2004 sees Dodge's Durango get a redesign that will surely
make the competition shudder. What now rolls off the production
line is a formidable midsize sport utility vehicle with
the most power in its class and seating for seven.
Not only is the 2004 Dodge Durango powerful and nimble,
it is also very large for the segment. The new Durango really
hit a growth spurt, arriving in 2004 3 inches longer in
wheelbase, 7 inches longer overall, almost 5 inches wider
and nearly 400 lbs heavier than its predecessor.
That means more interior space, and a need for more power.
Dodge fulfilled that need with two new engines, one boasting
The 2004 Dodge Durango is offered in three trims: ST, SLT
The seating arrangement is as follows: ST models have two
rows of seats for five-passenger capacity. SLT and Limited
have a third row to seat up to seven. Their third row drops
flat to the floor and is available in a 60/40 split folding
The standard features are nice, but you'd have to say the
options are nicer. Leather upholstery is standard on the
Limited, optional on SLT models.
Other available features include adjustable brake and accelerator
pedals, rear DVD entertainment, satellite radio and Chrysler's
UConnect, which uses the audio system as a hands-free, wireless
link to any cell phone in the vehicle. With it, you can
completely focus on driving.
A sunroof is available for the first time in 2004. The Durango's
headlamp covers hide dual lights, while the side-view mirrors
were crafted in a wind tunnel to reduce noise from wind
The 2004 Dodge Durango can be configured as a rear-wheel
drive model or as one with all-wheel drive. Rear-wheel drive
models receive a new 3.7-liter V6 engine. It produces up
to 210 horsepower at 5200 rpm and 235 lb-ft of torque at
All-wheel drive models combine their surefootedness with
a 4.7-liter V8 engine. It ups things a little with 230 horsepower
at 4600 rpm and 290 lb-ft of torque at 3600 rpm.
Finally, there's an optional HEMI engine that basically
leaves the other two in the dust. It is a 5.7-liter V8,
and it can dish out 330 horsepower at 5400 rpm and 370 lb-ft
of torque at 4200 rpm.
Equipped with the HEMI, the Durango can tow up to 8,950
Safety and Security
Antilock 4-wheel disc brakes are standard. Curtain side
airbags for all three rows and traction control are optional.