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8.0
/ 10
On Styling
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$27,737
BASE MSRP
$29,195
On Styling
The 2011 Durango isn't as brazen as Dodge's muscle cars, but it's handsome and distinctive.
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STYLING | 8 out of 10

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a modern shape that appears athletic, strong and modern
Autoblog

There's no groundbreaking design here, but the dash is shapely and attractive
Edmunds' Inside Line

new lower fascias and bigger wheels lend the Durango a sportier, contemporary stance
Automobile Magazine

The five-speed automatic, however, does hold the powertrain back, often hesitating on downshifts and sometimes refusing to shift into the lowest possible gear.
Cars.com


At first glance, the Durango's new wagon body is less distinctive, and less muscular, than the old truck-based version. Chrysler's merged the Durango with the Grand Cherokee's unibody architecture and in the process, it's honed off the bulges and some of the character. That immense crosshair grille cants forward atop a short front overhang, but that's the last truly unique cue you can pick out as you move down the seven-seater's profile. From the rear, in particular, the Durango reads like second-generation Toyota Sequoia: blandly, benignly handsome.

The cockpit brings more real visual impact. Like the Grand Cherokee, the new Durango sends outdated, hard-edge plastics to the recycling bin. Snapped into place is a tightly fitted, attractive cabin 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.

Conclusion

The 2011 Durango isn't as brazen as Dodge's muscle cars, but it's handsome and distinctive.

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