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2008 Dodge Durango

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$2,397 — $9,805 USED
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Sport Utility
5-8 Seats
15-16 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

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

The Bad

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

What to Know

about the 2008 Dodge Durango
  • 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

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2008 Dodge Durango Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

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-l...

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

What drivers are saying

4.4
16 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.5)
Performance
(4.4)
Interior Design
(4.4)
Comfort
(4.6)
Reliability
(4.4)
Value For The Money
(4.4)

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(5.0)

Love my Durango

by MommaBear88 from Clovis, CA on October 30, 2018

I was looking for an suv that was 4-wheel-drive AND has side airbags that could handle 3 kids and all of their stuff. We use this daily for our family, take it off road AND tow our boat with it as ... Read full review

(5.0)

Excellent vehicle

by durangoowner from Lakeville, MN on April 22, 2018

Great family vehicle that easily converts for hauling. It's a great driving SUV with low miles and has been driven carefully since 2008. Great Durango. Read full review

Safety

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The 2008 Dodge Durango currently has 2 recalls


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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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