2011 Dodge Durango Citadel 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 5A)
I bought my 2011 durango citadel v 8 AWD brand new in late 2011. Ive had it 4 years now and have about 25,000 miles on it. (My commute to work is short). My previous suv was the Toyota Sequoia limited, and before that we had a land rover discovery. The toyota was very reliable and i was afraid with the poor reputation of chrysler/dodge products, i would be visiting the dodge service center a lot with the durango. I got every option dodge offered on the durango citadel: heated and cooled seats, blind spot monitoring, sunroof, all wheel drive, heated steering wheel, in ceiling video system, Nav, and much more. I assumed with all these gadgets i would see the service department on a regular basis. I really loved the redesigned 2011 durango /grand cherokee styling on the exterior and also the interior of the 2011 durango and i was willing to take the risk. We needed the third row seat so that excluded he grand cherokee. I didnt know about a lot of the neat interior lighting until i owned it and drove it at night. I passed on a new Toyota Sequoia and the land rover lr4, and im really glad i did. This vehicle is awesome. With around 380 HP IT WILL FLY. It drives like a sports car but can carry 7 people to the ski resort with ease. Its great on long trips with the heated and cooled seats, and it is real quiet on the road. The hemi v8 with dual exhaust also has a great sound. It carries our kids with ease, they can watch movies while my wife and i can talk, and it can tow a trailer/boat with ease. This truck has been near flawless. Its had better reliability than my Toyota Sequoia. The durango has just been to the shop for oil changes, tire rotations, and regular maintenance. Everything has worked perfect since day 1. The vehicle has surprised me with the quality, even with all the things on it that could go wrong. Dodge got this suv right, and i assume the models from 2012 to 2105 are great choices also. The only dislike is the width of the factory roof luggage rack. On trips, we use a Thule luggage box and put bikes on the roof. Its tight. I wish the luggage bars were wider. I highly recommend this suv.
Bought it brand new. 2 years and 36k later:
Good: Nice design in and out. Looks amazing when clean. Smooth powerful V8 Hemi. Tops in towing. Actual useable 3rd row seating.
Bad: Exterior build quality is complete junk. The front bumper pops out and is now cracking like its going to fall off. The exterior mirror housing is frayed and already replaced only to have the same problem return. Tail lights feel loose and move when touched. The drivers door is not aligned with the rest of the body. Car has failed to start once- apparently a known issue with Dodges- failing TIPM's (Google it for more info.). Hemi spark plugs have to be changed every 30k miles. Recommended gas is 89.
Blue interior LED lighting, the Hemi power/ smoothness, sexy design, interior build quality, Garmin based navigation.
Improve exterior build quality!!! No wonder Dodge and other US automakers have been (and still are) behind the foreigners. It was also very difficult to find all the features that I wanted in the same car. Dodge had a very complex system where options get put together on cars that make no sense.
2011 Dodge Durango Crew 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 5A)
I was so excited to get my Durango in June 2011.
Since then I have experienced odd hiccupping, like its missing, when accelerating up hills.
An extremely irritating rattle in the dash.
I have had to have the back of the driver's seat replaced twice because the clips that hold it on break.
The review mirror had to be replaced because the night dimmer decided to just stay on all the time.
The key fob does not always work.
Sometimes the push button start cannot detect the key.
Since most of these issues are intermittent, of course, they cannot reproduce them.
At least my seat and mirror are fixed for now.
2011 Dodge Durango Citadel 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 5A)
24000 miles later and I would buy this again. We liked it so much that we have now bought a 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland Summit and a 2012 Ram Laramie Crew Cab.
The technology is amazing.
After lots of research there is no other SUV ( except the GC Overlands etc) that offer all this technolog PERIOD.
And if they did, i.e Land Rover ( no ventilated seats nor adaptive cruise in LR4 even available ) it would cost $20k more then the Durango.
Auto high beams work great, adaptive cruise a blessing, heated steering wheel.
Handles amazing for any SUV. Entry and exit height perfect, not to high nor to low.
Interior one of the best, better then other American brands
Ventilated and heated seats
Xenon low beams
Auto high beams
Keyless entry and start
Road noise over bumps, otherwise quiet
Tolerance on exterior panels not up to snuff compared to competitors.
I have a 2011 Durango RT V-8. It wasnt cheap but man am I spoiled! It is gorgeous! I love the interior space and quality...it has everything you could need and then some. I have 4 kids and there is space for them and friends even! I am always picking up extra kids. They love the satellite tv and dvd player. My only complaint is the gas milage..while I realize its a v8 and I expected as much, it feels like Im at the pump every day lol. I have put 10k on it and other than oil changes and a balance/rotation all has been great! Its very peppy and fun to drive...wouldnt trade it in for anything. I just love it and so does the rest of the family!!!!
black leather interior with red stitching, interior space...what dont i love?
none other than maybe gas mileage. Oh and when the dvd is open and back headrests are up..its impossible to see out of the rear window.