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2017 Dodge Durango Citadel Anodized Platinum Test Drive Review

With MSRP pricing ranging between $29,995.00 for a base 2017 Dodge Durango SXT, to just over $45,090.00* for the Citadel Anodized Platinum base model, the 2017 Dodge Durango lineup provides consumers with what may be the most versatile SUV in terms of power, capability, price and performance in the full size segment.

2017 Dodge Durango Citadel Anodized Platinum Exterior:

Our tester came to us in the form of a HEMI powered Citadel Anodized Platinum Edition with all-wheel drive. Covered in Granite Metallic clear-coat and wearing 20×8-inch Satin Carbon finished wheels wrapped in 265/50-series Bridgestone rubber, the Citadel possessed just the right amount of elegance without being over the top or gaudy. Exterior features unique to the Citadel Anodized Platinum are body-colored belt, wheel and sill moldings, special Platinum and Citadel badging, special fog lamp bezels, brushed chrome mirrors and lower rocker sills and an integrated roof-rail with crossbar system.

The beauty of the Durango is that it has always been the “right size” SUV in the full-size segment. Not as large as the Chevrolet Tahoe or Ford Expedition, it works on just about every level without ever feeling too big for a standard parking lot or garage.

2017 Dodge Durango Citadel Anodized Platinum Interior:

Simplistic, easy to navigate and inviting – those are the key components of a well thought-out interior. Far too often are modern cabins fitted with redundant systems that do nothing but add clutter and take away from a vehicle’s overall comfort. This is not the case with the 2017 Durango models, and the interior engineers have done an excellent job of compartmentalizing certain aspects of this interior’s overall functionality.

The center stack houses Dodge’s UConnect 8.4 NAV media system with its massive 8.4-inch touchscreen. It’s intuitive, has great graphics and provides clear and readily available information at the touch of the screen. Our Citadel came equipped with the Premium Entertainment Group (a $2,490.00 option) that included a Beats premium audio system with rear seat video that allowed for DVD and Blu-Ray usability. The push button HVAC and media inputs are also easy to use. The clear cluster utilizes a speedometer, a 6,000-rpm tachometer, temperature and fuel gauge, as well as a center-positioned 7-inch digital display that, aside from speed, allows you to get information on all aspects of the Durango’s diagnostics.

Seating comes in the form of comfortable leather buckets with heat and ventilation up front along with a fold-flat third row and rear heated buckets that recline. With the rear two rows folded flat, the Durango provides storage space of up to 84.5 cu-ft. There is also a rotary shift knob, that while a bit unconventional, works nicely. Multiple charging ports, a built-in inverter and loads of storage also help to make the Durango an extremely capable mode of transport for those with large or growing families.

2017 Dodge Durango Citadel Anodized Platinum Performance:

Under the hood was Dodge’s 5.7L HEMI V8 that produces 360-hp and 390 lb-ft of torque. That meant a 0-60 mph time in just over 6-seconds, which is pretty quick for a full size SUV that weighs in at over 5,000-lbs. A smooth shifting 8-speed automatic transmission provides power to the all-wheel drive system and works beautifully. On the road the Durango swallows up road imperfections with ease. And while it does handle well with good feedback from the hydraulic steering, there is no getting around the fact that this is still a large vehicle and must be driven as such. Thankfully electronic stability control, traction control and electronic roll mitigation have all been incorporated as part of the Durango’s safety systems.

A properly equipped HEMI Durango can also tow up to 7,400-pounds, which means hauling everything from that camper of yours to that track day car is a piece of cake (Pentastar V6 models can tow up to 6,200-pounds). Trailer Sway Control is standard and is a system that applies brake pressure on alternating wheels and adjusts engine throttle to help eliminate trailer sway and enhance overall stability. Keep in mind as well that, thanks to its all-wheel drive system, the 2017 Durango is also very confidence-inspiring in inclement weather. And while it’s not a full-fledged off-roader, it is off-road capable and even has a low range mode. Mileage on the 2017 Dodge Durango Citadel Anodized Platinum AWD (man that’s a mouthful) is EPA rated at 22-mpg highway, 14-city and 17-mpg in combined driving.**

2017 Dodge Durango Citadel Anodized Platinum Safety:

The Dodge Durango has more than 60 standard and available safety and security features such as advanced braking technology, electronic stability control, all-wheel drive, anti-lock brakes, airbags, dynamic stability control, blind spot monitoring, along with a host of other features that have been put into place to keep occupants safe.

2017 Dodge Durango Citadel Anodized Platinum Overall:

It has size, a powerful engine and plenty of interior space. The 2017 Dodge Durango strikes a harmonious balance between technology, utility and performance and bundles it up into a competitive package that works beautifully. Drop by your local AutoNation Dodge dealer today to check one out!


*Vehicle MSRP of $57,865.00 excludes taxes, title, transportation, options, and dealer fees.

**Fuel economy values (mpg) are EPA estimates. Actual mileage will vary and depends on several factors including driving habits and vehicle condition.

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