2002 Dodge Durango

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$25,400

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2002 Dodge Durango

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5 trims

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2002 Dodge Durango review: Our expert's take

Vehicle Overview
Dodge’s sole offering in this segment straddles two sections of the SUV market. The Durango isn’t too big or too small; it’s larger in size than most midsize sport utility vehicles, such as the Jeep Grand Cherokee, with its V-8 engines and optional eight-passenger seating. It challenges full-size models like the Chevrolet Tahoe. Billed as the “right size” by Dodge, the Durango promises “full-size SUV roominess” combined with compact-level maneuverability.

A new entry-level SXT model joins the lineup for 2002. The Durango also can be equipped with step-up option packages, which include the SLT, SLT Plus and performance-oriented R/T. A new option group includes graphite front and rear fascias, grille and fender flares, as well as 16-inch aluminum wheels. Newly available curtain-type airbags for the front and second-row seats deploy from the ceiling. The Durango, which debuted for the 1998 model year and is based on the Dakota pickup truck, is due for a face-lift, if not a redesign, possibly for 2003.

Exterior
From the windshield forward, the styling on the four-door Durango is the same as the Dakota pickup truck. Its overall length is 193 inches. The R/T edition includes 17-inch tires on cast aluminum wheels, performance shock absorbers, a limited-slip differential and a performance-oriented axle ratio.

Interior
Depending on the seating configuration, the Durango seats as few as five occupants or as many as eight. Two front buckets and a three-place second-row seat are standard for five-passenger capacity. For eight-passenger seating, a three-place bench can replace the front buckets and an optionaltwo-place third-row seat can be added. The middle and rear seats fold flat for a maximum cargo volume of 88 cubic feet. A new DVD-based backseat video entertainment system is available as an option.

Under the Hood
A 235-horsepower, 4.7-liter V-8 that drives a newly enhanced five-speed-automatic transmission is the base engine, and a 250-hp, 5.9-liter Magnum V-8 that teams with a four-speed automatic is optional. The Durango comes either with rear-wheel drive or a choice of two four-wheel-drive systems. Standard 4WD cannot be used on smooth, dry pavement, but the optional 4WD system is a full-time unit. Both systems may be engaged with a dashboard-mounted switch. Antilock brakes are standard.

Driving Impressions
SUVs aren’t supposed to sound like Dodge’s sporty, performance-oriented Durango R/T edition. It emits lushly gurgling exhaust notes that would befit a sports car and sounds like it’s ready to lunge into space. While it’s reasonably vigorous, the performance from the Magnum V-8 engine falls a bit short of what one is led to expect from that muscular sport-tuned sound out back. On the plus side, the automatic transmission reacts promptly and smoothly for passing.

The Durango is essentially pleasing all around, but it isn’t quite as friendly to the driver and occupants as, say, the new Ford Explorer. Steering is easy and little correction is required, but it’s not quite as precise as on some SUVs. It’s difficult to overcome a tendency to avoid pushing too hard in tight curves. Appealing seats offer excellent support and firm but comfortable cushioning with plenty of space for the driver and passengers, though the rear seatbacks aren’t very tall.

 

Reported by Jim Flammang  for cars.com
From the cars.com 2002 Buying Guide

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.4
  • Interior design 4.3
  • Performance 4.5
  • Value for the money 4.4
  • Exterior styling 4.5
  • Reliability 4.5

Most recent consumer reviews

5.0

2002 Dodge Durango SLT plus

I got my SLT Plus in 2004 at a Dodge Dealer in Jax, Fla! It was a 2002 model with 40,000 miles and was nicely taken care of! I still have it as of July 2022 and have 195,000 miles on it! I have been extremely happy with this vehicle and everything still works great and except for a few performance upgrades (K&N air filter system) custom wheels and such I have taken it on numerous road trips with no problems! I still get compliments on its appearance as most folks can’t believe it’s 20 years old and is not ragged out! I do my maintenance on or before times and don’t see why it will not continue to perform well! If you can find a good used and maintained Durango then buy it! If I ever decide to sale I don’t think people would be disappointed! You can’t say that a lot for most 20 year old SUV”s! I average about 20 mpg between city/highway! With the high cost of new SUV’s and gas prices I don’t think I’ll be getting rid of it any time soon! It’s a Great Vehicle!!👍🇺🇸😊

4.9

First Car. Plan to be Only.

I got my Durango "Sebastian" from its original owner, when it had 130k miles on it. Have traveled fully cross-country (CA to NC) twice since then. Got me thru an F-3 tornado on the return trip! Very reliable. Never had a breakdown. Doesn't leak oil. Easy to upkeep, work on and parts are relatively inexpensive. A simple treatment of Seafoam or Lucas "tuneup" gasoline treatment once every 3 months is amazing! Fuel economy isn't the greatest, but it has the strength and durability of a good farm truck. I typically get 18 mpg hwy (unladen) but 16 FULLY loaded! Very doable. I use it as a commuter, traveler, camper, worktruck, farm vehicle, semi-offroad adventure vehicle. Not the best size or weight for a prolonged adventure, but I believe it does better than most of its similar-sized competitors.

5.0

There is no end to my love for this vehicle

I got it 2 years ago as the second owner. I am going to drive it until I can’t anymore. It never lets me down. Ever. The uni body construction is a tougher than anything. I slid on ice last winter and ended up over the guard rail, flying through the air and landed in a field at the bottom of a hill. Only thing damaged was my running board on the passenger side. No body damage at all, and I put it in four wheel and drove it up out of there. I always have the power I need, it is beyond comfortable, and I will never get rid of it.

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Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Dodge
New car program benefits
Bumper-to-bumper
36 months/36,000 miles
Corrosion
60 months/100,000 miles
Powertrain
84 months/70,000 miles
Roadside assistance
36 months/36,000 miles
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
5 model years or newer/less than 75,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
3 months/3,000 miles
Powertrain
7 years/100,000 miles
Dealer certification required
125-point inspection
Roadside assistance
Yes
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