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What’s New for 2014 Durango

What’s New for 2014

The 2014 Dodge Durango gets a new eight-speed automatic transmission, revised front and rear styling, and an updated interior with newly available features like an 8.4-inch touchscreen display and a rear-seat Blu-ray player. Trim levels and equipment have also been shuffled.
Introduction

The Dodge Durango is one of our favorite options for a six- or seven-passenger SUV. The current generation not only has the roomy seating and polished ride that you’d expect in a family-oriented, three-row utility vehicle, it also has an optional V8 engine and impressive tow ratings that you typically see only on larger, more traditional SUVs. For 2014, Dodge (http://www.edmunds.com/dodge/) has updated the Durango to help it keep up with the competition in this price range. Although the even more aggressive styling is what you’ll notice first, it’s the less obvious changes that make the biggest difference on the 2014 Dodge Durango.

The changes in the cabin are particularly striking, as the Durango gets an all-new instrument panel and an updated dash that accommodates a large, intuitive 8.4-inch touchscreen that uses an upgraded version of the company’s Uconnect system to provide smartphone app integration, text-to-speech capability for text messages and a more robust voice control interface. High-quality interior surfaces abound, and much like its Jeep Grand Cherokee cousin, the 2014 Durango feels decidedly upscale for its class.

On the mechanical side, the 2014 Durango has a new eight-speed automatic transmission, which serves up impressively smooth shifts while providing a numerically small but still significant improvement in EPA fuel economy ratings. The new transmission also makes better use of what power the base V6 engine has to offer — although we’ve steered consumers toward the more powerful V8 in past years, a V6 Durango merits stronger consideration in 2014 due to its more energetic performance.

Of course, we’d still recommend the V8 if you intend to take frequent advantage of the 2014 Dodge Durango’s towing capability, which, along with its rich interior and unusually good ride and handling, is one of the best reasons to consider this SUV. However, the Durango doesn’t provide as much cargo room as most of its rivals. Well-regarded family crossovers like the Chevrolet Traverse and Mazda CX-9 offer considerably more capacity. We’d also recommend that you check out the Ford Explorer and Flex. But overall the updated 2014 Durango is one of the most appealing options out there for a six- or seven-passenger SUV.
Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

The 2014 Dodge Durango large crossover SUV is available in four trim levels: SXT, Limited, R/T and Citadel. You’ll also come across Durangos with Rallye badging; the Rallye is an equipment package on the SXT. Seven-passenger seating is standard across the board; optional second-row captain’s chairs reduce capacity to six.

Standard equipment on the SXT includes 18-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights, foglights, roof rails, heated sideview mirrors, full power accessories, cruise control, tri-zone automatic climate control (includes separate rear air-conditioning), a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, cloth upholstery, a fold-flat front passenger seat, a 60/40-split-folding and reclining second-row seat, a 50/50-split-folding third-row seat, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, and a six-speaker sound system with a 5-inch touchscreen display, satellite radio, and USB and auxiliary inputs.

Several option packages are available on the Durango SXT. The 23B package adds roof-rail crossbars, upgraded cloth upholstery, an eight-way power driver seat with four-way lumbar, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and satellite radio. The Popular Equipment Group adds heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, a rearview camera, rear parking sensors and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. The Rallye package adds 20-inch wheels, polished exhaust tips and additional body-color exterior trim while deleting the roof rails.

The Limited has most of the above equipment as standard but reverts to 18-inch wheels. It also comes with a remote ignition, leather upholstery, driver memory settings, a six-way power passenger seat, a 115-volt power outlet and an 8.4-inch touchscreen display with an upgraded version of Dodge’s Uconnect system. The latter includes voice control, text-to-speech messaging capability, emergency roadside assistance, streaming Internet radio (delayed availability) and 3G Wi-Fi capability (via an extra-cost contract). The larger touchscreen and related infotainment features are optional on the SXT.

The R/T essentially includes the upgrades of the Limited (minus the roof rails) along with a V8 engine, 20-inch alloy wheels, a sport-tuned suspension, xenon headlights (low beams only), body-color accents (similar to the Rallye), a power liftgate and an upgraded nine-speaker sound system.

The Citadel reverts to a less aggressive suspension tune and a standard V6 engine, but otherwise builds on the R/T’s equipment list, adding automatic high-beam control, automatic wipers, a sunroof, a power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, an eight-way power front-passenger seat, ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, and a navigation system with traffic updates and a Yelp-based search engine. All these amenities are optional on the R/T.

Optional on both the R/T and Citadel is the Technology Group, which includes adaptive cruise control, a forward collision warning/mitigation system and a blind-spot warning system with rear cross-traffic alerts. Also available on these trims is a rear-seat Blu-ray/DVD entertainment system with dual video screens and an HDMI input. Options for the whole lineup include a towing package, a skid-plate package (except R/T) and an in-dash CD player.
Powertrains and Performance

The 2014 Dodge Durango is offered with either a V6 or V8 engine. While the SXT only comes with the V6 and the R/T only comes with the V8, the Limited and Citadel trims can be equipped with either one. Depending on the model, rear-wheel drive, all-wheel drive or four-wheel drive is available. The light-duty AWD system is only available with the V6 engine. The on-demand 4WD system features dual-range gearing (which makes it more capable on rugged terrain) and is standard with the V8 engine. All models come with an eight-speed automatic transmission.

The 3.6-liter V6 engine is rated at 290 horsepower (295 hp with the Rallye package) and 260 pound-feet of torque. The EPA’s estimated fuel economy is 20 mpg combined (18 mpg city/25 mpg highway) with rear-wheel drive and 19 mpg combined (17 city/24 highway) with all-wheel drive.

The 5.7-liter V8 is good for 360 hp and 390 lb-ft of torque. Rear-drive models are rated at 17 mpg combined (14 city/23 highway), while AWD versions are rated at 16 combined (14 city/22 highway).

Properly equipped, a V8 Durango can tow up to 7,400 pounds, while the V6 version tops out at 6,200 pounds — in either case, far more than most rival crossover SUVs can tow.
Safety

Antilock disc brakes, stability and traction control, trailer sway control, front side airbags and full-length side curtain airbags are standard on every 2014 Dodge Durango. A rearview camera and parking sensors are optional on the SXT and standard on all other Durangos.

Models with Uconnect Access (included with the 8.4-inch touchscreen) have an emergency telematics system that connects you with 911 operators at the touch of a button and provides stolen vehicle tracking. Optional on the Limited, Citadel and R/T is a blind-spot monitoring system with cross-traffic alerts. Note that the available Technology Group available on R/T and Citadel models now includes a more advanced forward collision warning and mitigation system that automatically applies the brakes in potential collision situations.

In government tests, the Durango received five out of five stars for side-impact protection. In Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tests, the Durango earned a “Good” rating for its performance in moderate-overlap frontal-offset, side-impact and roof strength crash tests.
Interior Design and Special Features

Modern and functional, the 2014 Dodge Durango’s cabin has been designed with families in mind. Regardless of trim level, the design is attractive and features upscale materials.

With this latest update to the Durango, materials quality is now class-leading, and the cabin has an uncommonly elegant feel for this class. The available 8.4-inch touchscreen display is attractive and easy to use. The gauges look better, too, with crisp graphics and a useful trip computer display.

The front seats are roomy and comfortable, but the standard second-row bench has rather flat cushioning (which helps promote a flatter load floor when the seat is folded) and doesn’t offer quite as much legroom as roomier rivals. The Durango’s easily accessed third row, on the other hand, offers a surprising amount of leg- and headroom (even for 6-footers) and is indeed more spacious than the Ford Explorer’s.

With the second- and third-row seats folded down, the Durango can carry up to 84.5 cubic feet of cargo. This is a respectable amount, but competing large crossover SUVs like the Chevy Traverse and Mazda CX-9 offer considerably more cargo space.
Driving Impressions

The 2014 Dodge Durango is distantly related to the Mercedes-Benz M-Class, and it shows in the way this nearly 5,000-pound vehicle drives down the road. Steering is responsive and the Durango is easy to maneuver on almost any road. On a long interstate cruise, it provides a quiet and relaxed cabin environment.

Low-end torque is not a strong suit of the V6, but once the Dodge Durango is moving, the engine pulls respectably. Midrange acceleration is adequate for passing and merging, and there’s a noticeable improvement in responsiveness with the new eight-speed automatic transmission. As expected, the V8 offers brisk all-around performance and a satisfyingly deep exhaust note on acceleration.

As read on: http://www.edmunds.com/dodge/durango/2014/?sub=suv

2014 Dodge Durango – Best Equipped 7 Passenger SUV on the Market!

Starting under $30,000, the 2014 Dodge Durango is the best-equipped seven-passenger SUV on the market!

2014 durango

There are five different trim levels but every 2014 Dodge Durango features a standard 8-speed automatic transmission, projector headlamps, projector fog lamps, floating split crosshair grille, signature LED racetrack taillights, bright chrome or body-color accents, 18-inch or 20-inch aluminum wheels, Bluetooth, 5-inch or 8.4-inch touch screen, rotary shifter with steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters, 7-inch customizable gauge cluster, Keyless Enter ’n Go with push-button start, seven airbags, seven passenger seating (now is the time to catch your breath here).

There are so many features loaded into the 2014 Dodge Durango you will want to sprint to the nearest showroom to check out this ultimate “No-Compromise SUV.”…

2014 Dodge Durango SXT: starting U.S. MSRP of $29,795
2014 Dodge Durango SXT w/ Rallye: starting U.S. MSRP of $32,990
2014 Dodge Durango Limited: starting U.S. MSRP of $35,995
2014 Dodge Durango R/T: starting U.S. MSRP of $38,995
2014 Dodge Durango Citadel: starting U.S. MSRP of $40,995
All prices exclude $995 destination.

The 2014 Dodge Durango will start arriving in dealer showrooms at the end of the third quarter but you can stop in now to order your Durango.

2014 Dodge Durango – Key to Versitility, Key to Sucess

Many a small business owner has come to this realization—to succeed, one cannot simply be proficient at a single job; one must be expert at all jobs that come up. From master strategist to back-up delivery driver to chief errand-runner to head of new business acquisition (and on and on and on), the owner of a small business must often adopt as many job titles as there are jobs that need to be done.

In a perfect world, the small business owner would accomplish all of these jobs with help from a fleet of highly specialized vehicles, so that the perfect vehicle could be devoted to completing each job on the to-do list—a tough and rugged workhorse for chores demanding more muscle; a spacious cargo vehicle for the odd delivery or pickup; an efficient fuel-sipper for trips to see potential clients three cities away; and a refined and comfortable luxury vehicle for when those same clients want to ride along.

But the reality is this: Few small businesses can afford to operate a fleet of vehicles. And the good news is they don’t have to—not when extremely versatile vehicles like the 2014 Dodge Durango are available.

Best-in-Class Towing Capability

The new 2014 Dodge Durango offers an excellent solution for the business owner who needs a powerful, capable vehicle. Pulling a trailer to an off-site job or event? Not a problem with the Durango’s standard 3.6L Pentastar® V6 engine, and especially not with its available 5.7L HEMI® V8 engine, which comes with a best-in-class towing capability[1] of 7,400 pounds.

Refined Interior

Let’s face it—in business, appearances count. A smartly designed and well-appointed vehicle can say a lot about the person who drives it—not only that the person values his or her own comfort, but that he or she is also aware of and concerned about the passenger’s experience.

Current and potential clients might not ever mention your Durango’s available Nappa leather-trimmed seats or available class-exclusive Blu-ray™ DVD system[1]. But giving them a lift around town in such a refined and comfortable vehicle is another easy way to reinforce those ever-important client relationships you’ve worked so hard in other arenas to cultivate.

Great Fuel Efficiency (Up to 25 mpg Highway)

A new, fully electronic eight-speed transmission with Eco Mode is largely responsible for the expected nine-percent improvement in fuel economy[2] over last year’s model. Couple the increased efficiency with quicker acceleration, smoother shifting and a best-in-class V6 driving range of 600 miles[1], and from multiple perspectives, the 2014 Dodge Durango becomes the sensible choice.

Stay Connected

Successful small business owners take advantage of available resources. For the 2014 Dodge Durango, resources include the available class-exclusive 8.4-inch Uconnect® Access System[1] with on-demand WiFi[3] (available with paid subscription), an option that will help you and your passengers stay connected just about anywhere you go. Just be sure always to use your devices safely—if you’re driving, pull over in a safe area before you connect.

Coming Soon

The 2014 Dodge Durango will be available in late 2013. In the meantime, please feel free to learn more about two good resources for small business owners—BusinessLink® and On the Job Incentives—currently available from Chrysler Commercial Vehicles.

As read on: http://blog.chryslercommercialvehicles.com/2013/05/15/2014-dodge-durango/?ism=KM5.29.13Facebook2

Looking for an affordable way to go on vacation this year?

Despite record high fuel costs, RV vacations remain affordable!

The experts are predicting fuel costs will reach $4 a gallon this summer. Don’t let this affect your vacation plans! Even if you factor in higher fuel prices, RV vacations remain the most economical. In fact, A recent study by PKF Consulting found that fuel prices would have to triple for RVing to be more expensive than other forms of travel.

A typical vacation, even with just a family of four, can become quite expensive. There are costs for transportation, lodging, food—and don’t forget the entertainment. Amusement park tickets, museum admission, historic tours, boat rentals and the like all add to vacation expenses. RV family vacations are, on average, 26 to 74 percent less expensive than travel by personal car, airline or cruise ship.

The RV combines your transportation, lodging and restaurant all in one. RVs come fully equipped with state-of-the-art kitchens, bathrooms, central air and heat, king-sized beds, entertainment systems and more, allowing you to bring all the comforts of home when you travel. Here are some tips that will help you save money on fuel while still enjoying all the fun, freedom and flexibility that RVing has to offer.

Camp closer to home. There’s no need to venture outside leave the state! There are over 1,000 campgrounds in Michigan, located near popular destinations, along major tourist routes and even in metropolitan areas. You’re always on vacation at the campsite, even if it’s only an hour drive home.
Stay longer in one place. Many RV parks are vacation destinations in their own right, offering something for everyone—swimming pools, playgrounds, game rooms, boating, fishing, nature trails, planned activities and more!
Eat in. Cook your family favorites in the convenience of an RV to avoid the high costs of eating out. Better yet, cook over your campfire!
Drive 55 instead of 65. AAA reports, for every 1 mph increase over 55 mph, fuel efficiency decreases 2.2 percent.
Adjust home thermostats to save energy when traveling.
Pack light and purchase firewood, water and other camping materials at the campground to keep the RV lightweight while traveling.
Tune up the engine of your motorhome or tow vehicle, inflate tires properly and conduct regular maintenance to maximize fuel efficiency.
Use the grade of fuel recommended by the engine manufacturer to increase miles per gallon.
Travel during off-peak times. Avoid rush hour or travel at night when the weather is cooler and the vehicle air conditioning is needed less.

Veteran RVer, Jayne Kasper travels nearly 2,000 miles in Michigan each year with husband Ted and dog Jasper. Jayne doesn’t let the cost of gas slow her down, “We stay at campgrounds closer to home. I’m on vacation the moment I step into my motor home, whether we’re 20 minutes or 2 hours from home.”

Here are some other facts to remember:

Airfares and hotel rates are rising rapidly as fuel costs increase and fuel surcharges are added. You can avoid those costs in an RV. Fuel prices would need to triple from their current level to make RVing more expensive for a family of four than other forms of travel.
Fuel is typically only the fourth largest expense on a road trip, behind lodging, food and vehicle payment and maintenance.
Save on entertainment costs by bringing along your family’s favorite DVDs and game systems.
Memories made on RV trips will last a lifetime—as will the physical and mental health benefits. With a few simple adjustments for fuel price increases, RVing remains as affordable and as fun as ever.

RVing is still one of the most cost effective ways to explore Michigan. Replace family memories of airport delays, cramped hotel rooms and expensive restaurants with those of scenic drives, comfortable, amenity-filled campgrounds, campfire cookouts and outdoor adventures. There’s so much to see and do right here in your home state! RV owners surveyed by Robert Hilton Associates cited the most important benefits of family camping are bringing the family closer together, having new experiences and teaching a respect of nature.

As read on: http://www.marvac.org/rv-fuel-costs-affordable.htm

No summer shutdown for Chrysler’s Jeep Grand Cherokee plant in Detroit; third shift to be added

Chrysler’s Jefferson North assembly plant will keep producing Jeep Grand Cherokees and Dodge Durangos straight through the customary two-week summer shutdown in early July, CEO Sergio Marchionne said Monday.

Sales of the mid-size SUVs are running ahead of last year’s pace through March by 44% for the Grand Cherokee and by 33% for the Durango. Chrysler’s U.S. sales have increased 39% for the first three months of 2012 from a year earlier.

All automakers will release their April sales in the U.S. on Tuesday.

The plant on Detroit’s east side, which employs about 2,900 workers on two shifts, has been working overtime on two of every three Saturdays, said Chrysler spokeswoman Jodi Tinson. The plant will be adding a third shift of about 1,100 workers next year.

Normally, the Detroit Three automakers and the UAW agreed to half production in the two weeks around July 4 because it enables the companies to balance their inventories with consumer demand and gives skilled trades workers to install new equipment needed for the upcoming model year.

Separately, Chrysler canceled the Monday morning shift at its Windsor assembly plant because of a strike by Canadian Auto Worker employees at a nearby plant that supplies instrument panels. Workers at Dakkota Integrated Systems in Lakeside rejected a contract offer late Sunday.

Tinson said workers on the second shift at Chrysler’s Windsor plant were asked to report to work. Chrysler assembled the Chrysler Town & Country and Dodge Grand Caravan minivans at the plant.

As read on: http://www.freep.com/article/20120430/BUSINESS0103/120430046/No-summer-shutdown-Chrysler-s-Jeep-Grand-Cherokee-plant-Detroit-third-shift-added

Drive a Dodge Today and Help Northville High Turf Club

COME OUT
TONIGHT, THURSDAY, APRIL 19TH FROM 4PM -7PM
TO NORTHVILLE HIGH SCHOOL
(in the Center Parking Lot)
AND TEST DRIVE A DODGE CARAVAN, CHARGER,
DURANGO OR TO SUPPORT THE
NHS TURF CLUB!!!

$20 Will be donated by Dick Scott Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram for Each Test Drive to the Turf Clubs Fundraising Efforts!


Sue Putman of Northville might be in the market for a new car, and by test driving one today, she’ll make a donation toward Northville High School’s efforts to get artificial turf on its football field.

Participants will be able to test drive the new Dodge Grand Caravan, Journey, Durango, and Charger in the East Parking Lot of Northville High School. Dick Scott, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep & Ram will be donating $20 to the project for each person who comes by to test drive one of the cars on site at Northville High today from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The goal is to raise $5,000. Participants must be 18 or older, with a valid driver’s license.

“It sounds like a great opportunity to support a great cause. It’s an awesome fundraiser and it will benefit the turf project they are working on,” said Putman, a mother of three, including a senior at the school.

There will be no selling at the event, said Nichole Scott, director of dealership operations, though she does see the event as a great way to promote her business and highlight the increase in quality and design of the vehicles.

“It’s a time to help the high school, but also make people aware of our dealership and the Dodge product,” she said.

Last year, Dodge donated nearly $467,000 to local high school booster clubs through the Dodge Booster Club Fundraiser.

The entire Northville High School turf project will cost about $1 million, said Bryan Masi, Northville’s athletic director.

He said the turf and new scoreboard will be paid for by fundraised money. So far, the TurfClub has raised $835,000. Of that, $500,000 came from an anonymous donation followed by a $100,000 donation from the Friends of Northville Parks & Recreation. Construction on the turf begins May 1.

Masi said the rest of the stadium will be renovated over the next couple of years. Those renovations will be paid for through the school district’s sinking bond approved last May. About $1.3 million is designated for the stadium, which will pay for a variety of improvements, including a new pressbox, lights, new entrances and ticket booths.

“The test drive for turf will be a great way for the community to get involved in raising money for the stadium project,” Masi said. “We are thankful to Dick Scott Dodge to give us this opportunity to host this event. Hopefully, we will have a big crowd.”

As read on: http://northville.patch.com/articles/dick-dodge?ncid=newsltuspatc00000001

Chrysler has three of the “Ten most improved cars of 2011” spots!

The Dodge Durango, Dodge Journey and Jeep Grand Cherokee are three of the “Ten most improved cars of 2011.” Among the crop of new cars out for 2011 it’s worth singling out those vehicles that have shown significant improvement.

2011 Dodge Durango

The original Durango was a monstrous, thirsty body-on-frame truck that had worse handling and fuel economy than the larger Chevy Suburban, but with less space inside than the Tahoe. The new Durango is built on a new unibody chassis shared with the Mercedes-Benz M-Class and R-Class crossover SUVs and it is outfitted with either the company’s new 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine or the latest version of the company’s heralded Hemi V8, with cylinder deactivation for better gas mileage when cruising on the highway. Mercedes’ ride and Hemi power? That’s a tough-to-beat combination.

2011 Dodge Journey

Dodge briefly ran tongue-in-cheek television commercials touting the Journey mid-sized crossover as the best car in the world. It was a joke because the old Journey obviously wasn’t, with its appalling cabin materials and thirsty V6 engine.

But the 2011 Journey was the recipient of the company’s most lavish makeover, with a positively opulent interior that welcomes customers inside. Under the hood it also gets the new 3.6-liter Pentastar V6, with its accompanying improvements in power, smoothness and efficiency.

2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee

Jeep The Jeep Grand Cherokee suffered during the years when the Jeep brand was controlled by then-DaimlerChrysler. Now that the company has split from the Germans and aligned itself with Fiat, the result has been, incredible as it may seem, a gigantic improvement. The old Grand Cherokee was as capable off-road as ever, but budget pressures robbed its once-luxurious cabin of premium materials.

Today’s Grand Cherokee returns the premium materials to the cabin, while revving up the styling and installing the company’s efficient new Pentastar 3.6-liter V6 engine or the latest version of the powerful Hemi V8. For off-road enthusiasts it is a restoration of the Grand Cherokee to its deserved position as a premium off-road wagon.

We are excited to have several vehicles make this list!

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It’s Here!! The ALL-NEW 2011 Durango is on our Lots!

 It’s HERE!!!
The ALL NEW 2011 Dodge Durango

Visit Dick Scott Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram
and take a test drive is the completly redesigned Durango!

– Powerful, efficient 3.6L Pentastar V6 or available 5.7L HEMI v8
– Refined 3-row interior with 28 seating configurations
-Agile, performance-oriented handling with multilink independent rear suspension
– Up to 7,400 lbs towing capability
– More than 45 safety and security features