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2011 Dodge Durango: Automaker Shows It Is Ready for Comeback

All-new crossover proves to be perfect tow vehicle trip to remote lighthouse.

by on Aug.04, 2011

Dodge's new Durango sits in front of the 1904 Crisp Point Lighthouse in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

In some ways, the Chrysler Group and its Dodge brand and Northern Michigan’s Crisp Point Lighthouse have a lot in common.

That both are with us is one part luck, mixed with a freighter full of determination.

Both have survived – against all odds.

To test Dodge’s new Durango sport utility, we pulled our loaded 2,500-camper on a 980-mile trip, packed with the usual supplies needed for a seven-day stay in the wilds of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula to serve as volunteer keepers at the lonely lighthouse on the coast of Lake Superior. Oh, and four people and a dog were part of the equation, so human and canine comfort were paramount.

Taking You on the Road!

This all-wheel-drive Durango proved to be the perfect perch to make the trip. Three rows – all adult comfortable – meant everyone had plenty of space. Easy-flip seats made getting in and out a snap, even for the young adult consigned to the back row. Chrysler’s new corporate 3.6-liter V-6 provided plenty of power to shoulder the heavy load, even if unloaded acceleration seems rather middle-of-the-pack.

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