2017 Dodge Durango V-6 AWD
Fiat Chrysler vehicles’ most brand-new five-year idea was to cast Dodge as America’s lead performance brand. What followed included 707-hp Hellcats and track-oriented Vipers and the extremity of nonsporty sedan cars such as the Avenger and very soon the Dart. But it’s not all about burnouts and baking thighs at Dodge, as a few more middle-of-the-road benefactions like the Durango three-line crossover still exist to hold up the thought extremity of that saying.
That’s not to dismiss the Dodge Durango, which offers more exhilarations than many of its opponents especially when supplied with the rip-roaring Hemi V-8 motor, moved ride dimension and more battleful looks of the R/T cut. Not all three-line crossover customers need or want 360 horsepower, and a number of cities vended are the more commonsense V-6 version. To assist spread the Dodge sportiness across more versions, the 2017 Durango now offers a V-6 energy GT cut with a monochromatic impression that resembles that of the R/T for several thousand less. The GT’s body case and 20-inch wheels nicely express the Durango’s muscular point. Our experiment automobile also had the $595 Brass Monkey collection, which colorants those wheels a bewitching semidarkness of bronze.
The performance space fades a bit when you look at the Durango’s experiment figures. To its approval, this 2017 version was a bit fast than an akin V-6 AWD version three years ago, 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 good than before.
And yet, a Mazda CX-9 was 0.2 second fast to 60 mph in our experimenting and the Honda Pilot was a large 1.4 seconds ahead. Don’t go stoplight drag-racing other crossover-riding genitors unless you’ve consumed for the Durango V-8, which does zero to 60 mph in 6.2 seconds. Skidpad grasping of 0.76 g and a 70-to-zero-rate stopping spacing of 182 feet also followed behind the Mazda and the Honda, which is no astonishment thinking that the 5111 pound Durango weighs nearly 800 pounds more than either Japanese SUV car.
Acted beyond the figures, the Durango remains wholesome to ride. While most other three-line crossovers use front-wheel-ride platforms reasoned from thought mid-magnitude cars, the Durango’s bodies is a breed-driver that was created, in simultaneity with the Jeep Grand Cherokee, alongside the Mercedes-Benz GLE-class SUV car going back to the extremity of the DaimlerChrysler days.