2005 Dodge Durango
There are 15 user reviews for the Limited 4X4 trim shown below
- Power, ride quality, interior room, towing capacity
- interior materials, overall length
We test drove every new SUV on the market. The foreign models were nice but no decent towing capacity--not even the full size truck-based models. Touarag was the best--but way too much money and only seats 5. GM SUVs were very old design inside and out and not much towing capacity unless you got a full sized Suburban or Tahoe. Hummer--don't want to drive a bilboard for "small penises." Ford--Explorer was a disapointment in ride quality, interior quality. Mountaineer--could only tow 6800 lbs. Aviator--too pricey for a pimped out Explorer. Expedition--had one that was a major POS. Never again. Jeep--too small, only tows 6500 lb. So what's left--Dodge Durango. We'd been warned NOT to get one--based on the old model. But after test driving the new one for a weekend, it was the only choice. With the longer wheelbase, the ride is surprisingly smooth. It's big, not not as bulky as an Expedition or Suburban. Handling is nimble for such a large vehicle. The HEMI is the only way go go--good acceleration, smooth highway performance and 8700 lbs. of towing. Nothing beats it except a full size heavy duty pickup truck. The only gripes are minor--lots of cheap hard plastic on the dash and doors. Why can't US manufacturers design decent interiors? Also, I personally like the look and feel of a floor shifter. But it is kind of nice to have that extra console room.Gas mileage? Hey, it's a SUV what do you expect? If you can't afford gas, buy a Civic. Or better yet, get off the road and let the rest of us who can afford it enjoy driving.
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