2006 Dodge Durango

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Key Specs

of the 2006 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 2006 Dodge Durango

  • Available Hemi V-8
  • Full-size dimensions
  • Newly available stability system
  • Newly available roll-sensing side-curtain airbags
  • Adventurer model available

2006 Dodge Durango Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview
Dodge's full-size sport utility vehicle was substantially redesigned for 2004. Basic Durango styling cues continued, but the current model is 7 inches longer and more than 3 inches taller than its predecessor.

A V-6 and two Magnum V-8 engines are offered, topped by the famed 5.7-liter Hemi. The Hemi V-8 now features a Multi-Displacement System that suspends half the cylinders when they're not needed, which Dodge says improves gas mileage by up to 20 percent.

For 2006, a new Electronic Stability Program and roll-sensing side curtain-type airbags are available. A power rear liftgate is now standard on the Limited. A three-passenger third-row seat can replace the optional two-place bench, and a remote starter is available.


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. "Satin silver" tubular side steps go on the Adventurer. Standard 17-inch tires (18-inchers on the Limited) are mounted on aluminum or chrome wheels.

Interior
Durangos can hold up to eight occupants 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 rec...
Vehicle Overview
Dodge's full-size sport utility vehicle was substantially redesigned for 2004. Basic Durango styling cues continued, but the current model is 7 inches longer and more than 3 inches taller than its predecessor.

A V-6 and two Magnum V-8 engines are offered, topped by the famed 5.7-liter Hemi. The Hemi V-8 now features a Multi-Displacement System that suspends half the cylinders when they're not needed, which Dodge says improves gas mileage by up to 20 percent.

For 2006, a new Electronic Stability Program and roll-sensing side curtain-type airbags are available. A power rear liftgate is now standard on the Limited. A three-passenger third-row seat can replace the optional two-place bench, and a remote starter is available.


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. "Satin silver" tubular side steps go on the Adventurer. Standard 17-inch tires (18-inchers on the Limited) are mounted on aluminum or chrome wheels.

Interior
Durangos can hold up to eight occupants 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. A navigation system is available.

Under the Hood
The base engine 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 choose a 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 that cranks out 335 hp and 370 pounds-feet of torque.

A four-speed-automatic transmission teams with the V-6, but 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. Dodge promises up to 8,950 pounds of towing capacity when properly equipped.


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

Driving Impressions
Steering is lighter than expected, and a comparatively soft suspension 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.

Response from the Hemi V-8 is less vigorous than expected. Automatic-transmission reactions are better with the V-6, 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, performance stands tallest in offroad situations. Thick A- and B-pillars obscure the view somewhat. Getting in and out demands quite a climb, but running boards and grab handles help.



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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.3)
Performance
(4.5)
Interior Design
(4.3)
Comfort
(4.6)
Reliability
(4.5)
Value For The Money
(4.4)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Best buy ever!

by Dana from Dividing Creek, NJ on October 5, 2018

I brought my 2006 Durango when it only had 15,000 miles on it in 2008. I only used it for family things. In, 2016 it had around 120,000 when my husband had to use it. He drove 140 miles one way and it ... Read full review

(3.0)

Dodge Durango 2006

by Renall from Inglewood, Ca on August 1, 2018

Very accountable and gas is terrible but the ride is smooth and not that bumpy. Seats are comfortable also. The style is unique and the original paint is still good. Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2006 Dodge Durango currently has 10 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2006 Dodge Durango has not been tested.

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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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