Dodge Durango Through the Years

Dodge Durango

It’s fun to chart the changes through the years for the Durango, Dodge’s beloved sport utility vehicle. As customer needs and desires have evolved, so has the Durango.

 

Durango’s lineage can be broken down, roughly, into three generations. Generation one, produced from 1998 through 2003, was a ground-breaking, sturdy, midsized SUV with body-on-frame construction shared with the Dakota, Dodge’s highly acclaimed midsize pickup. Signaling its rugged, no-nonsense nature, in its first year the Durango was offered only in a four-wheel-drive version.

 

For ’99 both 2WD and 4WD drivetrains were offered, along…

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Dodge Durango Through the Years

1971 Dodge Demon

Dodge Demon

 

 

Not all the memorable Dodges of the late ’60s and early ’70s were rip-snorting muscle cars. The 1971-72 Dart Demon (1971 model shown here) may have been mild-mannered, but it was a highly popular car of the era that owners still recall fondly today.

 

The Demon was essentially a standard Dart sedan but in a sporty two-door coupe version, employing fastback sheetmetal that was shared with its Chrysler stablemate, the Plymouth Duster. With its base engine, a 198-cubic-inch Slant Six, the Demon was no threat at the drag strip, but…

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1971 Dodge Demon

2001 Dodge Super8 Hemi Concept

2001 Super8 Hemi Concept

 

 

Concept cars don’t have to obey boundaries or follow anyone’s rules—that’s the fun of them. Often, their job is only to provoke thought and stimulate interest in new ideas.

 

Take the Dodge Super8 Hemi, for instance. Introduced at the 2001 Detroit Auto Show, the concept was nothing less than an effort to redefine the traditional American family sedan. And naturally, not everyone knew quite what to make of the outside-the-box design. Wrote one journalist, “This Dodge concept manages to be retro, futuristic and just plain bizarre all…

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2001 Dodge Super8 Hemi Concept