The new Durango is a completely different machine from the first two generations of large SUVs from Dodge.
Where those rigs really drove like trucks, with graunchy diffs and a stiff ride, the new Durango feels just as butch - but now far more nimble and polite in town.
There is no harshness whatsoever from the RWD or optional AWD setups, and this is still one of the only rear-drive-based, seven seat crossovers on the market.
Yes, there is the Tahoe, but that really moves the trucks up a size (and garage) class too far, for some.
Tow ratings and real-world towing confidence are perhaps the best-in-class as well, with additional ride smoothness and towing confidence from the Durango's longer wheelbase than its Jeep GC sibling.
Overall, a very solid and competitive truck, with enough power for fast drivers even with the just the new 3.6-liter V6 and eight-speed automatic. A great pairing.
The R/T models are by far the most current and stylish, thanks to a long list of upgrades versus the chrome-laden Citadel trim. Of course, the big Hemi V8 would be on my list of R/T benefits as well.
But all that style can be had for much less. Dodge has smartly offered the Blacktop and also Rallye packages on base SXT trims for just $3,000 extra. This gives the cheaper trucks much of the stance and handling of the R/T - for a lot less.
The Durango's Rallye package includes:
295-HP Pentastar V6 engine
Dual Exhaust with Bright Tips
20-inch Hyper Black Aluminum Wheels
Body Color Grille, Fascias, Sill Molding and Wheel Lip Molding
Black Headlamp Bezels
Auto-Dimming Rearview Mirror with Microphone
The Durango's Blacktop package includes:
20-Inch x 8.0-Inch Painted Aluminum Wheels
265/50R20 BSW All Season Tires
Black Headlamp Bezels
Bluetooth® Streaming Audio
Body-Color Front Fascia
Body-Color License Plate Brow
Body-Color Rear Fascia
Body-Color Sill Molding
Body-Color Wheel Lip Molding
Delete Roof Rack
Dual Rear Exhaust with Bright Tips
Goodyear® Brand Tires
Leather-Wrapped Shift Knob
Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel
Remote USB Port
Auto-Dimming Rearview Mirror w/ Microphone
Uconnect® Voice Command with Bluetooth®
You can see all the Blacktop 2014 Dodges by cruising over to here.
Pricing starts at about $28,000 for the base DUrango SXT.
2014 Dodge Durango - Exteriors
2014 Dodge Durango - Interiors