Well here it is, the new 2011 Dodge Durango. First thought to be called the Magnum, it’s apparent that Dodge went back to a name that was tried and true, as well as one that customers could identify with. I have to say that this thing is pretty beefy looking as compared to the previous generation Durango. Gone are the harsh squared-off lines and in their place a very well thought out and stylish new SUV that has a muscular and aggressive look that honestly, I’m really diggin’. The Durango now rides on a new unibody platform which makes it more of a crossover than a traditional body-on-frame truck based SUV. Engine choices come in the way of Chrysler’s new 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine or an available 5.7-liter HEMI V8. Both mills feature Chrysler’s variable-valve timing (VVT) system as well as available all-wheel-drive.
It seems that Dodge has also stepped up their game on the interior of the new Durango by providing consumers with updated materials that promise to be softer and nicer to the touch than previous models. There is also standard 3 row seating that can be configured in no less than 22 different ways. This may be a bit much in my opinion, but hey, you never know what you’ll be bringing back from The Home Depot.
From a safety standpoint Dodge went buck wild with the new Durango by providing 45 safety and security features. These include but are not limited to side curtain airbags for passengers in all three rows, standard electronic stability control, blind-spot monitoring, forward collision warning system and adaptive cruise control. Obviously some of these are optional, but hey, it’s nice to have choices right? I’m excited to see the new 2011 Dodge Durango up close and in person as it really is an attractive piece. It’s bigger than a Jeep Grand Cherokee but smaller than a full-size Chevrolet suburban, which is exactly what helped make the Durango so popular when it was first developed way back in 1998.