Dodge has introduced the details of their redone 2014 full sized SUV – the Dodge Durango. The cabin is all new, with updated technologies, improved materials, and added standard features. The Durango’s cabin is focused on a revised center-stack which holds a large touchscreen – available in 5-inch or 8.4-inch configurations. A standard state-of-the-art instrument cluster comes on the ’14 Durango. It features a multi-view 7-inch customizable thin-film transistor (TFT) full-color liquid-crystal display. First introduced on the all-new 2013 Dodge Dart, this cluster can be personalized in many many ways – from tire pressure to turn-by-turn navigation. To aid in safety and driver focus navigation, audio, fuel-economy information and warning indicators all can be displayed at a glance, helping to keep the driver’s eyes and attention on the road. The center stack also handles Dodge’s new Uconnect Access connectivity system, along with audio, climate and phone operation. Go with the 8.4¬inch touchscreen and you will get a large, high-resolution screen with clear icons, all while having a connection system that delivers intuitive customer interaction.
Second-row passengers of the 2014 Durango benefit from updates as well. They have access to video entertainment through an optional seatback Blu-ray video system. This system, which is new for the 2014 model year, will play standard DVDs as well as Blu-ray discs, and has inputs for high-definition media interface (HDMI) cables or RCAs for each 9-inch screen integrated into the front-seat backs.
The ‘14 Durango will be available in five trim levels – the SXT, Rallye, new mid-level Limited, R/T, and top-of-the-lineup Citadel. It gets power through a 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 that generates 290 horsepower, 260 pound-feet of torque. Up to 9-percent better fuel-economy is achieved with its new 8-speed automatic compared to the previous transmission. There is an optional 5.7-liter HEMI V8 puts out 360 horses and 390 lb.-ft., and its cylinder-deactivating Fuel Saver Technology alternates between V8 and four-cylinder modes. A new Eco Mode optimizes throttle sensitivity, the transmission’s shift schedule, the cylinder deactivation and interactive deceleration fuel shut-off, to reach an even better fuel economy. The 2014 Dodge Durango stands out from competitors by offering a choice of rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive with either the V6 or the V8. V8 models with all-wheel drive include a low-range transfer case.
If the2014 Dodge Durango full-size three-row crossover utility, with freshened looks, better fuel economy and an expanded array of features, is appealing to you and you are in the market for a new vehicle, then it would be well worth a look. Just contact your local Dodge store, such as Holt Dodge of Dallas, and they will keep you updated on early availability of the Durango, or answer any question about the vehicle you may have. From the looks of things, this refreshed Dodge SUV is sure to be a winner.