2013 Dodge Durango Citadel

The 2013 Dodge Durango Citadel is a stable, succesful and properly refined full-measurement SUV.

Now we have just finished a week of ride and drive and in a brand new high-of-the-line Durango Citadel AWD (All Wheel Drive) in Deep Cherry Purple Crystal Pearl coat with Nappa leather seats in Black Trim with Mild Frost Beige seat color.
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If you are available in the market for a new SUV and wish third row seating for seven passengers and multiple customary features plus glorious non-obligatory decisions, you simply should put the 2013 Durango from Dodge brand on your list.

From the primary time I bought in and began this beauty up, I used to be impressed with the refinement and functionality of the interior design, supplies and gear that it was fitted out with. But it didn't cease there. Weighing in at just over 5,000 kilos, its engineering and energy train enabled it to carry out solidly like a full-size SUV that handles exceedingly properly in all road conditions.

Our Durango Citadel was powered with the usual very strong 3.6L Pentastar V6 generating 290 horsepower delivering 260 lb.-ft. of torque by way of its five-pace computerized transmission. The usual full-time AWD configuration is the single pace NV140 transfer case. With this power prepare, our 2013 Dodge Citadel had an EPA mileage rating of 16/23 mpg city/freeway with an average of 19 mpg.

The Dodge Durango has affordable tow capacity when geared up with the optional Trailer Tow Group IV ($850). For our 3.6L V6 AWD, the tow capacity was 6,200 pounds. When equipped with the 5.7L V8, the Durango can tow as much as 7,four hundred pounds.

Did I mention this 2013 Dodge Citadel is quiet? It was amazingly quiet for a full-measurement SUV that is not thought of within the luxury segment. There was little or no discernible road noise from the skin round city, on the highway at pace or even on local unpaved again roads. And talking of unpaved again roads, the smoothness and management in the rugged experience environment was notable.

Chrysler returned the Durango to the Dodge line in 2011 for 2012. The brand new Durango was obviously meant to determine itself as a class-leader in value, performance, reliability, utility and design.

This 2013 prime-of-the-line Citadel clearly meets these marks geared up with customary features including energy raise gate, power front solar roof, excessive-intensity (HID) low-beam self-leveling headlamps, chrome power folding and heated facet mirrors with flip and blind spot indicator alerts, 20-inch chrome clad aluminum wheels and tires, rain delicate computerized front wipers and intermittent rear wiper with washer.

On the inside, the Citadel was equipped with three row seating including heated and ventilated front bucket seating (with console) in Nappa leather-based with 8-manner energy adjustment both driver and passenger. Second row seating in our Citadel was the optional heated Captain's chairs with Fold/Tumble function and middle console. The third row seating was 50/50 split fold flat that can be folded remotely from a switch on the instrument panel heart stack.

The Fold/Tumble functionality of the second row seating is easy and straightforward to operate from both aspect and permits ample easy accessibility to the third row seating. The third row seating can be manually lowered simply with a simple pull of a lever from the rear hatch and raised again with a single straightforward to reach strap on every half.

Additionally, within the cockpit, the steering wheel is heated and leather wrapped with audio, speed, car info center, voice recognition and adaptive speed controls.

The usual media infotainment system within the Citadel is a 430N AM/FM/CD/DVD radio with MP3/WMA support, 6.5 inch heart stack contact screen, 40GB laborious drive, SiriusXM Radio, audio jack and voice command. The sound system was the Alpine Premium 506 Watt audio package deal with nine audio system and a subwoofer.

In the safety and expertise space, this Citadel was outfitted with Adaptive Cruise Management that mechanically adjusts velocity to street situations whereas sustaining distance from automobiles in entrance, plus All Pace Traction Management (TCS), Blind-spot Monitoring systems to warn of other autos in the blind spot, Forward Collision Warning (FCW) system that alerts the motive force through radar sensor of potential collision situations, Garmin navigation, ParkSense rear park help and a ParkView rear backup camera.

Also included was a Prepared Alert Braking characteristic that anticipates emergency braking situations and pre-prices the braking system in advance of the braking action to shorten response time and Rear Cross Path detection for those parking zone situations the place you cannot see approaching site visitors as you back out, warns you of the approaching traffic.

I'd point out the Ahead Collision Warning (FWC) farther from a personal expertise that occurred whereas driving a 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee equipped similarly on a two lane freeway close to San Antonio, Texas. The system detected a ton-and-a-half oil service truck in my lane approaching from over the crest of a hill seconds earlier than I did. The alarm sounded audibly and on the display screen and the Ready Alert brake system pre-charged my brakes such that I used to be capable of safely transfer to the shoulder and avoid the almost certain collision.

The Durango has been a Insurance Institute for Freeway Safety (IIHS) High Security Pick for 2 years running.

With three row seating and 7 passenger capability, this Citadel has a lot of cargo capacity. With all three rows up, the capability is 17.2 cubic feet. With third row down it is 47.7 cubic toes and with second and third row down, the cargo capability is 84.5 cubic feet. And, just for good measure there is a very good hidden storage space below the cargo flooring behind the third row.

The base MSRP of this 2013 Dodge Durango AWD was $42,195 (the FWD is $39,995). Optional gadgets included on this Citadel had been Know-how for $1,595, Trailer Tow Group - $895, Second Row seating Captain's Chairs with Fold/Tumble function - $795 and Second-Row Console with Armrest and Storage for $300.


 

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