Long-Term Logbook, August 2012: 2012 Dodge Durango
CG Observed Miles: 11,497 miles
CG Observed Fuel Economy: 18.2 mpg
Dave Aretha: Durango would have been great for a Labor Day road trip due to its comfortable, composed, and quiet ride; cushy seats; and loads of space. Too bad that the U.S. set an all-time record for Labor Day gas prices. We at Consumer Guide are currently getting 18.2 mpg with this mammoth SUV.
Over the course of the year, our editors drive approximately 200 new cars and trucks. Most vehicles are evaluated over a two-week period; some are evaluated for six to 12 months. The vehicles we drive for this extended period of time are called Long-Term Testers.
Rebecca Artz: I enjoy driving the Durango for a lot of reasons. Mainly, though, because it is easy and fun to drive, offers spacious accommodations, is extremely comfortable, and also gets decent fuel economy. With a pretty even mix of city and highway driving over a 120 mile trip, I saw 20 mpg. Not bad for such a big SUV.
Dave Hall: Recently, I moved to a new apartment, and used the Durango to transport most of my worldly possessions. With the seats folded down, the interior becomes cavernous. It is so big, in fact, that I was able to fit my full-size mattress in the back, albeit a bit snug. The next load contained my 6.5-foot sofa. After that, it was my tall antique chest of drawers. Overall, the Durango is not only a useful SUV, but it’s pleasant and somewhat engaging to drive everyday. One of the best mid-priced SUVs on the market? You betcha.
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