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2005 Dodge Durango Sport Utility

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2005 Dodge Durango

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Overview

The Dodge Durango is big and powerful with bold styling. Yet it's surprisingly refined, benefiting from a complete redesign for the 2004 model year. It's quiet, it rides smoothly, and its handling is stable and relatively agile. Efficient packaging has resulted in lots of cabin space for people and cargo.

The first-generation Durango was rough around the edges, but the current model is far more refined. Inside is a quiet, roomy, comfortable and technologically sophisticated cabin. Bigger than the first-generation models, the Durango now fits between the Chevy Tahoe and Ford Expedition in terms of size. A space-efficient design makes maximum use of the Durango's size and it can seat up to seven passengers with the optional third row.

Two V8s are available and both are superb. The popular 4.7-liter V8 and the 5.7-liter Hemi V8 are smooth and powerful. They come with a five-speed automatic that's smooth, refined, smart and responsive. There's also a V6.

The 2005 Durango lineup adds new SXT and Adventurer models and the availability of heated cloth seats and a full-screen navigation system.

Model Lineup

The 2005 Dodge Durango features an expanded model line: ST, SLT, Limited, and the new STX and Adventurer models. Each is available with 2WD or 4WD.

Durango ST ($26,735) and ST 4x4 ($29,715) comes standard with a 3.7-liter V6 and a four-speed automatic transmission. Standard features include four-wheel disc brakes with ABS, 17-inch steel wheels with on/off-road tires, a single-disc CD player, cloth interior, a second-row seat split 40/20/40 (for five-passenger seating), remote keyless entry and a 27-gallon fuel tank. A full-size spare is standard on all Durangos. The 4.7-liter V8 is optional. Also available are a bigger alternator and battery, an AM/FM stereo radio with six-disc in-dash CD and MP3 player, traction control, halogen headlamps, heavy-duty shocks and springs, a two-speed transfer case (low and high gears for 4WD), side curtain airbags and a sunroof.

The STX package adds roof side rails, neutral-density gray body side moldings, running boards, and a six-disc CD changer. Aluminum wheels are available.

The SLT ($29,150) is available with an optional third-row seat (for seven-passenger seating). SLT comes standard with the same cloth as ST, but offers two-tone leather as an option. SLT comes standard with the 4.7-liter V8. Optional is the 335-horsepower 5.7-liter Hemi V8 ($895). Both engines use the same five-speed automatic transmission. The V6 is also available.

The SLT 4x4 ($32,130), the best-selling model, upgrades with body-colored moldings and fascia, a power driver's seat, interior wood trim, rear air conditioning, fog lamps and roof rails. Options include leather, satellite radio, power sunroof, power-adjustable pedals, running boards, a hands-free phone system and a DVD entertainment system with wireless headphones.

Adventurer includes a roof rack with a choice of six rack systems or an Adventurer accessory kit. The package also includes tubular side steps, reversible slush mats, rubberized washable cargo liner with built-in rear cargo organizer, and unique machine-finished wheels. The subtle mineral gray side molding and front and rear fascias visually identify the Adventurer.

Limited ($33,300) and Limited 4x4 ($35,590) add leather seats, a 384-watt eight-speaker MP3 sound system with six-disc CD, aluminum wheels, folding power heated mirrors, and a memory system for seats, mirrors, adjustable pedals. A full-screen navigation system with integrated control unit is optional.

Safety features include optional curtain air bags, and we recommend them highly for the head protection they can provide to occupants in all three rows in the event of a side impact or rollover accident. Side-impact air bags are not available, however. The advanced front air bags deploy with varying power based on the weight of the person in the seat. ABS is standard. Traction control is optional. Electronic stability control is not available. Government (NHTSA) crash tests resulted in a five-star frontal crash test rating (the best rating) for both driver and front passenger.

Walkaround

Dodge Durango offers an imposing presence in rearview mirrors with its big crosshair grille and shotgun headlights. Redesigned for 2004, the Durango takes styling cues come from the 1946 Dodge Power Wagon.

Durango's big-rig look is accentuated by its short hood. That short hood leads into a steeply raked windshield and sloping roof. The windshield is aerodynamically efficient and offers good visibility. The fender flares resemble those of a semi. The front fenders make the hood look as narrow as it is short.

The roofline slopes briefly downward at the rear, and the liftgate window curves in to meet it. This reduces that boxy look common on so many SUVs and minivans. Durango's taillights are distinctive as well, looking like afterburners from a jet fighter with two big red stacked circles per side. The sheet metal is molded around them to suggest speed.

Chrysler has an expensive new wind tunnel at its headquarters in Auburn Hills, Michigan, and it was used extensively with the Durango to reduce wind noise. The aerodynamics are fine tuned, including the mirrors and the subtle ducktail at the trailing edge of the hood under the wipers, for reducing wind noise over the windshield. The motor mounts were calibrated to reduce the frequencies and harmonics of each engine. The windows have an extra layer of lamination to deaden sound. Foam is injected into many of the body and chassis crannies, which would otherwise serve as tiny echo chambers.

Interior Features

With a large amount of glass and huge cargo space, the Durango feels big spacious. It's officially classified as a mid-size SUV, like the Explorer, but it's bigger than that and everything about it feels like a full-size.

There is 68 cubic feet with the third row folded away, 102 cubic feet with the second row down. The distance between the wheel housings is 48 inches, good for loading wide cargo. And from the outside, the liftgate opens very easily. The cargo floor is relatively low thanks to the rear suspension design.

The second and third rows are notably easy to access, as the rear doors open an exceptionally wide 84 degrees. The second-row seat easily flips forward with the touch of one hand, and the seatback flops flat just as easily. This is no small virtue.

The second-row seats recline and have their own climate control, so back-seat passengers can snooze in comfort. Details are thought out, including convenient grab handles cleverly molded into the stubby rear leg of the second-row seat, which ease climbing back to the third row. Once back there, there is a small bubble in the ceiling to give an extra bit of headroom.

The front seats are comfortable, neither too soft nor too firm, and the four-spoke steering wheel is nice. The SLT has orange-hued wood trim, while the Limited presents a cleaner look with its brushed aluminum. (That's real wood and real aluminum, not plastic.)

Instrumentation is clean, handsome, easy to read and easy to operate. It looks classy. We especially like the simple black-on-white gauges and rectangular black Venetian-blind style heating and cooling vents. The center console is deep, under a removable tray. Forward of that is another important compartment designed to serve as a fast-food bin. Two integrated cup holders with removable neoprene for different sizes of drink containers are provided.

We found the SLT's manual heating controls and the wiper controls a bit fussy, and the high beams seemed a little lacking one wintry night. Better are the Limited model's high-tech climate-control panel with automatic temperature adjustment. And we welcome the availability of seat heaters on 2005 models.

Another Limited option is the hands-free, voice-command cellphone system compatible with Bluetooth phones, utilizing a microphone in the rearview mirror and the sound system's speakers.

Driving Impressions

The Dodge Durango is a far cry from the first-generation models. It's smooth and quiet, quite different from the relatively noisy, rough-riding pre-2004 models. Both V8 engines are good choices.

The 4.7-liter engine is really good. It's powerful and really smooth. The 4.7-liter V8 is rated at 230 horsepower and 290 pound-feet of torque. But it only gets 14/18 mpg in 4WD, using 87 octane, and the more we looked at that versus the 5.7-liter Hemi, the more we gravitated to the bigger engine.

The 5.7-liter Hemi is rated at 335 horsepower and 370 pound-feet of torque. That's a lot more power than the 4.7-liter while providing almost the same economy, 13/18 mpg with 89 octane recommended, 87 acceptable. For $895 more, the Hemi seems like a no-brainer; plus, it can tow up to 8,950 pounds with the optional 3.92 rear axle, compared to 7,400 for the 4.7. And the two-speed transfer case is standard with the Hemi 4x4, optional with the other engines.

Hemi, by the way, refers to the overhead-valve, hemispherical combustion chamber design, and harkens back to the late '60s when the 426-cubic-inch (7.0-liter) Dodge Hemi Ramcharger ruled. Chrysler modernized the design last year after it had been gone (but not forgotten) for decades.

Still, it didn't feel like 335 horsepower to the seat of our pants. The 5.7-liter felt a little more powerful than the 4.7-liter, but it wasn't a night-and-day difference. The double overhead-cam, 5.6-liter, 305-horsepower Nissan Armada feels like it has more oomph than the 5.7-liter Durango, which feels solid, but heavy.

For its part, the 3.7-liter V6 is rated at 210 horsepower and 235 pound-feet of torque and 16/21 mpg. It's rated to pull a 3700-pound trailer and comes with a four-speed automatic.

We were most impressed by the five-speed automatic transmission that comes with both V8s. The shifts were incredibly smooth. Shifting up or down between third and fourth gears is undetectable. The transmission features a Tow/Haul mode, which holds the gears longer and will even downshift under deceleration, as might be needed with a trailer. It's cool when you come toward a turn at high speed and back off, and your automatic transmission drops a downshift for you.

When you need to use the brakes to slow down or stop, they'll be there. They're big vented disc brakes with twin-piston calipers in front, just the thing for slowing down this heavy beast. ABS helps the driver maintain steering control by eliminating wheel lockup, while electronic brake-force distribution (EBD) balances braking forces front and rear for more stable stopping. We slammed on the brakes several times from 70 mph and found the Durango stopped steady and true.

The current Durango represented a clean-sheet design when it was introduced as a 2004 model, with nothing borrowed from the Ram pickup (as before). New manufacturing processes resulted in a more rigid chassis, which benefits from hydroformed boxed frame rails, a new independent front suspension and innovative adaptation of a Watts link rear suspension with coil springs. Cornering and handling are excellent, maybe even superb, for a big SUV.

The ride quality is quite good, way better than the old Durango. There's a lot more travel in the suspension. The rack-and-pinion steering provides a 39.9-foot turning circle, very good for a vehicle of this size.

We had a chance to toss the Durango around more than 100 miles of remote twisty roads in the Texas Hill Country, and it stayed on an even keel through some very hard cornering. The engine sits farther back in the chassis resulting in better balance. We drove 4.7-liter and 5.7-liter models. Driving a 5.7-liter Durango SLT around Detroit in January backed up our earlier impressions. It felt very secure in icy conditions.

We drove the Durango off-road and didn't hit bottom even when driving aggressively over rough terrain. Crawling over irregular terrain in 4 Low revea

Summary

Dodge Durango is smooth and powerful with either of the two V8 engines. It rides well and handles especially well, and has excellent engineering touches and details. Its pricing represents a good value. If you're in the market for a large SUV and like the looks, you should check it out.

New Car Test Drive correspondent Sam Moses filed this report from Austin, Texas; with Mitch McCullough reporting from Detroit.

Model Line Overview
Base Price (MSRP)
$26,735
Model lineup:
Dodge Durango ST ($26,735); SLT ($29,150); Limited ($33,300); ST 4x4 ($29,715); SLT 4x4 ($32,130); Limited 4x4 ($35,590)
Engines:
3.7-liter sohc V6; 4.7-liter sohc V8; 5.7-liter Hemi ohv V8
Transmissions:
four-speed automatic (V6); five-speed automatic (V8)
Safety equipment (Standard):
three-point seatbelts and headrests for all seats; anti-lock brakes with electronic brake-force distribution; advanced airbag system; seat belt pretensioners
Safety equipment (Optional):
curtain airbags for all three rows; electronic stability control
Basic warranty:
3 years/50,000 miles
Assembled in:
Newark, Delaware
Specifications As Tested
Model tested (MSRP):
Dodge Durango SLT 4x4 ($32,130)
Standard equipment:
cloth seats with power driver's seat; rear heating and air conditioning; AM/FM stereo with in-dash CD player; day/night rearview mirror
Options as tested:
5.7-liter V8 engine ($895); leather-trimmed bucket seats ($675); third-row seat ($150); traction control ($300); 2-speed AWD transfer case ($195); 3.92 axle ratio ($40); Customer Preferred Package 28G ($1,515) includes overhead console, cargo net, illuminated visor vanity mirrors, rear reading lamps, universal garage door opener, theft-deterrent system, AM/FM/6CD/MP3 audio w 8 speakers, 17x8-inch cast aluminum wheels; 384-watt subwoofer upgrade ($225); Sirius Satellite Radio ($325); Trailer Tow ($525) w heavy-duty equipment, power 6x9 foldaway mirrors, Class IV receiver, 7- and 4-pin wiring harness; running boards ($395); P265/65R17 on/off-road tires ($305)
Destination charge:
645
Gas Guzzler Tax:
N/A
Price as tested (MSRP)
$38,320
Layout:
all-wheel drive
Engine:
5.7-liter V8
Horsepower (hp @ rpm):
335 @ 5400
Torque (lb.-ft. @ rpm):
370 @ 4200
Transmission:
five-speed automatic
EPA fuel economy, city/hwy:
13/18 mpg.
Wheelbase:
119.2 in.
Length/width/height:
200.8/76.0/74.3 in.
Track, f/r:
65.0/65.1 in.
Turning circle:
39.9 ft.
Seating capacity:
7
Head/hip/leg room, f:
40.8/58.8/41.4 in.
Head/hip/leg room, m:
39.3/57.2/37.4 in.
Head/hip/leg room, r:
39.2/48.0/34.5 in.
Cargo volume:
102.4 cu. ft.
Payload:
1520
Towing capacity:
7400 lbs.
Suspension F:
independent
Suspension R:
Watts link, coil springs
Ground clearance:
8.7 in.
Curb weight:
5076 lbs.
Tires:
P245/70R17
Brakes, f/r:
disc/disc with ABS and EBD in.
Fuel capacity:
27 gal.

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Safety Ratings help

What do the Safety Ratings mean?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) performs independent crash testing of new vehicles and then assigns them a score based on their performance. The overall crash test rating is based on how a vehicle performs in the following tests:

Driver Crash Grade:

Measures the chance of a serious injury to a crash test dummy that is placed in a driver's seat and driven into a fixed barrier at 35 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less chance of injury.

Passenger Crash Grade:

Similar to the driver crash grade, only now the focus is on the passenger.

Rollover Resistance:

Simulates an emergency lane change to measure the likelihood of a vehicle rolling over. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less risk of rollover.

Side Impact Crash Test - Front:

Focuses on the front side of a vehicle. It simulates crashes that can occur in intersections by striking a 3,015-pound weight against the side of a vehicle at 38.5 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 5 percent or less chance of injury.

Side Impact Crash Test - Rear:

Similar to the front side impact test only now the focus is on the rear passenger.

Driver Crash Grade
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Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction

4-Wheel ABS Std
Traction/Stability Control Opt

Passenger Restraint

Driver Air Bag Std
Passenger Air Bag Std
Side Air Bag Opt

Road Visibility

Daytime Running Lights Opt
Intermittent Wipers Std
Variable Inter. Wipers Std

Security

Anti-theft System Opt
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Original Warranty  help
Original Warranty
An original warranty is the warranty associated with a vehicle when it is brand new. In addition to the original warranty, select items, like tires, are typically covered by respective manufacturers. Also, an act of Federal law sometimes provides protection for certain components, like emissions equipment.
The original warranty is often broken down into multiple sections, including:
Basic Warranty:
Typically covers everything except for parts that wear out through normal use of the vehicle. Examples of non-covered items are brake pads, wiper blades and filters.
Drivetrain Warranty:
This warranty covers items the basic warranty does not protect. Wear and tear items such as hoses will not be covered, but key items like the engine, transmission, drive axles and driveshaft often will be.
Roadside Assistance:
The level of service differs greatly with this warranty, but many manufacturers offer a toll-free number that helps provide assistance in case you run out of gas, get a flat tire or lock your keys in the car.
Corrosion Warranty:
This warranty focuses on protecting you from holes caused by rust or corrosion in your vehicle's sheet metal.
Please check the owner's manual, visit a local dealership or look at the manufacturer's website to learn more about the specifics of the warranties that apply to a vehicle.

Basic 3 Years/36,000 Miles
Drivetrain 7 Years/70,000 Miles
Corrosion 5 Years/100,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance 3 Years/36,000 Miles

Dodge Certified Pre-Owned Warranty  help
Certified Pre-Owned Warranty
To be eligible for Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) status, vehicles generally must be recent models with relatively low mileage. CPO vehicles must also pass a detailed inspection, outlined by the manufacturer, which is measured by the number of inspected points.
Warranty coverage can vary from one manufacturer to the next. While most certified pre-owned programs transfer and extend the existing new car warranty terms, others offer a warranty that simply represents an additional year and mileage value. Always check with the manufacturer for the specific warranties they offer.
Common features and benefits of Certified Pre-Owned warranties include:
Age/Mileage Eligibility
To even be considered for certification, a car must be a recent model year and have limited mileage. The exact requirements are established by individual manufacturers.
Lease Term Certified
Some manufacturers offer certified pre-owned cars for lease. The length of the lease is often shorter than a new car lease, but it will cost you less.
Point Inspection
These inspections entail a comprehensive vehicle test to ensure that all parts are in excellent working order. The point inspection list is simply a numbered list of exactly what parts of the car are examined. While many inspections range from a 70- to 150-point checklist, most are very similar and are performed using strict guidelines. Ask your local dealer about specific details.
Return/Exchange Program
Some manufacturers offer a very limited return or exchange period. Find out if you will get the sales tax and licensing/registration fees back should you return or exchange the car.
Roadside Assistance
Most certified pre-owned programs offer free roadside service in case your car breaks down while still under warranty.
Special Financing
Reduced-rate loans are available through many certified pre-owned programs. Manufacturer-backed inspections and warranties help eliminate the risks involved with buying pre-owned, so buyers who qualify can take advantage of the great offers.
Transferable Warranty
When a new car warranty transfers with the certification of the car and remains eligible for the next owner, it is known as a transferable warranty. Once the original transferable warranty expires, an extended warranty takes effect.
Warranty Deductible
This is the amount for which you are responsible when repair work is performed under the warranty. Some manufacturers require a deductible while others don't, so always ask.

7-Years/100,000-Miles (whichever comes first). Powertrain Limited Warranty runs from the date vehicle was sold as new.

3-Month/3,000-Mile Maximum Care Warranty. Starts on the date of the CPOV sale, or at the expiration of the remaining 3/36 Basic New Vehicle Warranty.

A deductible may apply. See dealer for details or call 1-800-677-5782
Age/Mileage Eligibility 5 years / 75,000 miles
Lease Term Certified No
Point Inspection 125
Return/Exchange Program No
Roadside Assistance Yes
Special Financing Yes
Transferrable Warranty Yes
Warranty Deductible $100

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