Dodge Durango Makes Upcoming Road Trips Fun and Comfortable


If you are on the hunt for a new passenger vehicle and you want an SUV you’ll be able to use for spring break and summer road trips for years to come, the Dodge Durango should be high on your list. Named by Consumer Guide Automotive as the Large SUV Best Buy for the sixth year in the row, the Durango has more than the basics covered when it comes to going on an awesome road trip.

Passengers + Cargo Capacity

Whether you are in need of a vehicle that can accomodate everyone in your family or a group of friends, the Dodge Durango has a comfortable cabin for up to seven passengers as well as plenty of room for suitcases and all of the gear you need for the beach, camping or anything else you might be doing on your journey.

The Durango is available with more than 50 different seating configurations and buyers have the option of a two-row five-passenger vehicle or a three-row seven-passenger vehicle. There are a couple different seating options for the second and third row seats. The five-passenger configuration features a second-row three-passenger bench seat, and the seven-passenger seating configurations consist of a three passenger 60/40 second-row reclining bench seat and a two-passenger 50/50 split-folding third-row seat, or a three-passenger third-row seat and two captain’s chairs in the second-row.

Towing Capacity

The Durango makes a great vehicle for road trips because it has a maximum towing capacity ranging from 6,200 pounds to best-in-class 8,700 pounds — which is plenty to tow jet skis, a small trailer or a small boat. Also, the Durango is also available as a rear-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive vehicle, so that makes towing up inclines a breeze.

The Durango is available with three engines, a 3.6-liter V6 engine, a 5.7-liter HEMI V8 engine and the all-new Durango SRT is available with a 6.4-liter HEMI V8 engine. The 3.6-liter engine provides a towing capacity of 6,200 pounds, the 5.7L engine increases the Durango’s towing capacity of 7,400 pounds and the 6.4L engine gives the Durango SRT a best-in-class maximum towing capacity of 8,700 pounds.

Entertainment and Tech

Worried about a car full of people getting bored on the road? The Dodge Durango is available with the Premium Entertainment Group package and it includes available single- and dual-screen options, wireless headphones and a six-speaker BeatsAudio Premium Speaker System.

Of course, the Durango’s standard entertainment and tech options are impressive as well. The Durango comes standard with a 7-inch touchscreen display, Uconnect 4, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and a six-speaker audio system. The Durango is also available with a few different USB ports and that helps all passengers keep their mobile devices charged up while on a long trip.

Year-Round Versatility

Road trips aside, the Durango is an excellent daily driver SUV. It has a comfortable and modern cabin that provides a safe and quiet ride. The Durango’s seating options are great for reconfiguring the vehicle to accomodate a vehicle full of family or friends or a vehicle full of groceries and the big items you just bought for the house.

Dodge Durango Availability

Miami Lakes Automall has a large selection of Dodge Durango models, including the newest Dodge Durango SRT, and you can come by and test drive them today. Miami Lakes Automall is home to seven brands, so if you want to test out more than just the Durango, you can test out our other available seven-passenger vehicles at Miami Lakes Chrysler (Chrysler Pacifica), Miami Lakes Kia (Kia Sedona) and Miami Lakes Chevy (Chevy Tahoe, Chevy Equinox and the Chevy Suburban).

Dodge Challenger Named Most Dependable in Midsize Sporty Car Class


J.D. Power recently released the results of the 2018 Dependability Study which examines 2015 model year vehicles and the 2015 Dodge Challenger was ranked the Most Dependable in the midsize sporty car segment.

The 2015 Dodge Challenger had better results than its competitor, the 2015 Chevy Camaro. The 2015 Dodge Challenger earned five out of five ratings in three of the four dependability categories, which include: Feature and Accessory Dependability; Body and Interior Dependability; and Overall Dependability.

J.D. Power Dependability Study

The J.D. Power Dependability Study examines the number of issues reported in the last 12 months by original owners of 3-year-old vehicles to determine which vehicles are the most reliable. Vehicles and brands are evaluated based on the number of problems per 100 models.

J.D. Power has been one of the most trusted resources in the automotive world and their surveys rely on data provided by tens of thousands of participants. In addition to the Vehicle Dependability Study (VDS), the other major automotive studies that J.D. Power conducts each year include the Initial Quality Study (IQS) and the Automotive Performance Execution and Layout (APEAL) Study.

2015 Dodge Challenger

There were a lot of enhancements made to the Dodge Challenger in the 2015, so we’re not surprised to see it earn the top spot in its class. In 2015, the Challenger lineup expanded with the addition of the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat, and it became the most powerful V8 muscle car in the world (at the time, that title now goes to the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon). The Challenger SRT Hellcat produces 707 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque. In addition to the new Challenger SRT Hellcat, Dodge also introduced three new performance ‘Shaker’ models to the 2015 Challenger lineup, giving consumers powerful and affordable options.

The 2015 Dodge Challenger also earned numerous awards during its model year. In 2015, the Dodge Challenger was named Highest in Initial Quality in its class in .J.D Power Initial Quality Study, it earned the top spot in its class in the J.D. Power APEAL Study and it’s Best Retained Value Award in the entry sports car segment.

Miami Lakes Automall Has the Dodge Challenger

Interested in the Dodge Challenger? Come by Miami Lakes Automall to check out our Dodge Challenger inventory and take a model for a test drive. We have a number of new Dodge Challenger models as well as used Dodge Challenger models. While we don’t know which vehicle will rank highest in next year’s J.D. Power DVS, the 2015 model year was just the beginning of all of the improvements Dodge has made to the Challenger lineup.

Safety and Warranty

When it comes to safety and warranty, Kia shines. Kia is one of the few brands that makes all safety features the same on all trims. Kia also back all of their vehicles with a 10-year or 100,000-mile limited powertrain warranty and a five-year or 60,000-mile limited basic warranty.

Want to take a look at the highest ranked small car in the 2018 J.D. Power Dependability Study? Come to Miami Lakes Kia and check out our selection of Kia Rio models. If you are looking for something a little bigger, we have all Kia models available for you to test drive.


Miami Lakes Automall 2018 Dodge Challenger History

History Review of the Dodge Charger and Dodge Challenger

Miami Lakes Automall 2018 Dodge Challenger History

Over 50 years ago, the first Dodge Challenger was built in 1958, known as the Dodge Silver Challenger, to rival the Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro. Following that was the Dodge Charger, produced to introduce the new 426 HEMI engine from Dodge. Today, both vehicles are still going strong thanks to constant innovation like the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon, or simply the performance and control a Dodge vehicle delivers.

Dodge Charger

The first of muscle cars to come from the Dodge automaker was actually a sedan that soon transformed into a bit of sports car with pony car power. When the Charger was first introduced as a concept in 1946, the national public didn’t care too much for it, and the concept was shelved until 20 years later. The first-generation Dodge Charger was produced in 1966, only six years after the first generation Challenger.

Based off of the Dodge Coronet, the first-generation Dodge Charger was designed to be a high-speed street racer with a fastback roof design and full-width tail lamps. Although based off of the Coronet, early Dodge Chargers could easily be mistaken for a Dodge Challenger given that early Dodge Chargers also came with a two-door setup. In its seventh generation today, the Charger resurrected the aerodynamic look of its second generation and consisted of only three trims – the SE, R/T, and R/T AWD, all powered by the 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6.

Nowadays, the 2018 Dodge Charger has nine trims to its name, two of which come with an all-wheel drivetrain, two more are a blast from the past, and then we have the Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat, the sedan version of the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat. The most powerful, of course, is the SRT Hellcat, powered by a supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI SRT Hellcat V8 engine, capable of generating 707 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque with a top speed of 204 mph for the Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat.

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Don’t Forget To Do These 3 Things When Towing Your Boat


Boats are a lot of fun, but they come with a lot of responsibility, especially if you need to tow your boat to the water each time you want to use it. While the Dodge Durango has excellent towing capabilities (best-in-class towing capacity of 8,700 pounds) and convenient towing features, there are still a lot of things drivers need to remember each time they tow their boat to the water!

When Towing Your Boat to the Water, Don’t Forget To:

 Know the Numbers Before Buying

It doesn’t matter whether you bought the boat or your tow vehicle first, but when it comes to buying the second item (boat or vehicle), you better make sure it is compatible with the first item you bought. For example, if you already have the vehicle you plan to tow with and you know its towing capacity is 8,000 pounds, don’t buy a boat that weighs 8,000 pounds when it is out of the water! In addition to the weight of the boat trailer, stocking up the boat with ice, water and fuel adds a lot of weight to the boat and that could exceed the safe amount of weight your vehicle can tow. On the other hand, if you already own the boat and you need to buy a vehicle to tow it, make sure you know the weight of the boat and trailer so that you can make an educated decision on which capable tow vehicle to buy.

Secure Items in the Boat

When it comes to towing your boat to the boat ramp, your responsibilities start before you even leave the house. Before you leave with your vehicle and boat, be sure to check that all of the items in the boat are secured so they won’t fly out! Not only is it really expensive to replace things like floats and cushions, it is also really dangerous for large items like that to fly out of the vehicle while on the road!

2 Essentials

There are two very, very important things drivers need to do right before heading down the boat ramp to get the boat in the water, and all too often, they are forgotten. Don’t forget to put the drain plug in and don’t forget to engage all-wheel-drive or four-wheel-drive. If either of those steps are forgotten, a driver has a really good chance of sinking their boat or their vehicle!

Towing Power of the Dodge Durango

The Dodge Durango offers best-in-class towing capabilities. New to the 2018 model year is the 2018 Dodge Durango SRT and it is equipped with a 6.4-liter HEMI V8 engine that produces 475 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque, which is enough power for the Durango SRT to tow up to 8,700 pounds. A step below the 6.4-liter engine is the available 5.7-liter engine and it produces 360 horsepower, 390 lb-ft of torque and gives the Durango a maximum towing capacity of 7,400 pounds, which is also best-in-class. The third available engine option is a 3.6-liter V6 engine and though it is the smallest on the lineup, it still has a great towing capacity. The 3.6-liter engine produces 290 horsepower, 260 lb-ft of torque and helps the Durango achieve a maximum towing capacity of 6,200 pounds.

In addition to powerful engine options, the Durango is also a great vehicle for towing because it has some helpful features. The 2018 Durango is available with a rear mounted camera that provides clear video of the items being trailered behind the vehicle, which is super nice when you are a little worried about how everything is going while you are driving. Secondly, the Durango is available with all-wheel-drive that has a low-range transfer case which helps ease certain maneuvers like pulling a boat up a steep launch or backing up with a trailer.

Interested in a 2018 Dodge Durango? Come by Miami Lakes Dodge to check out our available selection of Dodge Durango models. We have everything from the base trim to the all-new Durango SRT. We are open seven days a week, so come by and test drive them today!