DODGE DURANGO - Everything You Need To Know | Donut Media

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- [Female] Man that's like NASCAR.

- He's the lovable chameleon cowboy,

who found himself in the high desert

after his terrarium fell out of a car.

He has a hat, he plays golf,

he's got the voice of Edward Scissorhands.

- Try me.

- This is everything you need to know

to get up to speed on Rango,

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Oh Durango.

Boy that made a lot more sense.

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It's the tough as nails SUV that feels right at home

in a suburban neighborhood on a dirt road

and flying down the drag strip.

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It's the do it all utility vehicle that's named after a city

in Colorado, Mexico and Iowa.

Saddle up you sack of 'taters.

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This is everything you need to know

to get up to speed on the Dodge Durango.

(arcade music)

Now I know James was here last week

but obviously all that stuff happened.

He shot those ahead of time and he's doing okay now.

So, that's why I'm here this week,

to fill you in on some new stuff from Dodge.

Times were simpler in the late 90s.

Bruce Greene had just graduated high school.

A young tattoo artist named William Frederick Durst

was revolutionizing both rap and rock and combining them.

Also, smaller SUVs had secured a foot hole

in the American market.

SUVs filled malls parking lots as suburban

and city boomer parents were digging on their benefits.

Ford was killing it with sales of the Explorer.

And even Lexus found a sweet spot with the RX300.

Dodge wanted to get on the action too.

They had built the big, brooding,

two door Ramcharger for quite a while already.

- Ramcharger.

- [Bruce] It was essentially a scrunched up Dodge Ram

with a hat on the bed.

So it was a pretty thick ride.

Thick with two c's.

But the fact that is was quite huge,

quite thirsty and only had two doors

meant that it wouldn't be a good candidate

to turn into a mainstream SUV.

I mean you saw what happened with the Bronco.

(coughs) O.J.


Dodge needed something more nimble and more efficient.

And something that could still do sturdy body

on frame truck things.

The development team looked across the lineup

for something they could work with.

What about the Avenger?

Eh, that wouldn't be rugged.

Grand Caravan?

That was a transverse, front wheel drive platform.

There just had to be something that struck a balance

between the ability to haul big loads

and make maneuverability to park the dang thing.

What did they have that could do that?

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Oh, there was the very successful mid-sized Dakota pickup.

But what if they threw more seats in it,

put a roof on it and gave it

the contemporary new Dodge corporate design language?

Then maybe they could ram their way

past the Ford Explorer on the sales chart.

Ha, ha, ha.


I didn't write this.

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The all new Dodge Durango launched with the 1998 model year.

It was bigger than its competition too,

just not as huge as the massive Chevy Tahoe's

and Ford Expedition's.

It was advertised

with various wise cracking, puny commercials.

And the bad guy from the Lost Boys did the voice-over.

♪ Gonna lose a wimpy tow in blues ♪

- It was the memorable, new Dodge era

which blessed American TV screens

with all kinds of wild and super 90's commercials.

The Durango is marketed as a mid-sized SUV

and went up against the likes of the Ford Explorer

and Toyota 4Runner.

With its show piece being a tough, body-on-frame truck,

with street, particularly suburban street, sensibilities.

Dodge's Dakota, which the Durango was based on,

was at home in the corn field,

while a Durango was at home on the soccer fields.

Though if you're Tupperware-slinging suburban mom

had to take you and six of your traveling soccer teammates

to face off against kids in a small rural town,

it would have no issue fording

a washed-out country road to get there.


(tires screeching)

Just like adjustable rate mortgages,

suburban boomers ate 'em up in the late 90's.

And it wasn't just thanks to smart advertising

and Edward Herrmann, it walked the freaking walk too.

The Durango had some of the best in-class cargo room

and a third row of seats,

that was remarkably easy to operate.

It also had one of the nicest interiors in its price range.

Because of all this, the Durango sold very very well.

The first gen Durango came with either a V6

or a variety of V8's,

rear wheel drive or all wheel drive,

and had the highest towing capacity in its class,

at around 7500 pounds.

The 5.2L Magnum V8 was the most popular power plant option,

but the big 5.9L Magnum V8 came in the R/T,

made 245 horses, and 330 pound feet of torque.

It was the most powerful engine in it's class,

and it sounded bad (beep) with an exhaust system by the way.

Listen to this.

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The hottest OG Durango was the Shelby SP360.

That's right, an SUV tuned by none other than

Carroll friggun' Shelby!

Naturally, it had awesome stats to do the name proud.

Under its huge hood, was the 5.9L Magnum V8

with a supercharger strapped to it,

and some more power baby internal magic done,

to make 360 horsepower, and 412 pound feet

of daddy ticklin' torque.

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What the hell is daddly tickin', daddy ticklin',

what the hell is daddy ticklin' torque?

I can't even say it!

All this power made the 4600 pound four-door truck

claw it's way to 60 miles per hour in 6.7 seconds.

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Very fast for its time.

It also had a cool ass bodykit, racing stripes,

tuned suspension, massive brakes on all four corners,

and a sportier interior, with a boost gauge.

Super sick.

People didn't say that in the 90's though.

Sick means cool.

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But once we got firmly into the mid 2000's,

it's time to give the old sturdy bird

a ground-up refresh with even tougher styling,

more power, and buff stats.

Enter the second duration Durango, in 2004.

Designed by Chrysler design manager turned sneaker sketcher,

Aaron Pizzuti, the styling was revised

to match the new millennium Dodge design language.

The Durango looked bigger and badder,

it sat higher, and naturally retained

the quintessential Dodge crosshair front grill.

Because this big buff boy had gone to the gym

and did a bunch of reps, it was now competing

with full size SUV's, like the Chevy Tahoe

and the Ford Expedition.

It was still body-on-frame too,

so it kept that rugged, built to overcome all, BTE.

Or big truck energy, for the people that are following

with memes from two years ago.

Sorry I'm burning up the writer I apologize.


Dodge maintained the concept of having a truck

that was easy to manage on suburban streets.

And the engine got stronger too!

In fact, the Durango was graced with one of the most

iconic engines of all time, the Hemi!

Can I get a hallelujah?

- [Man] Hallelujah!

- Awe, I only got one.


Between 2004 and 2008, the Hemi made 335 horses

and 370 pound feet of torque.

Later it was tuned up to pump out

a healthy 360 horsepower, and 401 pound feet of torque.

Not bad at all.

Especially considering they could only

make similar numbers in the previous gen

with a supercharged Shelby!

This whole thing was good from 0 to 60 in 7.4 seconds.

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Dodge added some more specialized models

with the Adventurer and Limited trims,

the Adventurer was introduced

to make it more off road capable,

and the Limited was meant to compete

with rival luxury trim levels.

It went up against similarly specced Explorers,

Sequoias, and Tahoes.

The buff book car mag journalists consider it

a very worthy competitor for less money.

Nice work, Dodge.

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The second gen Durango was refreshed in 2007.

Becoming a tad more sleek,

and continued in production until 2009.

After a two-year hiatus, it was time to reinvigorate

the SUV market with some fresh, clean design.

Dodge debuted the third generation Durango in 2011,

once again designed by Aaron Pizzuti,

it looks more muscular yet more slender and athletic

than the previous generation.

Kind of like it's been listening

to the Joe Rogan Experience a lot,

and decided to invest in a bunch of supplements

and start flipping over truck tires

and playing jump rope,

and also has a blue belt in jiu-jitsu!

To stay on pace with me more recent trend

of having a crap-ton of options, packages, and trim levels,

the customization level of the current

Durango is higher than ever.

About half of them come standard with

the modern bad (beep) Chrylser Pentastar V6,

one of Dodge's powerful V6's ever.

With cylinder deactivation,

the ability to run E85

and other miles per gallon friendly developments.

And you better believe you can still get them with a Hemi.

Dodge doubled down on hiding a muscle car,

in SUV clothing, and there

are now two different Hemi options.

They're both screaming fast, of course,

but one screams just a little faster,

James destroyed Nolan in a drag race with that.

- I'm the fastest man alive!

Oh, oh oh!

- And Nolan will never live it down.

He's mocked to this day.

It's really sad.

This is the Durango SRT, and it's stacked

with a 6.4L Hemi that stomps out a massive 475 horsepower,

and 470 pound feet of gut-punching torque.

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It's the most powerful 3-Row SUV in America.

The amazement does not stop there.

The angry snarling buff Clydesdale's gallops

up to 60 miles in just 4.4 seconds.

That's faster than a Honda Civic Type R!

And it can haul 8700 pounds,

the Type R definitely cannot do that.

I've tried, tore off the back axle.

It's modern unibody construction means

the suspension can be tuned for more street

and track precision and grip.

It's also a bargain for the performance and versatility.

It's chassis mate, the Mercedes AMG GLS63,

is only marginally faster and costs over $120,000.

This bad boy, the highest Durango trim,

sets you back only around 70 grand.

Not bad.

Thanks to Dodge for sponsoring this episode

of Up to Speed, and don't worry,

there are a lot of Durango that can be had for way less

than 70,000.

Even starting out, the V6 SXT can tow 62,000 pounds,

and comes with 18-inch satin carbon aluminum wheels.

You climb that trim ladder and there

are more perks like a heated steering wheel,

heated first and second row seats,

and that all important third row.

The looks get more aggressive too, and way more badass.

The GT upgrades to a 20-inch wheel,

and the GT Plus gets stripes.

And you know stripes, always makes you faster.

I put them on my Camaro, and it made it faster.

But don't make me prove it.

The Citadel trim covers the seats in sweet Nappa leather,

and throws a flashy dual exhaust out the back.

The R/T puts the 5.7 liter Hemi under the hood,

along with a sportier handling and a premium stereo.

But you know, you want the SRT.

With that 6.4 liter Hemi V8, Brembo six-piston brakes,

and black 20-inch wheels.

It's got all wheel drive too,

Bilstien active suspension, and can still haul

best in-class 8700 pounds,

that's the one James drove,

that's definitely the one I want.

- Sometimes watching your favorite YouTube channel

just isn't enough, and you want to wear a shirt

with your favorite YouTube channel's name on it.

Well good news, we're dropping all kinds of new stuff

for the holidays so you can give that D-Hole in your life,

a special present.

Even if you're the special D-Hole in your life,

get yourself something, you deserve it.

Treat yourself.

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- Thank you very much for watching your substitute teacher

Mr. Bruce Greene, that's me, leave a comment below,

James is recovering well, he will probably be back

(beeping noise)

He will probably be back next week, actually,

I know he'll be back next week.

And a message from the legendary James Humphrey,

I love you.

(clapping) - Awe man, that's so much fun.