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The FREE Complete Bay Area Auto Enthusiast Guide
POTENT DURANGO DELIVERS CARGO, PASSENGERS SAFELY!

By NITISH S. RELE – motoringtampabay@gmail.com
Two years ago, we had tested the Dodge Durango with a 5.7-liter V-8 Hemi engine (360 horsepower). That was a fun ride to drive. So was the 2017 Durango we drove recently though it had a lesser powerful engine: 3.6-liter V-6 boasting 295 hp @ 6400 rpm and 260 pounds-feet of torque @ 4000 rpm. But that was more than enough to merge into peak-hour traffic or cruise down the highway. Power reaches the all-wheel-drive SUV via a fuel-saving 8-speed auto gear box. 
Ensconced on 20-inch aluminum chrome-clad wheels, the bold-faced Durango split crosshair grille is flanked by projector-beam headlights that meet up with a sculpted hood. Noticeably visible in the rear are wraparound tail lamps with a centered chrome light DODGE bar and dual exhaust tips. Step into the cavernous cabin and you will notice that legroom for the 60/40 second-row passengers is aplenty as is space in the 50/50 third-row seat for children. And with both the seats folded flat, you can get 84.5 cubic feet of cargo space to load up plenty of plywood from the local home improvement store. Tri-zone auto a/c, 8.4-inch touch screen, sizeable front center console, eight-way power driver seat and fold-flat front-passenger six-way power seat, and leather tilt/telescopic steering wheel are standard.
Safety features include dual front and side airbags, side curtain airbags for all rows, Electronic Stability Control, four-wheel antilock brakes, hill start assist, remote start, rearview camera, rear parking sensors, front-row active head restraints and tire pressure monitoring system. For sailboat owners, tow capacity is 6,200 pounds.
Opt for the Durango if you crave robust power along with tons of cargo and passenger capacity. It will be well worth the money.

DURANGO GT AWD
Wheelbase: 119.8 inches
Length: 201.2 inches
Suspension: short/long arm front, multilink rear
Steering: electric power rack and pinion
Weight: 4,987 pounds
Fuel capacity: 24.6 gallons
City: 18 mpg
Highway: 25 mpg
Base price: $40,095
Web site: www.dodge.com

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