• Feb 10, 2011
2011 Dodge Durango Heat – Click above for high-res image gallery

Dodge has lit up its new Durango Heat at the 2011 Chicago Auto Show. The mighty crossover wears the fancy dress of the R/T model, but comes without thirsty 5.7-liter Hemi V8 under the hood. Instead, buyers can expect to find the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 behind the headlights churning out 295 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. That's an extra five ponies over the typical V6 Durango, and combined, Dodge says that the machine should be capable of 16 mpg city and 23 mpg highway. That's a jump of two and three mpg, respectively, over the Hemi-powered R/T.

Outside, the Durango Heat wears the same front fascia, side skirts and monochrome treatment as the more powerful crossover, and it even comes packing the same low-slung suspension and 20-inch wheels. Don't expect to find seating for seven indoors, though. Dodge has ditched the third row to save a few pounds to increase both performance and fuel economy.

If you like what you see, expect to shell out $30,295. All-wheel drive guise will set you back an additional $2,000.



Photos copyright ©2011 Drew Phillips / AOL


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      • 3 Years Ago
      You need to see the Durango in person. The pictures do not do it justice.
      • 3 Years Ago
      This thing looks tough!! It's all but begging for a 5.7 litre. Since it's not an off-road vehicle, maybe we can have an SRT8 trim level?
        • 3 Years Ago
        Check out the R/T. It's basically the same thing, but keeping the third row and adding a Hemi. That adds like another 3/400 pounds, though.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Nothing against the R/T with the v6. Given Dodge's reputation for performance and v8s and the looks of this Durango, an SRT8 seems like a no-brainer. It makes far more sense to me than the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wrong color choice on an unveiling vehicle name "Heat"
        • 3 Years Ago
        ^Correction: I meant to say 'white hot'.
        • 3 Years Ago
        It's white hot!! ;-)
      • 3 Years Ago
      Its a rounded out Jeep Grand Cherokee...
      • 3 Years Ago
      Thats a clean design, I dont care what anyone says!
      • 3 Years Ago
      16 mpg + zero offroad capability + no third row seating = useless vehicle

      Add this to the pile of low-resale value dodges in a few years.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I like it. If they could squeeze a couple more MPGs and an LSD out back (every 2wd truck needs one IMO) , I would consider this for a next vehicle.

      I just can't understand though why they didn't use the V6 in the 305hp guise like in the Challenger and Charger. 10 more horsepower could help the hustle.

      • 3 Years Ago
      what design school dropout styled this thing??? the front looks good..very good actually...but the C and D pillars look like an afterthought.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Is it me, or the interior looks exactly like the new Grand Cherokee. Does anyone have specs of this thing to compare against '11 grand chrokee? And please, save the "it's the same platform" preach.
        • 3 Years Ago
        That's why I was asking for the specs comparison. Is it really *that* bigger? If so, how much bigger, and if it is worth it.
        • 3 Years Ago
        OK, at least you admitted to it. I heard from others that it is a lot different, in fact a completely different vehicle, just a few interior accents are similar.
        It looks to me that it has the same transmission, engine, interior and options. I am looking for the differences in turn ratios, approaching & departure angles, ground clearance rear seat legroom.

        Why would anyone buy this over Grand Cherokee? Just because it looks "meaner". I agree that the new Grand Cherokee looks kitty'ish, but it is so much more capable, and has bunch of other options, at similar if not same price. If they target southern states where it doesn't snow, and maybe Cali with this and other locations with Grand Cherokee I would understand, or if this has a lot more cargo capacity, or possibly more legroom in the rear since there is no 3rd row, but really, it looks like the same thing with less options for same or more money compared to WK2.
        • 3 Years Ago
        "Why would anyone buy this over Grand Cherokee?"

        Because it is bigger. Some people want (or need) more space than you get with the GC.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Why should I search for information while I can have you fetch it for me.
        • 3 Years Ago
        .... but it IS essentially the same platform, with the same powertrains and nearly the same MPG figures.

        What are you looking for exactly???
      • 3 Years Ago
      I love this truck....i cant even compare it to the previous generation
        • 3 Years Ago
        Logged in for the first time in ages to agree. The durango of the 90s was a nice looking SUV but then the model that came after it was a boxy ugly monster. This new one is aggressive while also having a slick design,
        • 3 Years Ago
        I think it is very attractive. I just wish it was available with a two-speed transfer case.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Looks alot like a minivan to me. I mostly like the 'dodge shape' of the charger/challenger and magnum, but it doesn't look good in these proportions. Looks really boxy and in a bad way
        • 3 Years Ago
        I don't know man, I don't see a minivan anywhere in those lines. It's a good lookin truck.
      • 3 Years Ago
      What's with the red? Looks like the ones on the new Mazdaspeed that NOBODY likes.

      http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_4YfZuXnXebo/TKFnE8sXkDI/AAAAAAAAB7o/ZWaOPHNJ2CE/s1600/2010+Mazdaspeed+3+Interior+View.jpg

      Other than that, looks pretty good. Would take the standard one that was first shown over this though.
        • 3 Years Ago
        I actually really like that pattern on the Mazdaspeed, it looks better than just plain black cloth.

        I also like it on this application as well. It spices up the interior....
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