$26,405 – $36,530 MSRP
$24,180 – $33,226 Invoice
14 / 18 MPG City/Hwy
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The Durango sports an all-new exterior design and a host of new amenities, including larger side mirrors that fold and heat and a 115-volt power inverter on all vehicles equipped with rear air conditioning. Added safety features such as side curtain air bags and Dodge's Electronic Stability Program with trailer-sway dampening are now standard. Also available are a tire-pressure-monitoring system, ultrasonic rear-park assist, and a nifty one-touch lane-change signal.
Dodge introduced the Durango back in 1998 and it remains the brand's only full-size sport utility vehicle (SUV). It underwent a redesign in 2004, has numerous upgrades for 2007, and word has it that a hybrid model is on the horizon. The Dodge Durango also provides the tough, body-on-frame platform for Chrysler's all-new Aspen -that brand's first-and-only full-size SUV.
The Durango comes in SXT, SLT, Adventurer, Night Runner, and Limited trim levels, with seating configurations for 5, 7, or 8 passengers. The Durango touts best-in-class cargo capacity with 68.4 cubic feet of space with the third-row seats folded down, and an impressive 102.4 cubic feet when the second row is also folded flat. The distance between wheel wells is wide enough to accommodate 4x8 sheets of plywood. Noteworthy features-either standard or optional, depending on the model-include a power liftgate, dual-zone temperature control, new quad bucket seats, a navigation system, and a DVD entertainment system.
Three engines are offered on the 2007 Durango: a 210-hp, 3.7-liter V-6; a 235-hp, 4.7-liter V-8; and the 330-hp, 5.7-liter Hemi V-8. The Hemi features a Multi-Displacement System that seamlessly shuts down four of the eight cylinders when they're not needed. According to Dodge, this cylinder-deactivation technology improves gas mileage by up to 20 percent. The 4.7-liter V-8 is also equipped with fuel-saving technology-a flexible-fuel engine capable of operating on grain-derived E85 ethanol, gasoline, or a mixture of the two fuels. The two V-8 engines come with an automatic 5-speed transmission, while the V-6 is equipped with a 4-speed automatic. Properly equipped, the Durango boasts a best-in-class towing capacity of 8,950 pounds.
The Dodge Durango competes in the Midsize Utility segment, which consists of 16 models. Buyers in this segment look for performance, reliability, and comfort, according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2006 Avoider StudySM and the Escaped Shopper Study.SM
The top sellers in the segment during calendar year 2006, according to the J.D. Power and Associates Sales Report,SM were the Honda Pilot (152,154 units sold), Jeep Grand Cherokee (139,148), and Ford Explorer (131,759). The Dodge Durango sold 70,606 units in 2006, a decrease of 38.8 percent compared to the previous year. Other models offered in the Midsize Utility segment include the Chevrolet Trailblazer, Toyota 4 Runner, Jeep Commander, Nissan Pathfinder, and Chevrolet Trailblazer EXT. Joining the segment in 2007 is the Chrysler Aspen.
|SXT||4 speed automatic||$26,405||210-hp / 3.7L 6-cyl||16/21|
|SLT||4 speed automatic||$29,255||210-hp / 3.7L 6-cyl||16/21|
|Limited||multi-speed automatic||$34,305||235-hp / 4.7L 8-cyl||14/19|