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They look great on there. They wouldn't work for me but they sure make your D very unique! Love the lack of a front license plate as well.
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Re: So...2014 Owners...who's gonna be the first to throw some 22s

Hey guys. I figured to update the thread a little as I have now driven over 2300 miles on the R/T. To get straight to the point I simply love this thing. We have a 14 Range Rover and I by far prefer the Durango. It fits me better. I love the sportiness of the Durango: everything from the engine feel to the transmission to the handling and best of all, the exhaust note is just spot on. It really is an SUV version of a muscle car. The engine is very smooth and the new transmission is seamless and always in the right power band. Did I mention the exhaust note?!

Part of the accumulated mileage was due to a road trip to Vegas from LA. So in total we probably added 750 miles from that trip alone. The Durango never missed a beat. On a full tank we nearly reached 500 miles. And even with the 22" wheels the ride was extremely comfortable. Seats were fine for the entire trip and no one in the car had any complaints. There were ample space and trunk space was spacious. There was plenty of passing power even on the mountain incline slopes. Overtaking was not an issue. And when you give it some kick...did I mention the exhaust note?!?

On an interesting note I think the mid cycle refresh design Dodge applied to the Durango was perfect. Maybe part of the reaction I got was due to the wheels I added but even the Vegas valets were taking notice. When was the last time you expected Vegas valets to even have a comment reserved for a Durango?! I'm sure they've seen their fair share of Durango's as well but perhaps the '14s were just too nice to remain silent.

Anyway, onto more miles. I hope Dodge will always have an offering of an Hemi V-8 AWD SUV with a 3rd row. Everything they designed in this package is a home run as far as I'm concerned.
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Re: So...2014 Owners...who's gonna be the first to throw some 22s

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Hey guys. I figured to update the thread a little as I have now driven over 2300 miles on the R/T. To get straight to the point I simply love this thing. We have a 14 Range Rover and I by far prefer the Durango. It fits me better. I love the sportiness of the Durango: everything from the engine feel to the transmission to the handling and best of all, the exhaust note is just spot on. It really is an SUV version of a muscle car. The engine is very smooth and the new transmission is seamless and always in the right power band. Did I mention the exhaust note?!

Part of the accumulated mileage was due to a road trip to Vegas from LA. So in total we probably added 750 miles from that trip alone. The Durango never missed a beat. On a full tank we nearly reached 500 miles. And even with the 22" wheels the ride was extremely comfortable. Seats were fine for the entire trip and no one in the car had any complaints. There were ample space and trunk space was spacious. There was plenty of passing power even on the mountain incline slopes. Overtaking was not an issue. And when you give it some kick...did I mention the exhaust note?!?

On an interesting note I think the mid cycle refresh design Dodge applied to the Durango was perfect. Maybe part of the reaction I got was due to the wheels I added but even the Vegas valets were taking notice. When was the last time you expected Vegas valets to even have a comment reserved for a Durango?! I'm sure they've seen their fair share of Durango's as well but perhaps the '14s were just too nice to remain silent.

Anyway, onto more miles. I hope Dodge will always have an offering of an Hemi V-8 AWD SUV with a 3rd row. Everything they designed in this package is a home run as far as I'm concerned.
And that Hemi exhaust note

Great news on the fuel mileage over the long trip too.
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Hey guys. I figured to update the thread a little as I have now driven over 2300 miles on the R/T. To get straight to the point I simply love this thing. We have a 14 Range Rover and I by far prefer the Durango. It fits me better...
Thanks for the review update! I was looking at the 2014 Range Rover Sport too, since it sort of has a third row. I would love to here your comparisons of the two. I agree, the 2014 Durango really hit it out of the ball park.
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Hey guys. I figured to update the thread a little as I have now driven over 2300 miles on the R/T. To get straight to the point I simply love this thing. We have a 14 Range Rover and I by far prefer the Durango. It fits me better. I love the sportiness of the Durango: everything from the engine feel to the transmission to the handling and best of all, the exhaust note is just spot on. It really is an SUV version of a muscle car. The engine is very smooth and the new transmission is seamless and always in the right power band. Did I mention the exhaust note?!

Part of the accumulated mileage was due to a road trip to Vegas from LA. So in total we probably added 750 miles from that trip alone. The Durango never missed a beat. On a full tank we nearly reached 500 miles. And even with the 22" wheels the ride was extremely comfortable. Seats were fine for the entire trip and no one in the car had any complaints. There were ample space and trunk space was spacious. There was plenty of passing power even on the mountain incline slopes. Overtaking was not an issue. And when you give it some kick...did I mention the exhaust note?!?

On an interesting note I think the mid cycle refresh design Dodge applied to the Durango was perfect. Maybe part of the reaction I got was due to the wheels I added but even the Vegas valets were taking notice. When was the last time you expected Vegas valets to even have a comment reserved for a Durango?! I'm sure they've seen their fair share of Durango's as well but perhaps the '14s were just too nice to remain silent.

Anyway, onto more miles. I hope Dodge will always have an offering of an Hemi V-8 AWD SUV with a 3rd row. Everything they designed in this package is a home run as far as I'm concerned.
What trim level RR do you have and what don't you like about it? I'm looking at getting a 2014 RR Sport Supercharged or maybe even Autobiography (in addition to my Jeep) and would appreciate your input.

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Hello everyone. I will have SRT 22's on my '14 R/T by this Thursday or Friday.
Hard 888 what tire size you have on those 22?
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Hard 888 what tire size you have on those 22?
275/40 R22 Nittos. They're perfect.
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Re: So...2014 Owners...who's gonna be the first to throw some 22s

This is in response to those asking about the Range Rover in comparison.

First off, please note that I have the 14 RR HSE N/A V-8 (full size) and not the Range Rover Sport (smaller size with 3rd row option).

Though they are both SUVs, the comparison of the Durango to the RR is as big of a difference in comparing a Dodge Challenger to a Mercedes S Class. The fit and finish in the RR reflects a car of its price range. Design wise the RR is in a different league. It is a smooth riding vehicle and wafts about with little effort. You are in a sea of luxury in the RR. But there are downfalls as there are for any car. For starters if you are to compare the Durango to the RR, then the cargo space in the Durango is much bigger (understandably so with the RR not having a 3rd row). Secondly there are more technological offerings with the Durango, such as bluetooth music streaming (not avail in RR). There are also more functions in the Uconnect than the RR system. I also think for the price point that the RR is in ($90K+) it should have some features as standard. For example the RR comes standard with dual zone climate control, so while the front driver and passenger can set different temps and fan speed, the rear passengers can't (independently from the front). The Durango gets tri-zone climate control for $47K (my R/T) which really makes the RR seem sheepish. You'd have to opt for an options package (forget which one) in the RR to get tri-zone. These are just some small examples.

As for my vote towards the Durango, well, that stems from the fact that I prefer sportier cars. Good exhaust note, handling, and power are what makes driving fun for me and the Durango ticks all those boxes. Hence when I grab the keys, it's always the Durango. My wife obviously prefers the RR.

Now onto the RR Sport with 3rd row; I've been in one and here's what I can tell you. I don't think there's an option for captain chairs in the RR Sport. So getting into the 3rd row is extremely difficult. Once you're in the 3rd row you'd have to wonder if it is a joke. There's hardly any room to even consider it useful. It definitely is for little kids and just that only. The headroom back there is atrocious and quite honestly a punishment for taller people. The interior of the cabin mimics the full size RR which is to say it is nice. Again, sea of luxury and what not. The car I looked at was the V-6 Supercharged version. In this version the instrument cluster is of the old analogue type. The Durango in comparison with the digital 7" screen gives so much more info. Again, as far as tech is concerned Durango wins again.

The RR Sport does have a decent exhaust note, but in some ways the SUV feels slower than the Durango. The V-6 S/C is rated at 340 HP, so it's respectable but I think the Durango can outrun it any day. The N/A Hemi V-8 felt smoother with power on reserve whereas the RR Sport V-6 felt like its straining to keep up. Handling wise, again I would give it to the Durango, but note that I have 22" wheels over the stock 20's. Although comfort is about the same, I feel that the 22" wheels gave the Durango a better composure for sportier driving. It just feels more stable and grips better.

At the end of the day, function wise the Durango is a better buy compared to any RR. Unless you want to be in a luxury car I think the Durango is a better buy. Although the RR Sport starts in the $60s, by the time you add any options, you'll see yourself in the $80s and even over $100K for the V-8 S/C version. At that point, personally I don't think the RR is worth twice the amount of a Durango. If RR had made the Sport with all it's options inclusive for $70~$75K it would have caught my eye, but alas, it isn't.

Good luck to those who are considering either.
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No mods of any great expense for me. Mainly because you can never recapture it during resale.

Or I might give in to the random influences of my neighbor, who mods his cars THIS way:

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Where can I get 22" reps for the '14 DD? Ebay?
I've searched all morning and the only place I've seen with them are ebay. Is that where everyone is getting them?
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