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2014 Dodge Durango

'14 Durango hauling

It is getting hard to find a real SUV – especially one that’s not too damn big. In the mid-sized segment, there are oodles of FWD car-based crossovers. But how about one that’s based on a RWD, truck-style layout? With a standard V-6 (and optional V-8) engine mounted front to back – not side to…

2013 Dodge Dart

Pontiac learned – the hard way  – that bringing back a name is sometimes not enough. In the early 2000s, the late (and once great) GM division resurrected the iconic GTO nameplate – and affixed it to a nothing-special car that just didn’t have the muscle car mojo of the original. It lasted three years.…

2013 Dodge Challenger

Chrysler better do something – quickly. Because the current (2013) Challenger no longer is. Current, that is. Rather, it’s a carryover – with the same engines as before. And the same power/performance – which is no longer competitive with the competition. The vaunted Hemi V-8 that’s optional in the R/T Challenger still makes only 376…

2011 Dodge Durango

Dodge (bless ‘em) hasn’t abandoned ship . . . not just yet. The redone 2011 Durango may be sitting on a unibody chassis now instead of the body-on-frame deal it used to have – but it’s still a real-deal SUV – with a big V-6 or an even bigger V-8 driving the rear wheels (or…

1978–1990 Dodge Omni (Oh Lawsee!)

It became a depressing tendency in the late 1970s to bestow optimistic-sounding names on increasingly scrunched-down and browbeaten economy cars that were at best proletarian-geared “transportation modules” as enjoyable as day-old coffee and stale bagels. The theory was that people might be able to feel better about themselves by negating reality — like calling a…

2010 Dodge Grand Caravan

It’s ironic that the company that first mass-marketed the minivan is the last one still making them – among Detroit’s Big Three, at least. GM and Ford no longer sell a traditional minivan. They’ve been replaced by sportier-looking “crossovers” – leaving the Chrysler Town & Country and its lower-cost Dodge equivalent, the Grand Caravan, the…

2011 Dodge Challenger

Back in 1970, the Dodge Challenger was rougher around the edges than the Chevy Camaro and Ford Mustang. It came to the game a few years late; it was heavier and didn’t handle quite as well. But it made up for its deficits with its outsized personality, heroic engines and brutal straight-line performance.    …

2011 Dodge Nitro

The Dodge Nitro isn’t a favorite of car journalists. Google reviews of this chunky little SUV and you’ll see it gets slammed a lot. It has a silly name (ok, fair enough). It’s got “vague steering” and “trucky handling.” Well, yeah. But that’s because it is trucky – unlike virtually all the car-based, light-duty “crossovers”…

2010 Dodge Journey

Minivans started out as utilitarian, family-intended vehicles. They were clunky-looking, pretty slow – and swathed in hard plastics. But on the upside, they were inexpensive, easy to clean – and so perfect for carting kids around. Today, most minivans are more like luxury motor coaches – with captain’s chairs, leather and wood trim, all sorts…