2014 Dodge Durango Citadel Mom Review UPDATE
A little over a month ago I leased a brand new 2014 Dodge Durango Citadel V6 from Gengras Dodge in East Hartford. I LOVED the vehicle from the very first moment I drove it.
Here’s my original test drive video review to refresh your memory.
After that review, a blind gentleman on youtube moved me to tears with his request. He said my video was very descriptive and he was able to visualize the Durango. He asked if I would post another video of the car I ended up buying. How could I deny him?
Flash forward a month or so, change the color from white to black, change the engine from v8 to v6 and you have my Citadel. Yeah, I went for the v6 to save money. Turns out that damn awesome v8 would have cost me an extra $1000 a year in gas and an extra $3000 or so on the overall price. I figure paying $2200 per year in gas is ENOUGH. That being said, I definitely noticed the difference between driving the v8 and the v6. I mean, the power behind the v8 is intoxicating. The v6 just doesn’t have the giddy-up that the v8 does. Once the Citadel gets up to speed though, you barely notice the difference. With my lead foot however, the best course of action was to take the v6 route.
So, how’s it riding? Check it out.
Of course, I couldn’t include everything in my video review so if you’re a glutton for details, here’s MORE on the 2014 Dodge Durango.
There are a few things that annoy me like the stupid garage door openers that come pre-installed on the upper console near the sunroof. Ok, they’re not stupid…but I couldn’t figure out how to program them to make my garage bays operate. And believe me, I tried. I went through the steps 9 times over then gave up. Honestly, it’s most likely my crappy garage door system that’s causing the problems. So I’m sticking with the old, basic, clunky opener.
It doesn’t seem like the windshield wipers go fast enough, even on high. Drove to work in a torrential downpour the other morning and I had trouble seeing. Solution: SLOW THE F**K down. Maybe that’s not a design flaw after all.
P.S. The vehicle drove beautifully in the rain, especially after slowing down.
The 5000 pound Dodge Durango Citadel drives LIKE A DREAM IN THE SNOW. See my original test drive video review posted at the top of the page for more on how the vehicle handles in winter weather.
I like the voice recognition feature, but I don’t use it enough. I forget it’s there. You can control everything from the climate to the music with that. But honestly, it takes too long for the VR to do what you want. You have to hit the VR button, wait for the ‘beep-beep’ state your command, wait for a response, sometimes the computer doesn’t understand you, repeat….blah, blah, blah. You get the idea.
You can easily change the speaker volume, music station or music source from the steering wheel too. Buttons are located behind the wheel on both the right and left sides.
But really, who needs satellite when you have 96.5 TIC?!Another cool feature is that you can purchase a Wi-Fi subscription for a day at $9.99 (wow, expensive) a week at $19.99 (ok, reasonable) or a month at $39.99 (not bad). I plan on buying a week’s worth of Wi-Fi when we take long trips. That way my boys can watch Netflix or play games online while we travel.
No worries about anyone in the backseat fighting over who gets to charge their device. There’s two usb ports and a regular household plug. Also notice the kiddies can heat their seats too. I told my boys not to start feeling entitled cuz I can put them in a different kind of hot seat all together.
I can’t complain about the driver’s storage space. My old vehicle just didn’t have space for me to put anything up front. This car has ample room for my phone, my keys, water bottles, speed pass, and all the other junk we insist on carting around.
I like that the armrest/center console has a double storage area; one that’s deep and one that’s like a tray for concealing coins or other valuables. There’s also a 12v outlet hidden inside the console. Those seats look comfy because they ARE. I have lower back issues and these seats feel great. Zero complaints there.
I really like the ambient lighting. I know it’s kind of gimmicky, but it sure looks cool.
You can walk through to the 3rd row seats if you opt for the 2nd row captain’s seats. The standard backseat is your basic couch style with two regular seats and one smaller middle seat. With the captain’s seats upgrade there’s no more contorting yourself into a pretzel in order to access the 3rd row seats. Plus, those captain’s seats are sooo comfy. Worth it if you have older kids or adults who regularly sit back there.
Having that convenient walk-through does eliminate the storage space between the captain’s chairs in the back seat. There is ‘storage’ on the floor, but it gets dirty quick. You can opt to have a 2nd row console with illuminated cup holders and all that jazz, but then you also revert to not being able to walk thru to the 3rd row. As it stands, 2nd row passengers will have to use their door storage or the storage in the seat pocket in front of them. (Am I sounding like a flight attendant yet?)
Speaking of storage, let’s tackle the trunk. Yes, it’s the big flaw…or not. I say, no big deal that the trunk space is limited when the 3rd row is up because you can always put a Thule rack on the roof or pull a small U-Haul. But in reality, as a family we don’t travel with that 3rd row up, so it’s not a problem for us. I mainly need the 3rd row so I can be a mom-taxi.
All in all, the new car smell has started to fade, but my love for the car has not.
Bottom line: I am STILL crushing on my Dodge Durango Citadel.
Interested in buying or leasing a new car? Don’t do ANYTHING till you read what I learned while shopping for my new car.
Happy car shopping!