• (4.5) 48 reviews
  • MSRP: $2,841–$10,369
  • Body Style: Sport Utility
  • Combined MPG: 16-18
  • Engine: 230-hp, 4.7-liter V-8 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: 4x2
  • Seats: 5-8
2006 Dodge Durango

Our Take on the Latest Model 2006 Dodge Durango

What We Don't Like

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

Notable Features

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

2006 Dodge Durango Reviews

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.


Consumer Reviews

(4.5)

Average based on 48 reviews

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Best car I've owned

by Vmaddox33 from Antioch ca on September 14, 2017

This car has fit our family wonderfully and with a added 85 lb dog. If I were in the market for a new car I would by this model again.

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