2011 Dodge Durango: First Look

2011 Dodge Durango

Two weeks ago, we showed you a sneak peek at the new 2011 Dodge Durango SUV, and now Dodge has provided more photos and a little more information. The photographer took a few steps back this time, so you can see the full exterior. Unfortunately, the interior view remains an extreme close-up, but at least you can see what looks like a new Dodge logo. Check out the pictures below and click on them for larger versions.

It's no secret that the Durango is based on the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee, but the Dodge has three rows of seats, whereas the Grand Cherokee has two. The drivetrains are also familiar — a 3.6-liter V-6 and a 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 with towing capacities of 6,200 pounds and 7,400 pounds, respectively. Credit goes to reinforced unibody platform and rear-wheel drive. Most of today's crossovers can't tow trailers this heavy.

Dodge's press materials boast "excellent fuel efficiency," defined not as mpg ratings but as a range of more than 500 miles. That could mean any number of things, including a large gas tank. (The Grand Cherokee's tank holds 24.6 gallons, which would work out to 20.3 mpg over 500 miles. Grand Cherokee 4x2 models are indeed EPA-rated between 20 and 23 mpg on the highway, depending on the engine.) It's not what we'd call excellent mileage, but we'll wait and see what the EPA says.

Front-seat active head restraints and side-impact airbags are standard, as are side curtain airbags for all three rows, Dodge says. An electronic stability system is also included. Options include a blind spot warning system, adaptive cruise control with Forward Collision Warning and keyless access.

By Joe Wiesenfelder | September 2, 2010 | Comments (16)

Comments 

not bad, but not good. don't really like the front, a little too yukon denali and the back is an exact copy of the GMC terrain.

Derrick G

Boy, that mileage does seem sucky. Until you compare it to similar size vehicles with similar capabilities; then it's not bad at all. Good job Chrysler.

belly

If I were buying an SUV on looks alone, this would be the one. This a great looking vehicle... but that has been a strong point of Chrysler. The mechanicals and otherwise, another story.

J

But even when the Explorer is going to a car based platform, why does Chrysler still believe there is a market for the Durango?

Ste (Original SG)

what is that thing in the center of the bottom grille??

I like the new design, but the rear still seems too alike to the Jeep.

at J,

there are plenty families of 5 out there who own boats and families willing to sacrifice the mileage of a minivan for the looks of a brauny SUV. Also, you should check out the post prior to this one.

M

It looks A LOT better. The 2nd gen Durango looked like a disaster. At least in the rear they didn't slap on taillights from the caravan.

Derrick G

J,

Well this is still a unibody vehicle with an independent rear suspension. So even if there's no specific car its platform can be traced to, there's also no reason it can't have good driving dynamics AND good towing ability.

Ziggy

Looks like a larger version of the Journey - yawn!

CowboyZZ

Beautiful in the front, but the rear lights look too much like a generic Japanese SUV.

Aussie

A step forward at least, which is better than backwards.

Ste,
That's likely the radar for adaptive cruise control.

J

best-looking durango ever!!!

carolinablue

Very good looking.Dont know about 3.6 V6 seems pretty small for a vechicle that size. What happened to the 4.7 V8

That's quite a new look from Dodge. I like the threads of the grill except for that cross design because it makes me think it is made from chevy. Other than that, this is a 3 out of 5 for me.

James Buscemi

I can't wait to trade my 2008 Dodge Durango in for the new Durango. Best looking suv one the road with a third row seat an can still get with the best engine in the world 5.7 Hemi. Can you say HEMI!

deepwater805

I ended up with an 05' Durango repossession, and was at first very skeptical because it was a Dodge. But it has surprised me at how much I liked it. It's been a good truck. Nice smooth ride, lot's of cargo room, and surprisingly agile. Having said all that I didn't waste any time at all ordering a new 2011 Citadel.

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