2001 Dodge Durango Sport 4WD 4dr SUV (4.7L 8cyl 4A)
We've had this car for almost 3 years. It has been very reliable and functional. We cross-shopped it against full-size GM's, and have been reasonably happy with our choice, although we've regretted it at times as well. Not as smooth as a Tahoe, and not nearly as roomy (the Durango is very narrow for an SUV), but much cheaper and has all the capability of a full-size (can tow as much and haul as many people). While we haven't loved it, and at times have wished we spent extra on a full-size GM, our Durango has served its purpose very well.
Heavy duty running gear for a mid-size. Fold flat rear seat. Best cupholders and center console. Plenty of power and sounds good. Affordably priced, nice interior, very capable 4x4 off-road.
Uses more gas than a Suburban, needs both 2-hi and full-time AWD settings (ie, GM), 4-wheel ABS should be standard (rear ABS is useless), wider interior, more supportive bucket seats, high depreciation.
† Edmunds.com received the highest numerical score in the proprietary J.D. Power 2014 Third-Party Automotive Website Evaluation Study℠. Results based on responses from 3,381 responses, measuring 14 companies and measures third-party automotive website usefulness among new and used vehicle shoppers. Proprietary study results are based on experiences and perceptions of owners surveyed from January 2014. Your experiences may vary. Visit jdpower.com.