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Kelley Blue Book ® - 2001 Dodge Durango Overview

Vehicle Overview from Kelley Blue Book

KBB.com 2001 Dodge Durango Overview

The Durango is the biggest of the mid-sized SUVs, which in a way, puts it in a class all its own. All that bulk translates into useable cargo and passenger volume. When equipped with the optional front split-bench seat and third-row bench seat, the Durango can carry eight people in relative comfort, although when so configured, little room is left for cargo. With the optional third seat removed, the Durango is transformed into a cavernous, six-passenger hauling machine. Available in four trim levels, offering a choice of two V8 engines and the option of 2WD, 4WD or AWD, there seems to be a Durango to suit just about everyone.

Because the Durango is based on the Dakota pickup-truck platform, its solid-rear axle and leaf-spring suspension do little to smooth out this big SUV's ride. Whether it be a highway expansion joint or a washed-out back-road, if the Durango has to go over it, you're going to feel it. To its credit, Dodge has done a good job keeping noise and vibration out of the cab and the seats are comfortable with good back and thigh support. The new dashboard is pleasing to the eye with all controls logically laid out and within easy reach. The Durango's steering is nicely weighted without a lot of slop or play in the steering wheel. The brakes feel firm and the handling is decent—both get even better with the addition of the Sport R/T package.

Power for the base-level Sport model is supplied by a 4.7-liter V8 borrowed from the Jeep Grand Cherokee. This engine is capable of producing 235-horsepower and is more than adequate to haul the Durango's bulk around town. The optional 5.9-liter V8 produces only 10 more horses, but really puts out in the torque category. If you plan on doing any serious towing, spend the extra $500 and get the bigger engine. In either case, with EPA city-mileage ratings of 13 and 12 respectively, you and your neighborhood gas station attendant are going to have plenty of time to get acquainted this year. Maybe a nice fruitcake for the holidays would be in order.

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