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2015 Dodge Durango Review



The 2015 Dodge Durango ranks 5 out of 13 Affordable Large SUVs. This ranking is based on our analysis of published reviews and test drives of the Dodge Durango, as well as reliability and safety data.

Auto journalists are impressed with the 2015 Dodge Durango's available V8 engine, nimble handling and user-friendly infotainment system.

Test drivers write that the 2015 Durango's standard V6 generates ample power and should be fine for most drivers and families. The Durango has an optional V8 engine, and reviewers appreciate the added muscle, saying the V8 makes the Durango a great towing vehicle. An eight-speed automatic transmission is standard, and test drivers say it is responsive and shifts smoothly. A rear-wheel drive Durango returns an EPA-estimated 18/25 mpg city/highway. Auto journalists write that the Durango has more nimble handling than many other SUVs in the segment, especially the R/T trim, which has a sport-tuned suspension. However, they caution that this trim has a stiff ride. On the whole, though, reviewers say the Durango rides comfortably.


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Dodge Turns up the Heat with New Radar Red Nappa Leather Seats in 2015 Dodge Durango R/T

Durango R/T also now features an all-new standard 20-inch wheel design with high-gloss Granite Crystal finish

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360 horsepower: Check. Standard seven-passenger seating: Check. New standard 20-inch wheels with high-gloss Granite Crystal finish: Check. New rich Radar Red Nappa Leather seats: Check.


Dodge is again responding to its customers, who have been clamoring for the segment-exclusive red Nappa leather seats since they were first shown as a Durango concept vehicle in the Mopar display at the 2013 Specialty Equipment Market Association Show in Las Vegas.



Now, new for 2015, class-exclusive Radar Red Nappa leather seats are available to order on the 2015 Dodge Durango R/T. Previously only available on Charger and Challenger in the Dodge lineup, Radar Red Nappa leather complements the menacing and sporty attitude of the R/T’s exterior features. This is in addition to the black Nappa leather seating already available with the optional Premium Nappa Leather Group. The Premium Nappa Leather Group is available for a U.S. Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of just $1,195.

In addition, the 2015 Dodge Durango R/T now features an all-new standard 20-inch wheel design with a high-gloss Granite Crystal finish, giving the R/T a more performance-oriented look compared with the other available trim levels.

The R/T model also features a unique sport-tuned suspension, 20-inch performance tires, a 20 mm lower ride height, a sporty monochromatic exterior appearance with black headlamp bezels and LED daytime running lamps, R/T-embroidered leather seating with contrasting red or black stitching, the Uconnect 8.4-inch touchscreen, premium audio with nine speakers and subwoofer, power liftgate and HID low-beam headlamps. The R/T’s 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine produces a best-in-class 360 horsepower and 390 lb.-ft. of torque with a best-in-class tow rating of 7,400 pounds.

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With a standard eight-speed automatic transmission, improved fuel economy and performance, LED exterior lighting, two interior touchscreens, a programmable digital instrument cluster and an available high-definition dual-screen Blu-ray entertainment system, the Dodge Durango reaches even higher levels of sophistication building on its proven performance, utility and comfort.

Named one of Ward's 10 Best Engines for three years, Durango’s standard 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine paired with the standard eight-speed transmission generates an impressive 290 horsepower (295 horsepower on Rallye, Citadel and select Blacktop models) and 260 lb.-ft. of torque, and can tow up to a best-in-class 6,200 pounds. The V-6 powered Durango also features a best-in-class driving range of over 600 miles on a tank and up to 25 miles per gallon.

The available 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine produces a best-in-class 360 horsepower and 390 lb.-ft. of torque with a best-in-class tow rating of 7,400 pounds. The 5.7-liter engine’s Fuel Saver Technology with cylinder-deactivation allows the HEMI V-8 engine to achieve up to 23 miles per gallon.

The instrument panel features a redesigned center stack that houses the 5-inch and 8.4-inch Uconnect touchscreens. The bottom of the center stack houses a media hub with an SD card slot, USB outlet and auxiliary jacks, as well as a storage bin. The center console features a segment-first rotary shifter for the standard eight-speed automatic that adds another level of refinement over the traditional gated automatic shifter. The instrument cluster has also been given the high-tech treatment and now includes a full-color 7-inch thin-film transistor (TFT) digital screen. Standard on all models, this screen allows for drivers to customize in more than 100 ways how information is presented.


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2015 Dodge Durango R/T interior is red hot

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2015 Dodge Durango R/T interior is red hot


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At the 2013 Specialty Equipment Market Association Show (SEMA) in Las Vegas, the red interior of the Dodge Durango concept set enthusiasts’ hearts a flutter. More than a year later, Dodge is finally giving fans what they want by making the class-exclusive Radar Red nappa leather seats available to order on the 2015 Dodge Durango R/T.

Previously only available on Charger and Challenger in the Dodge lineup, Radar Red nappa leather complements the menacing and sporty attitude of the R/T’s exterior features.

This new offering is in addition to the black nappa leather seating already available with the optional Premium Nappa Leather Group (available for a U.S. manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) of $1,195.)

In addition, the Durango R/T now features an all-new standard 20-inch wheel design with a high-gloss Granite Crystal finish; giving the R/T a more performance-oriented look compared with the other available trim levels.

The R/T’s 5.7-liter HEMI® V-8 engine produces a best-in-class 360 horsepower and 390 lb.-ft. of torque with a best-in-class tow rating of 7,400 pounds.

The R/T model also features a unique sport-tuned suspension, 20-inch performance tires, a 20 mm lower ride height, a sporty monochromatic exterior appearance with black headlamp bezels and LED daytime running lamps. There is R/T-embroidered leather seating with contrasting red or black stitching, the Uconnect 8.4-inch touchscreen, premium audio with nine speakers and subwoofer, power liftgate and HID low-beam headlamps.

To learn more about the exclusive Radar Red nappa leather seats, check out the 2015 Dodge Durango page at dodge.com.

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2015 Dodge Durango is a bigger – and possibly even better – version of the Jeep Grand Cherokee

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Ever wanted a Jeep Grand Cherokee with three rows of seats and room for seven people? Is the extent of your off-road adventuring limited to farm roads, campground trails, and blizzards? Well then, I have good news!

The Dodge Durango is just the SUV you’ve been wanting. It just doesn’t have a Jeep badge on it.

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Yep, under the sheet-metal, the 2015 Dodge Durango shares its heart and soul with the Jeep Grand Cherokee. The Durango sits on a wheelbase stretched five inches, is about a foot longer, and rides half an inch closer to the ground, negatively impacting its ability to travel as far off the beaten path as a Grand Cherokee.


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Otherwise, the two vehicles overlap in terms of powertrains, infotainment technologies, materials, and even that all-important new car smell. No surprise, they’re built in the same Detroit assembly plant, too.

Of the two, I prefer the Durango. It is more practical, and it drives better on pavement, where 90-percent of typical SUV buyers spend 100-percent of their time. In fact, the Durango is one of my favorite family-sized SUVs, and except for a “Marginal” rating in an important crash-test assessment and a 3-star rollover resistance rating when it is equipped with 2-wheel drive, I have but one qualm about recommending one.

My test vehicle sure looks swanky with its blacked out grille, wheels, and badges, but this appearance, included in the optional Blacktop Package, isn’t .........
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Dodge Durango Citadel

Changing the model, the new Dodge Durango Citadel



08/25/2015


It seems to us that over that past few years, minivans have lost much of the appeal that has previously been enjoyed with the mommy set. As millennial’s transform into motherhood and start families of their own, they are looking for a more athletic looking larger vehicle to transport the little ones and enjoy their free time as much as possible, without being tied to the pavement all the time. Dodge has come up with the perfect answer in the recently redesigned Durango, part minivan, part SUV and all sprit in the Citadel edition, which sported more family friendly accoutrements that would keep even the rowdiest children quite during a long family vacation.

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We had the opportunity to take the Citadel on a long Sunday Drive the week we had it. We drove up and over the Nebo Loop road from Payson to Nephi, the scenic byway rises to over 9000 feet with twists and turns that were handled without any complaint from the Durango. The athletic ability was evident from the moment we entered Payson Canyon taking on the twisty road with little to no effort from Craig at the wheel, the electronic steering kept him in touch with the road with all the confidence he could have ever wanted.

The new 8- speed transmission that Chrysler is putting most all of their new cars performed extremely well no matter if we were asking for a quick down shift to handle the steep climb, or needed a moment of quick acceleration on the freeway coming home from Nephi at 80 miles per hour.

We should point out at this point that the new Citadel comes standard with only a 3.6 liter V6 that put out a very nice 290 horsepower, and would be fine for pretty much any family to use every day or on the long family vacation. During out day out in the mountains and throughout the rest of the week we never one wanted for more power from the Durango. There is a Hemi option for those that might need the extra 70 horsepower for towing, but mpg drops a couple of points also.

Not being built on a truck frame as some of the larger competition like Tahoe and Expedition, the Durango has a much smoother ride. From the first day we were very impressed with how nice and comfortable the ride and seating were in the Citadel, comparing it will recent drives in larger SUV’s we would have to admit the Durango would be our choice for a better cursing the open road vehicle.

In fact, Car and Drive lists the Dodge Durango as the number one choice in the midsized SUV and crossover market, ahead of the likes of the Honda Pilot and Toyota Highlander. Out of 12 different competitors in this field we were in agreement, especially with the Citadel edition with all the luxury anyone could want form an all wheel drive vehicle.

As we mentioned, the Durango has an extremely athletic look with a low profile front end that is rounded out with the signature Dodge cross grill and LED daytime running lights that are the perfect accent to the high intensity headlamps. In the rear the Citadel is of course rounded out with the another signature Dodge effect of LED tail lamps that go from side to side of the vehicle, at night it will really stand out in a crowd!

The Citadel also comes standard with 20- inch polished aluminum wheels, a power lift gate and what is becoming standard on new Chrysler vehicles a capless fuel port. In other words by hitting the fuel filler button on the inside the small door will open, and attached to is a rubber cap that covers the fuel port. No more losing the gas cap at the station or having to unscrew the cap from the car, and the chances of getting gas on ones hands are down considerably with this type of system. We agree that this is a feature that every manufacture should look at incorporating into their vehicles.

Inside the Citadel had every extra feature we would ever have wanted, starting with the really cool dual video screens that were incorporated into each of the backs of the front seats in a way that they folded down and flush with the seat when not in use. Each screen would also work together or independently of one another so there would be no arguing from the back seat as to what to watch. There were also video and HDMI inputs in the sides of each front seat, and of course wireless headphones were standard.

Another great addition were the second row captain’s chairs that tumbled forward and were heated, for the times when mom and dad want to take friends out on the town instead of the kids. There is also a center console armrest between the two seats with storage for the rear seats, and also included a USB charging port and 12 volt auxiliary power outlet. There were also 2 USB ports for the back seat in the bottom of the front center console and also a 115 volt outlet for running game consoles and such.

Also included of course were many great additions to keep mom and dad comfortable up front, since keeping the kids engaged would not be a problem in the rear. Heated and cooled front seats for starters along with the large 8.4 inch touch screen monitor that we love from Dodge. With that came navigation, SirrusXM radio, and the Chrysler Uconnect system. Bluetooth audio and voice commands made hooking up our phones a snap as usual.

A tri-zone climate system is standard and will keep dad, mom and all the kids as happy as there can be with no one complaining about how hot or cold it should be on those long family vacations. It seemed the more time that we spent with the Citadel, the more it seemed like a mini-van without the stigma of actually being a mini-van.

The Citadel also came standard with things like keyless entry that allowed the driver to open the doors by simply placing a hand behind the handle and locking them with the push of a button on the handle, easy for mom with kids in tow! A remote start made cooling down the vehicle easy before heading out, the rain sensing wipers were awesome in the couple of summer thunder storms we had during the week.

Paddle shifters on the steering wheel will give dad the feeling that he is really in control of how the Durango shifts, although the 8 speed transmission does a great job all by itself. The rotary shifter again took us a day or so to get used to but it is growing on us since Dodge started using it, there really is much more space available on the dash and with it located on the center console it was very easy to access after starting the vehicle with the pushbutton located just above it.
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2015 Dodge Durango Citadel AWD

2015 Dodge Durango Citadel AWD: Unapologetically SUV [Review]

October 3, 2015



In a market full of car-based crossovers, the Dodge Durango is unapologetically an SUV.

The big SUV shares its running gear and chassis with the Jeep Grand Cherokee, albeit with a longer wheelbase to support three-row seating. That means the engine is mounted longitudinally with the transmission behind the engine, sending power to either the rear wheels or to all wheels, depending on if it was equipped with all wheel drive.

The 2015 Dodge Durango Citadel tested here is the top-of-the-line, all-wheel-drive model. Starting at $43,595 and with an as-tested price of $49,875, it costs a lot, but it gives a lot in return.


2015 Dodge Durango Citadel AWD
Engine 3.6-liter V-6

Total System Power Torque
290 hp @ 6,400 rpm 260 lb-ft @ 4,800 rpm

Transmission 8-speed automatic

As-Tested Price $49,875

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