Dodge Durango Preview

Published on September 4, 2018



The Dodge Durango shares much in common with the Jeep Grand Cherokee. The platform has ben elongated to make room for three-rows and seven passengers. The Durango can be equipped with several engine choices including high performance RT models. All Durango’s have good on-road manors and above average towing capacity.

Just like the smaller Grand Cherokee, the Durango comes standard with a 3.6L V6 with 295hp, a larger 5.7L V8 hemi with 360hp or a high-performance model called SRT with a 6.4L V8 Hemi putting out 475hp, All Durango models come with standard AWD and an 8-speed automatic. The Durango has best in class towing with either the V6 or V8. The V6 is rated at 6200lbs, the 5.7L V8 at 7200lbs.

The most popular engine is the base V6 and it is the most efficient, rated at 12.7L/100km in the city and 9.6L on the highway.

Standard safety features including front, side and curtain air bags along with traction and stability control. Advanced forward collision warning and autonomous braking is not available.

The Durango has a simple and easy to use cabin for all passengers. There is seating for up to 7-passengers over three rows with the option to get two captains chairs in the second row. The dash is simple with either a standard 7-inch centre screen that Dodge calls Uconnect or a larger 8.4-inch version. This is one of the easiest to use systems I the market and also has AA and ACP. AA and ACP are on the majority of radios but part of a package on the base trim. The seats are comfortable but on the high performance model the front seats are heavily bolstered.

A base V6 starts at roughly $42,000, the first V8 at roughly $56,000 and the high performance SRT model at over $71,000

Here are the highlights
The Durango isn’t an obvious choice for many people shopping in the three-row SUV space but it has a few things going for it. First, the ride and handling is better than many competitors, the power can be outrageous from the V8 and high-performance model and all models come with AWD. The biggest difference is that the Durango has class leading towing capacity. The downside is that the Durango can get very expensive, making it compete with many luxury brands on price. The V6 is more attainable and the most popular and it is a surprisingly enjoyable vehicle to drive.

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