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. Trim levels ascend through SXT, GT, Citadel, and R/T models. Durango seats up to seven passengers and comes with either a 290-horsepower 3.6-liter V6 (295 hp on the Blacktop Package on Citadel models) or a 360-horsepower 5.7-liter V8.
A new GT model with sporty, monochromatic exterior trim replaces the Limited in the model lineup. Base SXT models now come standard with two seating rows instead of three, though the third row is optional. The rearview camera can now display its image on the dashboard screen when the vehicle is moving forward—it’s intended to be used when towing a trailer. There are also updated appearance packages and interior-trim options.
V6 Durangos are rated at 19 mpg city/26 mpg highway with rear-wheel drive and 18/25 with all-wheel drive. With the V8, ratings are 14 city/22 highway with RWD or AWD. In Consumer Guide® testing, an AWD Durango R/T averaged 14.7 mpg in 55-percent city driving. 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 the GT 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.
2017 Dodge Durango Best Buy
|BASE PRICE RANGE||$29,995 – $44,695|
|BODY STYLES||4-Door Wagon|
|AVAILABLE ENGINES||290/295-Hp, 3.6-Liter V6; 360-Hp, 5.7-Liter V8|
|DRIVE WHEELS||Rear Or All-Wheel Drive|
|EPA FUEL-ECONOMY RANGE||14-26 MPG|