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CAR OF THE MONTH May 2011

2011 Dodge Durango Citadel

Smart Sport Utility Vehicle

A three-quarter front view of a 2011 Dodge Durango Citadel

In short: A well-educated and powerful SUV.

Dodge Durango Citadel Review

As suggested by its name, the 2011 Dodge Durango Citadel is not merely another rough and rugged SUV — in actuality, this smart sport ute makes for an excellent city ride. Featuring all of the luxury amenities that one could want — including an on-board electronic information center, SIRIUS satellite radio and Uconnect Voice Command with Bluetooth — the Durango Citadel is perfect for soccer moms who desire both comfort and cargo space. And with the full-size SUV's three rows of seating providing room for seven, you may just feel compelled to take the whole team out for pizza after practice.

An interior view of the 2011 Dodge Durango Citadel

The 5.7-liter V8 HEMI engine of the 2011 Dodge Durango Citadel

On the road, we found the Durango Citadel to be surprisingly easy to maneuver in spite of its large size, with a turning radius that is smaller than those of many family sedans. However, measuring in at a length of almost 200 inches, the Durango may still present some problems when looking for street parking in busy urban areas. Luckily, things are made somewhat easier with the help of Dodge's advanced ParkView rear back-up camera and ParkSense rear park assist system. Other intelligent safety features include Blind Spot and Rear Cross Path Detection, and Forward Collision Warning.

A three-quarter rear view of a 2011 Dodge Durango Citadel

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Warranty/Service: Five-year/100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty; three-year/36,000-mile basic limited warranty; 24-hour towing assistance


QUICK SHEET
Base Price: $41,795 / As Tested: $46,825

Technical Specifications

Vehicle type: front engine, rear-wheel drive, 7-passenger, 4-door SUV

Engine: 5.7-liter V8 HEMI with VVT engine
Horsepower: 360 hp @ 5,150 rpm
Torque: 390 lb-ft @ 4,250 rpm
Transmission: 5-speed automatic

Curb weight:
5,133 lbs
Wheelbase: 119.8 in
Length/Width/Height: 199.8/85.5/70.9 in
Turning circle: 37.1 ft

Brakes:
4-wheel vented disc brakes with ABS and power assist
Suspension: short- and long-arm independent front; multi-link rear

Traction: electronic stability control; hill start assist; trailer sway damping

EPA City:
14 mpg
EPA Highway: 20 mpg

Safety:
driver and front passenger front airbags; driver and front passenger seat-mounted pelvic and thorax airbags; front and rear side-curtain airbags; blind spot monitoring; forward collision warning; rear cross-path detection

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