2014 Dodge Durango Gets New Eight-Speed Transmission

2013 New York Auto Show


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    2014 Dodge Durango Picture

    2014 Dodge Durango. | March 27, 2013

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2013 New York Auto Show

Just the Facts:
  • The 2014 Dodge Durango debuts at the 2013 New York Auto Show on Thursday with a new eight-speed automatic transmission that may be a game-changer in its segment.
  • The Durango's new transmission boosts fuel efficiency up to 9 percent, according to Chrysler.
  • The 2014 Durango will go on sale in the third quarter.

NEW YORK — The 2014 Dodge Durango debuts at the 2013 New York Auto Show on Thursday with a new eight-speed automatic transmission that may be a game-changer in its segment.

In comparison, the 2013 Honda Pilot (a Durango rival) is equipped with a five-speed automatic transmission. The 2013 Chevrolet Traverse and 2013 Ford Explorer, also Durango competitors, get six-speed automatic transmissions.

The 2014 Durango will go on sale in the third quarter. Pricing was not announced.

Chrysler apparently had two goals with the Durango: to make it less thirsty and to give it "an even more sinister look than the previous model," according to a company statement.

The Durango gets a new front fascia and new projector headlights with optional LED running lights. Chrysler said the Durango will be offered in five trim levels: SXT, Rallye, R/T, Citadel and a new Limited model. There is no 2014 Durango SRT8 in the lineup.

The standard eight-speed transmission in the Durango boosts fuel efficiency up to 9 percent, according to Chrysler. The new transmission features a rotary shifter.

The EPA has not released official fuel economy numbers on the 2014 Durango.

The 2013 Dodge Durango 2WD with a 3.6-liter V6 engine and five-speed automatic transmission returns 16 mpg in city driving and 23 mpg on the highway, according to the EPA. The 2013 Durango 2WD with a 5.7-liter V8 engine and six-speed automatic transmission returns 14 mpg in city driving and 20 mpg on the highway, according to the EPA.

The 2014 Durango gets carryover engines. They are a standard 290-horsepower 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 and a 360-hp 5.7-liter Hemi V8.

Options on the 2014 Durango include second-row captain's chairs, a heated steering wheel, heated and ventilated seats, and accent stitching.

Edmunds says: A couple of key questions remain unanswered. How much will the fancy new transmission add to the bottom line and just how much will it save consumers at the pump?

Comments

  • wackford wackford Posts:

    Yeah, but where is the diesel? The Grand Cherokee and RAM 1500 get it, but the Durango doesn't? It makes far more sense in the Durango than it does in the GC, and it makes sense in the GC! What a pity.

  • carguy3101 carguy3101 Posts:

    Dodge wants to increase sales of the Durango and they replace the shifter with a knob??? GET RID OF IT!!! A knob has no place in a Dodge truck or SUV. I've waited a year for the '14 Dodge Durango with an 8-speed. but I'll not buy one if it has a knob. The shifter is part of the driving experience not to mention a place to rest your hand. There's still time to correct this egregious error before production. GET RID OF IT and put in a shifter.

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