Chalk one up in the win column for Chrysler. The 2011 Dodge Durango has earned the title of Top Safety Pick from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. That's a nice step forward over previous generations, which failed to achieve the honor. Now, however, any Durango built after May of 2011 can wear the safety crown proudly.

In order to get the Top Safety Pick award, the 2011 Dodge Durango needed to score a 'good' rating in front, side, rollover and rear crash tests. That's precisely what it did, and in doing so, it joins seven other Chrysler models that also earned the title of Top Safety Pick. The Durango can stand alongside the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee, Chrysler 300, Dodge Charger, Chrysler 200 sedan, Dodge Avenger, Dodge Journey and Jeep Patriot (when equipped with available seat mounted side airbags).

Check out the video of the side impact test after the jump. Be sure to read the full press release from the IIHS after the jump, and check out the gallery of the particular 2011 Dodge Durango that was put out to pasture for the good of the model.



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New Dodge Durango Named Top Safety Pick by Insurance Institute for Highway Safety

AUBURN HILLS, Mich., Aug. 3, 2011 /PRNewswire/ --

Durango latest 2011 Chrysler Group LLC model to receive IIHS Top Safety Pick
Chrysler has eight models that are IIHS Top Safety Picks for 2011

Dodge Durango has been named a "Top Safety Pick" for 2011 by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The IIHS recognizes vehicles that perform "good" in front, side, rollover and rear crash test evaluations performed at its Vehicle Research Center in Virginia. This award applies to Durango models built after May 2011.

Additionally, to be considered, vehicles also must have available electronic stability control systems, which, research has shown, significantly reduce crash risks.

The all-new 2011 Dodge Durango offers consumers 45 safety and security features, including standard Electronic Stability Control (ESC), which delivers three security features to improve overall vehicle stability both on- and off-road: electronic roll mitigation (ERM), which reacts and applies brakes during extreme situations, and Hill-start Assist (HSA), which works with standard Trailer-sway Control (TSC) to enhance off-road and towing capabilities.

Other safety and security features available on the 2011 Dodge Durango include Blind Spot Monitoring (BSM) and Rear Cross Path (RCP) detection, which aid drivers when they're changing lanes or parking. In addition, Durango features standard seat-mounted and side-curtain air bags in the front row. The curtain air bag extends protection to second- and third-row passengers. Durango also includes standard front-row active head restraints. Additionally, drivers can remotely lower third row headrests to enhance rear visibility when the seats are not occupied.

"The Durango is the eighth vehicle from Chrysler to earn the Institute's highest safety honor," said IIHS president Adrian Lund. "The performance of the Durango means buyers are getting the best protection in the most common kinds of crashes, and electronic stability control for avoiding many crashes altogether."

The new Durango joins seven other vehicles from Chrysler Group LLC that are Top Safety Picks for 2011. Earlier this year, the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee, Chrysler 300 and Dodge Charger were named "Top Safety Pick" by the IIHS. In selecting the Jeep Grand Cherokee, the IIHS noted the addition of torso airbags to bolster side crash protection to the vehicle's already comprehensive list of safety features. Chrysler 200 sedan, Dodge Avenger and Journey return to the list of IIHS "Top Safety Pick" for the third straight year. Jeep Patriot is also "Top Safety Pick" when equipped with available seat mounted side airbags.

All eight Chrysler Group LLC vehicles feature electronic stability control as standard equipment for 2011.

"With the latest addition of Dodge Durango, coupled with the new Jeep Grand Cherokee and Chrysler 300 and Dodge Charger, Chrysler Group has eight Top Safety Picks for 2011. This recognition by the IIHS underscores our commitment to engineering safety and security technology across all vehicle segments," said Scott Kunselman, Senior Vice President – Engineering, Chrysler Group LLC. "As we continue with our product transformation, we'll continue to engineer new technology and more capabilities into all our vehicles."

All eight Chrysler selections employ a two-fold approach to safety including active head restraints for front seat occupants, standard antilock brake systems with four wheel disc brakes, and supplemental side airbags.

About Dodge Durango

With its four-wheel independent suspension and responsive steering and handling, Durango puts the "Sport" in Sport Utility. No other SUV on the road compares with the all-new Dodge Durango's distinctive bold Dodge design that craftily houses a spacious three-row, seven-passenger functional, flexible and premium interior, covered in soft-touch materials. Durango features more than 30 storage areas, 28 seating configurations and a rear cargo area of nearly 85 cubic feet that fits a 6-foot couch with room for coffee table or a 10-foot ladder with the front passenger seat folded flat.

Durango also delivers the perfect blend of power and fuel efficiency. Its award-winning 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine delivers best-in-class 290 horsepower along with a best-in-class driving range of 500 miles on one tank of fuel – that means Durango owners could drive all the way from Chicago to Nashville; San Diego to San Francisco; or New York City to Boston and back again without needing to stop for fuel. The available HEMI V-8 engine with Fuel Saver multi-displacement technology delivers a best-in-class 360 horsepower and 390 lb.-ft. of torque. Both engines deliver best-in-class V-6 and V-8 towing with standard trailer sway control on all models (V-8 up to 7,400 lbs. and V-6 – up to 6,200 lbs.). Durango also features more than 45 safety and security features.


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      Paul P.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I have to say, the new Durango, along with it's Jeep brethren, is a very impressive vehicle. I also am quite impressed that they managed to retain a lot of true SUV characteristics, rather than becoming a complete CUV like the Explorer. If the Durango ends up getting a small diesel like Chrysler has announced in the Jeep GC, I can definitely see one in my future.
      Emilio
      • 3 Years Ago
      Now that is Awesome....
      ShiftItManual
      • 3 Years Ago
      Good for Chrysler. After a long dry spell they finally have some good vehicles out and this is more proof of that.
      budwsr25
      • 3 Years Ago
      Great Job!
      Herp-a-Derp
      • 3 Years Ago
      so just have a general question. if you have those low rolling resist. tires will that make your side crashes safe? less friction on road means less opposing force on the vehicle doing the T boning? like punching a wall vs punching a wall/ a soft spring behind it. i'm sure both hurt but i'd take the spring...
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        TruthHertz
        • 3 Years Ago
        It should be illegal for you to continue to post on this forum without knowing how to use a shift key. Did you loose both of your pinkies inside of your sister or something?
          Leather Bear
          • 3 Years Ago
          @TruthHertz
          It should be illegal for you to continue to post on this forum without knowing the difference between lose (be deprived of or cease to have or retain) and loose (not firmly or tightly fixed in place; detached or able to be detached).
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        acp
        • 3 Years Ago
        Are you serious? The previous generation of Durango looked, at best, awkward. This one actually looks pretty good.
          Synthono
          • 3 Years Ago
          @acp
          Perhaps REAL AMERICANS are, at best, awkward?
        guyverfanboy
        • 3 Years Ago
        What does that even mean? The last gen Durango was fugly!
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      Devonblue4u
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm with TruthHertz on this one. In this weight category it should get a top safety pick, helped in no unsubstantial way by the M-Class architecture. If you remember the 80's derived Dakota chassis of the last model (I do, I owned one), you can see why it didn't before. Everybody derides Daimler for what it did to Chrysler. But they saved the brand with the LX platform spawned from the E-Class, and it's still at it with the Durango and Jeep with the M-Class. Best in class fuel economy should be the goal, and maybe people will start buying full size SUVs again.
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        guyverfanboy
        • 3 Years Ago
        I am thoroughly impressed! Fiat has done every and more that Daimler failed to do! :D
      Jonathan
      • 3 Years Ago
      To bad they somtimes burst into flames during parades
      azeidy
      • 3 Years Ago
      I think dodge has done a good job... But I'm a suburban buyer for life. I love my suburb with a passion never lets me down, really comfortable, great accessories, awesome sound system and one of the most consistent vehicles in terms of quality and life span.
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