Grand Cherokee + Suburban = Durango
By tsf on
2001 Dodge Durango Sport 4WD 4dr SUV (4.7L 8cyl 4A)
We wanted a V-8 SUV. Grand Cherokee was top on our list, but it wasn't any bigger inside than the Acura we were replacing. Suburban/Tahoe was too big for my wife, and too expensive for me! Then we found the Durango--fully loaded SLT 4.7L!!! It is the perfect blend of size--big enough for our small family, small enough that my wife is comfortable in it; plenty of power to tow the toys, and didn't break the bank (thanks in part to low resale value and bad press!). Drives pretty well (not as smooth or sturdy-feeling as a Sub/Tahoe, but not bad), great power (feels as fast as our '01 Acura TL), interior is as nice as Chevy's LT packages, and we even get near 20 freeway mpg (speed limit)
4.7L engine (almost as much power as the 5.9, w/ 50% better gas mileage--plus, it runs on regular instead of premium!); 3rd row seats; looks good; exhaust sounds great;
Interior panels don't match real well in color (compared to our Acura); needs a 2-hi, 4x4 auto, 4-hi, 4-lo transfer case setup for winter driving with changing road conditions, and better gas mileage when roads are not slippery. And no, no complaint about gas mileage--it is acceptable w/ the 4.7L.