- MSRP: $29,995
- MPG City: 18
- MPG Hwy: 25
- Seating Capacity: 7
- Rating: 8.3
The 2014 Dodge Durango excels as a seven-passenger SUV. Drivers praise its performance, reliability and top-notch safety standards. Passengers enjoy the smooth, comfortable ride and the state-of-the-art entertainment system with six-speaker stereo and Bluetooth options. The third-row seat provides adult-friendly seating to accommodate extra passengers. Captain’s seats in the second row provide greater comfort especially on long trips. The addition of a rear-seat Blu-ray player and an 8.4-inch touchscreen display are among some of the newly added interior features that the 2014 Dodge Durango offers. The many new upgrades to the interior and exterior contribute to the distinctive look and feel of this dependable family hauler.
Pros and Cons
- Impressive powertrain and handling
- Limited cargo space
- Third row seating most appropriate for children
- Trim: 2WD 4dr SXT
- Passenger Capacity: 7
- Passenger Doors: 4
- Transmission: Automatic
- Drivetrain: Rear Wheel Drive
- MPG: 18 City / 25 Hwy
- Engine: Regular Unleaded V-6 3.6L/220
- Horsepower: 290 @ 6400
- Torque: 260 @ 4800 3.6L/220
Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options
The 2014 Dodge Durango offers many option packages at the different trim levels. The SXT Rallye package has 20-inch wheels, upgraded driver seat with lumbar support, leather-wrapped steering wheel, while the Limited offers most of the same options as the SXT plus some upgraded entertainment features including a larger touchscreen.
The R/T includes the same upgrades as the Limited plus a V8 engine and power liftgate along with an upgraded stereo speaker system. The Citadel offers many of the same options as the R/T. Pricing for the different trim levels depends on chosen options and features. Generally, the price tags range from $29,995 for an SXT four-door, 4×2 to approximately $43,400 for a Citadel four-door, all-wheel vehicle.
“Previously, the Durango’s cabin was a functional space with generally unimpeachable materials, but it lacked the design flair to truly set it apart. That’s no longer the case, with a sleek new steering wheel and a reconfigurable instrument panel doing wonders to spice things up.” – Left Lane News
“Headroom and legroom are ample, and the seats are long-haul comfortable. … The rearmost seat can accommodate two small-to-average-size adults in a pinch, but they will ride slightly knees up. As such, we recommend the 3rd row be used for kids only.” – Consumer Guide
“The 2014 Dodge Durango is the rare SUV that isn’t just a tall station wagon with tough-guy styling cues. Based on the Jeep Grand Cherokee, the Durango’s rear-wheel-drive platform gives it real credibility as a workhorse, whether you’re towing things or heading off-road. Yet the Grand Cherokee’s carlike ride and handling are present here, as well, so the Durango gives up nothing to the Ford Explorers of the world as a suburban errand-runner. Imagine that: an SUV that genuinely provides the best of both worlds.” – AutoTrader
Performance and Powertrain
The base V6 engine in the 2014 Dodge Durango is designed to provide power under normal driving conditions. Drivers who prefer additional power in their SUV engine can choose the model with an available V8 engine. 2014 models introduce an all-new eight-speed automatic transmission that provides quicker and smoother shifting. The powerful V8 engine provides more generous towing capacity. While the V6 boasts up to 295 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque, the 5.7L Hemi V8 provides up to 360 horsepower 390 lb-ft of torque. The strong body structure and weight distribution add to its durable, reliable performance. Even though the 2014 Durango provides a powerful performance, it also is fuel efficient. The EPA-estimated fuel economy is about 18 mpg for city driving and 25 mpg for highway driving. This is about average for vehicles in the SUV class.
The standard safety features on the 2014 Dodge Durango include stable traction control and antilock brakes. Full-length side curtain and front side airbags add another margin of passenger and driver safety. An emergency telematics system and an advanced collision warning system are available on select models including Citadel and R/T models. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rates the seat and head restraints good, because of the protection they provide during rear-end collisions. Adaptive Cruise Control detects slower traffic ahead with a radar sensor and automatically adjusts speed. Another new feature is the Forward Collision Warning System that emits a warning sound and displays a message in the instrument panel if the driver is approaching another car at an unsafe speed. The new available Blind Spot Monitoring feature provides an extra safety measure when changing lanes by warning the driver when another car is in a blind spot.
Interior Design and Best Features
In addition to the new comfortable seating and spaciousness of the second and third row sections, a newly designed tri-zone automatic climate control system keeps the interior of the cabin comfortable at all times. The advanced navigation system gives the driver an added sense of security. The luxurious interior provides passengers with a more comfortable travel experience and the driver with some optional safety features such as blind-spot monitoring and adaptive cruise control. The rear-seat entertainment system and nine-speaker Alpine speaker system keep passengers entertained on long or short trips.
Regardless of the chosen model, the 2014 Dodge Durango provides a relaxed, enjoyable experience for passengers and drivers. This SUV is the perfect vehicle for those who prefer to travel in style with plenty of room for passengers and cargo. Drivers find it easy to maneuver the Durango on any type of road surface. Whether navigating through heavy traffic in a large city or taking a leisurely drive on a rural stretch of highway, the 2014 Dodge Durango performs well under any driving conditions. Driving in heavy traffic and passing other vehicles sometimes requires rapid responsiveness and powerful acceleration. Drivers will notice a vast improvement with the new eight-speed transmission when quick acceleration is required. It is hard to beat the improved performance of the V8 automatic transmission when attempting to merge onto crowded roadways. This SUV meets and beats expectations for responsiveness and overall performance.
In 2013, the sales of the Dodge Durango increased by about 43 percent over the previous year and is expected to show another increase with the new 2014 model. This versatile crossover is the fastest-growing midsize SUV in its class. The classy exterior of the Durango uses the same platform underpinning as the Jeep Grand Cherokee, but is slightly longer. The attractive body is sporty and rugged at the same time. The 2014 Durango illustrates the transition from older, outdated styling to a sophisticated new design. The crosshairs grille and wide hood differentiate the 2014 from the previous year’s designs. This seven-passenger SUV provides its owners with a beautiful, spacious vehicle with noticeable improvements in performance and fuel efficiency. Its sporty good looks belie its exceptionally rugged performance and reliability as a family vehicle. The 2014 Dodge Durango has succeeded in taking the modern SUV to a new level. Its adherence to strict safety standards, dedication to improved performance and creative stylish designs make it a vehicle that demands respect in the automotive world. It offers drivers the opportunity to enjoy a totally unique driving experience in a sophisticated ride.