Dodge Durango had bumpy road throughout its ride. When it appeared in 1997, it was a huge success. But later on, and now eight years ago, demand for SUV’s fell, so Chrysler (Dodge’s owner) announced cease of production in October 2009 and shutdown of Newark Assembly facility where Durango is produced. That didn’t last long since nearly a year later photos of third generation Durango hit the internet. Sales aren’t phenomenal as before but are steady with an average of 56.719 per year. Dodge Durango has a longer wheelbase than its sibling Jeep Grand Cherokee. So, let’s get straight to the point and what is 2017 Dodge Durango bringing new.
2017 Dodge Durango – Design And Trims
Let’s say first that new Durango got revised headlights. Yes, when it comes to redesign, that’s pretty much it. But when you have rear lights in mind, why would they want to change something in the first place. When you’re driving Durango and slam the brakes there isn’t a chance that a driver behind you doesn’t see it. It’s the part that we especially like, the design of rear lights connected with two thin lines.
But let’s get back to the point. New 2017 Dodge Durango comes with six trim levels. And those are SXT, SXT Plus, GT, Citadel, R/T and Citadel Anodized Platinum. You notice that there is no more mid-level Limited. But GT took its place. As for the changes, one of the biggest is that base SXT now comes with two rows of seats instead of three. But don’t despair, on all higher trims there is the third row of seats for a total capacity of seven adult occupants. And even if you don’t won’t to upgrade on higher trims, for $695 extra you can have the third row in base trim also.
2017 Dodge Durango – Interior
As for the interior depending on the trim level, everything is done carefully. Comfort is achieved with plush cloth seats, but Nappa leather-trimmed seats are also available. Front seats have heating and ventilation options and lumbar support. On the dashboard of 2017 Dodge Durango, there is Uconnect 8.4-inch NAV screen (standard on all except SXT where it comes as an option) which can be operated with controls mounted on steering wheel. There is one new feature, and that is that rearview camera can be accessed while the vehicle is in motion. Below the screen, you also have three-zone temperature climatic control. Behind the wheel, there is 7-inch customizable driver information digital cluster display. Passengers in the second row have access to USB charging ports as well as 115-volt outlet.
2017 Dodge Durango – Powertrain
Powertrain depends on selected trim level. But there are two types of engines for 2017 Dodge Durango that we are very fond of. One is 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 which produces 295 horsepower and 265 lb-ft of torque. It provides a maximum towing capacity of up to 6.200 pounds. For more towing power (and not only that) there is 5.7-liter HEMI V8 with 360 horsepower, 395 lb-ft of torque and maximum towing capacity of 7.400 pounds. The first engine comes with the first three trims and the V8 on R/T and Citadel. But if you chose Citadel Anodized Platinum you’ll stick with the V6 instead of V8. Every trim has two things in common. One is that only eight-speed automatic transmission is available and the other that all levels come with RWD. But if you want AWD you will have it on every trim for $2.600 extra.
2017 Dodge Durango – Price
Over the years many customers stated that they would love to see SRT trim on Durango. The word is about 6.4-liter V8 that we saw on Jeep Grand Cherokee, Dodge Challenger, and Dodge Charger. And there might be good news since some rumors suggest that for the 2018 model year we just might get Dodge Durango SRT. But before any confirmation from the officials, or if you aren’t interested in that, take a look at prices and trims for 2017 Dodge Durango in the table below.
|Citadel Anodized Platinum||$42.490|