7 great SUVs for winter

2014 Dodge Durango Limited

Price: $42,185
Fuel Economy: 14 mpg city/22 highway/16 combined
Payload: 1,420 lbs.
Max Towing: 7,200 lbs.

What gets us jazzed about the Durango isn't simply that it's outrageously competent, but that it looks mean and intimidating just sitting in the driveway. We think the base SXT delivers just about every must-have feature, such as tri-zone automatic climate control, but we opted for the Limited version to add the optional 360-horsepower 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 required for AWD. That's the most powerful engine you'll find in this slide show — which is saying something — and we suspect you'll like the way it works with the new eight-speed, driver-shiftable automatic transmission. The Limited has lots of other upgrades, including an 8.4-inch touch screen with Uconnect infotainment interface, rear park assist, backup camera, heated front- and second-row seats, and heated steering wheel. The Durango is a winter workhorse that's also a blast to drive.