2012-Durango-front.jpgNearly 60 journalists belonging to the Texas Automotive Writers Association (TAWA) spent two days driving the industry’s newest sport-utility and crossover vehicles in San Antonio late last week, and when the dust settled, the new Dodge Durango stood proud as the winner of the prestigious “Full-Size SUV of Texas” honor.

    “It’s always an honor when opinion-leading journalists recognize the
    tremendous capability, style and value we’re offering with our all-new
    lineup of Dodge vehicles,” said Reid Bigland, President and CEO – Dodge
    Brand. “With Durango’s standard seven-passenger seating, class-leading
    towing capacity and driving range, the Dodge Durango offers a true
    no-compromise solution, blending capability and refinement into one
    stylish SUV.”

    The TAWA media take many customer demands into consideration when
    evaluating the vehicles, including everything from exterior styling and
    on- and off-road capability, to the entrant’s overall utility, value and
    fuel efficiency.

    2012-Durango-int.jpg“The 2012 Dodge Durango made quite an impression at this year’s TAWA
    Truck Rodeo,” said Mike Herzing, President of TAWA. “With its spacious
    and refined interior, impressive driving dynamics, and class-leading
    towing capability, it’s only fitting that the Dodge Durango is named the
    2012 Full-Size SUV of Texas.”

    Earlier this year, the Dodge Journey seven-seat crossover was recognized
    by TAWA, winning the coveted “Family Car of Texas” award.

    2012-Durango-back.jpgAbout Dodge Durango

    With its class-leading towing and driving range of more than 550 miles,
    V-6 and V-8 engine choices, four-wheel independent suspension, near
    50:50 weight distribution, and responsive steering and handling, Durango
    has functionality and driving dynamics unlike what you typically find
    in a seven-seat Sport Utility. No other SUV on the road compares with
    the all-new Dodge Durango’s distinctive bold Dodge design that craftily
    houses a spacious three-row, seven-passenger functional, flexible and
    premium interior, covered in soft-touch materials.

    Durango features more than 30 storage areas, 28 seating configurations
    and a rear cargo area of nearly 85 cubic feet that fits a six-foot couch
    with room for coffee table or a 10-foot ladder with the front passenger
    seat folded flat. Utility may be one of Durango’s key attributes, but
    safety did not take a back seat during development. The 2012 Dodge
    was recently named a “Top Safety Pick” by the Insurance
    Institute for Highway Safety.

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