2014 Dodge Durango Citadel Mom Review UPDATE

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10432249_603546923092652_1089561234_n Christine Lee
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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?Screen Shot 2014-04-10 at 6.15.37 AM

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.

On the roof console are 3 garage door openers that you can program. I gave up on those and reverted to my old trusty opener.

On the roof console are 3 garage door openers that you can program. I gave up on those and reverted to my old trusty 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 love the hands free phone feature. I use that all the time.photo copy

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.

The VR is the voice recognition button. I forget to use it a lot. The phone icons are to make a hands-free call. Love that feature. Both are located on the steering wheel.

The VR is the voice recognition button. I forget to use it a lot. The phone icons are to make a hands-free call. Love that feature. Both are located on the steering wheel.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.

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.

You can control the speaker volume and music station and/or source from the steering wheel. Buttons are located on both the left and right sides of the wheel.

Music volume and source buttons are located on both the left and right sides of the wheel. Above that button is the silver “Paddle Shifter” which allows you shift manually instead of leaving the car in automatic. Great for winter driving conditions.

I enjoy the 1 year free subscription to traffic/satellite services. Most new cars I tested only gave you that content for 90 days. I have used the traffic/weather app often.photo18 2014 Dodge Durango Citadel Mom Review UPDATE

Good news, if you choose to not renew your satellite service, you will NOT lose use your turn-by-turn navigation.photo copy

But really, who needs satellite when you have 96.5 TIC?!photo copy 2Another 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. Be warned though, the wi-fi is SLOW like airport wi-fi so don’t plan on streaming Netflix or anything. Good for email and some apps for gaming.

I bought a cool and cheap gadget that clips to the headrest and holds a 7 inch tablet in place. They make them for all tablet sizes. (Got 2 on ebay for $9.99)  It saved me nearly $2000 on the price of the car since I elimnated the DVD Entertainment package. When we travel I'll purchase temporary wifi through my UConnect app on my Dodge's home screen and the kids can watch Netflix.

I bought a cool and cheap gadget that clips to the headrest and holds a 7 inch tablet in place. They make them for all tablet sizes. (Got 2 on ebay for total of $19.99) It saved me nearly $2000 on the price of the car since I elimnated the DVD Entertainment package.

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.

Each kid gets a charging port. Damn, I need to vacuum my car, again ALREADY!

Each kid gets a charging port. Damn, I need to vacuum my car, again ALREADY!

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.

Cup holders illuminate and you can see where the aux, usb and SD card slots are. My chapstick is in a large storage area that I find super convenient. Plus there's plenty of storage in all the doors for drinks, magazines, etc.

Cup holders illuminate and you can see where the aux, usb and SD card slots are. My chapstick is in a large storage area that I find super convenient. Plus there’s plenty of storage in all the doors for drinks, magazines, etc.

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. Center Console

I really like the ambient lighting. I know it’s kind of gimmicky, but it sure looks cool.

I just love how the interior has this cool lighting. Gives the Citadel an extremely luxurious feeling in the cabin.

I just love how the interior has this cool lighting. Gives the Citadel an extremely luxurious feeling in the cabin.

There’s a UConnect App you can download for free to remote start your car from your smartphone. Warm up or cool down your car before you even set foot inside. UConnect Auto Start

I love the heated/cooled front seats and heated steering wheel. What a dream that was this past winter!Heated/Cooled Front Seats

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.

Like a mini-van, you can just walk through to the 3rd row.

Like a mini-van, you can just walk through to the 3rd row.

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?)

There are 2 cup holders and a small bin for coins, etc. It does not open up to reveal more storage, unfortunately.

There are 2 cup holders and a small bin for coins, etc. for 2nd row passengers.  It does NOT open up to reveal more storage, unfortunately.

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.

Yes, we have dogs. Yes, I need to vacuum. :)

Yes, we have dogs. Yes, I need to vacuum. :)

There is a hidden storage compartment in the trunk that comes in handy. Also there’s another 12v outlet back there. Hidden Storage

When the 3rd row is folded flat, storage is no longer an issue. But yes, I still need to vacuum. photo16 2014 Dodge Durango Citadel Mom Review UPDATE

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!

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