28 Jan Dodge Durango GT 2017 at a Glance
Over the years, I have been a huge fan of of both Jeep and Dodge products because they do a great job of balancing good looks with utility. The Jeep Cherokee and the Dodge Durango share the same platform and have some similar components. I am a huge fan of the Cherokee so I am looking forward to my time in the Durango this week. If you want to avoid the minivan image but need three rows, the Durango will be on your list.
What sets the Durango apart from its competition is its powerful stance and menacing front grille.
My vehicle for the week is the all new GT trim. The GT is replacing the previous Limited Trim and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) thinks that this will be the volume seller in the lines up. The wheel flares, front and rear facia and sill molding are all the same colour as the body and I think it looks gorgeous. For an additional $2000 the Blacktop Package is the way to go. It adds a gloss black crosshair grille, hot new 20-inch gloss black aluminum wheels, black badging and black headlamp bezels with LED daytime running lights. If you want to look cool and while driving your family around, then its well worth the extra money.
This is where the girl in me comes out! The Brass Monkey Appearance Package gives you some very funky looking 20 inch Burnished Bronze wheels and black badges and grille. It looks so cool. I would feel
As I mentioned before, Dodge has mastered the balance of ruggedness with luxury, especially when it comes to the interior of their vehicles. Knobs, buttons and dials are large and easy to use even with gloves. All the fabrics and finishes look top notch and no detail has been over looked. Its not showy or glamourous so I don’t feel guilty wanting to drive it through rough and dirty terrain.
If you need the seats for people and the space for your stuff, then look no further. The second and third row of seats hold three people and still has plenty of space for cargo. Families will love the optional captain’s chairs for the second row, it keeps the kids separated on long road trips and offers a pass through area if you need it. Who needs a minivan? When all the seats are down, the cargo area massive.
The base model is close to $44,000 and the GT I am testing is close to $49,000. You could spend close to $57,000 for the top Citadel model. I agree with FCA that the GT offers everything that most people need and want.
My life style really has no need for a vehicle of this size, but this week showed me that you don’t have to sacrifice size for comfort, style or looking cool.