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Dodge Durango

2018
  • Road Test
  • Predicted Reliability
  • Predicted Owner Satisfaction
Spacious, quiet, and comfortable, the Durango impressively blends workhorse utility with ample creature comforts. It shares its platform with the Jeep Grand Cherokee but is longer and adds a third-row seat. Handling is responsive. The ride is composed and comfortable, making the Durango feel sophisticated and substantial. The slick eight-speed automatic helps make for smooth and prompt power delivery. Most buyers will be satisfied with the V6 engine. The optional UConnect 8.4-inch infotainment system is one of the best, with intuitive operation. Cargo room is generous, and the Durango can tow 1,000 to 2,000 pounds more than competitors can tow. Limited visibility is a downside. An SRT version with 475-hp, 6.4-liter V8 is available.
All Ratings & Reliability
2014-2017
2014 Redesign Year
Dodge Durango 2017
In 2014, a new eight-speed automatic transmission was adopted, which improved fuel economy and performance for both engines. Visibility is limited, but a rear-view camera is available. The midrange Limited trim includes lots of desirable features, including a pair of heated leather seats and steering wheel, in addition to the highly desirable Uconnect 8.4 infotainment system. The optional Safety/Security and Convenience Package and the Navigation and Power Liftgate Package are useful additions. Active cruise control and forward-collision monitoring requires finding either the top-of-the-line Citadel trim, or the R/T with Technology Package.
Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2017 N/A N/A
2016 $24,750 - $35,075 $22,160 - $32,285
2015 $22,125 - $31,825 $19,560 - $29,085
2014 $19,250 - $28,425 $16,585 - $25,610
2011-2013
2011 Redesign Year
Dodge Durango 2013
The 2011 redesign transformed the Durango into a different animal: a quiet, spacious, comfortable SUV akin to the reborn Jeep Grand Cherokee, but a smidgen larger. It has a roomy third-row seat and strong V6 and V8 engines, both with impressive towing capacity. Handling is surprisingly good for this big SUV and the interior can honestly be characterized as well appointed. Safety features include antilock brakes, traction control, and electronic stability control as standard equipment. Forward-collision warning, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross-path detection are also available for this generation of the Durango.
Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2013 $15,725 - $24,125 $13,020 - $21,245
2012 $13,575 - $20,100 $10,830 - $17,155
2011 $12,350 - $18,575 $9,575 - $15,575
2004-2009
2004 Redesign Year
Dodge Durango 2009
A 2004 redesign made the three-row Dodge Durango larger and nicer to drive than its predecessor, which was introduced in 2001. The 340-hp 5.7-liter Hemi V8 provided strong acceleration, but fuel economy is exceptionally poor at 12 mpg. Regardless of engine choice, handling is clumsy, though ultimately secure and the ride is compliant. However, interior quality is lacking and overall spaciousness leaves room for improvement. The optional adjustable pedals help improve overall comfort, but ultimately, this version of the Durango is mediocre at best.
Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2009 $5,900 - $9,500 $3,355 - $6,745
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2008 $5,500 - $7,875 $2,935 - $5,185
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2007 $4,950 - $6,700 $2,410 - $4,060
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2006 $4,325 - $6,200 $1,855 - $3,580
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2005 $3,775 - $5,775 $1,390 - $3,165
2004 $3,450 - $5,475 $1,120 - $2,845
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1998-2003
Dodge Durango 2003
Derived from the Dodge Dakota pickup, the Durango is a midsized SUV. It looks spacious and well equipped on paper, but it's less impressive on the road. The Durango handles like a big truck, with little agility or feedback. The ride is stiff and choppy, especially with a full load. The one we tested also had marginal brakes. Off-road performance is no better; the Durango's weight, long wheelbase, and protruding rear suspension make it scrape bottom easily. Four-wheel-drive models now have a smooth 4.7-liter V8, which makes them quicker and more pleasant. An easy-to-fold third-row seat is a notable option.
Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2003 $2,775 - $4,525 $555 - $1,965
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2002 $2,800 - $4,750 $700 - $2,280
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2001 N/A N/A
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2000 N/A N/A
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