The three-row Durango SUV is another impressive example of Chrysler's recent resurgence. While past Durangos were rather mediocre, the current one is a luxurious, refined, and capable SUV that is competitive with others in its category. The Durango, which shares the same platform as the Jeep Grand Cherokee, does an impressive job of combining workhorse utility with ample creature comforts.
Alerts
There are 3 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit.
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.
Emissions
Greenhouse Gas Greenhouse Gas The Greenhouse Gas Rating represents the amount of carbon dioxide the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).
Smog Rating Smog Rating The Smog Rating represents the amount of health-damaging and smog-forming airborne pollutants the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).

Owner Reports

Worse Better
Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
2000
NA
2001
NA
2002
NA
2003
NA
2004
NA
2005
NA
2006
NA
2007
NA
2008
NA
2009
NA
2010
2011
NA
2012
NA
2013
NA
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018
2019
NA
2020
NA
Reliability Trouble Spots
Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
NA
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
NA
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
NA
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
NA
Transmission Minor Transmission Minor Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.
NA
Drive System Drive System Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.
NA
Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
2000
NA
2001
NA
2002
NA
2003
NA
2004
NA
2005
NA
2006
NA
2007
NA
2008
NA
2009
NA
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018
2019
2020
NA
Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS available, standard from 2004. Head protection air bags available from 2002, standard from 2007. ESC available in 2006, standard from 2007.
Road Test

The three-row Durango SUV is another impressive example of Chrysler's recent resurgence. While past Durangos were rather mediocre, the current one is a luxurious, refined, and capable SUV that is competitive with others in its category.

The Durango, which shares the same platform as the Jeep Grand Cherokee, does an impressive job of combining workhorse utility with ample creature comforts. The interior is spacious, quiet, and well-finished, with room for seven adults. The ride is supple and composed, and handling is responsive for a vehicle this big. Yet the Durango also comes ready to haul the load, providing plenty of cargo room and towing capability. It's larger than most midsized SUVs, however, so it can be a bit of a handful to maneuver and park.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear, 2 third
Drive Wheels
AWD , Rear
Warranty
Coverage varies among versions of this vehicle

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
4-door SUV
Transmissions Available
  • 8-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 3.6-liter V6 (290 hp)
  • 5.7-liter V8 (360 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2016 Dodge Durango owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Seals and/or weather-stripping

"This problem is related to the previous problem in so much as the weather stripping does not fit properly due to the misalignment of each door on the car. This causes wind noise when driving."

John T., TX (2016 Dodge Durango Citadel 3.6-L V6)
Squeaks or rattles

"Dealer fixed loose or broken components inside drivers seat."

William B., NJ (2016 Dodge Durango R/T 5.7-L V8)

"This car has a few problems with fit and finish... It was shoddily built and the doors are not in alignment. You can run your hand down both sides of the car and at each door there are high spots where the doors won't close correctly. I have had it in the shop to try to have it fixed last year when I had a recall worked on but they did not fix the problem. I really need to get it back in but my wife passed away recently and I just haven't had a chance. This is very annoying and has created a few squeaks and rattles as well as air noise when driving. Very disappointed with Dodge and their quality control process."

John T., TX (2016 Dodge Durango Citadel 3.6-L V6)

"Poor fit and finish on this SUV. I have told manufacture that I think it was built on a Monday or Friday when no one wanted to be there. Doors don't align, sunroof not aligned correctly"

John T., TX (2016 Dodge Durango Citadel 3.6-L V6)

"The rear cylinder to open and close tailgate"

Anonymous, IL (2016 Dodge Durango Citadel 3.6-L V6)
Wind noise

"Due to poor fit and finish I am having more wind noise in cabin than I should"

John T., TX (2016 Dodge Durango Citadel 3.6-L V6)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"turn signal light went out"

Gary G., CA (2016 Dodge Durango R/T 5.7-L V8)

"Rear lights filled with moisture and have each been replaced twice. Both are moist again so it will be three sets of new tail lights"

Anonymous, MI (2016 Dodge Durango Limited 3.6-L V6)
Headlights

"Driver's headlight had a ballast issue. Light would sometimes be dim or not come on. $400 repair."

Anonymous, AL (2016 Dodge Durango Citadel 3.6-L V6)
Warning lights

"Stop/start unavailable and check engine light came on. Code pulled was for a cam position sensor. Dealer said it was wiring harness that needed replaced and it was fixed under warranty. It took 3 months to get the part due to backorder of the harness."

John A., IN (2016 Dodge Durango Limited 3.6-L V6)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Automatic climate control

"No matter what temp is set to, air temp does not seem to match. Also, both driver and passenger side set to same temp. Actual Air temp is different on each side."

Greg W., MD (2016 Dodge Durango Limited 3.6-L V6)

"Automatic climate control blows much hotter air on passenger side"

Greg W., MD (2016 Dodge Durango Limited 3.6-L V6)
Blower (fan) motor

"Blower motor started seizing up and had to be replaced."

Greg W., MD (2016 Dodge Durango Limited 3.6-L V6)

"Unbelievable that a car with low mileage had a short in the blower motor. It would come back on when i slammed the glove box."

Anonymous, CA (2016 Dodge Durango R/T 5.7-L V8)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Antilock system (ABS)

"On a rainy day was driving slowly down parking garage ramp. The abs did not allow the car to stop, started vibrating. Had to use the emergency brake to stop."

Anonymous, CA (2016 Dodge Durango 5.7-L V8)
Squeaking

"Brake squeal with the original set of pads at approximately 12000 miles. We are on the second set of pads and they are squealing again."

Mark C., FL (2016 Dodge Durango Citadel 5.7-L V8)

"brake pads replaced, rotors turned and other work done but still have occasional brake squealing"

Anonymous, TX (2016 Dodge Durango Limited 3.6-L V6)

"The brakes squeak every time the brakes are applied lightly. Dealership says every thing is fine"

Edwin K., WA (2016 Dodge Durango R/T 5.7-L V8)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Other/unsure

"Factory recall, I didn’t notice a problem"

Ray S., IL (2016 Dodge Durango Citadel 3.6-L V6)

"Recall on computer programs for cruise control"

Michael L., AZ (2016 Dodge Durango Limited 5.7-L V8)

"When backing into parking space, the automatic system will engage and stop the car. There are nearby obstacles that are cleared yet the car stops anyway. Very annoying and unsettling with the vibration of the pedal."

Anonymous, CA (2016 Dodge Durango 5.7-L V8)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Rust

"From day one this vehicle has been kept clean in an attempt to keep the paint in great condition and ensure it remain rust free for years to come. as I type this I recently noticed the paint beginning to bubble on the edge of the hood on the passenger side front due to premature corrosion. If I wasn't turning the truck in due to the end of the lease I would be bringing in for warranty coverage."

William R., NY (2016 Dodge Durango Limited 3.6-L V6)

"Front hood has rust on the leading edge."

Anonymous, NY (2016 Dodge Durango Limited 3.6-L V6)

"Hood is rusting under the paint"

Anonymous, NY (2016 Dodge Durango Limited 3.6-L V6)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Gear selector or linkage

"break pedal would not depress to allow vehicle to start. Vehicle would shift on it's own, could hear grinding beneath selector knob. would shift so rough the whole vehicle would jerk"

Anonymous, AR (2016 Dodge Durango SXT 3.6-L V6)

"the gear selector malfunctioned and the car would not go into any gear. Had to have it towed to the dealership to be replaced"

Anonymous, TX (2016 Dodge Durango Citadel 3.6-L V6)
Rough shifting

"Dealer is unable to resolve. Waiting for transmission to fail."

William B., NJ (2016 Dodge Durango R/T 5.7-L V8)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Oil leaks

"15 kilometers after an oil change, oil filter housing failed causing the vehicle to lose all of its oil"

Sheldon S., ON (2016 Dodge Durango Citadel 5.7-L V8)

"shouldnt be leaking oil yet"

Marlene B., MA (2016 Dodge Durango R/T 5.7-L V8)

"Factory problem where some vehicles had seal failure between oil pan and drain plug. Noticed oil on driveway and took it in. Fixed it for no charge but weren't particularly apologetic"

Anonymous, ON (2016 Dodge Durango R/T 5.7-L V8)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Shocks or struts

"I did not even know they were leaking until the dealer told me they had to be replaced. Car was noisy on acceleration"

Anonymous, CA (2016 Dodge Durango R/T 5.7-L V8)

"all four shocks rattled, but did not affect performance."

Anonymous, FL (2016 Dodge Durango SXT 3.6-L V6)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

What Owners Say

Radiator

"with the low miles i cant beleive the radiator was leaking already"

Marlene B., MA (2016 Dodge Durango R/T 5.7-L V8)
Water pump

"Drove for 3 hour trip on way home water pump went when I pulled into my driveway, luckily"

Anonymous, NJ (2016 Dodge Durango R/T 5.7-L V8)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

"Transmission started slipping and the dealership replaced it under warranty"

Anonymous, TX (2016 Dodge Durango Citadel 3.6-L V6)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Cylinder head

"Vehicle had check engine light, took it to dealership to have it checked out and was returned same day with light off. Vehicle had check engine light again less than a week later. Returned vehicle to dealership and dealership kept vehicle for about 5 days. Said left bank of engine had to be replaced."

Brandon M., SC (2016 Dodge Durango Limited 3.6-L V6)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

"Recall in 2017/ 2018 for correction emission sensor required to register vehicle in California for that year. Did not effect performance. Handled OK by dealer with correction notice given to send to DMV CA"

Anonymous, CA (2016 Dodge Durango Citadel 3.6-L V6)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

"USB does not work"

Anonymous, CA (2016 Dodge Durango R/T 5.7-L V8)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

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