2012 Dodge Durango Specs – The 3.6-liter V-6 is for lighter-duty users. Its 290 horsepower (and 260 pound-feet) pull the Durango strongly enough for passenger duty, and in the 2012 Dodge Durango there’s less of the exhaust boom we’ve noticed with the same engine in the Grand Cherokee. See also the Dodge Dart 2013 for your information. The five-speed automatic’s also smoother in shifting than the new six-speeds in Chrysler’s revamped car lineup, while refinements this year have added a mile per gallon to its highway fuel economy. Drivers who tow or regularly carry a full load of cargo and people should opt for the strong, snarly HEMI 5.7-liter V-8.
The Interior and Exterior
The big Dodge crosshair grille sets up a tall SUV stance that smooths out down the sides. The shape of this long-profile seven-seater reminds us more of a Toyota Sequoia than the old, flare-fendered Durango this ute replaced, but it’s still a fairly muscular shape.
There’s more visual impact in the cockpit, where some of that more authoritative, truck-like heritage has been carried over. Like the Grand Cherokee, the new Durango sends outdated, hard-edge plastics to the recycling bin.
Instead, there are tightly fitted, superb cabin appointments, with big red-needled gauges, simple climate-control knobs, and backpedaled touches of bright and soft metallic trim. With leather upholstery, woven red inserts and red stitching, and white trim rings on the dials, even the R/T feels bold yet very tastefully done. In any case, the Durango feels less like an on-a-budget utility vehicle and more like a luxury SUV, done right.
The 2012 Dodge Durango Specs
- Gas Mileage 16 mpg City/23 mpg Hwy
- Engine Gas/Ethanol V6, 3.6L
- EPA Class 2WD Sport Utility Vehicle
- Style Name 2WD 4dr SXT
- Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive
- Passenger Capacity 7
- Passenger Doors 4
- Body Style Sport Utility
- Transmission 5-speed automatic transmission
- Price $28,995
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