Vehicle Equipment List
What to do when you want to look bad as hell but need to haul around as many as six other people? You could buy this Dodge Durango R/T. Or strap together four Harley-Davidsons and court litigation. Or buy the Durango and tow the Harleys. Your call.
Yet there are other reasons for recommending this Durango beyond its belligerent, updated-for 2014 styling and voluminous interior, namely its pugnacious Hemi V-8, its easy-to-use and helpful technologies, its friendly ergonomics, and its agile all-wheel-drive-based chassis. That last attribute was a major factor in the Durango’s handy first-place finish in its last comparison test appearance.
Under the hood, the Hemi is the Hemi, which is to say brutish, powerful, and pleasingly loud under full boot. For 2014, the 360-hp V-8 comes hooked to the ZF-designed 8HP automatic transmission, an eight-speed gearbox found in vehicles as diverse as this Dodge, the Audi A8, the BMW 2-series, and the Bentley Mulsanne. Each manufacturer uses its own programming—Chrysler even builds its own examples under license—and Dodge got its software right. The transmission finds gears quickly, even on multiple-ratio downshifts, and it engages them flawlessly.