2017 Dodge Durango V 6 AWD Review

2017 Dodge Durango V 6 AWD Review
2017 Dodge Durango V 6 AWD Review

2017 Dodge Durango V 6 AWD - A portion of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' latest five-year plan was to recast Dodge as "America's standard execution mark." (Their words, not our own.) What took after included 707 hp Hellcats and track-situated Vipers and the downfall of nonsporty vehicles, for example, the Avenger and (soon) the Dart. In any case, it's not about burnouts and hot laps at Dodge, as a couple of more widely appealing offerings like the Durango three-push hybrid still exist to hold up the "standard" end of that trademark.

That is not to dishonor the Durango, which offers a bigger number of rushes than huge numbers of its rivals particularly when outfitted with the fearsome Hemi V 8 motor, brought down ride stature, and more forceful looks of the R/T trim. Not every one of the three-push hybrid customers need or need 360 strength, however, and a larger part of Durangos sold are the more sensible V 6 adaptation. To spread the Dodge energy crosswise over more models, the 2017 Durango now offers a V 6 powered GT trim (supplanting the past Limited) with a monochromatic appearance that takes after that of the R/T for a few thousand bucks less.

To our eyes, it works. The GT's body unit and 20-inch wheels pleasantly complement the Durango's strong position. Our test auto likewise had the $595 Brass Monkey bundle, which paints those wheels an appealing shade of bronze.

2017 Dodge Durango V 6 AWD
2017 Dodge Durango V 6 AWD

The execution edge blurs a bit when you take a gander at the Durango's test numbers. Surprisingly, this 2017 adaptation was somewhat faster than a comparative V 6 AWD display we tried three years prior, getting from zero to 60 mph in 7.4 seconds and running the quarter mile in 15.7 seconds at 89 mph, 0.2 and 0.1 second better than anyone might have expected. But then, a Mazda CX 9 was 0.2 second snappier to 60 mph in our testing, and the Honda Pilot was an incredible 1.4 seconds ahead. Try not to go stoplight racing other hybrid driving guardians unless you've gone overboard for the Durango V 8, which zeroes to 60 mph in 6.2 seconds.

Skidpad hold of 0.76 g and a 70 to zero mph braking separation of 182 feet likewise lingered behind the Mazda and the Honda, which is nothing unexpected considering that the 5111 pound Durango weighs about 800 pounds more than either Japanese mark SUV.

Taken past the numbers, the Durango stays fulfilling to drive. While most other three push hybrids utilize front wheel drive stages got from standard moderate size vehicles, the Durango's suspension is a back driver that was produced, in conjunction with the Jeep Grand Cherokee, nearby the Mercedes-Benz GLE class SUV backpedaling to the end of the DaimlerChrysler days. That outcomes in a behemoth that is sure about its reactions, from the pleasantly weighted controlling to the way its suspension drenches up knocks with nary a resonation through the hardened structure. The 3.6 liter Pentastar V 6 motor likewise makes the most of its employment inspiring the enormous Durango, doing as such with sufficient punch and a satisfying motor note to boot regardless of the possibility that it can't coordinate the snarl of the Hemi.

The Durango's robustness is incompletely owing to its size, as the Dodge has a more extended wheelbase and a more noteworthy length than either the Honda or the Mazda. In spite of its bigger impression, the Dodge's back drive design isn't exactly as space-productive as the Pilot (which has more traveler volume), and the inside feels less vaporous and open than the Honda's. What's more, our test Durango's all dark lodge did nothing to help it feel any roomier.

2017 Dodge Durango V 6 AWD Interior
2017 Dodge Durango V 6 AWD Interior

Still, the Dodge's second-and third-push seats are agreeable notwithstanding for grown ups, with the back column's raised "theater" seating position maintaining a strategic distance from the knees in your-mid-section feeling common among numerous three-push SUVs. The seats overlap and tumble effectively, as well, and our lone genuine protest with the back seat setup is that the second-push seat doesn't slide. Skipper's seats that diminish seating ability to six are accessible for $995 additional on most trims, and the third column is a $695 choice on the base Durango SXT, which now has a two-push, five-situate inside as standard.

Our seven-situate test auto was stacked with the $2395 Premium bundle (Beats sound framework, route, control liftgate, and a sunroof) and the $1195 Safety and Security bundle (blind side cautioning, programmed high-bars, HID headlights, rain-detecting wipers, and a power-movable directing section). Attach a $1995 raise stimulation focus with two screens mounted on the backs of the front seats and our as-tried value rose to $47,370 not a crazy whole for a major SUV but rather not precisely a deal, either, given that it needs components, for example, versatile journey control and the previously mentioned chief's seats.

2017 Dodge Durango V 6 AWD Engine
2017 Dodge Durango V 6 AWD Engine

The esteem condition isn't aided by the Durango's moderately deadened inside plan. Its 8.4 inch Uconnect touchscreen works well, yet the lodge plastics and upholstery radiate an emphatically nonpremium vibe. The new Mazda CX 9 in its top Signature trim level has upped the ante in this class, with perfect wood and calfskin that disgrace numerous pricier extravagance hybrids. Avoid isn't the just a single playing make up for lost time, however this is the place the Durango's age is most clear: its lodge materials were viewed as cutting edge for the fragment when it touched base in the 2011 model year.

However it's excellent how class-focused the Durango remains. Highlights like a motor stop/begin framework and new dynamic security tech have been included throughout the years, and its EPA efficiency and execution numbers stay in the chase. (The last Durango we tried with the V 6 and all wheel drive found the middle value of 19 mpg amid its stay.) True to Dodge's statement of purpose, the Durango's proceeding with claim lays on its athletic looks and strong driving progression that give it even more a muscle-auto like disposition than whatever else in its class.


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