2017 Dodge Durango – Release Date, Review and Specs

The new 2017 Dodge Durango is a solid choice for those looking for agreeable road manners, larger-than-most road manners, a generous towing capacity, muscular styling and performance, easy-to-use tech interfaces, and a gutsy optional V8 engine. Its released date should be expected sometime in the middle of 2017. 

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It’s okay to say that three-row crossovers have become the preferred choice for most dads and moms everywhere. They come packed with features that keep kids distracted/happy, and just like the wood-trimmed station wagon and minivans before them, they offer plenty of interior space for your family. Throw in the old-fashioned American muscle, personality, and an ample amount of style, and you’ve got yourself a satisfying crossover.

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It is more muscular in character than its three-row crossover competitors, and although the basic iteration being a bit blah, top-of-the-range models offer plenty of premium features and technologies that make them standout in the crowded segment. The Durango has a leg up on most competitors when it comes to interior quality and tech interfaces. Remember, this segment is primarily known for its unremarkable material quality, which says more about the segment itself.

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The Uconnect 8.4 system offers large logical menus, virtual buttons, and helpful secondary physical controls. Whether tech averse or tech-savvy, you’ll certainly find them appealing. Under its hood, the Durango offers a potent V8 mill that not only smokes off both the Toyota Highlander and Honda Pilot, but also provides an impressive towing capacity.

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Yet, while the new 2017 Dodge Durango affords a distinctive mix of personality and practicality, there are foibles that demean its overall desirability. They include the considerable weight which hampers maneuverability, handling, and acceleration. There is no option for an eight-passenger capacity. The fuel economy is mediocre, while its cabin is uninspiring.

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The truth of the matter is the segment now boast of several fresher models such as the Toyota Highlander, Mazda CX-9, and the Honda Pilot. You’ll actually be hard-pressed to mention any upsides the Durango has over the named rivals, however, it is a better option if you’re looking for an alternative to bigger, heavier, and fuel-thrifty truck-based SUVs like the Ford Expedition and Chevrolet Tahoe. Either way, we recommend the Durango to dads and moms everywhere to at least consider it.

Dodge Durango – Offered Trims

Four trims – R/T, Limited, Citadel, and SXT – are offered for the three-row 2017 Dodge Durango SUV. The Hellcat, SRT, and SRT8 reviews are covered elsewhere on this blog.

Exterior Changes & 2017 Dodge Durango Interior Review

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The Durango SXT offers the following standard technologies and features; keyless entry and ignition, cloth upholstery, cruise control, heated mirrors, a load-leveling rear suspension, a rearview auto-dimming mirror, a telescopic-and-tilt steering wheel, Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity, a third-row folding 50/50-split seat, automatic tri-zone climate control, adjustable driver settings, 18” alloy wheels, a 5” touchscreen interface, media player interface, cloth upholstery, a height-adjustable steering wheel, and a reclining and folding 60/40-split seat.

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Options offered for the Durango SXT include satellite radio, an eight-way power driver seat, roof rails, a rearview camera, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, voice controls, a heated steering wheel, rear parking sensors, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and a sunroof.

The Durango Citadel offers chrome exterior trim, Beats audio system, a DVD/Blue-ray player, a nine-speaker sound system, a leather interior trim, a sunroof, and 20” wheels.

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Stepping up to the Durango R/T gets you a rear entertainment system, Beats audio system, upgraded leather upholstery, performance steering, a lowered sport-tuned suspension system, and a sunroof.

2017 Dodge Durango Engine Specs

Inspiration for all the 2017 Dodge Durango models is offered by a standard 3.6L V6 engine, except the Durango R/T. power output stands at 290 hp and 260 lbs. ft. of torque. Zipping from 0-60 mph needs 7.8 seconds with the RWD V6 version.

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Standard for the Durango R/T is the 5.7L V8 behemoth rated at 360 hp and 390 pounds-ft. of torque. EPA says the RWD option should be able to return 14/22/16 mpg in the city/highway/combined.

When fully loaded, expect a maximum towing capacity of about 7,400 lbs. Its top speed is currently unavailable as of this writing, but should be available months leading to its release date.

Specifications

Wheelbase: 119.8 in
Length: 201.2 in
Width: 75.8 in
Passenger volume: N/A
Cargo volume: 17.2 ft³
Curb weight: 4756 lbs
Top Speed: 121 mph
0-60: 7.8 sec
MPG: 14/22 (city/highway)
Available Exterior Colors: Billet Silver Metallic Clear Coat, Bright White Clear Coat, Brilliant Black Crystal Pearl Coat, Granite Crystal Metallic Clear Coat, Ivory 3 Coat, Maximum Steel Metallic Clear Coat, Red Pearl Coat…
Towing Capacity: 7,400 lbs

2017 Dodge Durango Release date & Price

2017 Dodge Durango Release date

The Durango SUV price is expected to start from an MSRP of $30,495 for the base model. It should go for sale sometime in the middle of next year.

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New 2017 Nissan Juke – Release Date, Specs & Info

With highlights such as an available all-wheel drive, unique exterior/interior color customization, lively performance, and a sporty handling, the new 2017 Nissan Juke will have you seeing the inner beauty of Nissan’s feisty crossover/hatchback creation, however, it might be not be love at first sight. Its release date should be expected sometime in the first half of 2017. 

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Don’t expect any apologies from the Juke’s controversial styling, which is part and parcel of its appeal. And just like the previous model, the 2017 version also allows you to mix and match colors thanks to the new Color Studio program. It’s styling aside, the Juke returns with an even better on-road capability and is undoubtedly among the top cream of compact crossover segment.

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Much of what makes it appealing lies under its hood. Underneath its hood is a fuel-efficient, healthy turbocharged engine that comes paired to an all-wheel drive system. It’s also able to vary power delivered between the rear and front axles as well as the right and left rear wheels for maximum traction via the genuine rear-axle torque-vectoring system.

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Handling is optimized even when the road starts to curve thanks to the taut suspension system, and the body is also free of scrapes on rough roads as a result of the impressive seven-inch ground clearance.

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Perhaps on the notable idiosyncrasy available on the Juke is its cramped interior space. The cargo volume isn’t ample either. So if you’ve have a bunch of kids who need every day hauling, the Juke is probably the last option you should consider.

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Other options you should consider include Mazda CX-3, Honda HR-V, and the Jeep Renegade. The Renegade is a good option especially for anyone who values a sporty driving experience. At the end of the day, it all depends on your priorities. The Juke is particularly recommended for people who don’t mind a controversial and bold styling.

Trim Options – 2017 Nissan Juke

Five trims – SL, SV, S, Nismo, and Nismo RS – are offered for the five-passenger 2017 Nissan Juke.

Exterior Redesign & 2017 Nissan Juke Interior Review

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Standard features and accessories to expect from the Juke S include Siri Eyes Free iPhone integration, 17” alloy wheels, a trip computer, a six-speaker sound system, cruise control, air-conditioning, a rearview camera, full power accessories, keyless entry and ignition, Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity, a hands-free assistant, a CD player, a five-inch touchscreen interface, rear-folding 60/40-split seats, a tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, and an adjustable driver seat.

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Upgrading to the Juke SV gets you and upgraded cloth upholstery, selectable drive modes (Sport, Normal, and Eco), a leather-wrapped tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, dual-zone automatic climate control, a rear privacy glass, satellite and HD radio, and a sunroof.

Options available for the Juke SV include heated front seats, 360-degree multi-view camera, a 5.8” color display, a navigation system, heated outside mirrors, an upgraded Rockford Fostgate audio system, and Nissan Connect smartphone app integration.

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Tacking on a leather upholstery, foglights, and automatic headlights are offered for the Juke SL.

Opting for the Juke Nismo adds 18” alloy wheels, leather/synthetic-suede leather-wrapped steering wheel, a sportier suspension system, front sport seats, front sport seats, interior and exterior styling details, and a sportier tuning calibrations.

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Finally, the Juke Nismo RS gets a simulated carbon-fiber and synthetic suede trim, a more aggressive suspension and steering tuning, a limited-slip differential, a more powerful engine, Recaro front sport seats, and bigger brakes. Packages and standalone options should be expected on its release date.

2017 Nissan Juke Engine Specs & Fuel Economy

Motivation for the 2017 Nissan Juke is offered by a 1.6L turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine able to churn out 188 hp and 177 lbs. ft. of torque. The power is taken a notch higher by the Nismo RS which is able to crank out 215 horsepower and 210 pounds-ft. of torque with the FWD, and 184 pounds-ft. of torque and 211 horsepower with the AWD version.

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Zipping from 0-60 mph takes 7.3 seconds with the Continuously Variable Transmission system, and 6.9 seconds with the six-speed manual gearbox.

When we come to the fuel economy, we should look forward to 26/31/28 mpg in the city/highway/combined with the AWD, and 28/32/30 mpg with the FWD. the Nismo gets thriftier fuel economy ratings of 28/34/30 mpg with the six-speed, and 25/31/27 mpg with the manual-equipped-higher-output Nismo RS trim model.

Specifications

Wheelbase: 8 ft. 3.6 in. (99.6 in.)
Length: 13 ft. 6.4 in. (162.4 in.)
Width: 5 ft. 9.5 in. (69.5 in.)
Passenger volume: 85 ft³
Cargo volume: 11 ft³
Curb weight: 2981 lbs
Top Speed: 124 mph
0-60: 6,9 sec
MPG: 28/32 (city/highway)
Available Exterior Colors: Bordeaux Black, Brilliant Silver, Cayenne Red, Cosmic Blue, Gun Metallic, Pearl White, Red Alert, Solar Yellow and Super Black
Towing Capacity: N/A lbs

2017 Nissan Juke Release Date & Price

2017 Nissan Juke Release date

The Nissan Juke price should be expected to start from an MSRP of $20,250, and $28,020 for the Juke Nismo RS. As for when it will be offered for sale, rumors point to the first half of 2017. Stay tuned for more info on the release date!

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2017 Cadillac Escalade – Release Date, Review and Specs

The new 2017 Cadillac Escalade is ready for its premiere! While you may find other luxury SUV’s offering more versatility and refinement, the new 2017 Cadillac Escalade still manages to endear itself to people who are looking for bold styling and impressive V8 power. Other highpoints include a quiet interior, an available seating capacity for up to eight people, stout power, and an impressive towing capacity. The Cadillac Escalade release date should be expected sometime in the first half of 2017. 

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This year, the Escalade gets only subtle changes that are notably conspicuous on its exterior styling and interior technologies. Many critics took Cadillac’s efforts with a pinch of salt when it said it was debuting its first model back in 1999. But even so, Cadillac proved it was not scratching an itch that wasn’t there once the first model made it to dealerships. It achieved quite a tremendous fan base, and continues to do almost two decades after.

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However during this time, the number of rivals has increased significantly and Cadillac has had to offer the Escalade continuous improvements meant to keep it fresh and appealing to its fans. Its enduring appeal is manifested by its visual upgrades that adorn both its interior and exterior surfaces. It is now blockier and imposing on the outside and more comfortable and luxurious on its interior.

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Its cabin looks modern and provides some of the latest features and technologies that will in no doubt enable it keep up with the Jonuses. It’s often critiqued CUE touchscreen interface has been overhauled and in its place is a more responsive and easy to use system that even those who find smartphone apps a bewilderment will certainly fall heads over heels with. Other technologies in place include the blind-spot monitor with rear-cross traffic alert, lane-departure warning and mitigation, pedestrian detection system, a multi-view camera, adaptive cruise control, and a faster Wi-Fi connectivity.

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Lest you think the 2017 Cadillac is devoid of downsides, there are several setbacks worth pondering over. They include a high load height and cargo floor, a jiggly ride quality, and a cramped third-row bench. Nevertheless, these foibles shouldn’t be used as lame reason as to why you shouldn’t purchase the Escalade, as there are compelling and likable features to make you feel heavenly.

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Some of the bogeys gripping the heels of the new 2017 Cadillac Escalade include Land Rover Range Rover, Mercedes-Benz GL-Class, the Lincoln Navigator, and the Infiniti QX80. You can also check out the Lexus LX 570

2017 Cadillac Escalade Trims

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The full-size, seven-passenger 2017 Cadillac Escalade is offered in four trims: base, Luxury, ESV Platinum, and Premium. The Escalade EXT and V series reviews are covered elsewhere on this blog.

2017 Cadillac Escalade Exterior Reviews & Interior Changes

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Standard equipment offered for the base model include driver-side and power folding auto-dimming mirrors, driver memory settings, a telescopic-and-tilt steering wheel, a hands-free power liftgate, twenty-inch wheels, keyless ignition and entry, adaptive suspension dampers, power adjustable pedals, ventilated and heated front seats, running boards, automatic wipers and headlights, heated rear seats, automatic tri-zone climate control, xenon headlights, LED taillights, front and rear parking sensors, split-folding 3rd-row seats, and a leather upholstery.

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Inside, you get a CD player, satellite and HD radio, a multi-view camera, CUE infotainment interface, five USB ports, Bose sixteen-speaker audio system, a customizable instrument panel, active noise cancelling, an eight-inch touchscreen interface, an auxiliary audio input, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, and a navigation system.

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Upgrading to the Escalade Luxury trim model gets you lane-departure warning and mitigation system, second-row power-folding seats, a sunroof, safety alert driver seat, forward collision warning and mitigation, an enhanced alarm system, automatic high-beams, 22” wheels, blind-spot warning and rear-cross traffic alert, and a heads-up display.

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Building upon what the Luxury trim model offers, the Escalade Premium ads a reverse collision mitigation system, adaptive cruise control, metallic and wood interior trimmings, a CD player, a rear-seat entertainment system, cornering lights, automatic braking, and a nine-inch ceiling-mounted screen, and a panoramic sunroof.

2017 Cadillac Escalade Engine Specs

A power of 420 horsepower and 460 lbs. ft. of torque is offered by the 6.2L V8 engine. Fuel economy as per EPA projection should check in at 15/21/17 mpg in the city/highway/combined with the all-wheel drive, and 15/22/17 mpg with the rear-wheel drive option. Take a look here for more info on gas mileage.

2017 Cadillac Escalade engine

0-60 mph acceleration with the 4WD Escalade Platinum clocks in at 6.1 seconds.

There are rumors of another engine but the details are still under wraps. We however expect Cadillac to make the details public months ahead of its release date.

Specifications

Wheelbase: 116 in
Length: 203.9 in
Width: 80.5 in
Passenger volume: 120,8 ft³
Cargo volume: 15,2 ft³
Curb weight: 5552 lbs
Top Speed: 114 mph
0-60: 6,1 sec
MPG: 15/22 (city/highway)
Available Exterior Colors: Black Raven, Crystal White Tricoat, Dark Granite Metallic, Gray Silk Metallic, Majestic Plum Metallic, Radiant Silver Metallic, Red Passion Tintcoat, Silver Coast Metallic and Terra Mocha Metallic
Towing Capacity: 8300 lbs

2017 Cadillac Escalade Release Date & Price

2017 Cadillac Escalade Release date

The Escalade SUV price starts from $72,970. It should go for sale in the USA and Canada sometime in the first half of 2017. Let us know if you would like to purchase it!

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