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in Affordable Midsize SUVs

MSRP: $29,995 - $43,395
Invoice: $29,506 - $41,304
MPG: 18 City / 25 Hwy
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Dodge Durango Review

The 2014 Dodge Durango ranks 3 out of 23 Affordable Midsize SUVs. This ranking is based on our analysis of published reviews and test drives of the Dodge Durango, as well as reliability and safety data.

The 2014 Dodge Durango is ranked:

Test drivers say that the 2014 Dodge Durango excels where many other family SUVs fall flat, with a comfortable ride, great performance and user-friendly tech features.

The 2014 Durango comes with a base V6 engine that auto writers say makes ample power and should be fine for most drivers. The Durango is one of the few SUVs in the class to offer an available V8, and reviewers love the additional power it provides. An eight-speed automatic transmission is new for 2014 and comes with either engine, and reviewers say it is both smooth and quick-shifting. With up to an EPA-estimated 18/25 mpg city/highway, the Durango's fuel economy is about average for the class. Test drivers say that the Durango handles fairly well and has a comfortable ride. Additionally, the Durango's steering is praised for its responsiveness, and the Durango is liked for its good maneuverability.

Test drivers say the Dodge Durango's cabin has an eye-catching design, and is constructed with high-quality materials. Some note that the seven-seat Durango has less cargo space than other three-row SUVs in the class, but they also say that it still provides a useful amount of space. Reviewers like the 2014 Durango’s comfortable front seats, but a few say that the second row could be a bit more spacious. The Durango's standard Uconnect infotainment system, which comes with a 5-inch touch-screen display, earns reviewer praise for being clear and easy to use. Additional standard features include tri-zone automatic climate control, a six-speaker stereo and Bluetooth. Major options include an upgraded Uconnect system with a larger, 8.4-inch touch screen, navigation, a nine-speaker Alpine stereo system and a rear-seat entertainment system. Optional safety features include adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, parking sensors and rear cross path detection.

  • "The 2014 Dodge Durango is the rare SUV that isn't just a tall station wagon with tough-guy styling cues. Based on the Jeep Grand Cherokee, the Durango's rear-wheel-drive platform gives it real credibility as a workhorse, whether you're towing things or heading off-road. Yet the Grand Cherokee's carlike ride and handling are present here, as well, so the Durango gives up nothing to the Ford Explorers of the world as a suburban errand-runner. Imagine that: an SUV that genuinely provides the best of both worlds." -- AutoTrader
  • "But for the most part, the Durango remains a stylish, aggressive-looking truck with available V-8 power, plenty of towing ability, and some new fuel-economy technology lurking behind its menacing face." -- Car and Driver
  • "Thanks to its welcoming interior and excellent highway manners, the 2014 Dodge Durango is a great choice for a seven-passenger SUV." -- Edmunds
  • "As part of a mid-cycle upgrade for what was already a very capable SUV that Chrysler introduced in 2011, and built on the same platform as the Mercedes GL-Class and Jeep Grand Cherokee, the 2014 Durango has gotten some refinements worth noting that have cleaned up its tailoring and toned up its body and powerplant. The result is an SUV that shows itself to be a very good value in a category full of sticker prices that can run away faster than a kid who's been told he has to take ballroom dancing lessons." -- Autoblog

Other SUVs to Consider

The Chevrolet Traverse is praised for its spacious interior and comfortable ride. While it doesn't have a V8 option like the Durango, it does have great cargo capacity for the class.

The Jeep Grand Cherokee is mechanically similar to the Durango, and reviewers love the Grand Cherokee’s high-quality interior and roomy back seat. Additionally, many test drivers regard the Grand Cherokee as one of the best off-road SUVs in the segment.

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Details: 2014 Dodge Durango

The 2014 Dodge Durango seats up to seven and has standard rear-wheel drive. All-wheel drive is optional. A 3.6-liter V6 engine is standard, while a 5.7-liter V8 is optional. An eight-speed automatic transmission is equipped with either engine. The Durango comes in five trims: SXT, Rallye, Limited, Citadel and R/T. The Durango was last fully redesigned for the 2011 model year, and receives a new transmission and updated exterior styling this year. Besides these additions, it hasn’t changed dramatically for 2014, so this overview uses applicable research and reviews from the 2011 through 2014 model years.

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Review Last Updated: 5/13/14

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