Production for the Durango began in 1998 and has come a long way since its inception. Back then, the model was equipped with a 5.2-liter V8 engine and delivered 230 horsepower at 4,400 rpm.
In 1999 the Durango was still offered as a four-wheel-drive vehicle, and then later, a two-wheel drive became available. It was not until 2001 that the Durango's interior got a major upgrade, in part because SUV's were beginning to transition into an American household's everyday family car. This encouraged Dodge to include new features such as dual-zone climate control and premium audio systems.
The 2014 Durango is the most current model year available. This SUV was built to embody superior performance and design and is fully loaded with innovative technology including a brand-new smart steering wheel that has all of the touch-button controls you could possibly want, the Uconnect system, mission control, and the revolutionary electronic rotary shift knob.
The Durango beautifully pairs technology with luxury and comfort. The interior is wrapped in plush cloth seats, with optional Nappa leather-trimming available. With more than 50 different seating configurations, the interior allows for seating for up to seven passengers. With the new designs, it is clear that Dodge is making the effort to make the Durango a versatile SUV that can accommodate families.
During crash tests with the Insurance institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) the 2014 Dodge Durango received a "Good" rating (the best) on the moderate overlap crash test, the side crash test, the roof strength test, and head restraints and seat test. As anything involving family and kids, safety is paramount. Some of the latest safety highlights in the latest Durango include: adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning with crash mitigation, Uconnect emergency and roadside assistance, advanced braking technology, blind spot monitoring, rain-sensing wipers, and electronic stability control.
Noteworthy About the Dodge Durango
The Durango has received many awards during its lifetime, including:
- The Durango was the winner of the Strategic Vision’s 2011 Total Value Award® for Best SUV.
- The Dodge Durango won the Strategic Vision’s 2012 Total Value Award® for Most Improved Brand.
- US News and World Report has ranked the 2014 Dodge Durango as #3 in Affordable Midsize SUVs.