Bought this to replace our aging 2007 Aspen. Liked the comfort, power and reliability of the first one. The 2009 has a few more features but is basically the same SUV with 376 HP/401 lb-ft of torque. Got it mainly for towing our 29' travel trailer (7500 lbs) and haulinggrandkids with us.
The new Durango looks nice but with the unibody construction it won't pull our trailer.Some of us are willing to sacrifice a bit of ride quality for the full frame strength.
It's hard on gas but does what I need and want it to. If I wanted better fuel mileage and had no trailer or family to haul I would have picked a 4 cyl car.
It's got all the bells and whistles and when buying it used it's a good deal.
Solid highway performer for passing and cruising.
24 l/100km in city (winter), 14.7 l/100 km on hwy (winter at -23 C)
Very smooth and quiet on highway and around town.
Fairly quiet on Highway, minor tire noise on coarse pavement. Engine quiet at cruising speeds. Slight growl on acceleration increasing throaty growl as accelerator pushed.
Front seat room
Plenty of room for 6 footers
Hard on fuel around town but that's not why I bought it. Decent on the highyway, 14.7 l/100 km at 105 km/hr with the 3.92 rear end.
We have a burgundy 2007 model which the wife loves. The 2009 is grey which she hates. I couldn't care less as the 2009 has 80,000 less kms on it and is in very good shape.
Audio & nav systems
Nav screen goes blank in cold weather. Seems to have erratic on and off, maybe a loose connection. Will check when the weather warms up.
High depreciation when new.
Driving position & visibility
Large A pillars make driving around corners tricky.
Rear seat room & comfort
Second row is tight for adults, fine for kids. Third row has more leg room than 2nd row for adults but seats are hard. All seats are harder than our 2003 Monte Carlo but still offer good support on long drives.
If you want power, luxury, and reliability by this vehicle. If you want 50 mpg, don't.
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