Dodge Durango

Dodge Durango

Happy Thursday, friends. We know it can be a slightly somber day for many of the F1 fans out there, but we are here to make your day a little better. It is time for the TopSpeed Podcast.

Not only do we have the return of Mark to our podcast shenanigans, but we have video (after the jump) up and ready to post at the same time as audio. Yay us!

This week’s show returns to our traditional format with the Weekly wheels coming first. I talk about a Buick LaCrosse , Mark discusses the Dodge Durango and Justin tries to mercilessly bash the Acura TL .

Since Mark just got back form the drive of the all-new 2015 Hyundai Genesis we spend a good chunk of time discussing this new luxury performance machine. Afterwards we hit some more traditional news stories that include the first reviews and videos of the Ferrari LaFerrari , upgrades coming to the 2015 Chevrolet SS and the revival of Fisker .

We had a pretty solid Q/A segment that includes stories of our past hooliganisms. how we would love to destroy cars, and we had a question about my GT-R drive.

We finish the show with Own, Drive, Burn and a trio of Batmobiles.

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Weekly Wheels: Buick LaCrosse, Acura TL, Dodge Durango
Hosts: Christian Moe, Justin Cupler, Mark McNabb

See the video Podcast after the jump.

Thundering around town in a three-row SUV isn’t typically an exciting event. Slow and cumbersome with loads of body roll and understeer can make for a rather uninspiring trip. Then again, the refreshed 2014 Dodge Durango isn’t a typical SUV.

Coated in Granite Crystal Metallic paint with matching 20-inch rims, blacked-out windows, color-keyed bumpers and grille, and that ‘racetrack’ LED taillight fixture out back give this bad boy a snarling bad attitude. Equipped with the Rallye Appearance Package, this Durango seems to hold up an inappropriate gesture to any sneering onlookers.

Get on this bad boy’s good side, however, and you’re coddled like a king – even in the third row. The revised interior for 2014 is much improved over last year and includes numerous refinements. There’s an all-new steering wheel with standard paddle shifters controlling the standard TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic, a reworked center stack with the optional 8.4-inch Uconnect system, and a large seven-inch TFT display within the gauge cluster.

Though this Dodge is refreshed for 2014, all the good stuff from its 2011 total makeover is still present. The killer exterior looks, the loads of room in the second and third rows, its two optional engines, and all-wheel-drive set-up are among the most notable features in the Durango’s returning repertoire.

I recently spent a week with this beastly SUV, doing everything from commuting around and hauling kids, to blasting around cloverleaf interstate on-ramps. Head past the jump for my full run-down.

Click past the jump for the full review

The 2014 Dodge Durango Special Service Vehicle returns with some new and updated features that help it fight crime, fires, or whatever else you can throw at it. Available for police , fire, and general fleet customers, the full-size SUV offers best-in-class power and an array of new dashboard gadgetry that includes TFT and touch screen displays.

Offered with either the 3.6-liter, Pentastar V-6 or the 5.7-liter, HEMI V-8, the Durango SSV comes with Chrysler ’s new eight-speed, rotary-dial-controlled, transmission. Both engines lay down impressive stats, but on opposite ends of the spectrum. The V-6 is estimated to get 25 mpg and have a range of 600 miles; meanwhile, the HEMI can tow 7,400 pounds.

Expecting the Durango SSV would get abused, Dodge outfits them with heavy-duty brakes, heavy-duty battery, a larger-output 220-amp alternator, heavy-duty water pump, engine oil cooler, and a load-leveling suspension. Other options include skid plates on AWD models, backup camera, tow package, engine block heater and Uconnect.

All SSV Durangos have their third row seats removed for added cargo room, and come with extra under-floor storage compartments. Illuminating the interior is a red and white dome lamp while the outside gets the Durango’s standard LED daytime running lamps and rear ‘race track’ taillights. It also comes prewired for an A-pillar spotlight.

Standard Electronic Stability Control, electronic roll mitigation, Hill-start Assist, Trailer-sway Control, Rain Brake Support, and Ready Alert Braking help keep the Durango’s shiny side up while chasing perps and putting out fires.

Dodge is taking orders for the 2014 Durango SSV and production is already underway at the Jefferson North Assembly Plant in Detroit.

Click past the jump for more information on the 2014 Dodge Durango SSV

"Muh Puh Guh’s?"

Anchorman 2’s Ron Burgundy is rocking a new Durango R/T in the latest set of hilarious ads from Dodge.

There’s a whole series of ads featuring Burgundy tell us what makes the Durango such a special ride. In addition to boasting a 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine that delivers a total of 360 horsepower and 390 pound-feet of torque, Burgundy also touts the Durango’s standard ‘thermoplastic’ glovebox door.

Ron calculates the standard dashboard cubby’s size and versatility. The glovebox boasts of a 0.1 cubic feet of storage, a 12-volt light bulb, and can comfortably fits two turkey sandwiches.

Only Ron Burgundy can deliver the 1980s gameshow feel of Anchorman 2, in theaters this winter.

Click past the jump to see Ron shill for the 2014 Durango R/T at his new business, Burgundy Dodge.

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We knew that Dodge would be offering an updated version of its Durango SUV at the 2013 New York Auto Show for quite some time now, but today the redesigned Durango SUV has been officially unveiled in the Big Apple.

Just two years removed from its re-introduction onto the market, Durango received a series of updates that made the ultimate "no compromise" SUV even better. Numerous changes have been made in order to update the SUV’s design, capability and functionality, but the most impressive feature is the addition of the new eight-speed automatic transmission - a first for its market segment.

The 2014 Dodge Durango will be put on sale in the third quarter of 2013. Customers will have to choose between five trim levels, each offering a different level of customization: SXT, Rallye, Limited, R/T and Citadel.

Updated 03/28/2013: This review has been updated with the official details, images and specs.

Updated 08/14/2013: Dodge announced today prices for the 2014 Durango SUV that will arrive at U.S. dealerships later this year. The 2014 Durango has a base price of $29,795.

Hit the jump to read more about the 2014 Dodge Durango.

Dodge is expanding its Blacktop lineup with the addition of a new special edition based on the Durango . The new Durango Blacktop Edition is based on the Rallye and the R/T trim levels, and adds $295 to the SUV’s total price.

The model can be ordered in Bright White, Brilliant Black, Granite Crystal, Billet Silver and Redline Red, and is combined with a distinctive gloss-black crosshair grille and gloss-black 20-inch aluminum wheels with gloss-black center caps.

For the interior, the Blacktop models receive premium Digital Suede seat inserts complemented by Capri bolsters and red accent stitching. A power 12-way driver’s seat with power lumbar is available for an additional $595.

Under the hood, the Durango keeps the usual 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine that delivers a total of 295 horsepower on the Rallye models and a 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine that produces a hefty 360 horsepower and 390 pound-feet of torque on the R/T versions.

The Dodge Durango has never really been one of the most popular SUVs in the market. Sometimes we automotive media even tend to forget it’s around. But the Durango certainly has its own group of enthusiasts that love them and buy a new one every few years, and rightfully so. The Durango has recently morphed into one of the better looking body-on-frame SUVs available, as well as one of the most utilitarian SUVs remaining on the market.

All of that aside, Dodge and parent company, Fiat , have decided that the Durango has run its course and it’s time for it to ride off into the sunset. There is no need to mourn its death, as its axing will bring about yet another cult classic that will don the same underpinnings of the outgoing Durango. This new model, according to an interview with Fiat CEO, Sergio Marchionne, by Automobile Magazine, will be dubbed the Jeep Wagoneer.

Yup, after nearly two decades have passed since the Grand Cherokee replaced it; the Wagoneer name is again being uttered by the brass at Jeep. With the Durango reportedly going the way of the dodo bird in 2016, we assume that the Wagoneer will arrive sometime in the 2015 model year to give it some time to catch on before cutting the Durango altogether.

In the same interview, Marchionne also let us know that Dodge will axe the Avenger for the second time, in 2014. This time around, the Avenger lasted only five model years, one year less than its original version. We were shocked to even see it return, so seeing it disappear is no surprise at all, despite that it was far less ugly than its original rendition.

As soon as we can get a hold of some info on the upcoming Wagoneer, we will update you further.

Dodge’s Charger Pursuit is already a huge success among the American police officers, and today the company has revealed the new Durango Special Service - a vehicle designed for both the police fleet or fire departments and fleet customers. Dodge will start taking orders now and deliveries will begin in the second quarter of 2012.

Just like with the standard Durango , the new Special Service vehicle will be offered in rear- or all-wheel drive configurations and with a standard Pentastar 3.6-liter V-6 engine and available 360 HP 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine. However, compared to the standard car, this special vehicle has received a heavy-duty brake package, heavy-duty battery, larger-output 220-amp alternator and heavy-duty water pump and engine oil cooler.

For the interior Dodge has added dome lamp and headliner, spot lamp wiring prep and the deletion of the third row of seats for more cargo capacity.

"We’re incredibly excited to add the Dodge Durango Special Service to our line-up of law enforcement vehicles," said Peter Grady, Vice President of Network Devel Devel opment and Fleet Operations. "Adding Durango to our current Dodge Charger Pursuit and Ram Ram 1500 Special Service vehicles allows us to offer a full range of fleet sedan, SUV, and truck options to law enforcement and government agencies."

The Dodge Durango may not be one of our first candidates as far as tuning programs are concerned - we reserved that right for the Viper - but we certainly aren’t complaining with what Mopar Underground did with this SEMA -bound special edition Dodge Durango Tow Hook.

Immediately, the SUV’s four-coat orange and satin-black color scheme attracted our attention, as did the healthy infusion of styling upgrades done on the SUV. In addition to the fancy pants paint finish, the Durango Tow Hook also gets a piano black split-crosshair grille, a satin-black roof, fascia accents, hood graphics, and a set of 22" twin-spoke forged Superalloy wheels wrapped in Pirelli tires. The Dodge SUV also has a custom and performance-increasing mandrel bent exhaust system featuring Corsa components and a lowered suspension that cuts the SUV’s ride height by 25 mm.

Meanwhile, the Durango Tow Hook’s interior picks up from where the exterior left off with a variety of high-quality Mopar components, including black, perforated Mopar Katzkin leather seats that come with orange leather trim and orange stitching and piping. The seat inserts are covered with Perforated Barracuda suede covers while suede bolsters with matching orange accent stitching and piping provide visual treats for the seats. The orange treatment continues with a leather trim, stitching, and piping on the center armrest while the door panels come with orange stitching and a silver metal brush trim. The SUV also has a new SRT SRT steering wheel, black chrome trim around the vents, and piano-white trimmed radio/HVAC and center console bezels, completing the entire dress-up for the Durango Tow Hook.

Toyo Tires will be bringing a whole fleet of vehicles to the SEMA Auto Show , featuring four customized machines that will be part of the headline act at the world’s biggest aftermarket auto event.

As part of their Ultimate Ride Sweepstakes, Toyo Tires will be bringing a tricked out 2011 Dodge Durango that will not only be in attendance, but will also be given away to a lucky winner.

The SEMA-bound Durango will be a Mineral Gray Metallic Heat Edition 4×4 that comes with plenty of tuning set-ups, including a new T-REX four=piece flat black mesh grille with a UFC logo on it. The Durango will also have a Magnaflow exhaust system, a custom Alpine Audio entertainment system courtesy of Mega Mega Motorsports, a black leather upholstery with contrasting blue stitching from Roadwire, and a new set of 22" Savini Forged SV28c wheels wrapped around a set of Toyo Proxes ST II tires.

Performance modifications are still being kept under wraps. Nevertheless, this Durango will still carry a powerful 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine that produces 295 horsepower and 260 lb/ft of torque. Either way, you’re getting something that’s well worth your time.

So how do you win this one-of-a-kind Dodge Durango? All you need to do is attend the SEMA Auto Show and you will be given the opportunity to scan a QR code, making you eligible to win a piece of Durango awesomeness.


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