2005 Dodge Durango

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Key Specs

of the 2005 Dodge Durango. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Ride comfort
  • Seat comfort
  • Interior space
  • Offroad capability with 4WD

The Bad

  • Highway stability
  • Performance
  • Visibility
  • Difficult entry and exit

Notable Features of the 2005 Dodge Durango

  • Available Hemi V-8
  • Full-size dimensions
  • New Adventurer model for 2005

2005 Dodge Durango Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview
Dodge's full-size sport utility vehicle got a substantial redesign for the 2004 model year. Basic Durango styling cues continued, but the current model is 7 inches longer and more than 3 inches taller than its predecessor and features 15 percent more cargo capacity.

A new Adventurer model with heated cloth seats debuts for 2005. A full-screen navigation system and a new SXT option package are available. A V-6 and two Magnum V-8 engines are offered, topped by the famed 5.7-liter Hemi. Dodge also promises up to 8,950 pounds of towing capacity.

The Durango will likely be joined by a smaller SUV, the Nitro, in the next couple years.


Exterior
Dodge promotes the Durango's "broad-shouldered presence," starting with a familiar crosshair grille. Single headlight covers conceal dual lights. The SUV's silhouette features short front and rear overhangs, a dramatically sloped windshield and what Dodge calls "powerful" wheel arches.

The Durango rides on a 119.2-inch wheelbase, measures 200.8 inches long overall and stands 74.3 inches tall. Standard 17-inch tires are mounted on steel, aluminum or chrome-plated wheels.


Interior
Durangos can hold seven people when equipped with three rows of seats. A five-passenger configuration is also offered. Cargo volume behind the third row is 19 cubic feet; that space grows to 102.4 cubic feet when both rear seats are folded down. Second-row occupants get reclining seats, and an optional DVD entertainment system is available. Re...
Vehicle Overview
Dodge's full-size sport utility vehicle got a substantial redesign for the 2004 model year. Basic Durango styling cues continued, but the current model is 7 inches longer and more than 3 inches taller than its predecessor and features 15 percent more cargo capacity.

A new Adventurer model with heated cloth seats debuts for 2005. A full-screen navigation system and a new SXT option package are available. A V-6 and two Magnum V-8 engines are offered, topped by the famed 5.7-liter Hemi. Dodge also promises up to 8,950 pounds of towing capacity.

The Durango will likely be joined by a smaller SUV, the Nitro, in the next couple years.


Exterior
Dodge promotes the Durango's "broad-shouldered presence," starting with a familiar crosshair grille. Single headlight covers conceal dual lights. The SUV's silhouette features short front and rear overhangs, a dramatically sloped windshield and what Dodge calls "powerful" wheel arches.

The Durango rides on a 119.2-inch wheelbase, measures 200.8 inches long overall and stands 74.3 inches tall. Standard 17-inch tires are mounted on steel, aluminum or chrome-plated wheels.


Interior
Durangos can hold seven people when equipped with three rows of seats. A five-passenger configuration is also offered. Cargo volume behind the third row is 19 cubic feet; that space grows to 102.4 cubic feet when both rear seats are folded down. Second-row occupants get reclining seats, and an optional DVD entertainment system is available. Reversible slush mats are included in the Adventurer model, which has a rubberized washable cargo liner with a built-in organizer.

Under the Hood
The standard engine in two-wheel-drive Durangos is a 210-horsepower, 3.7-liter V-6. A 4.7-liter V-8 that produces 230 hp and 290 pounds-feet of torque is optional. Durango buyers can also buy a 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 that cranks out 335 hp and 370 pounds-feet of torque.

A four-speed-automatic transmission mates with the V-6, and V-8 models work with a five-speed automatic. Durangos come with rear-wheel drive or full-time four-wheel drive, which has Low-range gearing.


Safety
All-disc antilock brakes include electronic brake-force distribution. Optional side curtain-type airbags protect all three rows of seats.

Driving Impressions
Steering is lighter than expected. The Durango has a comparatively soft suspension, which translates to an especially comfortable ride. This SUV can get a little woozy through repeated curves.

Handling is less than ideal, even on the expressway, as the Durango is a little too inclined to edge out of its lane. Suspensions differ among the three engine choices, but not dramatically.

Surprisingly, the new Durango doesn't stand above the pack in acceleration. Response from the Hemi V-8 is less vigorous than expected. Automatic-transmission response is better with the V-6 engine, which is a little noisier when pushed. The 4.7-liter V-8 might be a good compromise, but flooring the gas too often results in delayed, modest acceleration.

Overall, the Durango's performance stands tallest when it goes off-road. Thick A- and B-pillars obscure the view somewhat. Getting into and out of the Durango demands quite a climb, but running boards and grab handles help.



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What Drivers Are Saying

Exterior Styling
(4.6)
Performance
(4.3)
Interior Design
(4.1)
Comfort
(4.5)
Reliability
(4.3)
Value For The Money
(4.3)

Latest Reviews

(5.0)

Love this model of Durango

by Anderson6 from Littleton, CO on July 8, 2018

Larger and better looking compared to the newest models. It has more than enough room for a family of six. The DVD player is an issue because it is radio frequency vs infrared and dodge no longer ... Read full review

(4.0)

Very Strong and Solid SUV

by Dodge brother from Saginaw,Michigan on June 19, 2018

Just purchased my 2005, and I tell you that it's one of the best vehicles I have ever owned.....5.7 hemi makes it so fun to drive..... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2005 Dodge Durango currently has 9 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Durango received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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