The Durango starts off with the SXT trim. It's powered by the now-ubiquitous Pentastar 3.6-liter V6 with 290 horsepower and a five-speed automatic. Rear-wheel drive is standard, but all-wheel drive is optional. SXT models get 18-inch alloy wheels, 7 seats, tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a full complement of power amenities and safety features, tri-zone automatic climate control and a six-speaker audio system with AUX input.
The Crew trim adds the power liftgate, power front seats with memory settings for the driver, rear parking sensors and backup camera, nine-speaker audio system with hard drive storage for music and Chrysler's UConnect system, which incorporates Bluetooth and iPod interfaces.
The 5.7-liter Hemi V8 is optional and comes with a six-speed automatic. The R/T tries to be sportier with the Hemi standard, along with chunky 20-inch alloy wheels, body-colored trim along the exterior, lowered and revised suspension, high-intensity headlamps and an Alcantara interior. The Citadel is the most luxurious Durango and comes loaded with special 20-inch alloy wheels, big chrome grille, automatic wipers and headlamps, heated and cooled front seats and heated second-row, power adjustments for the heated steering wheel, power sunroof, leather seats and navigation with satellite traffic and weather.
The Ford Explorer has more advanced in-car technology and a more efficient powertrain lineup, but tows less. The Chevrolet Traverse seats up to 8 and is more spacious, but has a cheaper-feeling interior. The Honda Pilot is more maneuverable but has polarizing styling and mediocre fit and finish. And while the Chevrolet Tahoe tows more, it's much more cumbersome to drive.
If you're downsizing from a full-size SUV, the Durango will surprise by its optional V8 engine and towing ability that bests any crossover. Buyers coming from a luxury SUV will also be pleased by the quality and refinement of the top-trim Citadel. The Durango can be viewed as a best-of-both-worlds vehicle that can be a refined, but practical, family rig.
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