Dodge Durango Through The Years

Dodge Durango Overview

From a truck-based and rugged mid-size SUV, to a sleek and modern full-sized SUV, the Dodge Durango has changed dramatically over only 3 generations. The Durango has been forced into rapid evolution to fit the unstable needs and desires of SUV buys over the last 2 decades. Today, Carsforsale.com is taking a look at the history of the legendary Dodge Durango through the years.

Dodge Durango Through the Years

1st Generation (1998 – 2003)

1998 dodge durango

  • Dodge released the Durango in 1998 as a mid-size SUV with the body-on-frame construction found in the Dodge Dakota.
  • The first Durango could tow up to 7,500 lbs, and was only available with 4WD.
  • A 5.2L V8 was the standard engine.
  • In 1999, both 2WD and 4WD were available.
  • Also in 1999, a 3.9L V6 was made available, and then eliminated in 2000.
  • Also in 2000, the top Durango R/T came with a 5.9L V8.
  • 2001 brought about significant interior improvements, with available features like premium audio and dual-zone climate control.

2nd Generation (2004 – 2009)

2004 Dodge Durango

  • The 2nd gen Dodge Durango was considered a full-size SUV after growing 2 inches wider, 3 inches taller, and 7 inches longer.
  • A new coil-spring rear suspension was added.
  • Engine options included a 3.7L V6, a 4.7L V8, and a 5.7L HEMI V8
  • In 2007, the Durango received design tweaks on the grille, headlamps, and hood.
  • Also in 2007, the Chrysler Aspen was introduced, the luxury cousin to the Dodge Durango.
  • A 2-mode hybrid option was briefly available in 2009.

3rd Generation (2011 –        )

2016 Dodge Durango

  • After a 2010 hiatus, the Durango returned in 2011 with a dramatic interior and exterior redesign.
  • The only engines currently available are a standard 3.6L V6, and a HEMI 5.7L V8.
  • The Durango is currently built on the same platform as the Jeep Grand Cherokee.
  • Dodge gave its SUV a minor refresh in 2014, adding sportier lines, new LED “Racetrack” tail lights, an 8-speed automatic tranny, and more.
  • Notable available features include, Blu-Ray & DVD system, 115V outlet, navigation, blind-spot monitors, power tailgate, power sunroof, 8.4-in touchscreen with UConnect, Nappa leather, heated steering wheel, heated and ventilated seats, and more.

Dodge Durango Commercials

Edward Harrmann – 1998

Just Right – 2001

Ron Burgundy – It Comes Standard – 2013

Dodge Brothers – 2015

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