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Dodge Durango

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The original 1998 Dodge Durango SUV, like many SUVs of that era, was based on a pickup truck, in this case the mid-size Dodge Dakota. The result was a traditional body-on-frame SUV with an available third-row seat. The Durango aimed for a gap in the market between the larger Chevrolet Tahoe and GMC Yukon twins and the smaller Ford Explorer and Chevrolet Blazer. A 2004 redesign resulted in a larger Durango that still ran on a separate frame, but Dodge said it was no longer based on a pickup. After gas prices soared and the economy soured, the Durango and closely related Chrysler Aspen were dropped in 2009. It wasn’t gone long, though, and the current Dodge Durango is based on the new-for-2011 model. This third-generation Durango switched to unitized construction and shared some underbody hardware with the Jeep Grand Cherokee. 

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Large Families

Large Family vehicles seat six or more occupants in three rows.

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Towing

Towing vehicles can tow a minimum of 2,000 pounds (see specifications for maximum). May require specific trim level and/or optional features.

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4 Generations

Durango - 4 Generations

2011–2019 Durango

Redesigned in 2011
2011–2019 Durango Generation, 2019 Dodge Durango model shown Showing the 2019 Dodge Durango

After taking the 2010 model year off, the Dodge Durango was back for 2011 with smoother styling and an improved interior with available three-row seating. Buyers could choose between V-6 and V-8 engines and rear- or all-wheel drive. The Durango picked up a new eight-speed automatic transmission and revised styling in 2014; a high-performance SRT model with a 475-horsepower, 6.4-liter Hemi V-8 arrived for 2018.

  • MSRP Range $29,995–$62,995
  • Consumer Rating Not yet rated
  • Combined MPG 15-21
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  • MSRP Range $29,995–$62,995
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.9) 62 reviews
  • Combined MPG 21
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Notable Features in 2018
  • New 475-hp SRT version
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity now available
  • Backup camera now standard
  • Seats up to seven in three rows
  • V-6 or V-8 power
  • Eight-speed automatic standard
  • Rear- or all-wheel drive
  • MSRP Range $29,995–$44,695
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.7) 90 reviews
  • Combined MPG 17-21
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Notable Features in 2017
  • Anodized Platinum Appearance Package newly available
  • Seats up to seven in three rows
  • V-6 or V-8 power
  • Eight-speed automatic standard
  • Rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive
  • Current List Price $13,275–$44,767
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.8) 43 reviews
  • Combined MPG 17-22
  • Body Styles:

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Notable Features in 2016
  • 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
  • Current List Price $19,818–$35,906
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.8) 60 reviews
  • Combined MPG 16-21
  • Body Styles:

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Notable Features in 2015
  • Eight-speed transmission
  • Seats six or seven in three rows
  • V-6 or V-8 power
  • RWD or AWD
  • 7,400-pound towing maximum
  • Current List Price $16,103–$31,623
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.8) 73 reviews
  • Combined MPG 16-20
  • Body Styles:

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Notable Features in 2014
  • Updated styling
  • New eight-speed transmission
  • Seats six or seven in three rows
  • V-6 or V-8 power
  • RWD or AWD
  • 7,400-pound towing maximum
  • Current List Price $11,959–$27,491
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.7) 49 reviews
  • Combined MPG 15-19
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Notable Features in 2013
  • New Rallye Appearance Group for SXT models
  • Available second-row captain's chairs
  • Seats six or seven in three rows
  • V-6 or V-8 power
  • RWD or AWD
  • 7,400-pound towing capacity
  • Current List Price $10,191–$24,087
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.6) 51 reviews
  • Combined MPG 16-19
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Notable Features in 2012
  • Newly available second-row captain's chairs
  • Slight gas mileage increase for AWD V-6 models
  • Seats six or seven in three rows
  • V-6 or V-8 power
  • RWD or AWD
  • 7,400-pound towing capacity
  • Current List Price $9,433–$21,641
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.6) 65 reviews
  • Combined MPG 16-19
  • Body Styles:

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Notable Features in 2011
  • Redesigned for 2011
  • Seating for seven in three rows
  • V-6 or V-8 power
  • RWD or AWD
  • 7,400-pound maximum towing capacity

2010 Durango

The Dodge Durango was not produced in 2010

2004–2009 Durango

Redesigned in 2004
Showing the 2009 Dodge Durango

The second-generation Dodge Durango grew, wore blockier styling and had an interior that was regularly criticized for its hard plastics and apparent cost-cutting. Again, there were V-6 and V-8 engines along with rear- or all-wheel drive. A seldom-seen gas-electric hybrid model was only available in 2009. 

  • Current List Price $3,384–$14,984
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.9) 7 reviews
  • Combined MPG 15-17
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Notable Features in 2009
  • 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
  • Current List Price $3,791–$12,139
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.3) 15 reviews
  • Combined MPG 15-16
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Notable Features in 2008
  • 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
  • Current List Price $3,415–$11,091
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.1) 23 reviews
  • Combined MPG 16-18
  • Body Styles:

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Notable Features in 2007
  • Available 5.7-liter Hemi V-8
  • E85-capable 4.7-liter V-8
  • Side curtain airbags
  • Electronic stability system
  • Optional 20-inch wheels
  • Current List Price $2,582–$9,538
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.4) 51 reviews
  • Combined MPG 16-18
  • Body Styles:

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Notable Features in 2006
  • Available Hemi V-8
  • Full-size dimensions
  • Newly available stability system
  • Newly available roll-sensing side-curtain airbags
  • Adventurer model available
  • Current List Price $1,730–$8,966
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.2) 40 reviews
  • Combined MPG 16-18
  • Body Styles:

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Notable Features in 2005
  • Available Hemi V-8
  • Full-size dimensions
  • New Adventurer model for 2005
  • Current List Price $1,741–$8,933
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.1) 36 reviews
  • Combined MPG 16-18
  • Body Styles:

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Notable Features in 2004
  • Hemi V-8 engine available
  • Five-speed -automatic transmission
  • Large full-size dimensions
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  • Designed exclusively as an SUV

1998–2003 Durango

Redesigned in 1998
Showing the 2003 Dodge Durango

The pickup-based Durango was Dodge’s attempt to find a sweet spot in the SUV market. It came in a bit smaller than a Chevrolet Tahoe but noticeably larger than a Chevy Blazer or Ford Explorer. Unlike the latter two, the Dodge Durango offered a third-row seat and could seat eight passengers. Rear-drive and all-wheel drive were available, along with a V-6 engine (for a few years) and a few different V-8s.

  • Current List Price $1,561–$6,917
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.1) 34 reviews
  • Combined MPG 14-16
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  • Current List Price $948–$7,320
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.4) 23 reviews
  • Combined MPG 14-16
  • Body Styles:

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  • Current List Price $550–$7,110
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.4) 17 reviews
  • Combined MPG 15-16
  • Body Styles:

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  • Current List Price $338–$6,474
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.1) 37 reviews
  • Combined MPG 16
  • Body Styles:

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  • Current List Price $324–$5,200
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.3) 19 reviews
  • Combined MPG 15
  • Body Styles:

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