2013 Dodge Durango | Review, Price, Interior, Exterior, Engine. – Now, The 2013 Dodge Durango ranks 13 out of 25 Affordable Midsize SUVs. This ranking is based on our analysis of 17 published reviews and test drives of the Dodge Durango, and our analysis of reliability and safety data. The 2013 Dodge Durango is middle of the pack in almost every way. Though it’s not a bad SUV, there are better options in this competitive class.
Reviewers generally like the 2013 Dodge Durango, saying that it offers a compliant ride, nimble handling and a surprisingly small turning radius. They write that its base V6 engine offers plenty of power for most people. Though the Durango can be equipped with an available V8, test drivers write that the extra power likely won’t be worth the significant dip in fuel economy that accompanies the V8. They also write that the larger engine’s sporty exhaust note can get annoying, and that the sporty R/T trim’s stiffer suspension only makes the ride bumpier, without improving performance much. Even with the smaller engine, the Durango’s fuel economy doesn’t stand out, with an EPA rating of 16/23 mpg city/highway.
The Durango’s lost some of its bulk and bravado in translation. Now that it shares the Jeep Grand Cherokee’s underbody structure itself related to the Mercedes M and GL Class SUVs some of the brawny, bulging character’s also gone. From some angles, especially at the rear, there’s plenty of Toyota Sequoia to go around, and not quite enough of the flared fenders and aggressive sculpting that gave Dodge its niche in the class. Still, there’s a big crosshair grille up front, and that sets up the classic SUV stance. And that makes all the difference in distinguishing the Durango from the more carlike creatures that don’t have its more rugged underpinnings.
The Dodge Durango is now in its third year after a major overhaul for 2011. The complete redesign for the SUV included all new exterior styling, a new interior and a new base V-6 engine. The Durango seats up to seven people in three rows. Competitors include large crossovers like the Chevrolet Traverse and Ford Explorer. Chrysler has barely begun production of the 2013 Dodge Durango, but it’s already encountered problems that have led to a recall. An incorrect airbag module was installed in roughly 1,500 of the early production, seven passenger Durango models. According to Chrysler, these vehicles received mislabeled modules intended for the five passenger version. In a crash, this could lead to the side curtain airbag not deploying for the third row.
Chrysler says 1661 model year 2013 Dodge Durango SUVs are affected, though the NHTSA reports that 1449 vehicles built from April 11, 2012 through July 20, 2012 are being recalled. Chrysler is unaware of any injuries or accidents related to the affected vehicles.
2013 Dodge Durango Price :
Pricing for the new 2013 Dodge Durango has been set at $29,495–$42,195 based on current exchange rates. If there are changes on the 2013 Dodge Durango we will notify you as soon as possible, so keep follow our blog.
Other standard features for the sub $30,000 Durango include power windows, locks and mirrors, a CD player, cruise control, and air conditioning. Stepping into higher trim levels adds Bluetooth, 20 inch wheels; a music hard drive, and leather upholstery. For more than $40,000, the Citadel edition gets those features plus a navigation system; a sunroof, and a heated steering wheel.
2013 Dodge Durango Interior :
The 2013 Dodge Durango comes standard with seating for seven, though optional second row captain’s chairs decrease the number of seatbelts to six. Leather upholstery is standard on Crew and Citadel trims, while suede seating surfaces are standard on the sporty R/T. Reviewers agree that the front seats are plenty comfortable for drivers of almost any size or shape. Reviewers disagree about the second and third rows. One reviewer thinks that the second row offers plenty of space, while another writes that it doesn’t offer as much second row comfort as competitors. One tester writes that the third row is surprisingly spacious, while the other writes that the space can feel cramped for adults and should probably be reserved for children.
The base Durango SXT comes standard with features like a tilt and telescoping steering wheel with audio controls, a six speaker audio system with auxiliary audio input, illuminated cup holders and speed sensitive windshield wipers. Higher trim levels can be equipped with a rear overhead DVD entertainment system, blind spot and cross path sensors, adaptive cruise control, a rearview camera with rear parking sensors and a nine speaker audio system with a 40 gigabyte hard drive, Uconnect voice controls and Garmin based navigation.
The Durango shares its platform with the Jeep Grand Cherokee, so it’s not surprising that the interior is reminiscent of the Jeep’s. The design is tastefully understated, with a look that should hold up well over time. With three rows of seats standard, the Durango has room for up to seven people. Unless you’re eyeing a Chevrolet Suburban or Ford Expedition EL, most three row SUVs and crossovers don’t have a lot of cargo room behind the last row of seats. In the Durango, the space measures 17.2 cubic feet a little bit more than what you’d find in your average family sedan. You have to clear a tall rear bumper when loading luggage, but the third row folds easily into the floor to expand the cargo area to 47.7 cubic feet. Interior features include :
>. Standard fabric covered seats, leather trimmed seats optional.
>. Standard 60/40 split second row, second row captain’s chairs optional.
>. Standard 50/50 split third row.
>. Standard tilt/telescoping steering wheel with audio controls.
>. Standard tri zone automatic air conditioning.
>. Standard CD stereo with MP3 jack and satellite radio.
>. Optional touch screen stereo with hard drive for storing music.
>. Optional Alpine premium stereo.
>. Optional navigation system.
>. Optional front and second row heated seats.
>. Optional heated steering wheel.
>. Optional Uconnect hands free phone system.
2013 Dodge Durango Exterior :
The Durango is offered in four models: SXT, Crew, Citadel, and R/T. The Durango seats seven passengers with its folding third row seat. Standard safety features include electronic stability control, six airbags, and active head restraints. Available features include HID headlamps, a premium radio with Garmin navigation and DVD, a rear seat entertainment system, leather upholstery, and a trailer tow package.
The newly passenger friendly Durango isn’t quite as large as a Tahoe or Suburban, but has interior space about the size of a Ford Flex or Chevy Traverse. Close to the Benz GL in wheelbase, width, and in its 84.5 cubic feet of cargo room, the Durango has an excellent driving position and wide front seats with good give and ample side bolsters. In the second row, it’s possible for three adults to sit comfortably; there’s a two-seat option with a center console divide, too. It’s less easy for full size people to get into the third row seats, which seem a little more difficult to access than in the GL. Nonetheless, some of the features of the fold down rear seats are identical, like the way the third row headrests flip out of sight.
There’s more visual impact in the cockpit, where some of that more authoritative, truck like heritage has been carried over. Like the Grand Cherokee, the new Durango sends outdated, hard edge plastics to the recycling bin. Instead, there are tightly fitted, superb cabin appointments, with big red needled gauges, simple climate control knobs, and backpedaled touches of bright and soft metallic trim. With leather upholstery, woven red inserts and red stitching, and white trim rings on the dials, even the R/T feels bold yet very tastefully done. In any case, the Durango feels less like an on a budget utility vehicle and more like a luxury SUV, done right.
The Durango’s design is enhanced by a vertical crosshair grille that gives the SUV an intimidating stare. The sides and rear are less memorable and the design seems to sag slightly aft of the rear wheels but on the whole it’s attractive. Exterior features include :
>. 18 inch aluminum wheels standard, 20 inch rims optional.
>. Standard front fog lights.
>. Standard automatic halogen headlights, high intensity discharge headlights optional.
>. Standard heated side mirrors.
>. Optional SmartBeam automatic high beam headlights.
>. Optional power liftgate.
>. Optional power sunroof.
>. Optional roof rack with storable cross rails.
>. Optional rain sensing windshield wipers.
2013 Dodge Durango Engine :
The 2013 Dodge Durango comes standard with a 3.6 liter V6 engine that makes 290 horsepower, or 295 horsepower in SXT trims with the Rallye Appearance Package. A 5.7 liter V8 engine comes standard on performance focused R/T trims, and is optional on Crew and Citadel models. This engine makes 360 horsepower and can tow up to 7,400 pounds when paired with rear wheel drive. That’s more than almost any other midsize crossover. All trims of the Durango come standard with a five speed automatic transmission except the R/T trim, which comes with a six speed automatic. The six speed is also available on Crew and Citadel trims. According to the EPA, fuel economy ranges from 16/23 mpg city/highway in models with the V6 engine to 13/20 in four wheel drive models equipped with a V8.
Overall, reviewers say the V8 engine offers lots of power, towing capacity and grunt, but they write that most consumers will likely want to stick with the V6. They say the V6 has an adequate amount of power in most situations, and that the V8 engine is likely not worth the louder engine noise or the significantly decreased fuel economy. Overall, the five speed transmission is a fine performer, though one tester notes he had to floor the gas pedal more than usual in order to get the transmission to downshift and provide more power.
Available with rear wheel or all wheel drive the Durango includes a 290 hp 3.6 liter Pentastar V6 as standard and has an available 360 hp Hemi 5.7 liter V8 engine. The Hemi includes the Multiple Displacement System (MDS) for better fuel economy. The R/T trim comes standard with the Hemi engine. A 5 speed automatic transmission is matched with the 3.6 liter V6, a 6 speed transmission is included with the 5.7 liter V8.
Buyers have a choice of a 290 or 295 hp, 3.6 liter V-6 or a 360 hp, 5.7 liter V-8 that features cylinder deactivation for thriftier fuel use under light loads. Both engines work with a five speed automatic transmission, though the V-8’s transmission provides six speeds for driver initiated gear changes. Mechanical features include :
>. Four wheel independent suspension.
>. Rear or four wheel drive versions available with either engine.
>. Both engines run on regular gas.
>. V-6 towing capacity is 6,200 pounds, V-8’s is 7,400 pounds.
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