Changes for the 2014 Dodge Durango:
Dodge makes significant upgrades to the 2014 Durango, the automaker’s new advertising campaign starring Will Ferrell as “Anchorman” Ron Burgundy notwithstanding. Revised design, new technologies, and an 8-speed automatic transmission that improves fuel economy headline the long list of changes. A new Durango Limited model also debuts for 2014.
Dodge says the 2014 Durango competes in the full-size SUV category, which pits this 7-passenger SUV against vehicles like the Chevrolet Tahoe, Ford Expedition, GMC Yukon, Nissan Armada, and Toyota Sequoia. The 2014 Durango is sold in SXT, Rallye, Limited, R/T, and Citadel trim levels.
Engines and Transmissions:
A 3.6-liter V-6 engine is standard for all 2014 Dodge Durango models except for the R/T, which is equipped with a standard 5.7-liter V-8.
The V-6 generates 290 horsepower and 260 lb.-ft. of torque, unless it is installed in the Durango Rallye model, in which it is tuned to deliver 295 horsepower. The V-8 makes 360 horsepower and 390 lb.-ft. of torque, and includes Fuel Saver Technology that allows the V-8 to operate on just four cylinders under certain driving conditions.
A new 8-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters and a rotary shift dial is standard. It includes an Eco driving mode that is automatically engaged each time the Durango is started, but it can be manually shut off. The transmission delivers power to the Durango’s rear wheels, unless the optional all-wheel-drive system is specified. With the V-8 engine, the AWD system includes low range gearing and a Neutral position that allows the Durango to be flat-towed.
Maximum towing capacity with the V-6 engine is 6,200 pounds, while the V-8 engine can tackle up to 7,400 lbs.
Fuel Economy Ratings:
Equipped with the V-6 engine, the 2014 Durango is rated to get 20 mpg in combined driving with rear-wheel drive, and 19 mpg with AWD. The Durango R/T and models equipped with the optional V-8 return 17 mpg with rear-drive, and 16 mpg with AWD.
Because of the changes made to the 2014 Durango, last year’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) crash-test ratings don’t automatically apply to the newest version of the SUV. The NHTSA gives the Durango a 5-star side-impact crash-test rating and, for models with AWD, a 3-star rollover resistance rating.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gives the Durango its highest rating of “Good” in all tests except the small overlap frontal impact assessment, for which the SUV has not been tested as this summary is written. The Front Crash Prevention rating is “Basic.”
For 2014, Dodge adds Uconnect Access technology with mobile Wi-Fi hotspot capability to the Durango. Uconnect also includes Bluetooth calling and music streaming, and hands-free texting, while Uconnect Access service adds a 911 Call button and Automatic Crash Notification. Other new technologies include a programmable instrument cluster, a dual-screen high-definition Blu-Ray DVD entertainment system, Adaptive Cruise Control with full stop capability, and a Forward Collision Warning with Collision Mitigation system.