Even though Chrysler will reportedly discontinue the Dodge Durango after the current model’s lifespan (said to be around 2016) doesn’t mean that they are done tweaking the formula for this full-size, three-row SUV.
For 2014, Dodge is putting emphasis on family resemblance; the Durango borrows the Charger’s and Dart’s LED light-bar taillamp setup. Up front, it gets an updated grille, raised front bumper and new projector-beam headlights with available LED daytime running lights. A more sculpted hood and pronounced fenders give it a muscular look, channeling the Challenger’s curves.
On the tech side, the instrument panel looks to have been redesigned to include a standard seven-inch thin-film transistor (TFT) gauge cluster, and it also appears as if Chrysler’s well-liked UConnect system has been updated with the 8.4-inch touchscreen found in other Chrysler vehicles. The 2013 model’s conventional console shifter has been replaced by a rotary knob for gear selection.
Powertrains carryover for 2014: The 290-horsepower, 3.6-liter V-6 and 360-hp, 5.7-liter V-8 are again available. A standard capless fuel filler is new this year. Chrysler says the 2014 Durango will be “up to 9%” more efficient than the outgoing model thanks to the new transmission and new Eco mode; the latter alters throttle response and the transmission’s shift points to maximize fuel efficiency.
The 2014 Dodge Durango will go on sale in Q3 of this year and as we said above should be around for 3.5 more years.