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Bulked-Up SUV
2005 Dodge Durango 4x4 Adventurer
By Alain Gayot

In short: A large and thirsty hauler of an SUV.

We were very excited when the first generation Durango came out and even contemplated buying one. So, when the re-design came out, we were curious. But unfortunately, this Durango turned out to be somewhat disappointing. We didn't know whether we liked the new body style or not, and we didn't know if the bulked up vehicle really offered more and was necessary. Yes, there is more space inside, and the third row seating is decent. And it is great to haul a bunch of stuff and people around in, but you’ll pay for it dearly at the pump as the gas mileage we got was simply obnoxious. Is the extra space worth the extra cost? That's something you'll have to decide. The only thing that surely cheered us up was the deep molten red pearl paint.

Warranty/Service: Bumper-to-Bumper New Vehicle Limited Warranty, 12 months/12,000 miles. Basic, 36 months/36,000 miles. Powertrain, 70,000 Miles / 84 Months.


Price as tested: $38,260

Technical Specifications

Performance Data

Engine: 5.7L HEMI Magnum V-8

Transmission: Five-speed automatic

Safety: Front advanced multistage air bags, supplemental side air bags

Top Speed: Circa 112 mph

Acceleration: 0-60 in 7.2 sec.

Braking: 70-0 mph in 186 ft, Anti-lock 4-Wheel Disc Brakes

Fuel Economy: 13/city,

Handling: Electronic Stability Program

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Photography: Walter Mladina

(Updated: 07/28/08 HC)