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Old school meets new - Dodge Durango
Sticker price: $29,195 - $43,795
Mileage: 16 City / 23 Hwy

The new Durango is, technically speaking, a car-based crossover SUV. But, for practical purposes, it's a good a old-fashioned SUV with a respectable towing capacity of 7,400 pounds, when equipped with a V8 engine.

This new Durango is much better than the old truck-based version. For starters, it looks good, both inside and out. The interior is still very functional with lots of places to stow small stuff, but unlike prior versions, the center console doesn't look as if it had been purchased at Pep Boys and snapped in.

The new Durango is surprisingly nice to drive, too. The ride is smooth down the straightaways but balanced and controlled in the turns. In all, it has the best traits of a real SUV and a crossover.

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Last updated February 18 2011: 5:59 AM ET
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