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2014 Dodge Durango: Flash drive review

This 2014 review is representative of model years 2011 to 2014.
By Staff of MSN Autos

The 2014 Dodge Durango gets a styling update with new grille, bumper and wheel designs that add a little sporty flair to what is already a pretty sleek design for a full-size, three-row SUV. The biggest change is a new 8-speed automatic transmission that is standard on all trim levels. We tested the Durango Limited AWD with the 5.7-liter 360-horsepower Hemi, and the new transmission keeps plenty of power always on tap yet helps to deliver pretty impressive fuel economy (22 mph highway/17 mpg combined) for a vehicle this size. The Durango drives well, with a suspension that is tuned for good response but without a harsh ride. Inside, the new Durango Limited is nicely finished with standard leather seats, heated seats, a heated steering wheel and an 8.4-inch Uconnect touch screen. It's also intelligently laid out with lots of useful space and storage. The Durango Limited is supremely comfortable for five occupants, with room for seven. It drives great for its size, with lots of power and good fuel economy. –Mike Meredith

The Durango was refreshed for 2014 and it looks great. It has a bold look that isn't overdone and it fits well into the Dodge lineup. Inside the SUV is even more impressive. Its leather seats are very comfortable, and bucket seats in the second row add to the comfort and level of luxury. Our test vehicle was a fully-loaded Limited trim, priced around $50,000. That seems pricey for a Dodge, but this included a rear DVD entertainment system, heated seats and one of the best center displays available. The large screen is easy to navigate and all the available applications are simple to find. There are also power outlets - USB, 110, and 9 volt - available throughout the vehicle. The third row is definitely usable, but folds easily to make a large cargo area. Our Durango was equipped with the optional 5.7-liter V8 engine that provided plenty of power, but the best fuel economy I saw was only around 15 mpg. The Durango has great capabilities for cargo-hauling and off-roading, but the ride on the freeway was quite smooth and comfortable. It's simply a great all-around large SUV that can easily compete with some of the luxury models on the market. –Perry Stern

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