Despite being a bit long in the tooth, the three-row Durango SUV is still a capable and pleasant vehicle. The Durango is a luxurious, refined, and functional SUV that rates near 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.
The excellent eight-speed automatic transmission coupled with a 290-hp, 3.6-liter V6 made our test vehicle notably quick and more responsive. Overall fuel economy is 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.