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2014 Dodge Durango: 8 speeds, no waiting

by David Zatz on

As Allpar predicted, the 2014 Dodge Durango is getting a late start, but it will be worth it: all buyers will get eight-speed automatic transmissions that boost acceleration and gas mileage, the electronics have been upgraded with new gee-whiz features, and creature comforts have been refined.

Instead of using the electronic shifter of the Grand Cherokee, Charger, and 300, though, Durango uses the Ram’s shifter-knob, which makes it easier to change gears by touch. The knob has definite positions for park, reverse, neutral, and drive; shifting up and down is handled by standard paddle controls on the steering wheel.

With the V6 engine, Dodge Durango now has a best-in-class driving range of more than 600 miles — around the distance from New York City to Detroit.  There is also a new 295 horsepower engine configuration on Rallye, with the standard Pentastar V6 at 290 hp and the Hemi at 360 hp. Towing maxes out at 7,400 pounds (Hemi with rear wheel drive and towing package).

The 2014 Durango has larger sway bars, 10% stiffer shock and spring rates, higher cooling capacity, and standard trailer-sway control. In the technophile area, it now boasts rear seat video built into the front seat-backs, Chrysler’s reconfigurable dashboard display (also used in 2014 Cherokee, Dart, and Ram), Uconnect Access Via Mobile, LED daytime running lights, a smoothly-lit “racetrack” rear lighting system, “hideaway” roof rack, new steering wheel, and many other new or upgraded features. For the full story, many more photos, and specifications, see our main 2014 Dodge Durango page.

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