IT’S A BEST BUY BECAUSE:
Durango offers a lot of versatility and capability in a manageable size, at prices that significantly undercut most class rivals.
It’s a bit smaller than other large SUVs.
Durango straddles the line between midsize and large SUVs. We consider it a large SUV due to its rear-drive platform, available V8 power, and maximum 7,400-lb towing capacity.
WHAT IS IT?
Durango is Dodge’s flagship SUV. Although it’s about the same size as the largest midsize SUVs, it would stand out as being the only one with three rows of seats built on a rear-drive platform (all-wheel drive is also available) and offering a V8 engine and anything close to its 7,400-lb towing capacity. Thus we consider it a full-size SUV. Durango seats up to seven passengers and comes with either a 290-horsepower 3.6-liter V6 or a 360-horsepower 5.7-liter V8.
Durangos powered by the V6 engine get automatic start/stop technology, and all Durangos get a Sport mode that alters steering, throttle-pedal, and transmission response for a sportier feel. The Uconnect infotainment system gains new features such as Siri Eyes Free functionality for Apple iPhone users and a configurable “drag and drop” menu bar. Also new are several trim features and appearance packages.
EPA fuel-economy estimates for the 2016 Durango were not available in time for this book. For 2015, V6 Durangos were rated at 18 city/25 highway with rear-wheel drive and 17/24 with all-wheel drive. With the V8, ratings were 14 city/23 highway with RWD and 14/22 with AWD. The new-for-2016 auto start/stop feature on V6 models might improve the EPA city estimate by 1 mpg. Dodge recommends regular gas for V6 models and mid-grade gas for those powered by the V8.
VALUE IN CLASS
The Dodge Durango has something for just about every type of large-SUV shopper. The base SXT has a lot of features for the money, while Limited and Citadel add worthwhile luxury and convenience items. We’re not especially high on the sporty R/T, but we can see its appeal for those who crave brawny style and maximum performance. And, the generous selection of appearance packages and trim options makes Durango one of the more customizable SUVs around.
|BASE PRICE RANGE||$30,495 – $43,595|
|BODY STYLES||4-DOOR WAGON|
|AVAILABLE ENGINES||290-HP, 3.6-LITER V6; 360-HP, 5.7-LITER V8|
|DRIVE WHEELS||Rear or All-Wheel Drive|
|EPA FUEL-ECONOMY RANGE||14-25 MPG|
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