• (4.2) 13 reviews
  • MSRP: $3,275–$13,907
  • Body Style: Sport Utility
  • Combined MPG: 15-16
  • Engine: 303-hp, 4.7-liter V-8 (flexible; E85)
  • Drivetrain: 4x2
  • Seats: 5-8
2008 Dodge Durango

Our Take on the Latest Model 2008 Dodge Durango

What We Don't Like

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

Notable Features

  • New E85-capable 4.7-liter V-8
  • Backup camera available
  • 5.7-liter Hemi V-8
  • Side curtain airbags
  • Electronic stability system
  • Optional 20-inch wheels

2008 Dodge Durango Reviews

Vehicle Overview
The Dodge Durango offers a wide variety of engines: a V-6, two Magnum V-8s and a 5.7-liter Hemi V-8. The new E85-capable 4.7-liter V-8 engine produces more horsepower than the previous 4.7-liter V-8. A backup camera option is also new. The Durango competes with the Chevy Tahoe, Toyota Sequoia and Ford Expedition.

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. Body-colored running boards are optional. Durangos have standard 17-inch aluminum wheels, but 18- and 20-inch wheels are also available.

Interior
Durangos can hold up to seven occupants when equipped with three rows of seats. A five-person configuration is also offered. Bucket seats are optional for the second row. Heated cloth seats are available, and SLT models have standard YES Essentials seat fabric that Dodge says is stain-, odor- and static-resistant.

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 new 4.7-liter V-8 that produces 303 hp and 330 pounds-feet of torque is optional, and it can run on ethanol-based E85, regular unleaded gasoline or a combination of the two. Durango buyers can also choose a 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 that cranks out an estimated 335 hp and 370 pounds-feet of torque. The Hemi V-8 features a Multi-Displacement System that shuts down half the cylinders when they're not needed, which Dodge says improves gas mileage by up to 20 percent.

A four-speed automatic transmission teams with the V-6, but V-8 models drive a five-speed automatic. Durangos come with rear- or four-wheel drive. Dodge promises up to 8,950 pounds of towing capacity when properly equipped.


Safety
All-disc antilock brakes include electronic brake-force distribution. An electronic stability system and roll-sensing side curtain airbags that protect occupants in all rows of seats are standard. Rear parking assist is optional.

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.


Consumer Reviews

(4.2)

Average based on 13 reviews

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Lots of room, but guzzled the gas

by AricaHD from Cleveland, TN on September 4, 2017

This SUV was fun to drive. It made me feel safe. There was plenty of leg room in the front and second row as ample for even long roadtrips. The third row, however was very cramped and the seat was ver... Read Full Review

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8 Trims Available

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2008 Dodge Durango Safety Ratings

Crash-Test Reports

IIHS Ratings

Based on Dodge Durango Adventurer

Head Restraints and Seats
P
Moderate overlap front
G
Side
M

IIHS Ratings

Based on Dodge Durango Adventurer

G Good
A Acceptable
M Marginal
P Poor

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
P
Overall Rear
P
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
G

Moderate overlap front

Chest
A
Head/Neck
G
Left Leg/Foot
G
Overall Front
G
Restraints
G
Right Leg/Foot
G
Structure/safety cage
G

Side

Driver Head Protection
G
Driver Head and Neck
G
Driver Pelvis/Leg
G
Driver Torso
P
Overall Side
M
Rear Passenger Head Protection
G
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
G
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
G
Rear Passenger Torso
G
Structure/safety cage
A
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers. IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal or poor based on performance in high-speed front and side crash tests. IIHS also evaluates seat/head restraints for protection against neck injuries in rear impacts.

NHTSA Ratings

Based on Dodge Durango Adventurer

Overall Rollover Rating

NHTSA Ratings

Based on Dodge Durango Adventurer

Overall Rollover Rating
Driver's
Passenger's
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation. NHTSA provides vehicle safety information such as front- and side-crash ratings and rollover ratings. Vehicles are rated using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.

Recalls

There are currently 2 recalls for this car.


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Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $4,100 per year.

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Warranty Coverage

Bumper-to-Bumper

36mo/36,000mi

Powertrain

unlimietdmo/unlimited

Roadside Assistance Coverage

36mo/36,000mi

What you should get in your warranty can be confusing. Make sure you are informed.

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Warranties Explained

Bumper-to-Bumper

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.

Powertrain

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.

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).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

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.

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