2016 Dodge Durango

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Key Specs

of the 2016 Dodge Durango. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Stylish interior design
  • Comfortable, supportive front seats
  • 8.4-inch touch-screen available

The Bad

  • Hefty curb weight
  • Backup aids should be standard
  • Second row doesn't slide fore/aft
  • No physical buttons for available heated front seats

Notable Features of the 2016 Dodge Durango

  • Auto stop-start technology now standard for V-6
  • Eight-speed automatic transmission standard
  • Seats six or seven in three rows
  • V-6 or V-8 power
  • RWD or AWD
  • 7,400-pound towing maximum

2016 Dodge Durango Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

Dodge’s largest SUV, the three-row Durango, competes with the Chevrolet Traverse, Ford Explorer and Honda Pilot. It offers V-6 or V-8 power and rear- or all-wheel drive.
New for 2016
Auto stop-start technology is now standard for the V-6 engine, and a newly available Sport mode alters steering feel, the gas pedal's calibration and the transmission's shift pattern for greater responsiveness.

The 8.4-inch touch-screen now supports Siri Eyes Free capability for the iPhone 4S and later models, and also lets users customize the menu bar by dragging and dropping icons.

There's also a Brass Monkey Appearance Package that's available for the Limited trim level and includes 20-inch bronze-finished aluminum wheels.
Significant Standard Features

  • Heated side mirrors
  • 18-inch aluminum wheels
  • Trizone automatic climate control
  • 60/40-split folding second-row seats
  • 50/50-split folding third row
  • Keyless entry
  • Required in every car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system

Significant Available Features

  • Power sunroof
  • Power liftgate
  • Rain-sensing windshield wipers
  • Backup camera
  • 8.4-inch touch-screen multimedia system 
  • Dual-screen Blu-ray and DVD rear-seat entertainment system
  • Leather upholstery
  • Heated front and second-row seats
  • Second-row captain's chairs
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Remote start
  • Blind spot warning system with rear cross-traffic alert
  • Forward collision warning
Vehicle Overview

Dodge’s largest SUV, the three-row Durango, competes with the Chevrolet Traverse, Ford Explorer and Honda Pilot. It offers V-6 or V-8 power and rear- or all-wheel drive.
New for 2016
Auto stop-start technology is now standard for the V-6 engine, and a newly available Sport mode alters steering feel, the gas pedal's calibration and the transmission's shift pattern for greater responsiveness.

The 8.4-inch touch-screen now supports Siri Eyes Free capability for the iPhone 4S and later models, and also lets users customize the menu bar by dragging and dropping icons.

There's also a Brass Monkey Appearance Package that's available for the Limited trim level and includes 20-inch bronze-finished aluminum wheels.
Significant Standard Features

  • Heated side mirrors
  • 18-inch aluminum wheels
  • Trizone automatic climate control
  • 60/40-split folding second-row seats
  • 50/50-split folding third row
  • Keyless entry
  • Required in every car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system

Significant Available Features

  • Power sunroof
  • Power liftgate
  • Rain-sensing windshield wipers
  • Backup camera
  • 8.4-inch touch-screen multimedia system 
  • Dual-screen Blu-ray and DVD rear-seat entertainment system
  • Leather upholstery
  • Heated front and second-row seats
  • Second-row captain's chairs
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Remote start
  • Blind spot warning system with rear cross-traffic alert
  • Forward collision warning

Latest 2016 Durango Stories

Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.9)
Performance
(4.7)
Interior Design
(4.8)
Comfort
(4.8)
Reliability
(4.7)
Value For The Money
(4.4)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Blacktop Model is the BEST!

by Creiy from Akron, OH on September 14, 2018

Great on the road and sporty look for the mom with 4 kids. Great power behind a V6. I would not take a V8 just because of the gas consumption. Read full review

(5.0)

Replaced Totaled Journey

by whitst from Burlington, KY on August 18, 2018

Love, love, love it! Bought this car to replace a 2014 Dodge Journey destroyed by utility truck running a red light. 5-star side impact rating on both cars sold me. This car gets better mileage than ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2016 Dodge Durango currently has 0 recalls

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2016 Dodge Durango SXT

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Child Seat Anchors (Latch)

Ease of Use
acceptable

Front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/thigh
acceptable
Lower leg/foot
poor
Overall evaluation
marginal
Retraints and dummy kinematics
acceptable
Structure and safety cage
poor

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

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

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
acceptable
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Small Overlap Front - Driver Side

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/Thigh
acceptable
Lower Leg/Foot
poor
Overall Evaluation
marginal
Restraints and Dummy Kinematics
acceptable
Structure and Safety Cage
poor
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Manufacturer Warranties

Backed by Dodge
New Car Program Benefits
  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    60 months / 100,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits
  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    5 model years or newer/less than 75,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    3 months/3,000 miles

  • Powertrain warranty

    7 years/100,000 miles

  • Dealer Certification Required

    125-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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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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