2017 Dodge Durango Citadel: A People Mover with Attitude

Published: Tuesday, July 4, 2017 | 7:22 PM

2017dodgedurangocitadel475Many of the crossovers on the market today are just glorified cars that are under-powered and the third-row seat is often an afterthought. Not so with the 2017 Dodge Durango Citadel, it’s a people mover with attitude.

With a third-row seat that actually seats adults and muscular handling, the Durango Citadel will have you smiling as you overtake lesser crossovers.

A three-row crossover, the Dodge Durango comes in four trim levels: SXT, GT, Citadel, and R/T. This review will focus on the Citadel trim level with the Anodized Platinum Package.

Xenon headlights, automatic high beams, automatic wipers, upgraded brakes, chrome exterior trim, roof-rail crossbars, a sunroof, a power liftgate, a cargo cover, upgraded leather upholstery, additional leather trim, a power-adjustable steering wheel, a navigation system, an eight-way power passenger seat, ventilated front seats, and a nine-speaker audio system with a subwoofer and HD radio.

The Anodized Platinum package adds upgraded leather upholstery with silver accent stitching and special interior trim. Also included on my test model was the Technology Group package of adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, a forward collision warning system with automatic braking, lane departure warning and lane-keeping assist.

The optional V8, 5.7-liter engine made my test model fly with 360 horses and 390 lb-ft of torque. It was paired with an eight-speed automatic with option all-wheel-drive, giving the Durango better off-road performance. Mileage estimates are 14/city, 22/highway and 17/combined mpg.

2017dodgedurangocitadelintThe Durango Citadel is one of the most spacious crossovers, even third row passengers will be happy. It’s easy to enter and exit the rear seats because of the large rear doors that open wide. All surfaces are quality with soft touch materials and the 8.4-inch Uconnect touchscreen is easy to operate with large virtual buttons. It’s logical to operate the tech features and there are redundant controls if you don’t like using a touchscreen.

Cargo capacity behind the third row is minimal but put that third row down and you’ll get a whopping 47.7 cubic feet of cargo space. Drop the second row and cargo space maxes out at 84.5 cubic feet.

Equipped with the V8, the Durango Citadel’s impressive weight is in your favor as you confidently tool down the road with plenty of power for quick acceleration.

If you are tired of the under-powered third-row crossovers on the market, make the move to the 2017 Dodge Durango Citadel Anodized Platinum.