I recently bought the 2014 Dodge Durango after 8 months of researching it.
Wanted the R/t but
I ended up purchasing the Limited Trim level which to my surprise had a Hemi!
I believe that the Limited trim level with the Hemi is a great value for all the features you get, almost like having a Citadel Minus extra chrome and rain sensing wipers but at a much cheaper price!
I had to get used to the gas mileage which is to be expected with a V-8.
The Uconnect is awesome, though I had some issues with the bluetooth pairing, keeping my phone paired.
This is largely due to the software being capatible with iOS 6 and not 7 (apple users). Updates are to come for that. Other than that I love It!
Overall, we like this vehicle. It drives great, is comfortable to ride in and bucket seats for the 2nd row are a great feature. It was recently when we noticed things we did not like. Changing a turn signal bulb is impossible. The whole front bumper needs removed in order to reach the light, it is not an easy fix as other vehicles. Nor is finding the battery. My husband needed to jump his work truck and he could not because the battery is not easily accessible. There is a blind spot for the driver on the right side between the 2nd and 3rd row seats, the head rest is in the way and the area between the 2 windows is very wide.
I recently bought a 2014 Dodge Durango R/T. Have only put about 500 miles on it, but I thought I would share some impressions and minor gripes.
Overall, I love this car and am very happy with it. I looked at the Highlander, Traverse, and to a lesser extent the Pilot, Pathfinder, Explorer, Acadia, Santa Fe, and Mazda CX9. Things that mattered to me were 3d row seating and towing, since I would like to get (but have not yet gotten) a boat. ;-) The Durango is far and away the class leader w/ tow capacity.
*UPDATE @ 55,000 MILES*
I still love this vehicle every but as much as the day I bought it. This summer, I towed a camper trailer that probably weighed 6000lbs+ from Missouri to Utah and back. The Durango R/T hardly broke a sweat.
Even with two kids, the interior (black leather) has held up so well some people still ask me if the car is new.
I continue to love the UConnect interface, dashboard controls, and EVIC.
I did get a third-party seat ventilator because I didn't have the A/C seat option. With a dark vehicle w/ black leather interior, I found that to be kind of essential in the summer months.
This guy does drink gas, though. I can get 22/23 mpg on the highway on long hauls in eco mode, but with city driving (including stops, etc.) I am probably getting only 12/13. 16mpg or so might be my overall mix. Not great, but totally worth it for the power.
Great engine( when it does not smoke at start up) great everything, except for the stuff that's not great!
Engine smokes at start up sometimes, dealer told me it's break in, well I'm at 5000 miles now and it still does it sometimes!
Dip stick is useless, if you see oil on it, you've got too much oil in there, how dumb is that? You add 7 quarts only and ignore the dipstick.
Oil usage, wow! the PCV system on the engine blows, I mean blows oil into the intake(see the blue smoke comments all over the web!)
Rear suspension noise, traded a 12 year old explorer that rode quieter than this thing, harsh and loud.
Stereo, has a serious bug that means the bass settings are just random numbers depending on where you have the volume set, dodge can't or won't fix it.
It's a super car, that's been built so cheaply it's awful, $46k is a lot of money, only 5000 miles in I should be really happy, instead I can't wait to get rid of it, and that's a real shame.
Steering column is broke and is on national back order
written on 07-11-2014
I bought my Durango in February of 2014.
Like the previous reviewer mentioned, it was my dream machine too.
I really enjoyed driving it.
My only criticism was that the inside storage capacity is compromised by having a DVD player in the compartment between the two front
However, soon after, I noticed that during hard acceleration, my RPMs were going up without the car actually accelerating.
Took it to the dealer, and was told that the steering column is defected, and that can affect the transmission, as well as abs breaks, which could make the car dangerous to drive.
It has been 5 business days since they ordered a part, and the part is still on backorder