2014 Dodge Durango Preview

Jeff Youngs | Mar 28, 2013
FAST FACTS
  • New Rallye and Limited trim levels
  • New 8-speed automatic transmission
  • New Eco Mode to conserve fuel
  • Updated styling with racetrack LED taillights
  • Redesigned aluminum wheel selections
  • Capless fuel-filler system
  • Reconfigurable gauge display
  • Standard "media hub" with USB, auxiliary audio jacks, SD card slot
  • Redesigned steering wheel with paddle shifters
  • Available Uconnect 8.4 with 3-D navigation and Wi-Fi hotspot technology
  • Optional dual-screen Blu-Ray DVD player
  • Optional heated front seats, rear seats, steering wheel
  • New optional safety technologies

Introduction

The 2014 Dodge Durango is positioned as a full-size, 3-row, 7-passenger SUV. Based on the same platform as the Jeep Grand Cherokee, the Dodge Durango is equipped with rear-wheel or 4-wheel-drive (4WD), is offered with a choice between V-6 and V-8 engines, and is sold in SXT, Rallye, Limited, R/T, and Citadel trim levels.

Exterior Features

All 2014 Dodge Durango models have revised front styling with slimmer headlights, revised grille design, new front bumper, and a redesigned hood. All trim levels except for the standard Durango SXT are equipped with LED running lights for 2014. The SUV is also equipped with standard LED racetrack taillights, and the aluminum wheel selections are redesigned this year. A capless fuel-filler system makes it easier to fuel the vehicle.

Interior Features

The 2014 Dodge Durango continues to provide 7-passenger capacity in three rows of seats, as well as 85 cubic feet of maximum cargo capacity. The front passenger seat folds in half to make it easier to carry longer items. For 2014, the cabin has a new dashboard design that incorporates a standard 7-inch color reconfigurable Thin Film Transistor (TFT) instrument display, new 3-spoke steering wheel with transmission paddle shifters, active front head restraints, standard 5-inch touch-screen infotainment screen, and a "media hub" with an SD card slot, USB port, and an auxiliary audio input jack.

Optional Features

The new Durango Rallye trim level has what Dodge refers to as "sinister" styling, with dark-tinted headlight surrounds, LED running lights, monochrome exterior trim, and Hyper Black 20-inch aluminum wheels. The new Durango Limited trim level builds on the Durango SXT with leather seats, heated front seats, heated steering wheel, and the Uconnect 8.4 infotainment touch-screen system.

Under the Hood

Durango buyers can choose between a 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine delivering 290 horsepower and 260 lb.-ft. of torque, and a 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 engine generating 360 horsepower and 390 lb.-ft. of torque. Each engine drives the SUV's rear wheels. Four-wheel drive is optional.

The V-6 comes standard with a new 8-speed automatic transmission and is rated to tow up to 6,200 pounds. The optional V-8 tows up to 7,400 pounds, about the same weight as a 24-foot boat and a trailer, and includes Fuel Saver Technology designed to allow the engine to run on half of its eight cylinders under low-load driving conditions. Models equipped with the V-8 engine and 4WD have a 2-speed transfer case with a Neutral mode that allows the Durango to be flat-towed behind a motor home, Dodge says.

Safety

For 2014, the Dodge Durango is offered with a new 9-1-1 Assist system, which activates in the event of an air bag deployment, or if someone inside the SUV pushes the button to summon help. The service puts the Durango's occupants directly in touch with an emergency operator to summon assistance in an emergency.

Additionally, the 2014 Durango is offered with new Adaptive Cruise Control Plus and Forward Collision Warning Plus systems. Each relies on a radar unit and camera mounted near the front of the SUV. The Adaptive Cruise Control Plus system provides full-speed-range capability, and, if the Durango comes to a complete stop, the system is re-engaged if the driver pushes a button or steps on the accelerator pedal.

Forward Collision Plus uses the same camera and radar unit to determine if the Durango is closing too rapidly on an obstacle ahead. The system can ready the brakes to provide maximum braking power, warn the driver to take action to avoid a potential collision, and activate the brakes if the driver fails to respond to alerts that danger may be present.

Technology

The 2014 Dodge Durango's Uconnect 8.4 system is offered for Limited, R/T, and Citadel trim levels, and includes a navigation system with 3-D mapping, Bing Internet search, and mobile Wi-Fi connectivity. The system can be upgraded with new Uconnect Access Via Mobile technology, which includes natural-voice-recognition technology for operating text messaging, climate, stereo, and navigation commands. Additionally, the 2014 Durango is offered with a new rear-seat entertainment system with dual 9-inch display screens, DVD Blu-Ray player, and HDMI gaming system compatibility.
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