2014 Dodge Durango - Road Test Specs

2014 Dodge Durango SUV

(3.6L V6 8-speed Automatic)
Vehicle
Year Make Model2014 Dodge Durango Limited 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 8A)
Vehicle TypeRWD 4dr 7-passenger 4dr SUV
Base MSRP$37,190
Options on test vehicleSafety, Security and Convenience Group ($1,195 -- includes self-leveling headlights, HID headlights, power tilt-and-telescoping steering column, automatic wipers, automatic high beams, cargo cover, cargo net, blind spot monitor, rear cross traffic alert); Second-Row Fold-and-Tumble Captain's Chairs ($895 -- includes floor mat, third row mini console, second row mini console, second row seat-mounted inboard armrests); Navigation and Power Liftgate Group ($850 -- inclues GPS navigation, power liftgate, HD radio, Uconnect 8.4-inch touchscreen display, 1 year of Sirius/XM Traffic/Travel Link service)
As-tested MSRP$39,930
Assembly locationDetroit
North American parts content (%)68
Drivetrain
ConfigurationLongitudinal, front engine, rear-wheel drive
Engine typeNaturally aspirated, port-injected V6, gasoline
Displacement (cc/cu-in)3,604/220
Block/head materialAluminum/aluminum
ValvetrainDOHC, four valves per cylinder
Compression ratio (x:1)10.2
Redline, indicated (rpm)6,400
Fuel cutoff/rev limiter (rpm)6,600
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)290 @ 6,400
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)260 @ 4,800
Fuel type87-octane recommended
Transmission typeEight-speed automatic with console shifter and steering-mounted paddles
Transmission ratios (x:1)I: 4.714; II: 3.143; III: 2.106; IV: 1.667; V: 1.285; VI: 1.00; VII: 0.839; VIII: 0.667; R: 3.295
Final-drive ratio (x:1)3.45
Chassis
Suspension, frontIndependent, long and short arm, coil springs, twin-tube dampers, stabilizer bar
Suspension, rearIndependent, multilink, coil springs, twin-tube dampers
Steering typeElectric-over-hydraulic-assist, rack-and-pinion power steering
Steering ratio (x:1)19
Tire make and modelMichelin Latitude Tour Radial X
Tire typeAll-season, low-rolling resistance (36 psi cold front; 36 psi cold rear)
Tire sizeP265/60R18 M+S 109T
Wheel size18-by-8 inches front and rear
Wheel materialPolished alloy
Brakes, front13-inch one-piece ventilated cast-iron rotors with 2-piston sliding calipers
Brakes, rear13-inch one-piece solid cast-iron rotors with single-piston sliding calipers
Track Test Results
Acceleration, 0-30 mph (sec.)2.8
0-45 mph (sec.)4.8
0-60 mph (sec.)7.8
0-75 mph (sec.)11.3
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)15.7 @ 88.1
0-60 with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)7.5
0-30 mph, trac ON (sec.)3.0
0-45 mph, trac ON (sec.)5.0
0-60 mph, trac ON (sec.)7.8
0-75 mph, trac ON (sec.)11.3
1/4-mile, trac ON (sec. @ mph)15.7 @ 88.9
0-60, trac ON with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)7.5
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)32
60-0 mph (ft.)124
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)60.0
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph) ESC ON59.5
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.75
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g) ESC ON0.72
Sound level @ idle (dB)42.7
@ Full throttle (dB)74.8
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)62.3
Engine speed @ 70 mph (rpm)2,000
Test Driver Ratings & Comments
Acceleration commentsDecent power and torque at low engine speeds and at a dead stop; however, not a hint of wheelspin -- even with traction control shut off. Upshifts are quite smooth and right at redline, so no need to attempt manual shifting with the paddles. I found a slight advantage by holding the truck on the brakes for a moment, but it was only worth about a tenth of a second.
Braking commentsThe brake pedal lacks feel and in our simulated panic stop, its initial resistance goes softer and the pedal travels all the way to the floor by the time the truck comes to a rest. I wouldn't call this a reassuring feeling at all. Despite this, the stopping distances were consistent. The Durango dives moderately, but the rear never feels light and stability remains good.
Handling commentsThe steering lacks feedback and weight, so there's a sense of disconnection that doesn't really suit the occasion (of tossing a nearly 5,000-pound vehicle around at 60 mph). Were it more stable than it feels, this would be OK; however, the rear of the Durango begins to walk around by the third cone in our 600-foot slalom test and then the electronic stability system (ESC) begins to intervene with pronounced brake applications. There's a little more leniency in the ESC with traction control disabled, but this really shows up on the skid pad, where it cuts the throttle dramatically to minimize tire howl when it's left on. The Durango tracks well here and the chassis feels more balanced, but the light and/or vague steering remains.
Testing Conditions
Test date5/13/2014
Elevation (ft.)1,121
Temperature (F)84.8
Relative humidity (%)10.1
Barometric pressure (in. Hg)28.9
Wind (mph, direction)11.8/cross
Odometer (mi.)3,274
Fuel used for test87-octane gasoline
As-tested tire pressures, f/r (psi)36/36
Fuel Consumption
EPA fuel economy (mpg)20 combined/18 city/25 highway
Edmunds observed (mpg)15.8 overall, 22 on Edmunds test loop
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)24.6
Driving range (mi.)615
Audio and Advanced Technology
iPod/digital media compatibilityStandard iPod via USB jack SD card
Satellite radioStandard Sirius
Hard-drive music storage capacity (Gb)Not available
Rear seat video and entertainmentOptional DVD player
Bluetooth phone connectivityStandard
Navigation systemOptional hard drive with traffic 8.4-inch display screen (measured diagonally)
Telematics (OnStar, etc.)Not available
Smart entry/StartStandard ignition
Parking aidsStandard parking sonar, rear back-up camera, optional rear cross-traffic detection
Blind-spot detectionOptional
Adaptive cruise controlOptional
Lane-departure monitoringNot available
Collision warning/avoidanceOptional
Night VisionNot available
Driver coaching displayNot available
Dimensions & Capacities
Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)4,838
Curb weight, as tested (lbs.)4,852
Weight distribution, as tested, f/r (%)49.1/50.9
Length (in.)201.2
Width (in.)75.8
Height (in.)70.9
Wheelbase (in.)119.8
Track, front (in.)63.9
Track, rear (in.)64.1
Turning circle (ft.)37.1
Legroom, front (in.)40.3
Legroom, rear (in.)38.6
Legroom, 3rd row (in.)31.5
Headroom, front (in.)39.9
Headroom, rear (in.)39.8
Headroom, 3rd row (in.)37.8
Shoulder room, front (in.)58.5
Shoulder room, rear (in.)50.4
Shoulder room, 3rd row (in.)50.4
Seating capacity6
Max cargo volume behind 1st row (cu-ft)84.5
behind 2nd row (cu-ft)47.7
behind 3rd row (cu-ft)17.2
GVWR (lbs.)6,500
Payload, mfr. max claim (lbs.)1,330
Tow capacity, mfr. claim (lbs.)6,200
Ground clearance (in.)8.1
Approach angle (degrees)16.3
Departure angle (degrees)21.5
Warranty
Bumper-to-bumper3 years/36,000 miles
Powertrain5 years/100,000 miles
Corrosion5 years/100,000 miles
Roadside assistance5 years/100,000 miles

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