2014 Dodge Durango | new car review
Tasteful touch-ups for the 2014 model, including the taillights and new steering wheel.
By adopting a unibody construction, it's had to bid farewell to its off-road capability.
Currently in its third generation, the 2014 Dodge Durango is the result of a mid life-cycle refresh that now sees a new set of LED taillights, cleaner lines and a blackened bumper for a sportier presence. With an aggressive fascia and a butch exterior, the Dodge Durango is no softie, in fact, it’s one of the most hostile looking SUV’s out there and quite frankly, that just adds to its appeal.
Inside, it’s all very civilized with leatherette wrapping, chrome trim and a sizeable infotainment screen parked bang in the centre of the dashboard. Sporting a new steering wheel with paddle shifters, along with illuminated cup holders and comfortable seats, the cabin of the 2014 Dodge Durango is a nice place to be; very nice in fact.
In addition to blind spot monitoring, forward collision warning and electronic stability control, the 2014 Dodge Durango is equipped with adaptive cruise control, a system that automatically adjusts cruising speed to maintain the set distance using throttle control and limited braking. Additionally, when necessary, it can also slow the vehicle down to a complete, controlled stop in an effort to help prevent a collision.
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Five versions of the Dodge Durango are available; starting with the SXT model at AED 130,000 going up to the highest spec Citadel version at AED 195,000. Under the hood, it’s either a 3.6 litre V6 that churns out 290 horsepower, or a beefier 5.7 litre V8 HEMI that packs in 360 horsepower and boasts a towing capacity of 3,350 kg.
For a car that looks this good, it’s a shame that Dodge confiscated its off-road capability because it would have made for an epic sight atop a dune on the weekend. Either way, for the price it’s at, not a lot can come close to it.