New manufacturing processes resulted in a more rigid chassis, which benefits from hydroformed boxed frame rails, a new independent front suspension and innovative adaptation of a Watts link rear suspension with coil springs. Basic Durango styling cues continued, but the current model is 7 inches longer and more than 3 inches taller than its predecessor. Plus, it can tow up to 8,950 pounds with the optional 3. The roofline slopes briefly downward at the rear, and the liftgate window curves in to meet it. It's smooth and quiet, quite different from earlier noisy, rough-riding sport-utilities.
The front fenders make the hood look as narrow as it is short. Instrumentation is clean, handsome, easy to read and easy to operate. Suggestion to other is to please check the car twice. This is no small virtue. Two V8s are available and both are superb.
For 2006, fuel economy is enhanced with the introduction of Chrysler's Multi-Displacement System on the Hemi, which disables four of the eight cylinders when cruising by deactivating the valve lifters. The windows have an extra layer of lamination to deaden sound. A power rear liftgate is now standard on the Limited. A V-6 and two Magnum V-8 engines are offered, topped by the famed 5. The short hood and flared fenders give the Durango the look of a big-rig truck. Interior Durangos can hold up to eight occupants when equipped with three rows of seats.
The Limited model's high-tech climate-control panel with automatic temperature adjustment is better. Large amounts of glass contribute to that feeling along with lots of cargo space. Under the Hood The base engine is a 210-horsepower, 3. Both V8 engines are good choices but for overall power, cost, and fuel economy we'd opt for the 5. Handling is less than ideal, even on the expressway, as the Durango is a little too inclined to edge out of its lane. Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle.
Its handling is stable and relatively agile. The Adventurer is equipped with a Thule roof rack with a choice of six rack systems or an Adventurer accessory kit. The subtle mineral gray side molding and front and rear fascias distinguish the Adventurer. Inside is a quiet, roomy, comfortable and technologically sophisticated cabin. Chrysler has an expensive new wind tunnel at its headquarters in Auburn Hills, Michigan, and it was used extensively when designing the second-generation Durango to reduce wind noise. Two integrated cup holders with removable neoprene for different sizes of drink containers are provided. Automatic-transmission reactions are better with the V-6, which is a little noisier when pushed.
Optional roll-sensing side curtain-type airbags protect passengers in all rows of seats. Also, the two-speed transfer case comes standard with the Hemi 4×4, optional with the other engines. Safety features include optional curtain air bags with roll-over sensors added for 2006, and we recommend them highly for the head protection they can provide to occupants in a side impact or rollover accident. Basic Durango styling cues continued, but the current model is 7 inches longer and more than 3 inches taller than its predecessor. Getting in and out demands quite a climb, but running boards and grab handles help. The front seats are comfortable, neither too soft nor too firm, and the four-spoke steering wheel is nice.
Suspensions differ among the three engine choices, but not dramatically. It comes with a four-speed automatic and is rated to pull a 3700-pound trailer. For 2006 the optional 5. A V-6 and two Magnum V-8 engines are offered, topped by the famed 5. A power liftgate is available on 2006 Durango models, a handy feature. Once back there, a small bubble in the ceiling provides additional headroom for third-row passengers.
Curtain airbags and electronic stability control are available as options. Shifting up or down between third and fourth gears is undetectable. Cargo volume behind the third row is 19 cubic feet; that space grows to 102. Also, the cargo floor is relatively low, thanks to the rear suspension design. The windshield is aerodynamically efficient and offers good visibility.
Reversible slush mats are included in the Adventurer model, which has a rubberized washable cargo liner. Interior Durangos can hold up to eight occupants when equipped with three rows of seats. The current Durango represented a clean-sheet design when it was introduced as a 2004 model, with nothing borrowed from the Ram pickup as before. Durangos come with rear-wheel drive or full-time four-wheel drive, which has Low-range gearing. Forward of that is another important compartment designed to serve as a fast-food bin. Standard 17-inch tires 18-inchers on the Limited are mounted on aluminum or chrome wheels. Chrysler modernized the basic design in 2004 after it had been gone but not forgotten for decades.
And a properly equipped Durango with the Hemi engine is rated to tow up to 8,950 pounds. When you need to slow down or stop, they'll be there. You can slide full-size sheets of plywood in back. Prices do not include manufacturer's destination and delivery charges. The second and third rows are notably easy to access because the rear doors open an exceptionally wide 84 degrees. The Durango has good brakes. Single headlight covers conceal dual lights.