Every now and again, major publications will receive long-term test cars that they are able to evaluate over a 6- or 12-month period. The most recent addition to Motor Trend’s long term test fleet is a Dodge Durango GT, which replaces the Range Rover Sport long termer the magazine previously was in possession of.
MT’s Durango GT came equipped with the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine and eight-speed automatic transmission, giving it the opportunity to test the most common powertrain found in the Durango. It also has the $2,395 Premium package, which adds roof rails, a powered liftgate, sunroof and HD radio and navigation. Thehe $1,195 Safety/ Security and Convenience pack was also optioned, adding rear cross path detection, high-beam headlamp control, automatic leveling headlamps, HID low-beams, blind-spot detection and automatic wipers.
MT says the Durango GT will be used as a daily driver, a “weekend dog, bike, and kayak carrier,” and as a “chase car, support car, equipment carrier, and people hauler,” for the magazine’s various production ventures. That ought to put the big three-row SUV through its paces pretty well.
Hear what else MT had to say about its newly acquired Durango at this link.