The 2011 Dodge Durango has been named a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
The award is given to vehicles that receive the Institute’s “Good” ranking—the best possible—in front, side, rollover, and rear crash test evaluations performed at its Vehicle Research Center in Virginia. The 2011 Durango received “Good” ratings from each crash test result, which is a far cry from the rating it received in 1998-2003, where it received “acceptable” for its frontal offset test rating.
The 2011 Dodge Durango offers a plethora of safety and security features. In fact, there are 45 in total, ranging from electronic roll mitigation, which reacts and applies brakes during extreme situations, to Hill-Start Assist that teams-up with Trailer-Sway Control to enhance off-road and towing capabilities.
The 2011 Dodge Durango, like any Top Safety Pick vehicle, is equipped with an abundance of airbags. This includes seat-mounted airbags, as well as side-curtain airbags located in the ceiling and extend protection to second and third-row passengers. Also, front-row active head restraints are standard, along with third row headrests that can remotely lower to increase visibility for the driver.
“The Durango is the eighth vehicle from Chrysler to earn the Institute’s highest safety honor,” said IIHS president Adrian Lund. The other Chrysler Top Safety Pick vehicles are the Dodge Avenger, Chrysler 200 sedan, Dodge Journey, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Chrysler 300, Dodge Charger, and Jeep Patriot.