2013 Dodge Durango – Review

2013 Dodge Durango – Review
25 Jun 2013

Dodge Durango 300The 2013 Dodge Durango is a midsize SUV that stands in 11th position in the list of 21 affordable /SUVs of the segment. The 2013 Dodge Durango is a good choice for those who want to have a vehicle to fulfill their different requirements like family needs, cargo needs, off road performance, nimble handling and comfortable long trips. Though, the 2013 Dodge Durango is a good SUV but the segment to which it is offered is filled with some more competitive options. Well, in terms of cargo capacity and cabin room, the Dodge Durango is able to beat some good names in the niche. For the 2013 model year, Dodge Durango returned unchanged giving a chance to those who are planning to get a new SUV. The 2013 Dodge Durango is offered in four trims, SXT base trims, Performance Oriented R/T and Citadel which is top of the lineup.

Exterior and Interior Specifications

The 2013 Dodge Durango has a head turning exterior that features automatic headlamps, signature crosshair grille, roof rack with stowable cross bars, integrated rear spoilers, heated side view mirrors, fog lights, dent resistant doors because are constructed of hardened steel and the vehicle comes with 18 inch and 20 inch alloy wheel choices.

The interior of the 2013 Dodge Durango is well equipped, comfortable and roomy and lots of high tech standard features are offered by the brand for the convenience of the buyer. The base model SXT is equipped with some advanced standard features such as full power accessories, fold-flat front passenger seat, tri zone climate control, tilt and telescoping steering wheel, 60/40, split-folding and reclining second row seats, 50/50 split-folding third row seat, separate rear air conditioning, six speaker sound system with a CD player, auxiliary audio jack and satellite radio.

Moving up to the other trim levels the 2013 Dodge Durango adds some impressive and high tech standard features like remote ignition, cargo compartment cover, power front seats, touchscreen display, sports tuned suspension, voice activation, Xenon headlights, chrome grille inserts, automatic wipers, navigation system and much more.

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Optional Features

The top of the line Citadel is equipped with some high end luxury features that are offered as options on the lower trims. Optional features for all trim levels of 2013 Dodge Durango are second row captain’s chairs, rear seat DVD entertainment system paired with satellite TV (Except base trim SXT), Skid Plate Package (except R/T) and Towing Package.

Under the Hood

All trim levels comes standard with 3.6 liter V6 engine that delivers 290 horsepower and 260 lb ft of torque that is mated with a standard five speed automatic transmission. The car accelerates from 0-60 mph in 9 seconds. The EPA rated fuel economy is 16 mpg city and 23 mpg highway and is available in either rear wheel drive or AWD version.
Except the SXT all the models can get an optional 5.7 liter V8 engine which is standard on the R/T model, produces 360 horsepower and 390 lb ft of torque with a standard six speed automatic transmission. The EPA estimated fuel economy for the rear wheel drive is 14 mpg city and 20 mpg highway and for AWD is 13 mpg city and 20 mpg highway.

Occupants Safety

The standard safety features of the 2013 Dodge Durango include front side airbags, full length side curtain airbags, antilock disc brakes, trailer sway control, traction control and stability control. The Citadel trim is also equipped with a Cross path warning system and blind spot monitoring system as standard features that are optional on the Crew trim.

Pricing and Availability

The starting price of base SXT is $29,495, Crew at $34,895, R/T at $36,495 and the Citadel in $39,995. The car is available for sale now.

Competitors

The 2013 Dodge Durango has to compete against Toyota Highlander, Ford Flex/Explorer, Honda Pilot, Buick Enclave, GMC Envoy and Chevrolet Traverse.

Pros

  • High end and luxurious Citadel trim
  • Impressive six speed automatic transmission
  • Rear wheel drives bring a true feel of an SUV

Cons

  • Low fuel economy especially in City
  • Third row seat needs improvement
  • Pricy when fully loaded

The Verdict

The 2013 Dodge Durango is a three row midsize SUV that offers German styling and American power to impress the buyer. This is a good car to consider in the list of an affordable midsize SUVs.

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