2015 Dodge Durango

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What's New for 2015:
  • SXT Plus and Limited offered with Blacktop and Rallye appearance packages
  • R/T offered with Blacktop appearance package and available red Nappa leather seating
  • New Beats by Dr. Dre sound system standard for Durango R/T, optional for Limited and Citadel trim levels

The 2015 Dodge Durango is a midsize, 7-passenger SUV that is based on the same platform as the Jeep Grand Cherokee and is available with rear-wheel or all-wheel drive (RWD or AWD). It competes against traditional and crossover SUVs alike, primarily the Chevrolet Traverse, Ford Explorer, GMC Acadia, Honda Pilot, Hyundai Santa Fe, Nissan Pathfinder, Toyota 4Runner, and Toyota Highlander.

Models and Features
For 2015 the Durango is sold in SXT, Limited, R/T, and Citadel trim levels. If buyers are interested in the SXT version but want to add options, it is necessary to select the SXT Plus trim level first. This version of the SUV includes a 12-way power driver's seat, leather-wrapped steering wheel, roof rail crossbars, and satellite radio.

Next up is the Durango Limited. It adds leather upholstery, heated front-and second-row seats, heated steering wheel, memory for the driver's preferences, 10-way power front passenger's seat, auto-dimming rearview mirror, and a universal garage door opener. A larger 8.4-in. Uconnect touch-screen infotainment system is standard for the Limited, along with Uconnect Access technology, 115-volt power outlet, remote engine starting, and a reversing camera. Rear park-assist sensors are also included, and LED running lights, turn signal indicators on the side mirrors, and polished aluminum wheels identify the Limited.

The Durango R/T gets a standard V-8 engine, heavy-duty brakes, performance steering, revised axle ratio, sport suspension, and 20-in. aluminum wheels. This version also has unique exterior styling with body-color trim and HID headlights with a darkened appearance, as well as a power rear liftgate. Dodge has announced that during the model year the R/T will add a standard Beats by Dr. Dre premium sound system.

The Citadel sits at the top of the lineup, equipped with a V-6 engine and featuring lots of chrome trim. It builds on the Durango Limited with upgraded premium leather, extended leather cabin treatment, 12-way power front passenger's seat, ventilated front seats, and a power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel wrapped in perforated leather. The Citadel also includes a power sunroof, premium sound system with HD Radio, and a navigation system, along with automatic high-beam headlights, HID low-beam headlights, rain-sensing wipers, power rear liftgate, and 20-in. polished aluminum wheels.

Under the Hood
A 3.6-liter V-6 engine is standard on all 2015 Durangos except the R/T, making either 290 or 295 horsepower depending on the exhaust system. Equipped with this engine the Durango can tow up to 6,200 lbs., and trailer sway control is standard equipment.

A 5.7-liter V-8 engine is standard for the Durango R/T and available for the Limited and Citadel trim levels. With 360 horsepower and 390 lb.-ft. of torque, this V-8 increases towing capacity to as much as 7,400 lbs. when the SUV is properly equipped. It also includes Fuel Saver cylinder-deactivation technology, which is designed to improve fuel economy.

Both engines are paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission that includes paddle shifters mounted to the steering wheel. Power is sent to the Durango's rear wheels, and an AWD system is optional.

Fuel Economy
According to the EPA, the Durango's standard V-6 engine gets 18 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway with RWD and 17 mpg city/24 mpg highway with AWD.

The more powerful V-8 engine is rated to return 14 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway with RWD. Add the AWD system and the city rating remains the same while the highway rating drops to 22 mpg.

Safety and Technology
Dodge ensures no shortage of safety and infotainment technologies for the 2015 Durango. Uconnect Access is standard equipment, providing Bluetooth connectivity, USB port, and an SD card slot. The Durango's available Uconnect 8.4 system adds a larger touch-screen display and Uconnect Access including 911 Assist service, which contacts an emergency services dispatcher with the push of a button on the rearview mirror. A navigation system is optional with the larger screen, as is Wi-Fi capability that turns the SUV into a mobile hotspot.

For 2015, a new Beats by Dr. Dre premium sound system is included for the Durango R/T and is optional for both the Limited and Citadel trim levels. The Durango can also be fitted with a Blu-Ray DVD entertainment system that includes dual high-resolution, 9-in. screens mounted to the backs of the front seats. Game system inputs are included with this option.

Safety upgrades include a reversing camera, blind-spot monitoring system with rear cross-path detection, and a forward-collision warning system with crash-mitigation capability. The Durango's adaptive cruise control system automatically maintains safe following distances and includes full-stop capability.


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