2014 Dodge Durango Test Drive Review
2014 Dodge Durango Road Test Review
The unibody SUV gains new electronic controls
By Bob Plunkett
Big chunky rocks, not water, fill the dry bed of a creek cut through the cedar-studded hills of Texas as a brawny 2014 edition of Durango -- the big-rig sport utility vehicle from Dodge packing massive firepower and applying traction to all four wheels -- muscles its way in bump-bump-bump increments across so many stones.
The SUV doesn't waver from our mission to ford the dry wash, although its front wheels, floating independently, articulate way-up and way-down to crawl over the rocks.
Yet from a driver's vantage in Durango's cushy cabin with a heated steering wheel and leather hides covering the three tiers of seats, we never notice the wild wheel gyrations because this formidable wagon feels surprisingly steady despite the romp over rough terrain.
That smooth but rock-solid ride quality begins with a monocoque platform that unites chassis and body in a cohesive unit that's extremely rigid when set in motion. [Read]