Despite being a bit long in the tooth, the three-row Durango SUV is still a capable and pleasant vehicle. The current Durango is a luxurious, refined, and functional SUV that rates at the top of 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. 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.
A thorough freshening for 2014 brought a host of improvements, including an excellent new eight-speed automatic transmission. Coupled with a 290-hp, 3.6-liter V6, it transforms the driving experience, making our test vehicle notably quicker and more responsive than the last V6 Durango we tested. It also boosts fuel economy slightly to 18 mpg overall, which is decent but not among the best in the class. Most buyers should be happy with the V6 engine. The Hemi V8 delivers smooth, effortless acceleration and a nice exhaust burble. But it costs a hefty $2,795 more and reduces overall gas mileage by about 3 mpg.