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By Cars.com Staff
September 1, 2008
Vehicle Overview The Dodge Durango offers a wide variety of engines and transmissions, including a V-6, two V-8s, and four- and five-speed automatic transmissions. There is also a full-hybrid option that uses the Hemi V-8. The vehicle is available in SE, SLT and Limited editions. The Durango competes with the Chevy Tahoe, Toyota Sequoia and Ford Expedition. The Durango can seat up to eight with an optional three-place third row and a bench in the second row.
The Durango Hybrid is covered separately in the Cars.com Research section.
New for 2009 The re-engineered 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 now has variable-valve timing and cylinder deactivation for increased fuel economy.
Exterior Dodge promotes the Durango's "broad-shouldered presence," starting with a familiar crosshair grille. The SUV features short front and rear overhangs, a dramatically sloped windshield and what Dodge calls "powerful" wheel arches. The Durango's 200.8-inch length and 76-inch width make it the baby of the group.
Standard roof rack
Standard fog lights
17-inch steel wheels (SE)
18-inch aluminum wheels (SLT)
20-inch chrome-clad aluminum wheels (Limited)
Optional body-colored running boards
Optional power liftgate (Limited)
Interior Durangos can hold up to eight occupants when equipped with three rows of seats. Seven- and five-person configurations are also offered. Bucket seats are optional for the second row. Heated cloth seats are available, and all cloth seats come with standard stain-repellant seat fabric.
Cargo volume behind the third row is 20 cubic feet; that space grows to 102.4 cubic feet when both rear seats are folded down. Due to its smaller size, the Durango has predictably less maximum cargo volume than its competitors (the Sequoia has 120.8, the Expedition 108.2 and the Tahoe 108.9). There is 155.2 cubic feet of passenger volume.
Standard power windows, locks and heated mirrors
Black, wood-grain and satin-sliver-finished trim options
Cloth, leather or premium-leather options
Optional hands-free communication system and remote start
Optional voice-activated navigation and/or audio system (including touch-screen, voice commands, 30GB hard drive and navigation radio)
Optional rear-seat video system with 8-inch screen
Under the Hood The Durango comes with a V-6 and two V-8 powertrain options. The V-8s come with a five-speed automatic transmission, while the V-6 sticks with a four-speed; no manual transmission is available. Dodge promises up to 8,950 pounds of towing capacity when properly equipped.
210-horsepower, 3.7-liter V-6 with 235 pounds-feet of torque
303-hp, 4.7-liter V-8 with 330 pounds-feet of torque
356-hp, 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 with 390 pounds-feet of torque with cylinder deactivation for increased fuel economy
Ladder-type frame construction
Rear-, all- and full-time four-wheel drive options
Four- and five-speed automatic transmissions
Run-down protection on battery
Safety Safety features include:
Standard roll-sensing side curtain airbags
Standard all-disc antilock brakes
Standard electronic stability system
Optional rear park assist and backup camera
Smart key that immobilizes engine in an attempted theft