The 2013 Dodge Durango is a full-size SUV that can’t seem to get any respect. After having already been put on hiatus once in its near two-decades of existence, the current model finds itself again on the outside looking in after Sergio Marchionne, CEO of Fiat and ultimate arbiter of all things Dodge, targeted the seven-seater for replacement under the Jeep banner in the very near future.
Just because Sergio doesn’t appreciate the Durango, however, doesn’t mean that you have to follow in his footsteps. In fact, the 2013 Dodge Durango is something of a stand-out in a largely polarized segment of the market. Where most unibody people movers opt for a front-wheel drive arrangement, the Durango goes with a rear-wheel drive base model, and in an era when eight-cylinder mills are largely reserved for truck-based SUVs, the Dodge proudly offers a Hemi engine on its options list, giving it appreciable towing and hauling capacity. The Durango bridges two worlds, giving buyers the choice between crossovers like the Chevrolet Traverse and bigger, heavier SUVs such as the Ford Expedition, which makes it well worth consideration by family buyers before it disappears from the automotive landscape forever.