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2013 Dodge Durango RT SUV

2013 Dodge Durango Review

(0 Stars)  Carlike ride with SUV capability.

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New For 2013
SXT models can now be optioned with the Rallye Appearance Group, which means 5 more hp than the standard V-6 model with the looks of an R/T. Crew models now have standard premium leather seating, heated first-and second-row seats, and bright door handles. The Technology Group, which includes blind-spot and rear cross-path detection monitoring, as well as adaptive cruise control, can now be added to the R/T.
Overview
The Durango was redesigned a couple years ago with new exterior styling and a surprisingly luxurious interior. Because of that top-to-bottom makeover, the Durango had few changes last year, and the story is much the same for 2013. Behind the signature cross-hair grille is Chrysler’s fuel-efficient 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine and a five-speed automatic transmission, which come standard. A 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 is optional, and it brings with it a six-speed automatic. Towing capacity is rated at 6200 and 7400 pounds, respectively, for the two powertrains, and rear- or all-wheel drive is available with either engine. The Durango’s unibody construction is similar to that of the Mercedes-Benz M-class and the Jeep Grand Cherokee and is a welcome contrast to the old body-on-frame chassis that punished occupants of the previous Durango. Thanks to the underpinning swap, the Durango has surprisingly good body control. Add in nice brake-pedal feel and accurate steering, and you have a 5000-pound SUV that feels astonishingly light on its feet. The interior features three rows of seats with room for seven, but second-row captain’s chairs are also available. Outward visibility is only OK due to the high front cowl, but the Durango still successfully combines SUV capability, crossover versatility, and carlike performance.

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2013 Durango R/T Sport Utility Vehicle Overview

  Performance Review  
Engine: 5.7L HEMI V 8 OHV and variable valve timing
Unleaded fuel
Fuel economy: Gasoline 14 MPG city, 20 MPG highway, 16 MPG combined and 393 mi. range
Multi-point fuel injection
24.6gallon fuel tank
Power (SAE): 360 hp @ 5,150 rpm; 390 ft lb of torque @ 4,250 rpm

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'13 Dodge RT SUV Standard Equipment

  Braking and Handling  
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Four Wheel ABS
  Climate Control  
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Front Air Conditioning
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Rear Air Conditioning
  Convenience  
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Auto On Headlights
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Cruise Control
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Keyless Entry
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Power Locks
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Power Trunk/Liftgate
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Power Windows
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Steering Wheel Scope
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Vehicle Information Center
  Exterior  
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Privacy Glass
  Interior  
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Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel
  Safety  
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Auto Day/Night Mirror
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Brake Assist
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Driver Air Bag
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Engine Immobilizer
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Front Fog Lights
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Front Wipers, Variable Intermittent
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Heated Outside Mirrors
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HID Headlights
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Passenger Air Bag
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Side Air Bag(s)
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Stability Control
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Theft Deterrent System
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Traction Control
  Seats  
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Folding Rear Seat
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Third row seat
  Sound and Entertainment  
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Satellite Radio
  Suspension  
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Sport Suspension
  Technology  
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Blue Tooth Compatible
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GPS/Satellite Communication
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Homelink Universal Transmitter
  Tires and Wheels  
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Alloy Wheels
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Full Spare Tire
  Trucks and Towing  
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Engine Oil Cooler
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