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2012 Dodge Durango- A Touch Of Tough Elegance

Published October 11, 2012

2012 Dodge Durango BlackThere is something to be said about Dodge vehicles that set them apart. Whether it is a sedan, minivan, or in this case, an SUV, their lineup offers a different perspective of what an automobile is or can be. This sort of thinking is what makes their vehicles so distinctive in design, and nowhere is this more apparent than with this year’s 2012 Dodge Durango. I was a fan when it first came out, and although it has been sidetracked by heavy sales of Chevy Tahoe’s and Nissan Armadas this SUV is still hanging in there. While it may not be as wildly popular as it was when it debuted it still has a lot to offer. With a more streamlined exterior, the 2012 model loses the harsh, squared lines on its back side to offer a more refined and rounded look. With all these changes you would think the 2012 Dodge Durango has lost its tough edge, but unlike many other SUVs this one still has the capacity to tow anywhere from 6,200 to 7,400 pounds depending on the model.
The sleek, understated changes do not stop on the outside. The interior is a continuation in quality of truly great features, whether you buy the SXT model or the CREW, RT, or Citadel versions. Outfitted in 18″ aluminum wheels, ready alert breaking, and a 290 horsepower, V6 engine the SXT base model is a great introductory card for the Durango’s more expensive trims. 2012 Dodge Durango InteriorThey get successively better, but do not reach the astronomical costs of other SUVs in the same class. The 2012 Dodge Durango Crew is next in line coming in at $33,795 and boasts a touch-screen media center, Alpine speakers, alarm system, and back up camera to help you when parking. For additional features and comfort you will want to check out the Citadel model, which will cost you about $41,000. In return you get 20″ chrome aluminum wheels, Napa leather seats, GPS, front collision notice, and you can opt for Sirius TV for those long road trips. To truly appreciate all of this you have to take a look and take in the understated yet stylish and tasteful interiors. It is one thing to describe them, but seeing believes and this SUV gets it so damn right. Because it is not trying to be something it is not, it doesn’t feel like it falls short when compared to more refined and expensive imports.

 Smooth Performance and Solid Reliability

2012 Dodge Durango InnerWhether you choose the V6 with 290 horsepower, or the more powerful V8 revved with 360 hp the 2012 Dodge Durango provides a smooth ride for city or highway driving. For the speed enthusiast you can opt for the Hemi V8 version, which would integrate seamlessly with the tough elegance of this SUV. It fares rather well in fuel economy when equipped with the V6 engine at 23mpg for highway driving. The 2012 Dodge Durango proves to be a great vehicle if you are looking for a reliable and unassuming quality SUV.



Calvin Escobar
About Calvin Escobar

The Car scene is so diverse Where I come from, most enthusiasts recognize the amazing engineering (particularly the engines). The bulk of the ridicule originates from the manner in which many of the vehicles are modded/maintained. Thus, the jokes and or hate tends to be aimed more at the owner rather than the machine. All of which makes seeing properly sorted old Toyota's and Hondas at car meets, auto shows, and track days all the more refreshing.

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