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Old 03-14-2014, 01:38 PM
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2014 Dodge Durango

Anyone, have experience with 2014 Durangos? Trying to decide on V6 or V8.
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Old 03-14-2014, 02:15 PM
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5.7 V8 Hemi would be my only choice too bad they don't offer the 6.1 without SRT trim
I've got a 04 with Hemi and av 23mpg on the hwy at 70mph 1750rpm
motor is hardly work'n
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Old 03-15-2014, 10:32 PM
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5.7 V8 Hemi would be my only choice too bad they don't offer the 6.1 without SRT trim
I've got a 04 with Hemi and av 23mpg on the hwy at 70mph 1750rpm
motor is hardly work'n
Snork - I have a 2001 Durango with the 4.7L engine. I have never gotten better than 17mpg. I just checked it today at 16.5 mpg on a 300 mile trip, half interstate and half two lane roads.

etduc - I have been checking out the 2014 Durangos myself. I don't use mine for towing. My wife drives my 2001 as her daily driver. She makes a 90 mile roundtrip 4 days a week. The gas is killing me right now. I love V8s, but I am going to have to go with the V6 for the better gas mileage. I haven't test driven one yet, so I hope the V6 still puts out some decent power.
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Old 03-15-2014, 11:01 PM
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4.7 is a gas hungry motor and works much harder to maintain wheres the 5.7 doesn't struggle, you'll find the V6 in the same ballpark as the 4.7, sucking gas and struggling
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Old 03-16-2014, 09:21 AM
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I had an '07 Ram with a 4.7, it sucked in every way... Gas mileage and towing capability
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Old 03-17-2014, 01:03 PM
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The new transmissions and rear-end packages, will make a big difference in mpg. The 3.6L has a new transmission (compared to early pre 2010 4.7L)
8 speed, with different rear end ratios, both v6 and v8.

The 2014 3.6L, is only down 15hp, compared to my 2010 Ford Expediation 5.4L--295 vs. 310hp. Torque is a different matter. 260 ft.lb vs. 385 ft.lb! Problem with the Ford (towing) you would tend to forget you're pulling a boat.

To some extent towing, depends on your up bringing. Small engine... lots of revs and gears (euro/asian), or big engine and big torque (USA). The one knock against the (Daimler-Chrysler)
transmission is, it is a little too seamless in shifting... for some.

The "Hemi" has an eco mode, that disables 4 cylinders under light duty..to improve mpg. My Chevy Avalanche, had a similar feature, it only engaged...downhill with a tailwind.

I do have a need for occasional towing, both business and pleasure...rarely would I tow anything, over 5000 lbs.
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Old 03-17-2014, 01:35 PM
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The 8 speed does wonders in the V6. I highly suggest you test drive both, and even ask if you can hook up to one to see how it pulls.

With the hemi, I think you are still getting the WA580 (5 speed). I dont think the 8 speed is available yet.

You will be presently surprised by how well the package works, especially while towing. Unloaded, you will also get great fuel economy.

Your remark to the transmission. You will get used to the shifting. Just make sure the dealer has the latest trans software flashed in. My women complained at first about the shifting, but is now used to it. This is just the nature of the beast. There are rumors of a 10speed comming aswell from GM I think. Welcome to fuel economy optimazation. Transmissions are the low hanging fruit towards Obama's fuel economy standards!
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Old 03-22-2014, 05:33 PM
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I have a 2011 with the 5.7 and will be driving 1200+ miles to pick up our X2 next weekend. We are currently on our way home from Breckenridge Colorado to Wisconsin (gf driving while I relax and surf the net) pulling a 4x8 enclosed trailer (3 kids, 2 adults with ski equipment). We average 13 mpg at 85ish and 16 mpg at 75ish. The only way you know that the trailer is there is if you look in the rearview mirror. Now the trailer isn't a boat but the Durango pulling the trailer through the mountains at 10,000 feet handled better than the 2013 Tahoe and 2013 Armada that we had as rental cars earlier this year. With the Tow/haul turned on it was amazing going down the mountains how well the engine braking worked. Didn't need to touch the brakes. I would not do anything but the Hemi if you are wanting to tow. I have a coworker with the a 2012 V6 and it is a dog.
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Old 03-24-2014, 09:49 AM
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I have a coworker with the a 2012 V6 and it is a dog
That particular Durango has the WA580 5 speed auto. Comparing that to the current drivetrain package is like comparing apples to oranges.
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Old 03-31-2014, 09:44 AM
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Just an update on our trip to pick up our new to us X2 with our 2011 Durango with the Hemi. We live in Wisconsin and the boat was located in southern Missouri about a 700 mile drive. Loaded with 5 people we got about 20 mpg on the way down doing about 5 mph over the limit. On the way back with the tow/haul mode turned on we got almost 11 mpg going the speed limit. Now the flat terrain in Illinois and Wisconsin helped. While driving in Missouri through the hills we were getting about 9 mpg. It towed great and never struggled. I wouldn't want to pull a much larger boat through the hills.
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