2014 Dodge Durango is a nice package of styling and comfort

2014 Dodge Durango is a nice package of styling and comfort

Durango has a new split-crosshair grille, redesigned projector-beam headlights, and a sculpted hood and grille.

The Dodge Durango first came on the market as a 1998 model and, over the years, it has evolved into a popular SUV option with American consumers. For 2014, the rear-wheel-drive Durango is more technologically advanced, more fuel efficient and even more dramatically styled.

Equipped with new fuel-saving technology, the V-6Durango has a driving range of more than 600 miles on just one tank of gas, making it a great option for consumers who like to travel. Models equipped with the Pentastar V-6 engine can tow up to 6,200 pounds and when powered by the 5.7-liter HEMI V-8, Durango can tow up to 7,400 pounds – more weight than a 24-foot boat and trailer. Both engines are mated to Chrysler’s new eight-speed automatic transmission with rotary shifter and steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters as standard equipment. The state-of-the-art transmission improves fuel economy up to nine percent, and delivers better performance and smoother shifts.

Durango has a nice combination of sleek, muscular styling and comfortable threerow seating, with a large cargo capacity.

It’s available in five trim levels: SXT, Rallye, Limited, R/T and Citadel. All have three rows of seats and interior seating flexibility. And there is a laundry list of available premium features, such as highend interiors, the latest infotainment technology and impressive powertrain options.

The new face of Durango is still distinctly Dodge but with a new, slimmer splitcrosshair grille with mesh textures unique to each trim level. The redesigned projector- beam headlights, raised front bumper, sculpted hood and grille complete the profile. The Rallye and R/T are equipped with dark tinted headlight bezels, body-color front and rear lower fascias, wheel flares, grille and sill moldings. The R/T ride height has been lowered slightly to further enhance the sporty appearance.

All Durango models now have projector beam headlights, with LED daytime running lights on Rallye, Limited, RT and Citadel. The LED lights run horizontally along the bottom edge of the headlight and form a unique “hockey-stick” shape. Bixenon high-intensity discharge (HID) headlights are standard on R/T and Citadel.

Auto-leveling technology adjusts headlight beam aim for slight changes in elevation.

The new front-end design features new projector fog lights and fog lamp surrounds and matching crosshair grille texture.

Combined with the taller front bumper, the new lower fascia gives the 2014 Dodge Durango a wider and more aggressive look.

The profile is accented by muscular fender arches and curves that flow back in through the doors, while a body-color rear spoiler reduces drag. Durango rides on new 18- and 20-inch aluminum wheels that have seven wheel designs and finishes to choose from, ranging from silver paint to polished aluminum to Hyper Black.

The MSRP on the 2014 Dodge Durango ranges from $29,795 to $43,395.

Grant Miller is the publisher of Community Newspapers. He may be contacted by calling 305-662-2277 or by addressing email to Grant@CommunityNewspapers.com.

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