SHARP TURNS- The SUV that has been getting all of the attention

2014-01-03T00:00:00Z SHARP TURNS- The SUV that has been getting all of the attentionMATT SHARP nwitimes.com
January 03, 2014 12:00 am  • 

Now I am no Ron Burgundy, but I am going to try my best to show you an SUV that is rugged and practical. I am sure most of you have seen the commercials for the Dodge Durango, where Ron Burgundy from the new movie Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues waxes poetic about the Durango's greatness.

In one of the commercials, Mr. Burgundy is throwing eggs at the Durango, saying he has been doing so for a while, and it still looks beautiful. The exterior of the Durango blends a muscular body and confident personality. It starts with the new LED daytime running headlamps and standard projector headlamps with available LED accents. Right in the middle of all that is the new crosshair grille with dark or bright accents, and the side mirrors come heated to keep off the fog or frost. The racetrack tail lamps are together to make one seamless red ribbon.

The interior of the Durango is built so that you feel a little pampered when you drive. With available Napa leather-trimmed seats you will feel right at home, no matter where the roads might take you. The comfort continues even in the second row, with a center console that provides convenient access to vent controls, USB ports, and a 115-volt power outlet. Don’t worry, the front row passengers get their vent controls as well, with the three-zone automatic temperature controls. With all this luxury I know its hard to believe that with the Durango you also get up to 84.5 cubic feet of cargo space with the available fold-flat front passenger seat back, the standard 60/40 fold-and-tumble second-row seat and the 50/50 split-folding third-row seat. You can fit all your camping gear or sports equipment or the two-by-fours for the do-it-yourself project all in one trip.

On the brains side of the Durango, the available Uconnect access system features serves that include an on-demand WiFi Hotspot, with subscription only. On the Uconnect screen you can access real time traffic or weather, movie showings and times, sport updates, and the nearest gas station and its priciest. Dodge remembered the second row passengers again by adding an available dual 9-inch screens and DVD system with high-definition media interface. You can pop in a movie, or hook up there favorite gaming console to keep them happy at all times which in turn will keep you happy.

Now, it isn’t all brains, Dodge threw in some muscle as well. Dodge.com describes the engine by saying, “Dodge Durango puts the Best-in-Class power of a 3.6L Pentastar V6 (up to 295 horsepower) or an available 5.7L HEMI® V8 engine (up to 360 horsepower) to the pavement with grace and precision thanks to near 50/50 weight distribution, an available sport suspension and an ultra-stiff body structure. It even has a Best-in-Class towing capability of 6,200 lbs (V6) and 7,400 lbs (V8).” Plus with all that power, you still maintain 25 highway MPG.

The Dodge Durango starts out at about $30,000 for the SXT model, and can get up to a little over $41,000 for the top of the line Citadel model.

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