2011 Dodge Durango

Dodge's sport-ute brings the power.

Story: Marcus Amick

Model Tested: Crew AWD

Rating: 5 out of 6

looking to reclaim its title as a top contender in its segment, the all-new 2011 Durango is focused on improving key areas that have had Dodge’s staple SUV against the ropes compared to other whips in the class. Inside, this Durango is more refined and doesn’t leave you wondering if it’ll hold up three months after dropping the down payment. Even the leather seats seem durable enough to withstand the wear and tear of countless road trips. Ride and handling have been upgraded with a stiffer body, improved suspension and the availability of all-wheel drive, doing wonders for road confidence.

The new model is also available with a number of high-tech features, such as touchscreen navigation, a rear back-up camera and a rear DVD entertainment center. Dodge, however, still needs to work out a few kinks with the nav so it is less confusing when planning your route.

The exterior of the Durango features new design elements, including sharper and boxier bodylines, as well as Dodge’s new grille. But the SUV still retains much of that elongated, awkward styling, which is what has always made it stand out in its field. With the interior finally on the same level as the entire package, this reborn champ was worth the wait.

Specs:

Damage: $42,570

Power: 360hp, 390 lb.-ft.

0-60: Not too long

Gas Cash: 13 city, 20 hwy

Miles Driven: 275


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