To qualify, the Durango had to score a “good” rating in front, side, rear, and rollover crash tests. However, only Durangos made after May 2011 qualify for this designation. It is customary for automakers to make adjustments to vehicles to attempt to qualify for the “top safety pick” list.
The 2011 Durango has impressive technology offering 45 safety and security features. It has standard electronic stability control, which is an important safety feature that significantly reduces the risk of crashes and must be present for a vehicle to qualify. The model also offers ABS, traction control, and driver, passenger, and side airbags. The side curtain airbags extend protection to second and third-row passengers.
In addition, the 2011 Durango offers electronic roll mitigation (ERM), which assists in extreme braking situations, hill-start assist (HSA), trailer-sway control (TSC), blind spot monitoring (BSM), rear cross path (RCP) detection, which aids drivers when they are changing lanes or parking, and standard front-row active head restraints.
The designation is another win for Chrysler as the Durango joins the Jeep Grand Cherokee, Jeep Patriot (when equipped with available seat mounted side airbags) and five other car Chrysler car models that made the 2011 Top Safety Pick list.
Chrysler, which has paid back the bailout money it received from the U.S. government, had a strong sales month again in July 2011. Overall, its sales were up 20.05% compared to July 2010, which was the largest gain among major automotive companies. The Jeep brand was its top gainer during the period, with an up-tick of 46.19%. This was the largest gain among any major automotive brand. 38,691 Jeeps were sold during July compared to 26,466 last July.
In terms of total sales, Chrysler still significantly lags its other U.S. competitors. Chrysler Group sold 112,026 units during July 2011 compared to 180,865 for Ford and 214,915 for GM. In comparison, Ford gained 8.89% during the period and GM was up 7.62%.
Below is a Youtube video from the Durango’s side-impact crash test conducted by the IIHS:
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