One great big can of “Can-Do”

Yes…if you like to have it all…but don’t want it wrapped in a mini-van envelope, you might want to put Dodge’s new Durango on your shopping list.

The Durango will seat up to seven…and depending upon how equip it, those seven passengers may not be in any big hurry to climb out. Our test Durango was an upper-range “Limited” with all-wheel-drive.   A great  vehicle for our recent Snow-Jam….among other things.

One leg-up on most of the competition that the Durango offers is real utility….50 total seating combinations…including one where you can fold down the front passengers’ seat to create a flat front-to-rear load space that could hold 8” lumber, small kayaks or other lengthy gear….inside….instead of having to lift it up onto a roof rack.    More manufacturers might want to copy Dodge on this feature.

As for “Go”, all Durangos except for the Hemi-powered RT come with a 3.6 liter V-6 coupled to Chrysler’s new 8-speed automatic.  It provides reasonable punch….can tow up to 6,200 pounds, and is rated at 18 – 25 MPG.    We got an average of 21…which included quite a bit of stop ‘n go in the snow.

Durangos start at $30,790 including destination charges.

Our test “Limited” AWD started a little over 39K…and included features like a backup cam, rear park assist, a rotary shift knob, remote start, leather seating that is heated in both the front seats and second-row seats, heated steering wheel, power lumbar, the fold-down front seat feature, third-row seating with remote fold-down headrests for greater visibility and more.

Another $7,000+ included 20’ wheels, sunroof, nav, power liftgate, a 506 watt / 9-speaker killer sound system, rear DVD entertainment system, class IV trailer-towing with all the extras, blind-spot detection and fold and tumble second-row captains’ chairs that allow easy access to the third row.

In addition to room for 7, the Durango also offers room in your garage.  At just under 200” long, and 75.8 inches wide, the Durango will fit most garages and parking spaces with little drama.DSCN5586DSCN5587DSCN5588DSCN5589DSCN5590DSCN5591DSCN5592

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