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Dodge Durango GT 2017 on the road | Canadian Car Reviews | Driving Television

Dodge Durango GT 2017 on the road

31 Jan Dodge Durango GT 2017 on the road


The Durango come with your choice of  two proven engines, the 3.6L Pentastar V6 or the 5.7L V8 Hemi.   You really can’t go wrong with either choice.

The V6 is standard on all trims except the R/T and you can choose to upgrade to the Hemi on all trim levels except the base model.  Other 3 row SUV’s don’t have the engine options this Durango has. Nor do they offer the sporty ride you get behind the wheel of this SUV.  The space and funcationality of a minivan without the soccer mom image.

I don’t think most of us ladies care too much about that. When we are driving, we think more about  comfort, maneuverability and outward visibility.  This Durango fulfills all those desires. Of course, if you also want something sporty, or maybe your partner does, you really can get it all.

Road noise is minimal but the hemi does give a bit of a growl that can be heard when driven more aggressively.

The 2017 Dodge Durango has class leading power and towing capabilities. The base 3.6L is rated 290hp and can tow up to 62,000lbs which is more than enough for most people. The Hemi puts out 360hp and can tow an impressive 7400lbs.

If fuel efficiency is top of mind, the V8 features Chrysler’s FuelSaver Multi-Displacement System (MDS).  This system deactivates 4 of the 8 cylinders when the throttle is closed or at steady speeds.  The V6 is rated at 12.8L/ 100m in the city and 9.5L/ 100km on the highway, which means the 2017 Durango also has best-in-class fuel standard fuel economy.


Uconnect with a 5-inch touch screen is standard on all models or you can get the upgraded 8.4 inch that I have in this GT.  The larger screen makes all the touch screen functions easier to manage and the graphics are sharp.

This GT adds Park-Sense Rear Park Assist with ParkView back up camera, remote start system, security alarm and universal garage door opener.   No longer do you need to stress about parking a large vehicle like this.

Just focus on enjoying your drive because Dodge has thought of it all. Solid feeling 4-wheel disc antilock brakes, Electronic Stability Control, Trailer Sway Control and Hill Start Assist are just a few safety features that are standard.

The base model is close to $44,000 and the GT I have is close to $49,000. You could spend close to $57,000 for the top Citadel model but I agree with FCA that the GT offers everything that most people need and want.

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