Sticking with the interior, the Durango is quiet. Blame the vastly improved aerodynamics as well as the largely NVH-free yet loaded with high-strength steel frame. There's very little wind noise and a medium amount of roar from the 20-inch wheels and their accompanying rubber. The way Dodge tells it, the new Durango is a healthy compromise between less capable crossovers and luxury SUVs. Durango combines luxury vehicle quality and ride with SUV capability and crossover fuel economy, all at a price you can afford. Specifically, that price will start at $30,045 for the V-6 only Express, and climbs to $34,045 for the mid-level Crew. A CrewLux package is available for an extra $5000 with more options, or you can go all-out on a top-shelf Citadel for $42,645. Adding all-wheel drive to any model requires a $2000 upcharge. Pricing for the sporty R/T hasn't been announced.
While the Fords and Chevys of the world have gone full metro with their car-like crossovers and their limited off-road and towing capabilities, Dodge reckons there's still a market for blue-collar types looking to clean up a bit without going all high fashion. Are there enough buyers left who wear cowboy boots with a three-piece suit? We'll see.
| 2011 Dodge Durango |
| Base price || $30,045-$42,645 |
| Vehicle layout || Front-engine, AWD/RWD, 7-pass, 4-door SUV |
| Engines || 3.6L/290-hp/260-lb-ft DOHC 24-valve V-6; 5.7L/360-hp/390-lb-ft pushrod 16-valve V-8 |
| Transmission || 5-speed automatic |
| Curb weight || 4750-5400 lb (mfr) |
| Wheelbase || 119.8 in |
| Length x width x height || 199.8 x 85.5 x 70.9 in |
| 0-60 mph || 7.5-8.5 sec (MT est) |
| EPA city/hwy fuel econ || 13-16 / 20-23 mpg (est) |
| CO2 emissions || 1.05-1.26 lb/mile (est) |
| On sale in U.S. || January 2011 |