We recently traded in our Jeep Liberty Renegade for a 2008 Durango SLT with the newly redone 4.7L V8.
We couldn't be happier with our decision.
The 3.7L in the Jeep was a gas hog (maybe due to my heavy foot) even on long 55mph drives the best MPG I could get were 18.
What it lacked in efficiency it didn't make up with space.
That is there the Durango rules.
Plenty of power from the 303hp V8 on hand for passing slo-pokes.
Haven't put the 330lbs of tor que to use yet, but look forward to pulling with it soon.
We love the space, the power on hand and the styling of this vehicle.
The body on frame construction will be appreciated when it comes time to tow.
We have not used E85 but feel like it might come in handy if we take a long trip across flat lands.
The SLT has some nice features standard, but our added sunroof is entertaining for the youngsters in the backseat.
The Red Inferno Pearl looks gorgeous and stands out among the sea of white/silver Durangos all over the roads of America.
The rear doors open 90degrees making it easy to get kids/cargo in and out of the middle of the vehicle.
We are a family of four with both of our children still in child seats and there is plenty of room in the middle seats for the safety seats.
I will note that the larger, fancier child seats have a hard time rear facing, due to the angle of the Dodges seat.
The four OEM speakers in the SLT leave a lot to be desired, but that is an easy fix.
Replacing 16 spark plugs will get pricey when tune-up time arrives.
It would be cool if the 4.7 had the cylinder cut-out of the 5.7 but the sticker savings reflects the lack of this feature in a fair way.
If you are looking at a used Durango, 2008 or newer.
The 235hp V8 is a waste of time for a vehicle this heavy.