An optional second-row of captain’s chairs with a storage console that can take the place of a bench are new for 2012. There are other minor changes including the automatic transmission gaining a sixth speed when paired to the 5.7-liter V-8. Speaking of engines, the Durango has two, starting with a 290-horsepower, 3.6-liter V-6 that is mated to a five-speed automatic transmission. The previously mentioned, 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 has best-in-class 360-horsepower. In fact, the V-8 also achieves best-in-class towing of 7,400 pounds, while the V-6 can tow up to 6,200 pounds. A four-wheel independent suspension and rear- or four-wheel-drive are available with either engine.
The 2012 Dodge Durango is available in four trims: SXT, Crew, R/T, and Citadel, and competes with the Chevrolet Traverse and Ford Explorer. The V-6 engine has features a best-in-class highway cruising range of over 500 miles. EPA-estimated fuel efficiency ratings range from 12-16 mpg in the city and 17-23 mpg on the highway depending on drivetrain choices.
After going through a complete redesign last year, the Durango emerged as a more streamlined and uniform vehicle than in years past. Fog lights, automatic halogen headlights, 18-inch aluminum wheels, and heated side mirrors are standard features. Take it up a notch with exterior options like high-intensity-discharge headlights, SmartBeam automatic high-beams, a power liftgate, power sunroof, roofrack with storable cross rails, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and 20-inch wheels.
As previously stated, the 2012 Dodge Durango seats up to seven in three rows of seats, though opting for the captain’s chairs in the second-row lowers capacity to six. The 50/50-split third row can fold into the floor, unveiling a generous 47.7 cubic feet of cargo space. Tri-zone automatic air conditioning and an auxiliary audio jack are standard, while a premium Alpine sound system, Garmin-based in-dash navigation system, front- and second-row heated seats, a heated steering wheel, the Uconnect® hands-free phone system, and a touch-screen stereo with a hard drive for music storage are optional.
Now with more comfortable seating options, great power/towing numbers, and a stylish exterior, the 2012 Dodge Durango has emerged as a real competitor amongst large crossovers.
When it comes to “everyday” driving, there are just too many risk factors out there to leave your vehicle vulnerable. Dodge Durango Grille Guards are a weapon in the fight against rocks, potholes, and every other kind of debris that can potentially harm your SUV’s front-end. CARiD.com carries a complete lineup of top-quality Dodge Durango Grille Guards that get the job done, coming at you from all the best names in the business. Each Dodge Durango Grill Guard we offer is crafted from top-grade Stainless Steel for unrivaled durability. Plus, with finishes ranging from Chrome to Black Powder-Coat, you get a bold, stylish look on top of it all! Your new Dodge Durango Grill Guard also comes with everything you need for a user-friendly installation. Why wait? Click on your Model Year today to find out more!