Durango has met or beaten its top competitors in gas mileage, according to U.S. government figures. With its standard V6 and eight-speed automatic transmission, the 2014 Dodge Durango achieved 18 mpg city, 25 highway, matching Chrysler’s own minivans and beating the smaller Ford Explorer (FWD) and Chevrolet Traverse (FWD). In all wheel drive, Durango drops down to 17 city, 24 highway, while Ford falls to 16/22 or 17/23 depending on model; and Traverse drops to 16/23. The 2013 Dodge Durango was rated at two miles per gallon less — 16 city, 23 highway. The Durango’s 290 horsepower matches Explorer and beats the other competitors; its 260 lb-ft of torque is only exceeded by Traverse and beats Explorer. The Durango is heavier, though, than any of the other vehicles in the comparison group, weighing in at nearly 5,000 pounds, but it has the highest towing capacity by at least 2,000..
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