• (4.9) 7 reviews
  • MSRP: $3,760–$16,628
  • Body Style: Sport Utility
  • Combined MPG: 15-17
  • Engine: 303-hp, 4.7-liter V-8 (flexible; E85)
  • Drivetrain: 4x2
  • Seats: 5-8
2009 Dodge Durango

Our Take on the Latest Model 2009 Dodge Durango

What We Don't Like

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

Notable Features

  • E85-capable V-6 and V-8
  • Hybrid model available
  • Backup camera available
  • Re-engineered 5.7-liter Hemi V-8
  • Standard side curtain airbags
  • Electronic stability system
  • Optional 20-inch wheels

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Vehicle Overview
The Dodge Durango offers a wide variety of engines and transmissions, including a V-6, two V-8s, and four- and five-speed automatic transmissions. There is also a full-hybrid option that uses the Hemi V-8. The vehicle is available in SE, SLT and Limited editions. The Durango competes with the Chevy Tahoe, Toyota Sequoia and Ford Expedition. The Durango can seat up to eight with an optional three-place third row and a bench in the second row.

The Durango Hybrid is covered separately in the Cars.com Research section.

New for 2009
The re-engineered 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 now has variable-valve timing and cylinder deactivation for increased fuel economy.

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. The Durango's 200.8-inch length and 76-inch width make it the baby of the group.

  • Standard roof rack
  • Standard fog lights
  • 17-inch steel wheels (SE)
  • 18-inch aluminum wheels (SLT)
  • 20-inch chrome-clad aluminum wheels (Limited)
  • Optional body-colored running boards
  • Optional power liftgate (Limited)

Durangos can hold up to eight occupants when equipped with three rows of seats. Seven- and five-person configurations are also offered. Bucket seats are optional for the second row. Heated cloth seats are available, and all cloth seats come with standard stain-repellant seat fabric.

Cargo volume behind the third row is 20 cubic feet; that space grows to 102.4 cubic feet when both rear seats are folded down. Due to its smaller size, the Durango has predictably less maximum cargo volume than its competitors (the Sequoia has 120.8, the Expedition 108.2 and the Tahoe 108.9). There is 155.2 cubic feet of passenger volume.
  • Standard power windows, locks and heated mirrors
  • Black, wood-grain and satin-sliver-finished trim options
  • Cloth, leather or premium-leather options
  • Optional hands-free communication system and remote start
  • Optional voice-activated navigation and/or audio system (including touch-screen, voice commands, 30GB hard drive and navigation radio)
  • Optional rear-seat video system with 8-inch screen

Under the Hood
The Durango comes with a V-6 and two V-8 powertrain options. The V-8s come with a five-speed automatic transmission, while the V-6 sticks with a four-speed; no manual transmission is available. Dodge promises up to 8,950 pounds of towing capacity when properly equipped.
  • 210-horsepower, 3.7-liter V-6 with 235 pounds-feet of torque
  • 303-hp, 4.7-liter V-8 with 330 pounds-feet of torque
  • 356-hp, 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 with 390 pounds-feet of torque with cylinder deactivation for increased fuel economy
  • Ladder-type frame construction
  • Rear-, all- and full-time four-wheel drive options
  • Four- and five-speed automatic transmissions
  • Run-down protection on battery

Safety features include:
  • Standard roll-sensing side curtain airbags
  • Standard all-disc antilock brakes
  • Standard electronic stability system
  • Optional rear park assist and backup camera
  • Smart key that immobilizes engine in an attempted theft

Consumer Reviews


Average based on 7 reviews

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Very reliable and SAFE

by Dodgegirl from St. Cloud, Fl on August 26, 2017

This is the 2nd Durango I have owned. I feel very safe in this vehicle and it's very comfortable and roomy for the family with room to spare. It's been perfect for me as a mom from the moment we brou... Read Full Review

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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.


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.

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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).

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