2009 Dodge Durango Hybrid User Reviews
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- Great mileage for a 5500 lb vehicle; plenty of room for our family; feels solid
- Way too much info on the dash--kinda distracting; the electric-to-gas lag takes some getting used to
Purchased As New
I was driving a Jeep Commander for a few years and spent far too much time every 3 days at the gas pump. We have five people in our family and need the extra room of 3-row seating. So I looked at the Tahoe Hybrid and some of the current crossovers, but the Tahoe was way too much money and the crossovers just seemed to much like a minivan. I stumbled across the Durango Hybrid (didn't even know Dodge made one). It seemed to have all the features we were looking for.
Gas - I've been averaging 22 mpg during the first week--a mix of suburban streets, country roads, and hghway driving. So we're happy with the mileage.
Ride - after 3 years in a Jeep, the Durango rides like a dream. Comfortable, smooth, not a lot of stiffness in the suspension, handles reasonably well. But you won't mistake this for a BMW 7 series, cadillac, or mercedes.
Gadgets - It seems to have them all. 1 year of Sirius, Satelllite TV with 3 kids channels; rear-seat DVD; standard two-prong powerplug (so you don't need an auto adapter; wireless headphones and remote control. The front dash has a touchscreen and is the primary gadget control center--and it seems to control everything radio, satellite, CD/DVD/HDD, navigation, and hybrid system. You can do pretty much everything from the touchscreen including rip your CDs to the onboard 30 gig hard disk--nice feature. I think you can even handle the space shuttle launch but haven't quite figured that out yet. It can be a bit dsitracting.
Hybrid system - it's the ame two mode system used in the Tahoe and was jointly developed with GM, BMW and Mercedes. It has an 8 year 100,000 mile warranty. You can monitor it's performance from the touchscreen showing instant mileage averages that run from 4-5 mpg when you jam the gas to 99 mpg when you back off and coast. The hybrid components--two electric motors tied to the transmission, regenerative braking, and other stuff, all sometimes make some strange noises. I suppose people who've driving hybrids before are use to them. I'm not yet.
All-in-all, I like the vehicle--glad I found something comparable to the Tahoe Hybrid for $15,000 less....read morehide
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