2011 Dodge Durango AWD CrewLux

Matt Tierney

I drove the new Durango to dinner and when I came out of the restaurant afterwards, there was a previous-generation Durango parked only a few spaces away. If the differences weren't completely obvious to me before then, seeing the two models parked side-by-side certainly made them obvious. For starters, it looks much better. The new Dodge face is less, well, in-your-face with a still aggressive, but less of a butch big-truck look to it. It's a bit generic from the side and rear but it's certainly not unattractive and the short front overhang and lower ride height give it a sporty, modern profile.

The lower stance also helps the Durango feel less top heavy, and subsequently, more stable and car-like on the highway. It definitely still feels like a big, three-row truck but much less so. The lower ride height makes getting in and out is easier too, as do the extra-wide opening doors.

As with other Dodge models, the biggest change can be found in the cabin where the fit and finish is quite good and there is really nothing to complain about in terms of ergonomics and ease of use. The tach and speedometer are really attractive, they look expensive and the red accents are a nice sporty touch. The Durango is another solid offering from Dodge that is far better than its predecessor and finally good enough to be a legitimate competitor in its class.

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