November 22, 2004 , Auburn Hills, Mich. -

The 2005 Dodge Durango features an advanced air bag system that includes dual-stage front air bags and an occupant-sensing system for the passenger-side front air bag. The Dodge Durango was awarded a Five Star/Five Star frontal impact rating by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Other features available on the new Dodge Durango include side-curtain air bags for all three rows of seating, adjustable pedals and standard four-wheel disc ABS brakes.

All seats in the Durango feature three-point shoulder belts, including a center-mounted, three-point shoulder belt incorporated into the second-row seating area.

New onboard diagnostics can now detect a loose fuel cap, with a “Gas Cap” warning appearing on the odometer in the event the fuel cap is not tightly secured.

The Dodge Durango’s hydroformed and fully boxed frame was designed to improve not only handling and accident avoidance, but excellent crash protection as well. Octagonal front frame rail tips with patented crush initiators are designed to consistently absorb frontal impacts. The bumper and frame height of the Dodge Durango were lowered for the 2004 model year, and are within the bumper height zone of passenger cars.

In addition to its excellent handling and steering capabilities, Dodge Durango features the largest brakes in its class and standard 17-inch wheels. The standard ABS braking system, shared with the larger Dodge Ram trucks, features disc brakes with 13.1-inch front rotors and 13.8-inch rear rotors. The braking system also features a twin-stage booster and electronic brakes distribution for better panic stops.

The 2005 Dodge Durango is built at the Newark Assembly Plant in Newark, Del.