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Dodge Durango Impresses with looks and performance

2015 Dodge Durango R/T BlacktopAfter driving a great looking SUV recently, a Deep Cherry Red Crystal Pearl 2015 Dodge Durango Limited RWD, I was impressed by more than just its looks. Although the Durango’s look were quite impressive, with LED daytime running headlamps, projector fog lamps, LED tail lamps with red accents, capless fuel fill, bright side roof rails, and 18″ polished aluminum wheels with on/off road tires making a bold statement.

The RWD Durango is powered by a 3.6 liter V6 24-valve VVT engine with 8-speed automatic transmission producing 290 HP, offering better fuel economy and performance than previous models. I was especially pleased to find the Durango was very fast off the mark for such a large SUV, allowing the driver to easily pass slower vehicles on the road while still achieving an estimated 25 mpg on the highway.

This mileage proved accurate with a trip to South Texas that was mostly all on the highway. The RWD Durango also performed very well on slick, rainy roads that were encountered on the trip. With an estimated 18 miles per gallon in town, the Durango averaged 20 mpg overall.  

The Durango’s interior features were great too, providing plenty of room for 7 passengers with up to 50 different seating configurations available plus more than enough room for everyone’s gear.  The Durango also features two interior touchscreens, a digital instrument cluster, and Blu-ray entertainment system.

With leather trimmed, heated front bucket seats plus heated back seats and steering wheel, multiple airbags, ParkViewRear Back-up Camera and ParkSense Rear Park Assist, electronic stability control, keyless Go, steering wheel mounted paddle shifters, hill start assist, trailer sway damping, security alarm, remote start and variable intermittent windshield wipers, the Durango is a very comfortable and classy SUV for the MSRP of $36,895.

The redesigned center stack houses the Durango’s 5″ and 8.4″ Uconnect touchscreens, with a rotary shifter instead of the usual type.  Drivers and navigators are able to customize the way their information is delivered.  There is also extra storage available in the center console.

Optional equipment on the Durango included a Customer Preferred Package with GPS navigation, power lift gate, HD radio, Sirius XM traffic and 9 amplified speakers with subwoofer, which (along with destination charges) brought the total price for the test model to $39,780.


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