2011 Dodge Durango Citadel Car Review

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2011 Dodge Durango Citadel Photo by: David Arnouts 2011 Dodge Durango Citadel. Photo by David Arnouts.

2011 Dodge Durango Citadel Photo by: David Arnouts 2011 Dodge Durango Citadel. Photo by David Arnouts.

2011 Dodge Durango Citadel Photo by: David Arnouts 2011 Dodge Durango Citadel. Photo by David Arnouts.

2011 Dodge Durango Citadel Photo by: David Arnouts 2011 Dodge Durango Citadel. Photo by David Arnouts.

2011 Dodge Durango Citadel Photo by: David Arnouts 2011 Dodge Durango Citadel. Photo by David Arnouts.

2011 Dodge Durango Citadel Photo by: David Arnouts 2011 Dodge Durango Citadel. Photo by David Arnouts.

2011 Dodge Durango Citadel Photo by: David Arnouts 2011 Dodge Durango Citadel. Photo by David Arnouts.

2011 Dodge Durango Citadel Photo by: David Arnouts 2011 Dodge Durango Citadel. Photo by David Arnouts.

2011 Dodge Durango Citadel Photo by: David Arnouts 2011 Dodge Durango Citadel. Photo by David Arnouts.

Published on 5/24/2011

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NEWS EDITOR GREG MIGLIORE: What an upgrade petroleum 2011 Dodge Durango is. From its overly curvy, ill at ease predecessor to petroleum bold, in-your face henchman of an SUV, the new Durango delivers. It's luxurious, influential and imposing. The merely drawback is so as to the gas mileage is not great. But remember, you're heavy a Hemi-powered fortress.

The efficient Durango now large similar to a utility-vehicle account of the Ram. That's a high-quality thing. The pickup is one of the best-driving in its class, and petroleum Durango now shares so as to dynamic. The V8 authority is precisely come again? one needs in a vehicle petroleum large. The 360 horses approach on smooth, and petroleum five-speed routine is effectual and efficient. Dial up additional supposed 5,000 rpm, and petroleum ute blasts off. Power as of launches is imposing yet civilized, and the Hemi growls and purrs transfer on come again? it's existence form attract winning to do.

The steering is light, similar to so as to of the Ram, but adds pleasing feedback eager on maneuvers. The chassis is all-conquering, and I annihilated a pothole on the expressway with no still blanching. This trench was the type of obstacle so as to counting contain ripped the base off a smaller car. The Durango was unflinching.

The styling is beefy and taut. I similar to the way the sheetmetal hysterics yet motionless has a number of attitude. Whereas the old account was approximately cartoonish, petroleum one is well-tailored and sharp. The present are perfect, and the wheels are just huge.

Inside is a elegant black and caramel layout, and the white-and-red-accented gauges there well. You sink eager on as,at the same occasion as seats, and there's a commanding street view. The Citadel wrap up marks the summit for the Dodge Durango. I'd get one for our long-term fleet in seconds. I similar to petroleum power ute still additional supposed I similar to our long-term Infiniti QX56, construct is a tank in its own right. But the Dodge is attractive a great deal now as blinged-out, attention improved to my eye and costs $24,030 fewer supposed our long-term Infiniti. That's high-protein foodstuff for thought.

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EXECUTIVE EDITOR ROGER HART: I counting contain the similar opinion by means of Greg on taste petroleum improved supposed our long-term Infiniti QX56. Actually, I was stunned at now how high-quality petroleum new Durango actually is. Think of petroleum as a Jeep Grand Cherokee by means of a come into view row. I in fact had two dissimilar populace approach up and ask me concerning the vehicle, come again? it was, etc. Both commented so as to it looked so high-quality so as to contain now astonished it was a Durango. That's a high-quality thing, since the old Durango was, well, let's now say it didn't contain anywhere close to the refinement petroleum one has.

I loaded petroleum up by means of seven passengers for a trip to Michigan State University for my daughter's graduation, and a trip following to dinner. Even persons in the way-back seats had nothing to complain about. I similar to the black and caramel two-tone treatment, and the seats are extremely comfortable. The Hemi underhood is physically powerful and complete no complaints as we loaded the obsession up.

The Chevrolet Suburban/Tahoe is probably motionless the leader in the clubhouse at what time it moderator to full-size sport-utes. But present is nothing incorrect by means of petroleum new Durango. It is so a great deal improved supposed the vehicle it replaces it probably be hypothetical to contain had a new name. It is so as to good.

EXECUTIVE EDITOR--AUTOWEEK.COM BOB GRITZINGER: Add me to the chorus singing the all-new 2011 Dodge Durango's praises. I believe Dodge be hypothetical to contain now terrified the link to history vehicles and second-hand so as to Citadel moniker as the vehicle's new make name. It's so as to different, and good, better by means of the old Durango. The old truck was barely competitive, as,at the same time as petroleum one rapidly a ton of Hemi grunt, sharp styling, a superb interior, and top-notch ride and handling for a 5,400-pound, four-wheel-drive beast. As a great deal as the Grand Cherokee, by means of construct petroleum shares its platform, is a huge vehicle, the Durango's inquisitiveness rows and Hemi authority strength put it a pace on top of the Jeep. And charitable at Roger's observed fuel-economy numbers, posting almost 20 mpg is surely livable.

I similar to petroleum truck--a lot.

2011 Dodge Durango Citadel

Base Price: $44,645

As-Tested Price: $48,530

Drivetrain: 5.7-liter V8; AWD, five-speed automatic

Output: 360 hp @ 5,150 rpm, 390 lb-ft @ 4,250 rpm

Curb Weight: 5,397 lb

Fuel Economy (EPA/AW): 15/18.7 mpg

Options: 5.7-liter Hemi V8, dual back exhaust by means of brilliant tips, two-speed on-demand transfer case, heavy-duty engine cooling and 220-amp alternator ($1,895); client favored wrap up 25j counting back DVD entertainment, video entertainment system, satellite radio and TV ($1,695); inferno red crystal pearl coat exterior paint ($295)



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