Your AutoCheck Vehicle History Report 2012 Dodge Durango Crew

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2012 Dodge
Durango
Stock #:
Engine:
Trans:
Color:
Odo:
VIN:
HJ6621
3.6L V6
Automatic 5-Speed
Silver
29,601
1C4RDJDG8CC318024
Traction control - ABS and driveline
Power heated mirrors
Driver memory seats
Clock - In-radio display
Bluetooth
8-way power adjustable drivers seat
Remote window operation
Head airbags - Curtain 1st 2nd and 3rd row
Fuel economy EPA highway (mpg): 23 and EPA
Power Activated Trunk/Hatch - Power liftgat
Memory settings for 2 drivers
Compass
Universal remote transmitter
Transmission hill holder
4-wheel ABS brakes
Air conditioning with dual zone climate contr
AC power outlet - 1
External temperature display
Tilt and telescopic steering wheel
Front fog/driving lights
Cruise control
Interior air filtration
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Vehicle Specification
VIN: 1C4RDJDG8CC318024
2012 Dodge Durango AWD 4dr Crew
model year:
2012
body type:
Wagon 4 Dr.
division:
Dodge
market class name:
4WD Sport Utility Vehicles
model name:
Durango
manufacturer identifier:
United States Reserved
style and trim:
AWD 4dr Crew
driving wheels:
4x4
Engine and Fuel
engine type:
V6 Cylinder Engine
hp value:
290.0
fuel type:
cylinders:
6
hp rpm:
6400
fuel tank capacity:
displ liters:
3.6
net torque value:
260.0
fuel tank capacity unit:
net torque rpm:
4800
forced induction type:
displ cubic inch: 220
Flex Fuel Cap
fuel economy city:
16.0
24.6
fuel economy hwy:
22.0
gal
fuel economy unit:
MPG
Standard Equipment
ENTERTAINMENT
Leather-wrapped shift knob
Bluetooth streaming audio
Floor carpet
EXTERIOR
Aux 12V front pwr outlet
Tinted front door glass
Full length floor console
Body color door handles
Pwr driver/passenger 4-way lumbar adjustment
Body color exterior mirrors
8-way pwr driver seat w/memory -inc: 6-way pwr passenger
seat
Auto dimming exterior driver mirror
Tinted windshield glass
Pwr liftgate
Front license plate bracket
Bright license plate brow
Bright side roof rails
Chrome headlamp bezels
Bright/accent color grille
Accent color wheel lip molding
Belt moldings
Rear window wiper/washer
Body color/accent color front fascia
Laminated front door glass
Body color/accent color rear fascia
Heated exterior mirrors
Deep-tinted sunscreen glass (All windows rearward of B-pillar)
Fog lamps
Integrated roof rail cross bars
Exterior mirror memory
6" x 9" fold-away pwr exterior mirrors
Exterior mirror supplemental signals
Front passenger forward fold flat seat
Glove box lamp
Bright cargo area scuff pads
Storage net
Cargo tie-down loops
Cargo compartment carpet
Removable/rechargeable lamp
Front/rear interior LED reading lamps
Illuminated visor vanity mirrors
Illuminated cupholders
Pwr accessory delay
Door trim panel w/ambient lighting
Vehicle info center
Illuminated entry
Passenger assist handles
Overhead console
Bright front door sill scuff pads
Air filtering
Pwr locking fuel filler door
3rd row remote headrest lowering
Premium door trim panel
INTERIOR
Pwr windows -inc: front one-touch up/down
Premium instrument panel w/tachometer
Leather-wrapped steering wheel
Vehicle Specification
VIN: 1C4RDJDG8CC318024
2012 Dodge Durango AWD 4dr Crew
model year:
2012
body type:
Wagon 4 Dr.
division:
Dodge
market class name:
4WD Sport Utility Vehicles
model name:
Durango
manufacturer identifier:
United States Reserved
style and trim:
AWD 4dr Crew
driving wheels:
4x4
Standard Equipment
Tilt/telescope steering column
Steering wheel mounted audio controls
Speed control
Remote start system
Security alarm
Rear window defroster
Universal garage door opener
3rd row bench seat
2nd row 60/40 fold & tumble seat
MECHANICAL
Bright exhaust tip
3.09 axle ratio (N/A w/24E CPOS Pkg)
Hill start assist
Tip start
Single speed transfer case
Engine oil cooler
700-amp maintenance free battery
180-amp alternator
Trailer sway damping
195mm front axle ring gear
195mm rear axle
3.6L 24-valve V6 VVT flex fuel engine -inc: oil cooler (REQ:
NAS 50 State Emissions)
Electro-hydraulic pwr rack & pinion steering
All wheel drive
SAFETY
Latch-ready child seat anchor system
Enhanced accident response system
Active head restraints
Side curtain air bags for all seating rows
Advanced multistage front air bags
ParkView rear back-up camera
ParkSense rear park assist system
Tire pressure monitoring display
Child safety rear door locks
WHAT IS COVERED IN THIS LIMITED WARRANTY
ENGINE: All lubricated parts, intake manifolds, engine block, cylinder heads, rotary engine housing, ring gear, fuel pump and water pump.
TRANSMISSION: The transmission case and all internal parts, torque converter. (Manual clutch assembly parts are not covered.)
DRIVE AXLE: The axle housing and internal parts, axle shafts, drive shafts, output shaft, universal joints and constant velocity joints.
BRAKES: Master cylinder, power booster, wheel cylinders, calipers, hydraulic lines and fitting. (ABS component parts are not covered.)
STEERING: Steering gear housing and all internal parts, power steering pump, valve body, piston and rack.
ELECTRICAL: Alternator, generator and starter.
NOTE: Seals and gaskets are not covered except when required in connection with replacement of the above parts .
4 Months or 4,000 Miles
2012 Dodge Durango
A more efficient, passengerfriendly SUV that's true to its
roots.
By G.R. Whale
Overview
Overhauled for 2011, the Dodge Durango qualifies as a wholesale advance on its predecessor. It's not
merely competitive. It's near the top of its class in many of the things SUV buyers want.
For 2012, Dodge Durango adds a new 6-speed automatic transmission to go with the Hemi V8. 2012
Durango trim levels have been simplified and the number of Durango variants reduced. The 2012
Durango is available with second-row captain's chairs.
This SUV will work best for those with varied needs: plenty of seats, good cargo capacity and great
hauling flexibility, class-leading towing capacity or dual-range all-wheel drive. The standard setup is rearwheel drive, yielding even weight distribution, a compliant bump-soaking ride, quiet cruising and good
response to driver commands.
Engine choices include an adequate performing V6 with a lighter appetite for gas, or an exceptionally
powerful V8.
The Durango SXT is the base model, but it's far from basic, with three-zone temperature control, a full
complement of power features and a decent stereo with standard satellite radio. The loaded Durango
Citadel has everything you need and a lot more, including remote starter and ventilated seats. The sporty
Durango R/T is bold, quick and genuinely fun to drive, despite its substantial size. Options are reasonably
priced, and run the gamut from blind-spot warning to 500-watt Alpine audio to two grades of navigation.
The standard 3.6-liter V6 brings 290 horsepower, paired with a 5-speed automatic transmission, though
this modern four-cam engine is hauling 4900 pounds around. On the plus side, the V6 gets an EPAestimated 23 mpg Highway and has a big fuel tank, so those 400-mile scenic routes won't leave you
worrying about the next gas station. Those less concerned with mileage will opt for the Hemi, not because
of its 70 added horsepower but for the extra 130 pound-feet of torque and the V8 soundtrack.
All Durango models seat seven adults comfortably in a cabin that looks better than before. Materials and
fit-and-finish are miles ahead of previous Durangos, yet they remain wholly appropriate for the SUV
mission. Durango can be configured to carry big boxes, a sofa, or four people plus a 10-foot step ladder
or stack of lumber inside.
It can tow a minimum 3500 pounds fully loaded and up to 7400 with the V8 (considerably more than the
crossover competition). With low range available in AWD V8s, it can handle ascents or descents you
shouldn't even consider attempting in most crossovers.
The Durango has been rated a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. All models
come with a full complement of airbags, rollover sensing and electronic stability control with trailer sway
control. Optional safety features include rear cross-path detection, a rearview camera, rear park sensors
and active cruise control with forward-collision warning.
Durango competes in a crowded category against the GMC Acadia, Chevrolet Traverse, Buick Enclave,
Ford Explorer, Toyota Highlander and 4Runner, Hyundai Veracruz, Kia Sorento, Subaru Tribeca, Mazda
CX-9, and Honda Pilot. Top-drawer Durango models could also compete with the Acura MDX and Volvo
XC90, though Nissan's Pathfinder is the only seven-seat, rear-wheel-drive competition to offer a V8 in this
price range.
The Durango is a great vehicle for drivers who can legitimately take advantage of its strengths. But needs
are an important part of the decision. Those who do no towing and don't need the V8 might consider the
Dodge Grand Caravan. With the same V6, a 6-speed automatic and less weight to cart around, the Grand
Caravan is quicker, gets better mileage and handles as well in typical family duty. It also has more people
room and as much cargo space behind the second row as the Durango does behind the front seats. Then
again, a Grand Caravan is not a Durango.
Model Lineup
The 2012 Dodge Durango is available in four trim levels, with either a
V6 or V8 engine. All Durangos come standard with seating for seven
and an automatic transmission, and all are available with all-wheel
drive.
Durango SXT ($28,995) is powered by a 290-hp 3.6-liter V6 with a 5speed automatic. It comes well equipped, with cloth upholstery, threezone temperature control, cruise control, a compliment of power
features, six-speaker audio with single CD, Sirius satellite radio and Uconnect hands-free phone
operation, a fold-flat front passenger seat, 50/50-split folding third-row seats, 60/40-split fold/tumble
second-row seats, and 18-inch alloy wheels with all-season tires. All-wheel drive ($1,000) is optional.
Durango Crew ($33,695) and Crew AWD ($35,695) come with the V6, upgraded Alpine audio with a 6.5inch touch-screen media center, power driver and front passenger seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel
and shifter, rearview camera, Keyless Enter-N-Go proximity key, and power liftgate. Crew models can
also be equipped with the 360-horsepower 5.7-liter Hemi V8 ($2,095), which features cylinder deactivation technology and comes with a 6-speed automatic.
Durango R/T ($35,795) and R/T AWD ($37,795) are the sportiest Durangos, powered by the Hemi V8
with a lowered suspension, bigger brakes, 20-inch wheels, body-color trim and suede-like, red-stitched
upholstery. The R/T comes standard with the Alpine audio and remote start.
Durango Citadel ($40,995) and Citadel AWD ($42,995) are the top of the line. They come standard with
the V6, but also with nearly all available luxury features, including Nappa perforated leather seating,
heated and ventilated front seats, heated steering wheel, sunroof, the best audio with on-board hard
drive, HID headlamps, blind spot warning, rear cross-path detection, adaptive cruise control with forward
collision warning, R/T brakes and the 20-inch wheels. Citadel models are also available with the V8
($2,095).
Options include a couple of packages for the lower-trim Durangos. The Popular Equipment Group for
SXT ($1,395) adds the audio upgrade with 40GB hard drive, leather-wrapped steering wheel, autodimming inside mirror, rear park sensors and a rearview camera. The Leather Group ($1,295) for Crew
and R/T adds leather seats with two-position memory in front, heated front and second-row seats, and a
power tilt/telescoping steering wheel. A rear-seat DVD entertainment system ($1,695) is available. Standalone options for all Durangos includes a towing package ($695), with Class IV hitch, full-size spare tire,
upgraded cooling and load-leveling rear shocks, skid plates ($250), a roof rack ($250), engine block
heater ($50) and the sunroof ($850). (All New Car Test Drive prices are Manufacturer's Suggested Retail
Prices, which do not include destination charge and may change at any time without notice.)
Safety features include front and front passenger side-impact airbags, full cabin head-protection curtains,
anti-lock brakes (ABS), electronic stability control (ESC) with trailer-sway control and a tire-pressure
monitor. Optional safety features include blind spot warning, rear cross-path detection, adaptive cruise
control with forward collision warning, rear camera and rear park sensors.
Walkaround
The Dodge Durango was completely redesigned for 2011, and exterior
changes for 2012 are limited to paint. Three new colors expand the
standard palette to eight choices.
By exterior dimensions, the Durango falls near the middle of the threerow sport-utilities and crossovers in its competitive set. At 199.8 inches
long, on a 119.8-inch wheelbase, Durango has a smaller footprint than
a Chevrolet Traverse, and a slightly larger one than Ford Explorer or Honda Pilot.
Nonetheless, the Durango has a higher towing capacity than all of them in comparable configurations,
and with the optional V8 it can pull a class-leading 7,400 pounds.
It wouldn't be a Dodge without a big cross-hair grille, and the Durango doesn't disappoint. Its grille is
broad and tall enough to deliver presence, especially given its forward slant in a class where most front
ends slope rearward for aerodynamic reasons. Yet with its chrome flourishes and finer detailing, the
Durango's nose is more elegant than the macho, blunt-snouted designs that preceded it.
The hood flows out to the fenders, rather than sloping off like that on the previous-generation Durango,
and combined with a deep air dam in front, it creates a more wagon-like proportion in side view. The long
rear side doors look even longer because they have no fixed quarter window at the rear. In total, Durango
creates a fairly subtle shape, with chrome down low on most models and even more sprinkled about on
fancy ones. Its windows are neither Hummer-like slits nor particularly tall.
The rear end slopes gently, neither as upright as the ultra-practical Pilot nor as fastback-slanted as
Traverse or Explorer. The rear lighting is simple, effective and elegant, though in our view a bit too similar
to that on Durango's corporate sibling, the Jeep Grand Cherokee. In substance, the Durango
approximates a longer, three-row version of the Grand Cherokee, which itself was derived from the
Mercedes-Benz ML and GL classes (Mercedes owned Chrysler when these vehicles began
development). You might consider Durango the least expensive way to get some Mercedes engineering
in a seven-seat package.
The cargo hatch in back is powered on all but the base model, but the glass doesn't open separately. It's
an issue only when you want to drop a couple of grocery bags in back without hefting up the entire hatch.
The lock button is camouflaged in the big chrome Dodge band across the back, and the manual hatch
release is big enough to use with gloves. A rear wiper and small spoiler are standard on all.
Several exterior features are intended to improve durability. The wheel-well openings and lower edges all
around the perimeter are dark plastic to avoid scuffing and rock chips. The rear bumper has a top cover
to avoid paint damage should you rest a heavy package or stand there to reach the roof. The low-profile
roof rails have swivel-out crossbars built in so wind noise is reduced when there's no cargo up there.
There is a small attachment loop at each rail end.
Unlike the previous Durango, the current generation uses five-lug wheels, which means a wider choice for
those wishing to customize. This one is available with wheels up to 20 inches from the factory, though the
standard 18s are probably best for multi-purpose use. The 18-inch wheels deliver the best ride and
probably the best all-season traction, and we wouldn't guess that the typical Durango buyer will be overly
impressed with the slightly improved steering response that comes with the lower-profile tires on the 20inch wheels. Choosing the 20-inch wheels is usually a styling decision.
The spare tires, temporary or full size, are stowed underneath the rear, in front of the rear bumper. It can
be a nuisance crawling under there in mud or snow, but this storage system doesn't require unloading or
dirtying the cargo area to change a tire.
Interior Features
The Durango's interior blends a lot
of the space, flexibility and family
friendly features of a minivan with
seating that's less upright and
design that's a bit more antiutilitarian. Dodge claims there are
28 distinct seating configurations.
count that total, but we assure you that there are many.
We're not sure precisely how they
And there's a new one for 2012, because the Durango is available for the first time with second-row
captain's chairs. These decrease ultimate seating capacity by one passenger, but they create a neutral
zone between the two kids sitting in the second row.
Trim varies by model, no surprise, and the fit and finish is generally good. Above your waistline materials
are soft-touch or heavily textured, while those closer to the floor are harder plastics that are scratchresistant and easy to clean. R/T models come with black, pseudo-suede upholstery broken up by red
stitching. The SXT and Crew come with cloth that negates temperature extremes, with a lighter headliner
to brighten the cabin. The Citadel comes standard with black or tan leather. One of our nit-picks inside is
the generous chrome touches that generate a lot of sunlight glinting.
Outward visibility is fairly good. The windshield pillar is slimmed mid-way to aid front quarter vision, and
the door pillars will be behind most drivers. The third-row headrests don't block the view because there is
a dash switch that drops them at the touch of a button, though heads in back definitely narrow the scope
of the image in the rearview mirror. The optional rearview camera comes in handy when Durango is fully
loaded with passengers. The front wipe/wash coverage is very good, the rear is good, and the headlights
provide satisfactory illumination. HID headlights are available on some models, low-beam only.
The front buckets are on the soft side: very comfortable and not confining for short hauls, reasonably
supportive to handle more miles at a time. The SXT comes with manually adjustable seats, and the
bottom cushions don't adjust for height or incline. All other models have eight-way power adjustment for
the driver (with four-way power lumbar) and a six-way power cushion for the front passenger. Most have a
manual front-passenger seatback, so it can fold forward and flat, though the Citadel has power
adjustment and no fold-flat feature.
The tilt/telescoping steering column fits a range of drivers. It's power-operated on the Citadel, and links
wheel position with driver's seat, side mirrors and audio settings in the memory buttons. The driver's
footwell is wide, so there is plenty of room for your left leg to relax.
Engine revs and road speed are shown in two very large gauges, trimmed with a blue LED ring that
almost looks like neon, and inset with smaller fuel and coolant-temperature gauges. The Electronic
Vehicle Information Center (EVIC) sits between, displaying everything from fuel economy or oil
temperature to how long the lights stay on when you park, operated via left thumb-switches on the
steering wheel. All controls, the door handles, door pockets and the cupholders are illuminated with that
icy-blue. The gauges are back-lit in off-white.
Most controls are straightforward, and we're fond of the simplicity in the switch layout. The gear selector
is a model of efficiency, with no buttons to press and a simple push left from the Drive position to
downshift, right to upshift. Temperature controls are split into three zones, or can be matched with the
touch of one button. The rear controls are operable if the driver approves by pressing a button. The lone
stalk on the left side of the steering column has high beams, turn signals and front and rear wash/wipe, so
it gets a little busy. The impetus for stalk controls is keeping both hands on the wheel, but not all can be
done without taking your hand off the wheel to twist this one.
The base audio system is adequate for family duty, though Dodge's unusual pre-set station buttons take
some getting used to. Each one stores two stations, reached with consecutive pushes. The premium 500watt, 9-speaker sound system has plenty of rumble. The mid-grade 430-watt system played everything
we wanted (though the radio mutes when you load/unload a CD), and it can be equipped with the lesser
of two navigation options for a more reasonable price than most factory systems. This system isn't the
most advanced, but the only behavior we don't like is its tendency reset the map scale on its own, even
without locking the truck or changing the driver memory position. The graphics aren't as legible as the
upgrade system, either. The display is up high and center, but like some others in the Durango, it's
affected by polarized sunglasses.
Interior measurements are very competitive. You might gain an inch here or lose one there, but when
your six-foot-plus correspondent can find a comfortable driving position, ride comfortably behind that in
the second row, and then easily clamber into the third row and sit without knees, toes or head scuffing
anything, we can't argue that Durango is shy on space.
The second-row seat is split with its narrow section on the passenger side. It keeps two kids belted in the
middle row while letting two more get in back. The center position has a soft cushion but the backrest isn't
as soft as the outer positions because of the armrest within. The rear side windows don't go all the way
down, but the last few inches of glass that remain are flush and even with the top of the door panel all the
way across.
Both sides of the second row recline slightly. There are aim-able reading lights and vents overhead, with
more vents and a standard-plug, 115-VAC outlet on the back of the center console. You don't need an
inverter to plug a game or computer into the Durango. There are recessed coat hooks in the roof, assist
handles on the back side of the door pillar, bottle stowage in the doors, four grocery bag/purse clips
flanking the front seatback nets, overhead controls for rear air, and good foot-room under the front seats.
Third-row access is very good. A one-pull strap folds and tilts up the second row seat, and the walkthrough floor space is expansive as such spaces go. There is more room back here than the legroom
dimension implies, and it offers the same adjustable reading lights and overhead vents as the second
row.
Cargo volume is 17 cubic feet behind the third row (comparable to trunk space in a good mid-size sedan),
48 cubic feet behind the second row (comparable to a compact SUV or crossover with the rear seats
folded), and 84 behind the front seats. Those numbers are substantially less than what's available in GM's
longer trio of crossovers (Chevrolet Traverse, GMC Acadia, Buick Enclave), but competitive with other
mid-size models. There's a little bit more cargo volume in Durango than in a Ford Explorer, and little bit
less than what's available in a Honda Pilot.
A simple lever drops either of Durango's third-row seats flat. With the right seat section folded flat in each
row, there is more than ten feet of length. Durango can carry 10-foot items as narrow as a two-by-four or
as wide as folding ladder inside. The cargo deck is 32 inches off the ground. There's one small, deep bin
under the load floor on the left side, adjacent to where the spare hangs underneath, and a broader,
shallower one under the main floor.
Even the base Durango SXT comes with a small, rechargeable LED flashlight, hooks and a power point
just inside the tailgate, with a pair of tie-down loops in the floor. The cargo cover can be mounted behind
the second or third-row seats. The gate has two loading or tailgating lights at the back/lower edge, and
the close button for the power option is on the left side, low enough for a kindergartener to reach.
Driving Impressions
The Dodge Durango offers a fine mix of passenger-friendly
transportation and truck-style ability to work. It starts with rear-wheel
drive, in a class increasingly dominated by vehicles built on a frontdrive foundation, yet it has a fully independent rear suspension and it's
built with a one-piece unibody/frame, rather than a truck-style ladder
frame. The Durango is easy to drive, with a comfortable ride empty or
loaded, and it's quiet inside.
Both the standard V6 engine and optional Hemi V8 deliver plenty of power, and EPA mileage ratings
aren't out of whack with the rest of the class. Durango responds to steering and braking inputs in a
fashion that will please those who enjoy driving or go completely unnoticed by those who don't.
Though it was thoroughly redesigned for 2011, the Durango gets one significant mechanical upgrade in
2012. Models equipped with the V8 get a new six-speed automatic that allows the driver to manually
select any of the gears. The EPA mileage ratings for V6 Durangos with all-wheel drive increases 1 mpg
highway, though that results more from mastering the test procedure than a noteworthy mechanical
change.
Nearly all the vehicles in the Durango's class are front-or all-wheel drive, built up from a front-drive
platform that started as a car or minivan. The rear-wheel-drive Durango is not, even if the gauges and V6
engine are similar to what you get in a Dodge Caravan.
If you think you need front-wheel drive for traction, think again. Most front-drive vehicles carry more
weight over the front wheels, where it helps traction. The Durango carries as much weight on the back
wheels as the front, and just winter tires and the standard traction control will take it farther than most
owners plan to go. Durango's excellent balance and rear-wheel drive also mean the four tires do more
equal work. Front tires aren't overwhelmed pulling lots of weight while doing the steering, and rear tires do
more than hold the tailgate off the ground. This is one reason the Durango steers crisply and needs less
U-turn space than its rivals.
We hustled the Durango along some mountain roads at a fast clip, and found a lot of grip in reserve if you
miscalculate your road speed. That's easy to do, given the subdued cabin and lack of wind noise,
compliments of laminated front windows, dual firewalls, good aerodynamics, and a solid structure. We
also noted that ride quality and handling dynamics didn't really change with five adults and two kids on
board.
Around town the Durango soaks up big and small bumps alike with nary a quiver. The nose drops under
heavy braking, and there is a little body lean in the corners, but it's steady and predictable with no hint of
drama.
Durangos with the V6 offer all-wheel drive with power routed to all four wheels at a steady rate all the
time. The V8 models have a more sophisticated AWD system, with low-range gearing for steeper
inclines/descents and a Neutral position for flat-towing. In normal range, the V8 system delivers variable
all-wheel drive, instantly changing the amount of power sent to the front or rear wheels depending on the
amount of traction available under the respective tires.
We'd rate the current Durango's off-highway prowess about equal to its predecessor. The new
generation's suspension is better and more flexible, and ground clearance is about the same. A skid-plate
package is available, but the new one has things like aluminum suspension arms that may not take abuse
or grounding quite as readily as the old model's truck-style steel bits. You don't want to hammer it over
rugged terrain, but Durango has enough off-highway capability for most needs. Durango will go much
farther afield than most owners would consider, and tires will likely be the limiting factor for slogging
through mud.
The 290-horsepower, 3.6-liter V6 engine is smooth and generally quiet, getting mildly raucous only above
5000 rpm. Although its peak torque delivery comes at a high 4800 rpm, it has enough grunt to climb a 7percent grade at 80 mph fully loaded in third gear. The V6 Durango will merge easily at speed provided
you mash the gas pedal early, and it will downshift at least one gear for any notable speed gain. This is
because the V6 is geared for highway fuel economy, and the transmission has five forward gears rather
than the six or more of many competitors. Those competitors with five speeds often have more balanced
gearing, less weight to haul, or both.
The 5.7-liter V8 Dodge calls the Hemi has 360 hp, but it's the 50 percent increase in torque and lower
revving nature that make it feel more powerful than the V6. The Hemi features cylinder de-activation
technology that shuts down some of its eight cylinders in certain steady-state driving situations, and its 6speed automatic is more responsive than the V6's 5-speed. The V8 still lops a few miles per gallon off the
top, but if you have a 6,000-pound trailer or just enjoy stirring acceleration, you'll appreciate it.
EPA ratings for the V6 are 16/23 mpg City/Highway, whether rear- or all-wheel drive, compared to 14/20
mpg for the V8 (13/20 with all-wheel drive). More expensive hybrids and diesels notwithstanding,
everything in the Durango's class will be within a few mpg of its EPA rating. Driving style and vehicle
condition can yield far greater differences. Our drive time suggests the EPA ratings are not far off reality
with the Durango, though routine short trips in town on a cold engine are likely to lower the city numbers.
Durango's rear-wheel-drive architecture means better towing. All models are rated to handle a 5,000pound trailer. With the tow package, the V6 rates 6,200 pounds and the V8 7,400 pounds max. A fully
loaded vehicle generally means 1,000-1,500 pounds off those maximums, but in all cases the Durango
has the best tow ratings in its class. Unless you consider the far-more expensive, distantly related
Mercedes-Benz GL in the Durango's class.
Even if we never planned on towing anything we would seriously consider adding the tow package. It
brings a larger radiator, an alternator that delivers more juice, better-cooled brakes, load-leveling rear
shocks and a full-size spare. And the hitch comes in handy for bike or stowage racks, or a place to show
your allegiances with one of those shiny hitch plates.
Summary
The Dodge Durango can carry six or seven people comfortably and
rack up the vacation miles in quiet, comfortable solitude interrupted
only by the half-kilowatt Alpine stereo. It can tow more than just about
anything in its class, but it's full of the conveniences you never thought
of before and now can't do without. The optional V8 is genuine fun, and
its addictive sound is frosting on cake. By class benchmarks the
Durango has a refined ride and solidly finished cabin. By the previousgeneration Durango it's beyond comparison.
G.R. Whale reported from Southern California. J.P. Vettraino reported from Detroit.
Model Line Overview
Model lineup:
Dodge Durango SXT ($28,895), SXT AWD ($30,995); Durango Crew
($33,695), Crew AWD ($35,695); Durango R/T ($35,795), R/T AWD
($37,765); Durango Citadel ($40,995), Citadel AWD ($42,995)
Engines:
290-hp 3.6-liter V6; 360-hp 5.7-liter V8
Transmissions:
5-speed automatic; 6-speed automatic
Safety equipment (Standard):
frontal airbags, front-row side-impact airbags, all-row head-protection
curtains, electronic stability control (ESC) with trailer sway control and hill
start, anti-lock brakes (ABS) with electronic brake-force distribution
(EBD), tire-pressure monitor
Safety equipment (Optional):
blind-spot warning system, rear cross-path detection, rearview camera,
rear park sensors, active cruise control, forward collision warning, allwheel drive
Basic warranty:
3 years/36,000 miles
Assembled in:
Detroit, Michigan
Specifications As Tested
Model tested (MSRP):
Standard equipment:
Dodge Durango SXT AWD ($30,995)
three-row seven passenger seating with cloth upholstery, manually
adjustable front seats, three-zone temperature control, six speaker audio
with single CD, Sirius satellite radio with one-year subscription, Bluetooth
interface and audio input jack, cruise control, power windows and heated
mirrors, remote keyless entry, tilt/telescoping steering wheel with audio
controls, trip computer, three 12-volt power points, rechargeable flashlight,
rear defroster and wiper, 18-inch alloy wheels
Options as tested:
Trailer Tow Group IV ($695) includes heavy duty engine cooling, 220-amp
alternator, vented rear brakes, rear load-leveling suspension, class IV
receiver hitch with wiring harness and full-size spare
Destination charge:
($850)
Gas Guzzler Tax:
N/A
Price as tested (MSRP):
$32,540
Layout:
all-wheel drive
Engine:
3.6-liter dual-overhead cam 24-valve V6 with variable valve timing
Horsepower (hp @ rpm):
290 @ 6400
Torque(lb.-ft. @ rpm):
260 @ 4800
Transmission:
5-speed torque-converter automatic
EPA fuel economy, city/hwy:
16/23 mpg
Wheelbase:
119.8 in.
Length/width/height:
199.8/75.8/70.9 in.
Track, f/r:
63.9/64.1 in.
Turning circle:
37.1 ft.
Seating capacity:
7
Head/hip/leg room, f:
39.9/57.0/40.3 in.
Head/hip/leg room, m:
39.9/57.0/40.3 in.
Head/hip/leg room, r:
37.8/42.8/31.5 in.
Cargo volume:
84.5 cu. ft.
Payload
1228 Lbs.
Towing capacity:
6200 Lbs.
Suspension F:
independent, coil springs, antiroll bar
Suspension R:
Ground Clearance:
Curb weight:
Tires:
Brakes, f/r:
Fuel capacity:
independent multi-link, coil springs, antiroll bar
8.1 in.
4913 Lbs.
P265/60R18 all-season
vented disc/vented disc with ABS, EBD, brake assist
24.6 gal.
Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle.
All prices are manufacturer's suggested retail prices (MSRP) effective as of 01/Sep/2011.
Prices do not include manufacturer's destination and delivery charges. N/A: Information not available or
not applicable.
Manufacturer Info Sources: September 1, 2011 - www.dodge.com
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2012 Dodge Durango Consumer Review
DODGE DURANGO 2012
By dmcc81 on 09/14/12 11:16 AM (PDT)
Vehicle
2012 Dodge Durango SXT 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 5A)
Review
I just rescently purchased a dodge durango 2012 about a month ago, being my 5th new vehicule from
dodge, chrysler and jeep products since the last 15 years. I've always loved dodge products but this
new durango really surpasses all my expectations. From performance, comfort, cargo space, looks, it's
a beauty. Only a month and I love this truck more and more, only remains to try it in the snow. Great
fuel economy versus the power it has and gives. So far, two thumbs up for a well built truck and
hoping for many many more to come.
Favorite Features
All of it, the truck itself. From cargo space, plenty space from front to back Security features, more
than enough for a family Comfort,very well seated even in the 2nd and 3rd rows too. Great fuel
economy versus power Great response of the engine on demand, wow when it kicks in. Esthetics, it
just looks great with it's new curves.
Suggested Improvements
Didn't even think of that yet, maybe in the time to come. For now, i'm just enjoying my new truck. Oh
yeah!!!
Love this SUV!
By headshrink on 09/13/12 11:56 AM (PDT)
Vehicle
2012 Dodge Durango SXT 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 5A)
Review
I have owned this vehicle for 10 months now and I am still loving it. It handles like a car, can take on
the light offroading that I enjoy, can haul the entire car pool to school and looks great. What else can
you aske for? Well, better gas mileage would be about it. Build quality has been outstanding thus far,
much better than I had anticipated for a Chrysler product. Friends of mine who have bought the Jeep
Grand Cherokee are wishing they had the durango because it is about the same suv but with mor
cargo/seating.
Favorite Features
Looks Comfort Handling Build quality
Suggested Improvements
Gas mileage. Supposed to improve with the 8 speed.
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Your AutoCheck Vehicle History Report
2012 Dodge Durango Crew
Report Run Date: 2014-01-17 15:25:10.035 EST
Report Summary
VIN: 1C4RDJDG8CC318024
Class: SUV - Lower Mid Range
Year: 2012
Engine: 3.6L V6 MPI
Make: Dodge
Country of Assembly: United States
Model: Durango Crew
Vehicle Age: 2 year(s)
Style/Body: SUV 4D
Calculated Owners: 1
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Reported accidents: 0
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Last Reported Odometer Reading: 29,600
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15 Title/Problem areas checked:
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No fire damaged title record
No grey market title record
No hail damage title record
No insurance loss title or probable total loss record
No junk or scrapped title record
No manufacturer buyback/lemon title record
No odometer problem title record
No rebuilt/rebuildable title record
No salvage title or salvage auction record
No water damaged title record
No NHTSA crash test record
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Mileage
Date Reported
5
06/07/2012
28,896
08/19/2013
28,896
08/19/2013
29,062
10/14/2013
29,451
12/02/2013
29,600
12/30/2013
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No government use record
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No driver education record
1 Event(s)
Reported:
9 Vehicle events checked:
No accident record reported through accident data sources
No corrected title record
No duplicate title record
No emission/safety inspection record
Loan/Lien record(s)
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No repossessed record
No theft record
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Report Run Date 2014-01-17 15:25:10.035 EST
Vehicle: 2012 Dodge Durango Crew (1C4RDJDG8CC318024)
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Odometer
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Motor Vehicle Dept.
REGISTRATION EVENT/RENEWAL
TITLED OR REGISTERED AS A
RENTAL VEHICLE, OR PART OF A
RENTAL FLEET
Motor Vehicle Dept.
TITLE (Lien Reported)
Motor Vehicle Dept.
TITLED OR REGISTERED AS A
RENTAL VEHICLE, OR PART OF A
RENTAL FLEET
28,896
Auto Auction
REPORTED AT AUTO AUCTION
IN
28,896
Auto Auction
AUCTION ANNOUNCED AS
FLEET/LEASE
10/14/2013
IN
29,062
Auto Auction
REPORTED AT AUTO AUCTION
12/02/2013
IN
29,451
Auto Auction
REPORTED AT AUTO AUCTION
12/30/2013
IN
29,600
Auto Auction
REPORTED AT AUTO AUCTION AS
DEALER VEHICLE
05/16/2012
EAST ELMHURST,
NY
06/07/2012
NY
06/07/2012
NY
08/19/2013
IN
08/19/2013
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