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2006 Dodge Durango SUV - Overview

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$28,550 – $37,510 MSRP

$26,090 – $34,099 Invoice

14 / 18 MPG City/Hwy

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Overview

What's New
For 2006, Dodge enhances its midsize sport utility vehicle, the Durango, with electronic stability control as well as an anticipated 20 percent improvement in fuel economy via a Hemi V-8 featuring multi-displacement system technology. This new fuel-management technology allows the engine to operate on four cylinders during steady-state cruising, such as when maintaining a set pace on the freeway. Also new is a power rear liftgate, a three-passenger third row, remote starting, and "Tip Start," which allows the driver to quickly turn the ignition key to the "start" position and release it, rather than holding the key in the start position until ignition.

Overview
Durango is Dodge's midsize sport utility vehicle. The original Durango launched in 1998 and the all-new, second-generation Durango was introduced as a 2004 model. For 2006, Dodge has added several features. In addition to being able to tow as much as 8,950 pounds, the Durango now features a three-passenger third-row seat so the vehicle can accommodate eight occupants. With its second- and third-row seats folded flat, Durango offers more than 102 cubic feet of cargo capacity, with 48 inches between the rear wheelhouses so plywood sheets lie flat on the floor.

Three engines are available, but a Durango powered by Dodge's 335-hp, 5.7L Hemi engine now features multi-displacement system (MDS) technology that shuts off four cylinders when the vehicle is cruising down the road. Dodge says this feature can improve fuel economy by as much as 20 percent. Also available are a 230-hp, 4.7L V-8, and a 210-hp, 3.7L V-6. All Durangos come with automatic transmissions. Rear- or four-wheel drive is available. Durango is available with Electronic Stability Program, a computer-controlled technology designed to help keep the vehicle on the driver's intended path.

The Durango SXT comes with power mirrors, air conditioning, a CD player, tilt steering column, four-wheel disc brakes with ABS, power locks, and remote keyless entry. The Durango SLT adds fog lamps, a wood-grain instrument panel, power driver's seat, and other standard features. The Durango Limited includes an Electronic Stability Program, heated and auto-dimming side mirrors, a power liftgate, automatic climate controls, memory for the driver's seat and other functions, adjustable pedals, leather and heated front bucket seats with power adjustment, a reclining second-row seat, a 6-disc CD changer, and 18-inch wheels. The Durango Adventurer is designed for the outdoor enthusiast. It comes with a cargo management system, reversible rubber slush mats, cargo mat with integrated bin liner, tubular side steps, and a Thule-brand roof rack.

The Competition
The Dodge Durango competes in the Midsize Utility segment, where four-wheel drive, towing capacity, three rows of seats, and rear-seat entertainment systems are important factors with buyers.

According to the J.D. Power and Associates Sales Report,SM the 18 models in this segment account for more than 1.8 million sales each year, or more than 10 percent of the U.S. light-vehicle fleet. In calendar year 2005, Jeep sold 213,584 Grand Cherokees to just edge out the Ford Explorer (203,483). The Chevrolet TrailBlazer was a solid third (163,581). Other top-selling models in the category include the Honda Pilot (143,353), Dodge Durango (115,439), and Toyota 4Runner (103,830).

Available Trims for the 2006 Dodge Durango SUV

  Transmission MSRP Engine City/Hwy MPG
SXT 4 speed automatic $28,550 210-hp / 3.7L 6-cyl 16/21
SLT 4 speed automatic $30,650 210-hp / 3.7L 6-cyl 16/21
Limited multi-speed automatic $35,385 230-hp / 4.7L 8-cyl 14/19

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