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First introduced as a 2011 model, the current Dodge Durango shares its platform with the Jeep Grand Cherokee and offers aggressive exterior styling that helps it stand out against competitors like the Honda Pilot, Toyota Highlander and Chevrolet Traverse.
Two engines are available, including a standard 3.6-liter V6 with 290 horsepower and an optional 5.7-liter V8 with 360 horsepower. A five-speed automatic transmission was standard when the Durango launched in 2011. Rear-wheel drive is standard and all-wheel drive is available with the V6 engine. V8 models offer an available four-wheel drive system with low-range gearing.
V8 models gained a six-speed automatic transmission for 2012 and both engine choices were offered with a standard eight-speed automatic beginning with the 2014 model year. An available Rallye package was also introduced for 2014, which adds a dual exhaust system on V6 models and boosts engine output to 295 horsepower.
Regardless of model year, the current Dodge Durango comes standard with remote start, tri-zone automatic climate control and satellite radio. More standard features were added for 2014, including Bluetooth, USB ports and a touch-screen audio system.
Common options include a power liftgate, rear parking sensors, a rearview camera, proximity key with push-button start, leather upholstery, power-adjustable front seats, heated first- and second-row seats, a heated steering wheel and navigation.
Dodge first introduced the Durango in 1998. Using the Dodge Dakota pickup truck as a platform, the first-generation Durango is a truck-based SUV that offers standard seating for up to seven with an available third row.
Early Durango models feature a range of engine options that include a 3.9-liter V6 with 175 horsepower, a 5.2-liter V8 with 230 horsepower and a 5.9-liter V8 that produces 245 to 250 horsepower. A 235-horsepower, 4.7-liter V8 was available from 2000 to 2003. A four-speed automatic transmission is standard with all engines except the 4.7-liter V8, which comes with a five-speed automatic.
The second-generation Durango was introduced for the 2004 model year and continued to sell through 2009 (no 2010 Durango was produced). Compared with the outgoing model, the second-generation Durango is slightly larger, allowing for a more spacious interior and a larger cargo area.
A 210-horsepower, 3.7-liter V6 engine is standard on the second-generation Durango, while engine options included a 5.7-liter Hemi V8 with 335 horsepower and a 4.7-liter V8 with 235 horsepower (increasing to 303 horsepower for the 2008 model year). A four-speed automatic transmission is standard with the V6, while V8 models feature a five-speed automatic.
Standard features on the second-generation Durango include cruise control, power windows and locks, air conditioning and an audio system with a CD player. When it was new, available options included leather upholstery, automatic climate control and an Infinity audio system. Features like a rearview camera, Bluetooth and navigation became available on later second-generation models.