Dodge Durango Engine Update

The Dodge Durango name plate has been used by two separate designs by the Chrysler Corp. From 1998 to 2008 the Durango was produced as a midsized sport utility vehicle. Beginning in 2010, the vehicle was reintroduced as a full-sized SUV.

The mid-sized version of the Dodge Durango carried a 3.9-liter V6 engine as standard during its early years. This engine was discontinued for the 2000 model year leaving only V8 engines as options for the Dodge Durango buyer.

The model offered three options ranging from the 4.7-liter PowerTech engine to the 5.9-liter Magnum V8 boasting 360 horsepower. The Magnum engines were offered in the high performance packages that included enhanced towing capacity. The engines were paired with four- or five-speed automatic transmissions.

The Dodge Durango has also featured a Hemi hybrid version. This system utilizes electric motors that supplement the regular Hemi engine system. This improves not only fuel economy but actually increased the vehicles four-wheel drive capabilities and its towing capacity. The system boasted city fuel economy of about 18 miles per gallon with 19 mpg on the rural highways. This was a marked increase in city fuel economy. The Dodge Durango Hybrid was discontinued in 2009 with possibly as few as 400 constructed.

The current version of the Dodge Durango offers two engine options. The 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 features 290 horsepower and is standard for Durango buyers. The 5.7-liter V8 Hemi is a 360 horsepower option for buyers looking for high performance. The Hemi engine includes a fuel saving mode where some of the engines cylinders are deactivated at cruising speeds producing greater fuel economy. The engines are mated with five-, six- or eight-speed automatic transmissions.

The full-sized Dodge Durango vehicles built since 2011 are a complete redesign from the previous models sharing the name. The new version is built with some components shared with the Jeep Grand Cherokee which is also a Chrysler product. The vehicles are not identical with the Durango featuring a longer body and greater seating capacity than the Grand Cherokee. The vehicles both share some components, including the transmission, with some of the Mercedes-Benz products.