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Old 01-08-2014, 11:39 AM
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New here and just looking for some input. I currently own a lifted 2012 jeep wrangler that's fun to drive, but killing me on gas; averaging about 14.4 mpg with mainly highway driving to and from work. I know the hemi isn't spectacular on gas, but I know it's better than 14.4 on the highway, so I'm going to pull the trigger on an R/T, but still not sure what year. I see a lot of used 2013's with low miles and priced in the low 30's, which is in my ballpark, but I really like the interior and new lights on the '14, so I'm having a tough time deciding. I don't really want to spend $40k on a new '14, especially knowing it'll be worth 15% less in 6 months, but I also don't want to regret buying a '13. Anyone in a similar situation or have been? Is the 2014 really worth it? Thanks for any input or help!
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Old 01-08-2014, 11:43 AM
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If I were shopping now, I'd get the 2014 as it is new. Dealer in Danville KY discounts them at least 6K. If I did go for a 2013 (which I have and love by the way) I'd get one with some miles on it. When I see a previous model year with extremely low miles it's a flag for me that the owner either had problems, didn't like it and dumped it, or that it might have been in a wreck and spent some time in a body shop.
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Old 01-08-2014, 11:44 AM
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Buy the 13!!!!!!!

If lights are what you are after then you need to find a way to justify 10K more just for that.

I am getting 21+MPG on the highway at 74MPH. I was crazed at first when I bought my 13 and then seen the 14 with the fancy but not needed lights and stereo. Then I thought about it and now started to customize mine the way I like.

Personally, I would buy the 13 and then sink the "extra" 10K into her with things you want, like and need.
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To me it would come down to the monthly payment difference between the 2 more than anything, especially with the special financing offers on new ones, if there are any.
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Old 01-08-2014, 12:06 PM
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Thanks for the input. The eight speed transmission seems to be nice, but probably something else that's not really necessary or a deal breaker. I know when a refresh comes out everyone is quick to trade in or jump on the wagon, so that's why I was looking for some feedback before I pull the trigger.
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To me it would come down to the monthly payment difference between the 2 more than anything, especially with the special financing offers on new ones, if there are any.
3.99 from chrysler capital is all they're offering, but I can get 2% from my credit union. Payment for '14 would be about $600 and payment for '13 would be about $450.
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Old 01-08-2014, 12:24 PM
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I bought my 2014 R/T less than a week ago, Chrysler financing gave me 2.3%. They started at 2.66 and I told them State Farm would give 2.19 so they dropped it a 1/4 point. Do the 2014. the 8 speed, the large touchscreen and other refinements made the difference worth it to me. I negotiated mine down pretty good, others on here have done even better than me. It is not 10k between the 2014 and 2013 unless you are buying a used 2013. You should be able to negotiate the 2014 to within 2,500 - 3,500 of the best deal on a 2013. Dodge tried hard to not bump the price on the 14, the only real difference should be the incentives. Again, I think it's worth it.

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You could sit back and wait 6 months for a like new but used 2014. That was my angst, but my trade would have slipped to over 100k in 6 months so I felt I couldn't wait.
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You could sit back and wait 6 months for a like new but used 2014. That was my angst, but my trade would have slipped to over 100k in 6 months so I felt I couldn't wait.
Thought about this too, but I'd really like something asap, so it's a tough decision. Time flies and I know if I buy a '13 now, in 6 months I may regret it. My wrangler should hold it's value, so it may make sense to pay it down even more that way I have some equity. Tough call.
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I bought a highly discounted '13 in August. I could've waited a couple months for the '14, but it would have been thousands more. The improvements weren't worth it for me. The transmission in the '13 is fine. Sure the 8-speed is a little smoother and acceleration a few tenths quicker, but my family will never notice those things in everyday around town driving. The things that really count for everyday driving (economy, comfort, handling etc.) haven't really changed for '14.


By the way, I have a pet peeve when everyone says the 8.4" screen is "so much bigger." It's really not when you consider the buttons are permanently moved onto the 8.4" screen whereas on the 430n they're off the screen. So the usable screen area you have for navigation or music is not really much bigger at all for '14.

PLUS, the big thing you lose for '14 is the 28 gig hard drive and standard CD drive (if I'm not mistaken). Those are deal breakers for me. I have a few thousand songs permanently in my Durango - that's a huge convenience.



P.S. On occaision I somewhat regret not having the 8-speed, but overall I do NOT regret getting the '13 for thousands less.

P.S.S. There are still NEW '13s on the lots out there if you look around.
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Dodge tried hard to not bump the price on the 14, the only real difference should be the incentives. Again, I think it's worth it.
Ahh but they did raise them on all but the base version.

My '13 Crew w/ Nav stickered for $37.3k. To get the same features in a '14 would be $39,035. So $1,700, PLUS the difference in rebates and dealer discounts. It's a significant amount, at least to someone with my income.
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By the way, I have a pet peeve when everyone says the 8.4" screen is "so much bigger." It's really not when you consider the buttons are permanently moved onto the 8.4" screen whereas on the 430n they're off the screen. So the usable screen area you have for navigation or music is not really much bigger at all for '14.
I have the larger screen in my Charger R/T and I can tell you that this is only partially true. It is much larger when you are using NAV only, or the back up camera for instance. If you have the controls as well as NAV displaying then yes, what you are saying is true. Actually the 430/730 NAV screen has a much sharper display then the 8.4" screen. What drives me nuts is that DODGE waits so long to upgrade all of their vehicles with the same features. I can understand RAM and DODGE not upgrading the features at the same time but DODGE should have had all 8.4" screens in all vehicles since 2011. It's not new. lol

To the OP, get what you can afford. Don't live above your means and be happy my friend. Good luck to ya!
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I have the larger screen in my Charger R/T and I can tell you that this is only partially true. It is much larger when you are using NAV only, or the back up camera for instance. If you have the controls as well as NAV displaying then yes, what you are saying is true. Actually the 430/730 NAV screen has a much sharper display then the 8.4" screen. What drives me nuts is that DODGE waits so long to upgrade all of their vehicles with the same features. I can understand RAM and DODGE not upgrading the features at the same time but DODGE should have had all 8.4" screens in all vehicles since 2011. It's not new. lol

To the OP, get what you can afford. Don't live above your means and be happy my friend. Good luck to ya!
Ah so you can go to "full screen" mode to hide the buttons? Well that's good, but still it's an extra step.
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I bought a highly discounted '13 in August. I could've waited a couple months for the '14, but it would have been thousands more. The improvements weren't worth it for me. The transmission in the '13 is fine. Sure the 8-speed is a little smoother and acceleration a few tenths quicker, but my family will never notice those things in everyday around town driving. The things that really count for everyday driving (economy, comfort, handling etc.) haven't really changed for '14. By the way, I have a pet peeve when everyone says the 8.4" screen is "so much bigger." It's really not when you consider the buttons are permanently moved onto the 8.4" screen whereas on the 430n they're off the screen. So the usable screen area you have for navigation or music is not really much bigger at all for '14. PLUS, the big thing you lose for '14 is the 28 gig hard drive and standard CD drive (if I'm not mistaken). Those are deal breakers for me. I have a few thousand songs permanently in my Durango - that's a huge convenience. P.S. On occaision I somewhat regret not having the 8-speed, but overall I do NOT regret getting the '13 for thousands less. P.S.S. There are still NEW '13s on the lots out there if you look around.
All good points. Makes sense. I think we just always want the latest and greatest. I will say I think the new instrumentation on the'14 looks a bit less stylish after comparing pics of the '13 and '14. I still like it, but something about it reminds me of my fiancées Hyundai Veloster, which isn't bad it just looks kind of cheap. I could be totally wrong because I haven't seen it in person, so I'm not knocking anyone if they have it.
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I am the proud owner of a fully loaded 2013 R/T.

If I were purchasing today, I'd go with the 2014. I did get a good discount on my 2013 last February, but I am one who would pay a few grand extra for the 2014 updates. I like the improved peformance that comes with the 8spd auto. I like the LEDs. I like the wheels. I like the new center stack / NAV unit. I like the blu-ray player with dual monitors and I know my 2 kids (who are into different programming...9 & 3 years old) would appreciate that too.

I saw something above about the hard drive not being available with the 2014s. I can't confirm that, but I do know a 64gb SD card or an ipod/mp3 player/phone hooked up to the bluetooth would fill that void.
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I have the larger screen in my Charger R/T and I can tell you that this is only partially true. It is much larger when you are using NAV only, or the back up camera for instance. If you have the controls as well as NAV displaying then yes, what you are saying is true. Actually the 430/730 NAV screen has a much sharper display then the 8.4" screen. What drives me nuts is that DODGE waits so long to upgrade all of their vehicles with the same features. I can understand RAM and DODGE not upgrading the features at the same time but DODGE should have had all 8.4" screens in all vehicles since 2011. It's not new. lol To the OP, get what you can afford. Don't live above your means and be happy my friend. Good luck to ya!
Appreciate it. I think we all like to live above our means sometimes, but I try not to. It's not that drastic of a difference between the two, so who knows what my indecisive mind will decide to do. All I know is I need to get out of my wrangler and I've always loved Durango's (minus 2nd generation), so I need to pull the trigger soon. Plus I'm getting married soon and a kid could be in the picture soon, so I need something bigger, yet stylish. That's exactly what an R/T Durango is.
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Forgot to ask about RWD vs AWD. Any input? I live in Florida, so I think I know the answer.
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RWD for sure...
Either V6 or V8 model will suffer less drivetrain power loss with the RWD as well.
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Found a '14 in Granite that's RWD and loaded. They gave me a price of $41k plus tax, but a buddy of mine works for the particular dealer group, so he's going to call them tomorrow and see what he can work out. If I can get it around $38k I think I'll pull the trigger.
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I replaced my 2013 Hemi Citadel with a 2014 R/T. No comparison. It's finally a car that can compete. I suspect the 11 to 13's are going to start to really depreciate. Went from a 67 to an 83 in Consumer Reports.
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