2017 Dodge Durango

The Dodge Durnago holds an interesting part in my heart.  I think back in the early 2000’s, my family had one and later on in the decade my extended family had three or four Durango’s.  They were almost a part of my life as weird as it sounds.

Since the early 2000’s it has made sense for Dodge to create the Durango, since it complimented the other SUV’s and larger vehicles in the brands line up.

Now is a bit of a different story.  Dodge as a company is more a sports car (if that’s the right wording…) company with their Charger and Challenger being in the spotlight 90% of the time.

Even though I do actually like the Dodge Journey (even though it’s outdated), Dodge focuses their energy on the insane Hellcat and now the SRT Demon.

This leaves the classic Durango in a bit of a pickle.  It is more of a transporter, an alternative to the Ford Expedition, not a performance vehicle.

Dodge is trying to bring the Durango into the performance spot light as well, with the insane track hawk package that features the stupid 707 HP V8 engine.  While that sounds ridiculous (which it is), this creates excitement for the brand, and the aging model.

All at the same time, the 2017 Dodge Durango Citadel is a bit confused where it needs to be in the brand line up.  You can kind of relate it to how Mercedes-AMG puts idiotic engines in SUV’s like the GLC 63,  but it’s a bit different for the Durango.

Fun Fact:  Nearly every house in upscale neighborhoods has a Durango.  It’s weird, but I have proof.  Not sure why.

The Specs-2017 Dodge Durango Citadel:

 

Vehicle Type: Luxury SUV
Power Plant: 3.6 L V6 / 5.7 L V8
Gearbox: 8 speed automatic
Power: 293-360 HP
MPG: Up to 26 Highway/19 City
Torque: 260 Lb-ft – 390 lb-ft.
Length: 201 Inches
Width: 76 Inches
Height: 72 Inches 
Wheelbase: 119.8 Inches
Top Speed: 150 MPH
Seating: 5 – 7 Adults
0-60 MPH (0-120 KPH): 7.4 Seconds
Base Price: $30,000 (est).

2017 Dodge Durango

Unless you’ve been under a rock for a considerable amount of time, you’ll know that Dodge is spending lots of time and money on their work horse of a car: The Challenger / Charger.

Both cars use the same platform, and are essentially the same underneath.  The vigorous advertising and popularity that these two have has cast a shadow over the other models in the Dodge range.  While it’s not really a bad thing, it puts the rest of the line up (especially the very out dated Grand Caravan) in an awkward position.

There are a lot of angles to where the Durango is sitting.  It has a relatively long history, and can be speced out to be around the same price as a Range Rover.

As from a styling perspective, the 2017 Dodge Durango Citadel is a big SUV with some aging elements.  But overall, its imposing.

2017 Dodge Durango Citadel

The nose of the Durango isn’t necessarily as big as a lot of other big SUV’s out there, but the whole front end makes up for it, being as big and snarly as it gets.

The 2017 Dodge Durango Citadel has a more upscale look to it compared to the lower end models, and includes plenty of chrome bits.

From the back, the 2017 Dodge Durango Citadel has angry, snake-looking eyes and some very fitting dual exhaust tips.  The roof line is very tall and the body does little to hide how big it actually is, but that’s fine.

Overall, the 2017 Dodge Durango Citadel is a big, chromed out SUV.

The Interior-2017 Dodge Durango Citadel:

2017 Dodge Durango Citadel

I’ll start off by saying that I don’t really consider myself a fan of the interior’s of Dodge or really FCA products.  I’m not really bias, but the interiors inside of FCA products always look a bit cheap and not special.  It does make a world of a difference on what trim level or color you get on the inside, so keep that in mind.

As for the 2017 Dodge Durango Citadel, the only interior layout that actually looks concise, is the more upscale loaded out version.

The interior isn’t overloaded or complicated, it’s actually pretty simple.  The big navigation screen takes up most of the dashboard, and the instrument cluster is digital to help the driver out a bit.

A simple layout works well for the Durango.  While I wish the steering wheel didn’t have those jokes behind them called “shifting paddles“, the rest of it is very straight forward.

Passed the front seat, you can heave three rows of seating and rear-seat entertainment.  Which really comes in handy for long road trips with young children.

The interior makes good use of leather and other nice materials, except on the dashboard where soft touch plastic is really the only thing that’s visible.

The Performance-2017 Dodge Durango:

As with nearly every other FCA product, the 2017 Dodge Durango Citadel makes use of the 3.6 L Pentastar V6 engine.  This versatile power plant pumps out almost 300 horses and an equal number in torque.

Above that, you can get the Durango with an awesome 5.7 L V8 for 360 HP and an extra kick in the neck.

Fuel economy is actually better in the Durango than the Grand Caravan, which is very interesting.  However, the 3.6 L Pentastar does need a good update to keep up.

Fuel efficiency is important to consumers of SUV’s and 19 in the city is definitely sub-par.

Sum It Up:

Dodge needs a good update in their SUV line up to keep up with competitors.  If that’s something they want to do.

The 2017 Dodge Durango Citadel is offered to the public now and starts around $30,000.

 

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