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2014 Dodge Durango

2014 Dodge Durango at Larson Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram

 

 

2014 Dodge Durango

Welcome to Larson Dodge for the Dodge Durango. It’s now been updated for 2014, and it cops even more attitude than before when it was introduced in 2011.

Among the changes for the 2014 Dodge Durango, designers shaved down the height of the grille, made the headlamps squinter, and added LED running lamps. At the rear, the 2014 Durango inherits the ringed, “racetrack” tail lamp treatment from the Charger, a hard-to-ignore 192-LED parting shot that accentuates the truck’s wide distance. Big, but Not Huge, the dodge Durango will ride a stretched version of the unit-body platform that underpins the Jeep Grand Cherokee.

The 2014 Dodge Durango, 5.7 -V-8 and 360 hp will keep its fuel-saving cylinder-deactivation system that idles four cylinders when cruising under light load. Also helping in that department will be the new eight- speed automatic transmission, complete with a rotary shift knob and steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters for full manual gear control. The ZF-sourced automatic will offer a wider ratio spread than that of the six-speed auto box offered in 2011–13 Hemi-powered Durangos, and EPA highway estimates improve from 20 to 22–23 mpg for 2014, depending on the driveline. Shifting Fortunes the eight-speed makes an even larger difference behind the Durango’s standard 290- hp, 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 (295 horsepower in the Rallye), which was hooked to a five-speed automatic in previous years. Combined with a shorter final drive and lower first-gear ratio, the 2014 Dodge Durango version of the V-6 moves out smartly from rest, and the smaller steps in the eight- speed’s gearing will allow the engine to stay in the fat part of its torque curve more of the time, making for pleasing drive quality and good response, even at part throttle.

Also new with the 2014 Dodge Durango engines is an Eco mode (good for about 1 mpg) that will offer a less aggressive throttle calibration and earlier up shifts under light load. Eco mode is the default condition on startup, but it can be deactivated (allowing quicker throttle response and higher revs) for more-spirited driving at the push of a dash button. That latter characteristic most certainly will help with the Durango’s EPA ratings, which will improve from 16/23 mpg city/highway to 17– 18/24–25. Multiply those highway estimates times the Durango’s largest-in-class 24.6-gallon fuel tank and you could go 600-plus miles between fill-ups.

Serious four-wheelers take note: The Hemi versions of the 2014 Dodge Durango will be available with a 4WD system with a 2.72:1 low range for crawling over terra unfirma. And Durango V-6 models can be had with an on-demand all- wheel-drive system, albeit with no low-range option. But for the most part, the Durango remains a stylish, aggressive-looking truck with available V-8 power, plenty of towing ability, and some new fuel-economy technology lurking behind its menacing face.

For more information please visit our showrooms at Larson dodge or give us a call. Our very able customer service attendant will be there to assist you in whichever way. We also cater for customers from: Bellevue, Seattle, Issaquah, Buckley, Enumclaw, Federal navy, Auburn, Puyallup, University place, Tacoma, Spanaway, and Summer.

 

For further reading: Dodge Durango Olympia, Wikipedia

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