TMG | DURANGO 2005 | SUV
Under the Hood
The standard engine in two-wheel-drive Durangos is a 210-horsepower, 3.7-liter V-6. A 4.7-liter V-8 that produces 230 hp and 290 pounds-feet of torque is optional. Durango buyers can also buy a 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 that cranks out 335 hp and 370 pounds-feet of torque.
A four-speed-automatic transmission mates with the V-6, and V-8 models work with a five-speed automatic. Durangos come with rear-wheel drive or full-time four-wheel drive, which has Low-range gearing.
All-disc antilock brakes include electronic brake-force distribution. Optional side curtain-type airbags protect all three rows of seats.
Steering is lighter than expected. The Durango has a comparatively soft suspension, which translates to an especially comfortable ride. This SUV can get a little woozy through repeated curves.
Handling is less than ideal, even on the expressway, as the Durango is a little too inclined to edge out of its lane. Suspensions differ among the three engine choices, but not dramatically.
Surprisingly, the new Durango doesn't stand above the pack in acceleration. Response from the Hemi V-8 is less vigorous than expected. Automatic-transmission response is better with the V-6 engine, which is a little noisier when pushed. The 4.7-liter V-8 might be a good compromise, but flooring the gas too often results in delayed, modest acceleration.
Overall, the Durango's performance stands tallest when it goes off-road. Thick A- and B-pillars obscure the view somewhat. Getting into and out of the Durango demands quite a climb, but running boards and grab handles help.
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