it's big. At 119.8 inches, its wheelbase is within an inch of a Ford Expedition's; the overall length of 199.8 inches is half a foot less than an Expedition's but is a couple inches more than a Ford Explorer.
Second, it can be had with a V-8 engine, Chrysler's venerable Hemi -- although the company's new Pentastar 3.6-liter V-6 is standard.
Third, it offers a choice of rear-wheel drive or 4-wheel drive rather than front-wheel drive/4-wheel drive. That, combined with the available V-8, helps give it the muscle to tow like an old-school SUV. The maximum tow rating is 7400 lbs (6200 lbs with the V-6).
Fourth, the Durango sits up pretty high, which makes step-in a bit of an issue for little kids or short adults. It also means you have to hoist luggage up to heave it into the cargo hold.
What's within
As a big SUV, the Durango has a lot of room inside, including sufficient space for adults its third-row seat, which is standard on all but the Heat model. Getting back there is a bit of a climb (that step-in height again) but there is sufficient room for adults up to six feet. Space in the second row is expansive and the second-row seats recline. Unfortunately, like many three-row crossovers, there isn't much cargo space with the third-row seats in place -- but they do flop down easily to create a flat load floor, their headrests automatically tucking in on the way down.
We've been saying it a lot about the post-bankruptcy Chrysler products, but that's because it's true: This interior is a night-and-day improvement over the cut-priced shlock the company served up previously. There are padded surfaces everywhere and precious little hard plastic. Electroluminescent gauges, bits of chrome trim, and blue mood lighting liven up the space, which is simply and tastefully laid out. Only Chrysler's UConnect nav-screen interface could use an update. It has lots of functionality -- my latest discovery: you can program favorite artists and it will alert you when one of their songs is playing anywhere on the satellite radio spectrum -- but the hard buttons and the menu logic could be improved.
Welcome redesign
Outside, the styling of the new Durango also owes nothing to its predecessor, and is better off for it. Instead, the exterior carries a hint of the Charger with its leaning-forward nose and connected taillights. Thick pillars -- as common in today's cars as thick waists are on today's drivers -- hinder visibility somewhat, but this top-spec Citadel model has a back-up camera, a blind-spot warning system, and rear cross-path detection to help cope. (The latter two items are exclusive to the top two trim levels, while a backup camera is available on all Durangos.)
2011 Dodge Durango Citadel Front Interior
Six is enough
My test example was equipped with the V-6 engine and rear-wheel drive, the most economical powertrain. The EPA says to expect 16/23 mpg from that combo. On a dead-flat 80-mile highway cruise up I-75, taken at about 75 mph, low and behold, I got an indicated 23 mpg. With a similar return trip and lots of suburban slogging in between, my average over five days was 20 mpg -- not bad at all for such a big boy. It might have done even better if Chrysler offered an automatic transmission that had more than five forward speeds. As it is, the V-6, with 290 hp and 260 pound-feet of torque, has muscle enough to move the Durango's considerable heft, but it doesn't exactly sound inspiring doing so. The low rumble of Chrysler's Hemi would be a vast improvement, but it's probably not worth the considerable fuel economy penalty -- the V-8 quaffs regular at a rate of 14/20 mpg (RWD) or 13/20 mpg (4WD).
There were precious few curves or bumps on my path, so I won't pretend to pronounce on the Durango's ride and handling. I will say, however, that I was impressed with the steering, which is perfectly weighted and was happy to discover that maneuverability isn't too horrible for such a big machine.
A player in the big leagues
With its available V-8 and big-truck look, this modern-day family wagon has a bit more testosterone than most three-row crossovers. Looked at against a different competitive set, it makes a somewhat more reasonable alternative to truly obese old-school SUVs like the Ford Expedition, Nissan Armada, Toyota Sequoia, and Chevy Tahoe/Suburban, with only the Suburban and the Expedition L offering meaningful additional capability.
We didn't feel too sad when the old Durango went away, but as it turns out, this new Durango was worth resurrecting after all.
2011 Dodge Durango Citadel
2011 Dodge Durango Citadel Left Side View
Base price: $42,100
Price as tested: $42,100
Standard equipment:
Third-row seats
Power windows/locks/mirrors
Stability control with trailer sway control
Three-zone air-conditioning
Power sunroof
Power liftgate
Remote start
Keyless entry/ignition
HID headlamps with automatic high beams
Power tilt/telescoping steering column
8-way power driver and passenger seats
Nappa leather seating
Heated + cooled front seats
Heated second-row seats
Heated steering wheel
Navigation system
Sirius satellite radio
Bluetooth connectivity
Backup camera
Blind-spot warning system
Rear cross-path detection system
20-inch chrome wheels
Adaptive cruise control with forward collision warning
Options on this vehicle: None
Key options not on vehicle:
5.7-liter V-8 engine
Four-wheel-drive
Rear-seat DVD player w/satellite TV
Trailer tow package
Fuel economy: 16/23/19 mpg (city/highway/combined)
Engine:
3.6L V-6
Horsepower: 290 hp @ 6400 rpm
Torque: 260 lb-ft @ 4800 rpm
Drive:
Rear-wheel
Transmission:
5-speed automatic
Curb weight: 4905 lbs
Wheels/tires:
20 x 8 in wheels
Goodyear Fortera HL 265/50 R20 tires
Competitors: Chevy Traverse, Chevy Tahoe, Ford Explorer, Ford Expedition, Honda Pilot, Nissan Armada, Toyota Sequoia
What's new? Reintroduced and redesigned for 2011
2011 Dodge Durango Crew Front Three Quarter
After a two year absence, the Dodge Durango is back, and while you may recognize the SUV proportions and crosshair grille, this is a very different vehicle than the truck that bowed out of the market in 2009. Most significantly, the Durango is now a unibody vehicle, rather than the body-on-frame truck it was previously. That has serious implications for the ride comfort, but passengers are just as likely to notice the more comfortable cabin that aims to erase memories of the last five years of Chrysler interiors. Since the 2011 Dodge Durango is an all-new vehicle, there's also fresh engineering or new features in every aspect of the car.
2011 Dodge Durango Crew Front Three Quarter
Digging up the Durango
The Durango has some commonality with the new Jeep Grand Cherokee, but it is substantially larger. The wheelbase is five inches longer while the length is stretched ten inches more than the Grand Cherokee. It is also marginally taller and wider.
The new truck's shape looks like a natural evolution of the original Durango, consciously avoiding the blunt and chunky sculpting of the second-generation model that sold from 2004 to 2009. The hood replicates contours from the 1998 Durango and the same clean character lines appear low on the doors and high over the rear wheels, while new lower fascias and bigger wheels lend the Durango a sportier, contemporary stance. Eighteen-inch wheels are standard, but there are three different 20-inch designs for three different trim levels.
Nicer interiors, outdated technology
Building on the Chrysler Group's commitment to improve its interiors to competitive levels, from the dismal quality of the recent past, the Durango's cockpit is marked by tasteful materials, solid construction, and attractive appearance. Exceptionally soft armrests, supportive seats, and good visibility keep driver and passengers comfortable. Unfortunately, the Durango doesn't receive Dodge's new navigation system because the vehicle uses an older electrical architecture. All models, save for the entry-level Express, use the familiar Chrysler 6.5-inch touch screen head unit flanked on either side by a handful of hard buttons. While the interface is functional, it certainly looks and feels older than the better integrated systems offered by the competition.
Seating for seven is standard, with a 60/40 split bench in the middle row that folds and tumbles with a single handle for entry into the third row. Rear-seat space in both rows is good, but the third-row compromised by legroom and seats that sit low to the floor, as is the case in almost every three-row utility vehicle.
2011 Dodge Durango Passenger Three Quarter In Motion
Dodge is topping the Durango line with the Citadel model, priced at $42,645. Marked most noticeably by the chrome mesh grille, it includes almost every available feature, including blind-spot monitoring, Nappa leather, heated and ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel, heated second-row seats, a back-up camera, and an Alpine audio system. The only options are the V-8 engine, all-wheel-drive, a towing package, rear-seat entertainment, and a skid-plate package. The opposite end of the spectrum is the Express model. Starting at $30,045, it includes remote start and satellite radio, but Bluetooth is an option..
Old-school, eight-cylinder power
While competitors like the Ford Explorer and Chevrolet Traverse top out with six-cylinder engines, Dodge will offer its well-known Hemi V-8 as the optional engine. In the Durango, it delivers 360 hp and 390 lb-ft of torque for strong low-end acceleration and pulling power. The V-8 makes for an impressive tow rating of 7400 lbs with rear-wheel drive. The five-speed automatic, however, does hold the powertrain back, often hesitating on downshifts and sometimes refusing to shift into the lowest possible gear. With rear-wheel-drive, the V-8 Durango returns 14 mpg in the city and 20 mpg on the highway.
The base engine is Chrysler's new Pentastar V-6, making 290 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque, and also paired with a five-speed automatic. While we were unable to drive a V-6 Durango, past experience in the Grand Cherokee and other vehicles has shown the 290-hp, 260 lb-ft engine to be a civilized, competent powertrain. Power builds nicely throughout the rev range, but this V-6 really finds its mojo in the upper third of the tachometer. However, the 4800-pound Durango will be the heaviest vehicle to receive the Pentastar V-6, which will certainly dull the engine's responses. The V-6 lowers the towing capacity to 6400 pounds while fuel economy climbs to 16/23 mpg with rear-wheel-drive.
2011 Dodge Durango Front In Motion
With either the V-6 or the V-8, all-wheel drive is available on all trim levels as a $2000 option. There are two four-wheel-drive systems though, depending on the engine. With the V-6, Dodge uses a setup with a fixed 50/50 torque split. V-8 trucks receive a two-speed transfer case and have a variable torque split.
Nothing truck-like about the ride
We spent an afternoon winding through Northern California in a Dodge Durango R/T, which is positioned below the Citadel, but distinctively embodies Dodge's sporty attitude. Cosmetically, it trades chrome and black plastic exterior trim for body-color pieces. The R/T also removes the roof rack and adds unique 20-inch wheels and a sport-tuned suspension that lowers the Durango's ride by 0.8 inch. It handles and steers nicely and despite the sporting intentions, Dodge hasn't sacrificed the ride. The R/T rides more comfortably and confidently than the Jeep Grand Cherokee, which is designed with greater compliance and body roll for off-road forays. At highway speeds, though, the R/T's wide tires generate a noticeable amount of road noise.
A modern utility vehicle
With the Durango, Dodge has a competitive vehicle in a relevant segment. That's big news for a brand that's built several mediocre, uninspiring vehicles in critical categories over the past few years. While the Durango resets its reputation in terms of cabin refinement and ride comfort, it does so while retaining the V-8 power and towing capacity that most crossovers have abandoned. That rare mix of characteristics should appeal to those who load up the family and tow a large trailer, camper, or boat. This is the modern family utility vehicle, uncompromised.
2011 Dodge Durango R T Front Three Quarter
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$21,000

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2011 Dodge Durango Specifications

Quick Glance:
Engine
3.6L V6Engine
Fuel economy City:
16 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
23 MPG
Horsepower:
290 hp @ 6400rpm
Torque:
260 ft lb of torque @ 4800rpm
  • Air Conditioning
  • Power Windows
  • Power Locks
  • Power Seats (optional)
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Cruise Control
  • Sunroof (optional)
  • ABS
  • Stabilizer Front
  • Stabilizer Rear (optional)
  • Electronic Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Locking Differential (optional)
  • Limited Slip Differential (optional)
  • Airbag Driver
  • Airbag Passenger
  • Airbag Side Front
  • Airbag Side Rear (optional)
  • Radio
  • CD Player
  • CD Changer (optional)
  • DVD (optional)
  • Navigation (optional)
Vehicle
36,000 miles / 36 months
Powertrain
100,000 miles / 60 months
Corrosion
Unlimited miles / 36 months
Roadside
36,000 miles / 36 months
Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:40
Component
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC:POWER ASSIST:VACUUM
Summary
Chrysler Group LLC (Chrysler) is recalling certain model year 2011-2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango vehicles manufactured from January 5, 2010, through September 8, 2013. The subject vehicles have a brake booster with a center shell that may corrode and allow water to get inside.
Consequences
The water inside could freeze and limit the braking ability of the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash.
Remedy
Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will add a water diverter shield to the booster after the booster has been tested to confirm it can hold an acceptable amount of vacuum pressure. If the booster inspection confirms an unacceptable loss of vacuum pressure, the booster will be replaced. Repairs will be made free of charge. The recall began on May 30, 2014. Owners may contact Chrysler at 1-800-853-1403. Chrysler's recall campaign number is P14.
Potential Units Affected
644,354
Notes
Chrysler Group LLC


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:40
Component
SERVICE BRAKES
Summary
Chrysler Group LLC (Chrysler) is recalling certain model year 2011-2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango vehicles manufactured from January 5, 2010, through September 8, 2013. The subject vehicles have a brake booster with a center shell that may corrode and allow water to get inside.
Consequences
The water inside could freeze and limit the braking ability of the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash.
Remedy
Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will add a water diverter shield to the booster after the booster has been tested to confirm it can hold an acceptable amount of vacuum pressure. If the booster inspection confirms an unacceptable loss of vacuum pressure, the booster will be replaced. Repairs will be made free of charge. The recall began on May 30, 2014. Owners may contact Chrysler at 1-800-853-1403. Chrysler's recall campaign number is P14.
Potential Units Affected
644,354
Notes
Chrysler Group LLC


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:40
Component
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM:WIRING
Summary
Chrysler Group LLC (Chrysler) is recalling certain model year 2011-2014 Dodge Durango and Jeep Grand Cherokee vehicles manufactured January 5, 2010, through December 11, 2013. In the affected vehicles, the wiring for the vanity lamp in the sun visor may short circuit, after a service repair is performed.
Consequences
If the vanity lamp wiring shorts, there is an increased risk of fire.
Remedy
Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and repair any damaged wiring, and install a new sun visor that properly routes the wire, free of charge. Owners may contact Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403. Chrysler's number for this recall is P36.
Potential Units Affected
651,130
Notes
Chrysler Group LLC


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:40
Component
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM
Summary
Chrysler Group LLC (Chrysler) is recalling certain model year 2011 Dodge Durango and Jeep Grand Cherokee vehicles manufactured January 5, 2010, to July 20, 2011, and equipped with either a 3.6L or 5.7L engine. In the affected vehicles, the fuel pump relay inside the Totally Integrated Power Module (TIPM-7) may fail, causing the vehicle to stall without warning.
Consequences
A vehicle stall increases the risk of a crash.
Remedy
Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will replace the fuel pump relay with one external to the TIPM, free of charge. The recall began December 19, 2014. Owners may contact Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403. Chrysler's number for this recall is P54.
Potential Units Affected
188,757
Notes
Chrysler Group LLC


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:41
Component
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM:ALTERNATOR/GENERATOR/REGULATOR
Summary
Chrysler Group LLC (Chrysler) is recalling certain model year 2011-2014 Chrysler 300, Dodge Charger, Challenger, and Durango; and 2012-2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee vehicles manufactured April 22, 2010, to January 2, 2014, and equipped with a 3.6L engine and a 160 amp alternator. In the affected vehicles, the alternator may suddenly fail.
Consequences
If the alternator fails, the vehicle may stall without warning, increasing the risk of a crash.
Remedy
The recall began on February 27, 2015. Owners may contact Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403. Chrysler's number for this recall is P60.
Potential Units Affected
434,600
Notes
Chrysler Group LLC


NHTSA Rating Front Driver
Not Rated
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
Not Rated
NHTSA Rating Front Side
Not Rated
NHTSA Rating Rear Side
Not Rated
NHTSA Rating Rollover
Not Rated
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
Good
IIHS Overall Side Crash
Good
IIHS Best Pick
1
IIHS Rear Crash
Good
IIHS Roof Strength
Good
NHTSA Rating Overall
Not Rated

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