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Old 05-30-2013, 12:10 AM   #11
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of course there is always the ford explorer with the available 3.5 ecoboost. http://www.ford.com/suvs/explorer/sp...ations/engine/

And the chevy Traverse is also quite capable http://www.chevrolet.com/traverse-cr...owertrain.html

we would be wise to consider the durango and jeep are rear wheel bias drive configurations even in awd/4x4 packages. the explorer and traverse are front bias even with awd configuration. while towing capabilities are similar handling is different with a front bias and can take some getting used to differences such as torque steer and take off wheel spin. we should also consider the horsepower output of a gm 5.7 vortec v8 was 255 bhp until it was replaced in 99 and we were towing much heavier trailers back then with substantially less power. imho the durango would be a fine tow vehicle and the pentastar engine has performed very well. that said you would be wise to add your wet weight of your trailer and all your gear and family ect ext and see where you stand on your final weight that you are lugging around. you dont want to under buy a vehicle but you dont want to overbuy either. i have made that mistake and it cost me a lot of money trading vehicles.
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Old 05-30-2013, 01:28 AM   #12
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I own a 2011 Dodge Durango with the 3.6L V6, it did not come with a tow package, it doesn't even have a hitch right now, which is a good thing, because it truly is NOT made for towing. I have no intentions of installing a hitch.

I'm not sure of the gear ratio or the towing ratings, but really it is made for commuting and traveling with very small loads.

When you step on it, it really winds up, shifts hard, you can tell it's working for just the getting it's own intrinsic load moving.

Don't get me wrong, I think it's a good vehicle, but not for towing.

If it had the V8, different story, I believe it would be good for pulling popups and small light weight trailers. Honestly, the daily commute mileage with the V8 is going to be only at the most 2 mpg less than the V6. Of course the biggest factor there is your driving habits, it has more power so it's much easier to take advantage of that power and drive with your foot into it.

Good luck with your decision.
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Old 05-30-2013, 08:23 AM   #13
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I went from an '97 Tahoe 5.7L V8, to an '06 Durango 5.7L HEMI V8 and now to a RAM with a 5.7L V8.

I agree that wheelbase is a big thing when towing. All three TV pulled our Palomino, and the two best were the Tahoe and RAM, The Durango did well, power wise, but I felt the TT behind due to wind drag and sway. The Tahoe and RAM I didn't feel the Palomino, nor do I feel the Whitehawk behind the TV.

I have a co-worker that has a GMC 4.7L V8, and when he went out west with his TT to Mt. Rushmore, he found loss of power when going through the rolling hills, and wished he had the extra power of the 5.7L.

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Old 05-30-2013, 12:06 PM   #14
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I was towing a x23b 4990# with a 4.7 QC 1500. Did ok on level, but that small V-8 worked its butt off on the hills. What is the Durango curb weight? The Ram is 5200#. have no experience with the Durango, but I think you will be power starved. Just for compairison I Had a 2010 Jeep Liberty. It had either a 3.6 or 3.7 V-6 on a good day I could get 17mpg, the much heavier ram got about 18 or 19.
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JT, I would LOVE to get a diesel, but those Jeep GC with the diesels are going start around 46k. Diesel engines are actually how I make my money so I would be all about getting one, but that’s out of my price range.

The declared tow capacity for the Explorer & Traverse is ~5k and the wheelbase on both of those is slightly shorter than the Durango.

Thanks for the feedback from your experience Flyrotor. I don’t understand saying that it’s not made for towing though. I think it’s pretty clear it’s not going to be the best for towing. I agree with pretty much everyone on here that a truck with a nice long wheelbase is going to be the best bet for towing. However, the Durango was the largest stated tow capacity for any SUV with a V6 in it as far as I can tell. And it also seems to have the best wheelbase available for an SUV (ignoring the 47k Suburban).

I’m really surprised that there are not more people on here with hands on experience towing with the newer (2011+) v6 Durangos. All the responses on here are definitely making me lean to wanting the V8, but if would be nice to hear from actual experience towing with the V6.
Pitch, the Durango’s are right around 5k curb weight. It was kind of hard to tell on the Dodge site, but it looks like the V6 is just shy of 5 and the v8 is a little over. The v6 has 290hp and the v8 has 360hp. Right now I’m towing with 195hp!
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As the thread has meandered, and I'm quite good at helping threads to meander, is there a reason that you haven't considered a full sized van?

SUV = Sport Utility Vehicle. The name says it is both, but in reality both modes suffer a bit.

Wheelbase and a short distance from the axle to the hitch ball are your friends. A full sized van generally has both. A full sized van also has lots of room. I've towed with many vans. I think they make really good tow vehicles.

As to a Jeep with a diesel engine...
The engine isn't the problem when it comes to Jeeps and towing. I have towed trailers with Jeeps. I prefer to avoid that again for the rest of my life. A diesel engine would not change what I didn't like about it one bit. Just one opinion. vic
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Old 05-30-2013, 09:04 PM   #17
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I would have an easier time convincing my wife to buy a go-cart and use that for daily car than I would trying to convince her to get a van (regardless if it was full size or mini-man). She definitely is not into vans. She would love a truck (if it weren't for the seating issue), but a van is another story.

I agree about towing with a Jeep. Although the thought of a diesel in it gets me excited, I would not want another Jeep as a tow vehicle. Even when I was only towing a popup with my Jeep, it was a bad experience. They may have changed though. My Jeep Grand Cherokee is a 2002 and I hate towing with it, but a buddy of mine has a new one and says he loves it. He's only pulling a popup, but like I said I hated even pulling my popup with mine.
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I would have an easier time convincing my wife to buy a go-cart and use that for daily car than I would trying to convince her to get a van (regardless if it was full size or mini-man). She definitely is not into vans. ...
Fair enough. I'm often accused of being clueless, but apparently I'm astute enough about some things to have stayed married to the same wonderful woman for over 4 decades now. (It certainly hasn't been because of my good looks and bubbly personality.) This is defintely one of those "some things" for you. Just thought I'd suggest it.

Keep an open mind and you'll soon come to a workable decision. vic
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My Jeep Grand Cherokee is a 2002 and I hate towing with it, but a buddy of mine has a new one and says he loves it.
FYI - I believe the newer Jeep Grand Cherokee's and Dodge Durango's (one time the Chrysler Aspen) are made on the exact same assembly line down at "Dodge Main" in Detroit. I think they have been since somewhere about '04, maybe '05 time frame? Please don't quote me on this though. :-)

Notice how the two are similar is size and the body lines are similar, with some molding changes, name plate changes, and different options to make them different.

The Jeep forums are stating they are pretty similar, except the Durango has a longer wheel base allowing for a 3rd row of seating.

When I sold my '06 Duango, I was told that the 'New' Durango's were "German" design, thanks to Daimler, and the plans were shelved for a couple model years. I'm guessing this was due to the sale of the Chrysler division to the private owners.

Not that it should make a difference, I was also told that the new design is a uni-body design, not a full frame, and was rated to pull 7400lbs. Since I'm not in the market for one, I haven't confirmed this.

One thing I have noticed, is that the 'New Durango' seems a bit smaller (narrower) than my '06 was, but it just could be my perception.
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Ya, it looks like the newer Durangos and the newer Jeep G. C. really share a lot of the same parts. I guess that explains why my towing experience with my 2002 Jeep is so different than my friends with his 2012 Jeep. I'll still take the extra 5" in wheelbase though. Not to mention the third row. If I was giving up the third row it would be a truck for me.
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