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<a href="[New%2CDodge%2CDurango%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C]"><img src="/images/upload/June_2021/dodge_durango_lane_departure_warning.jpg"alt="Two 2021 Dodge Durango models (one red, one blue) driving side by side on an open road with a hill in the background"/></a>Lane departure warning is a safety tool that helps drivers stay between the lines when they are on the road. It is typically part of a suite of sensor-powered features that are available on most modern vehicles, including the 2021 Dodge Durango

The system uses a camera mounted on the rearview mirror to keep an eye on the road ahead. The sensor looks for yellow or white lane markings and sends a signal through the onboard computer when the driver crosses these lines. 

On the new Durango, you get an alert when you start drifting out of your lane, and the system intervenes to correct the steering if you fail to respond. 

Here is a closer look at what these safety tools do:

Lane Departure Warning

This provides audio and visual feedback if the vehicle gets too close to or crosses lane markings. If you activate your turn signal, the system sees it a planned change and will not issue a warning. 

Lane Keep Assist

This system takes the protection a step further. It gently turns the steering wheel or applies the brakes to keep the vehicle within its lane when it detects that you are crossing road lines without activating your signal. 

To learn more about Lane Departure Warning and other sensor-powered features on the 2021 Dodge Durango, contact our Calgary dealership today. 

Why Is a Good Instrument Cluster Display Important in Strathmore, AB?

(Posted on Jun 11, 2021 at 10:01AM by Josh Lew)
<a href="[%2CDodge%2CDurango%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C]"><img src="/images/upload/June_2021/2021_dodge_durango_in_cluster.jpg"alt="Close-up of the in-cluster display for the 2021 Dodge Durango, with red back-lighting and all numbers displayed in white"/></a>An instrument cluster display is a screen with different indicators and gauges that provides useful driver information. This data can keep you updated on vehicle performance, but it can also alert you of any issues that may arise.  

Vehicles like the 2021 Dodge Durango have customisable displays. However, the most common components that you will see on the dashboard include the speedometer, tachometer, odometer, oil pressure gauge, and turn signal indicator. 

On many cars, there are needle-driven gauges, though other vehicles have digital displays. Some combine the traditional and modern. The Durango offers a full-colour screen with several customisable elements. 

If you look at the Dodge Durango, you will see a variety of readings and icons on the in-cluster display that go beyond the basics. For example, you get fuel economy data, engine performance specifications, and warnings about gas levels, tire pressure, and other factors. This system also offers turn-by-turn navigation directions so that you can plan for upcoming manoeuvre without having to glance at the centre-mounted interface.

The Durango, and many other members of the Dodge, Chrysler, Jeep, and RAM lineups, provide additional vehicle data and settings on the centre Uconnect console. To learn more about the customisable in-cluster displays, contact our Calgary dealership today.

The 2018 Dodge Durango in Strathmore: What Factors Contribute to Towing Power?

(Posted on May 28, 2021 at 06:00PM by Josh Lew)
<a href="[%2CDodge%2CDurango%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C]"><img src="/images/upload/May_2021/Dodge_Durango_V8_towing.png"alt="Dodge Durango with a surfboard on its roof towing a small recreational vehicle"/></a>The 2018 Dodge Durango is an example of a highly capable SUV that can function as a transporter or a utility vehicle (for tasks like hauling). What factors make this auto ideal for towing? 

Engine Size

Engine size does matter when it comes to towing, and the figure that best illustrates hauling power is torque. Here is a look at the 2018 Dodge Durango's different options: 

Engine: Towing Max / Torque
3.6L Pentastar V6: 2,812 kg / 260 lb.-ft
5.7L HEMI V8: 3,265 kg / 390 lb.-ft
6.4L SRT HEMI V8: 3,946 kg / 470 lb.-ft

Fuel Economy

Though larger engines can pull more, they also use gas at a faster rate. The best strategy for auto shoppers, then, is to find a vehicle that meets their towing capacity needs, but does not exceed them. For many recreational users, the 2,812 kg maximum offered by the Durango's Pentastar V6 will be sufficient. If you select this option, you get a fuel economy rating of 9.6 L/100 km (highway).

Other Considerations

Other factors -  including axle ratio, suspension, transmission, and overall vehicle weight rating - affect towing prowess, too. The hitch receiver also matters. For example, Durango models have a Class IV unit, which is for heavy-duty hauling. 

To learn more about towing features on the used Dodge Durango, contact our Calgary dealership today.

The 2018 Dodge Durango in Strathmore: What Are the Advantages of Larger Wheels?

(Posted on May 28, 2021 at 10:23AM by Josh Lew)
<a href="[Used%2CDodge%2CDurango%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C]"><img src="/images/upload/May_2021/Dodge_durango_wheels.png"alt="White 2018 Dodge Durango driving on a trail with hills in the background"/></a>For most people, the decision to opt for larger wheels is based on esthetics. Bigger (19 or 20-inch) units tend to look more appealing than smaller ones, which may appear disproportionate (especially on a full-size vehicle like the Dodge Durango.) 

The 2018 Durango, for example, owes its attractive appearance - at least in part - to its 20-inch wheels. However, there are other advantages to switching to larger tires. 

More traction

Larger wheels have more overall surface area, which means better contact with the road. This can significantly improve the traction and grip on the pavement, especially when it is wet or icy. 

Better handling around corners and curves

Again, since larger wheels translate to more contact with the ground, a stiffer sidewall, and a wider tread, 20-inchers perform better around corners and on curvy roads.

Better braking

The improved contact with the ground also increases stopping effectiveness. Paired with high-quality brakes, this can dramatically reduce the distance it takes to slow down. The 2018 Dodge Durango includes massive Brembo units, which increase power and help you take full advantage of the larger tire surface area.

To see the 2018 Dodge Durango for yourself and to discuss wheel options with us, contact our Calgary dealership today.

The 2018 Dodge Durango in Stratmore: Why Is Axle Ratio Important?

(Posted on May 28, 2021 at 09:42AM by Josh Lew)
<a href="[%2CDodge%2CDurango%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C]"><img src="/images/upload/May_2021/2018_dodge_durango_axle_ratio.png"alt="Dark blue 2018 Dodge Durango parked in front of a silver wall"/></a>The axle ratio is a measure of how much torque gets channeled from your engine to the tires. It is usually represented by a number denoting how many driveshaft turns are required to make one complete revolution. 

For example, if you were using the 2018 Dodge Durango with AWD, the ratio would be 3.45:1. This means the driveshaft has to make 3.45 turns for the axle to perform one complete revolution.

Why is this figure important? 

It is vital if you expect to tow or haul heavy loads with your vehicle. A high axle ratio means more torque to the axles, and therefore, greater towing capacity. Depending on the engine, this trait may reduce speed and increase fuel use.

Most vehicles give you several options to choose based on your needs. The 2018 Dodge Durango, for example, has axle ratios of 3.45 (V6 AWD), 3.27 (V6 RWD), 3.09 (V8), and 3.70 (SRT). 

You could select the higher ratios if you expected to do a lot of off-road travel or heavy towing. If you don't need it, however, and preferred to preserve your fuel economy, you can choose a lower figure.

To inquire about the Dodge Durango and its axle ratio options, contact our Calgary dealership today.

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