It was Tuesday and the next press car delivered to the duPont REGISTRY had arrived, the 2014 Dodge Durango R/T. Bucky Worboys had the honor of driving the vehicle for the week and after he had the chance to enjoy the ride, I was able to sit down with him and get some feedback for our loyal readers.
The Durango is one of Dodge’s SUVs and the R/T version is the most exciting from the line-up. The billet-silver paint was fresh and the 20 inch aluminum wheels held a good shine. The headlights have been narrowed from last year’s design, giving it a sportier, meaner look but still keeping it family oriented. The grill has been re-crafted to give the SUV a more muscular look. The new Durango falls happily in the middle of large and small; it’s big, but not too big. Worboys made it a point to mention that when stepping inside, it required much less of a hop than expected for an SUV of its stature.
The interior was quite nice. Touches of red stitching on the seats and blue lights throughout made for a great touch. The seats were comfortable and the controls, such as the navigation and Uconnect, were easy to use and driver oriented. Those who carpooled with Bucky (to help the environment, of course) especially enjoyed the backseat’s dual screen Blu-ray DVD entertainment center.
The Durango boasts a 5.7-Liter V8 HEMI engine producing 360 hp and 390 lb-ft of torque controlled by an eight-speed automatic transmission. While he didn’t have the chance to take the SUV to our secret drag strip, Worboys did have a little fun taking off from the red lights.
Worboys especially enjoyed the strength of the engine and smooth shifting gears all the way up to 80 mph; on public roads, letting off the gas was surely the more responsible thing to do. On the highway, power was delivered when needed at any speed and the braking was strong, stopping quickly during traffic hours.
Worboys truly enjoyed having one for a week. The SUV provided great comfort, decent gas mileage and plenty of fun for our carpooling coworkers. It looks great and has the interior to match. Worboys strongly recommends this vehicle to those who have a family but still want the capability of towing their boat while traveling.