Archive | July 2017

2017 Dodge Durango Citadel Review

2017-dodge-durango-gallery-exterior-11.jpg.image.1440For the past few decades, The Durango has been the flagship of the Dodge SUV market. For 2017, the evolution reaches an epic climax with the introduction of the 2017 Dodge Durango Citadel. This year’s Dodge Durango – which is similar in many ways to Jeep’s Grand Cherokee, gets an upgrade featuring three-row seating and plush trim with the Citadel edition. Available in three unique trim-levels, including the 3.6L SUV, 3.6L V6 AWD and V8 edition, the Citadel Durango has an option for all consumers.

What’s Under The Hood

Leading the team is the Dodge Durango Citadel 5.7 V8. Powered by a powerful, yet surprisingly fuel-efficient 5.7-liter Hemi V8, the Dodge Durango Citadel is considered by many automotive experts to be the most luxurious SUV created by Dodge; and has the features and upgrades to back up these claims.

The talk of the town in most online reviews for the 2017 Dodge Durango Citadel is the powerplant – a smooth sounding and driving 5.7-liter Hemi V8 engine that produces 360 HP and is propelled by an eight-speed automatic transmission. The engine has tons of low and high-end torque, allowing you to navigate highway speeds safely but also enough power to quickly accelerate past obstructions or hazards in the road. One automotive review wrote that “the exhausts note invites comparison to the Dodge Hellcat”, which clearly articulates the fact that the Citadel Durango is not your average SUV.

While the engine packs a lot of power under the hood, it does not consume a tremendous amount of fuel, making the 2017 Dodge Durango Citadel one of the more cost-effective SUV’s on the market today. Many reviewers are indicating mileage ratings ranging from 26 mpg on highways to 15 mpg in city driving; which is on par with most of its category competitors from other manufacturers. Comfort is enhanced with a solid, yet surprisingly nimble suspension kit; allowing you to navigate all roads you will travel.

What Stands Out

Once you open the doors of the 2017 Dodge Durango Citadel, you’ll instantly see why online reviewers are calling this SUV the most luxurious one produced by Mopar in years. Featuring the updated Uconnect infotainment system with touchscreen navigation, smooth interior surfaces and comfortable seating. The three-row seating allows comfortable seating for up to 7 passengers and two-row editions allow seating up to 5 adults. Additional interior upgrades include Bluetooth connectivity, heated seats, bucket front seats, folding rear seat center armrest and navigation system.

The 2017 Dodge Durango Citadel is backed with a 3 year/ 36,000 mile basic warranty with eight-individual exterior colors to choose from including the ultra-attractive Octane Red Pearl. Regardless of the type of SUV you are looking for, you can find a Citadel perfect priced and suited for any application.

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2017 Chrysler Pacifica Review

The Chrysler brand has been making tremendous changes within its infrastructure to keep up with the shifting automotive landscape.  More and more major brands and manufacturers are beginning to turn their attention towards electric vehicles and hybridization.  As such, it should come as no surprise that the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica is turning heads, marketed as the country’s first hybrid minivan meant for plug-in use.  Having to stay ahead of the competition in a very active and aggressive market, the vehicle shows definite promise and those who had the opportunity to take a look at the way the car handles were pleased with the results.

 

The vehicle features a combination of elements from previous models to provide drivers with something new.  The FCA’s 3.6-liter V-6 gasoline engine makes a comeback, coupled with an electric motor and further unified through the use of a nine-speed transmission.  The combination of elements is meant to make the drive feel familiar while still energy efficient.  Researchers found that the battery-powered electric range could reach 33 miles, allowing the vehicle to operate elegantly and silently in electric mode, perfect for city driving.  The functionality is taken a step further, when the gas-powered engine comes into play, making the minivan perfect for long distances.

 

Some drivers had the complaint that the vehicle was too quiet in all-electric mode, but the arrival of the gasoline motor definitely did not leave much to be desired.  The handling was very smooth and responsive, and the zippiness of the minivan makes it a particularly advantageous treat for those who want to travel with their family.  The definite presence and comfort that comes with the minivan’s handling make it an excellent choice for couples as well, and the interior has been designed to emphasize functionality, especially as more technological advancements become available for drivers to enjoy.

 

A UConnect phone pairing system is available to improve connectivity between the driver’s devices, and there are numerous safety systems designed to optimize handling in difficult conditions.  Things such as lane departure warning systems, a forward collision prevention system and a 360-degree camera visibility system make driving easy and enjoyable.  The cabin is spacious enough to provide the passengers with plenty of personal room for comfort.  A noise cancellation installation also helps keep the interior of the cabin quiet.  Ultimately, families will have a lot to look forward to when they take this vehicle out of the lot.