The 2014 Dodge Durango manages to straddle a few different kinds of utility vehicles, successfully.
It's sized as a three-row crossover but endowed with medium-duty all-wheel drive and some pretty impressive towing ability, altogether adding up to something more rugged than the Ford Explorer, trumping it in towing capacity.
Meanwhile Dodge's own Grand Caravan, for those willing to own up to reality, probably makes a lot of sense (more sense) for busy families, unless you're truly carrying a large boat on the weekends.
The Toyota Sequioa carries more people and tows more weight, but it's less nimble and less nice than the Dodge, period.
The Chevy Traverse is suited to carrying people and pulling a light trailer--and the same goes for the brand-new Nissan Pathfinder, as it gives up on its truck roots entirely and goes carlike with its drivetrain and its flip-and-fold, seven-passenger seating.
Finally, there's a real minivan,
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|2014 Dodge DurangoBrowse Used Listings||2014 Chevrolet TraverseBrowse Used Listings||2014 Dodge Grand CaravanBrowse Used Listings||2014 Ford ExplorerBrowse Used Listings||2014 Nissan PathfinderBrowse Used Listings||2014 Toyota SequoiaBrowse Used Listings|
|14 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy||16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy||16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy||19 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy||13 MPG City / 17 MPG Hwy|
|Regular Unleaded V-6||Gas V6||Regular Unleaded V-6||Regular Unleaded V-6||Regular Unleaded V-6||Regular Unleaded V-8|
|N/A||2WD Sport Utility Vehicle||2WD Minivans||Standard Sport Utility Vehicles 2WD||Small Sport Utility Vehicles 2WD||N/A|
|2WD 4-Door SXT||FWD 4-Door LS||4-Door Wagon SE 30th Anniversary||FWD 4-Door Base||2WD 4-Door S||RWD 5.7L SR5 (GS)|
|Rear Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive|
|Sport Utility||Sport Utility||Passenger Van||Sport Utility||Sport Utility||Sport Utility|
|Automatic w/OD||Automatic||Multi-Speed Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/OD||CVT w/OD||Automatic w/OD|
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