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MSRP: $30,395 - $43,495
Invoice: $29,877 - $41,396
MPG: 18 City / 25 Hwy
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Dodge Durango Review

The 2015 Dodge Durango ranks 3 out of 21 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.

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Auto journalists are impressed with the 2015 Dodge Durango's available V8 engine, nimble handling and user-friendly infotainment system.

Test drivers write that the 2015 Durango's standard V6 generates ample power and should be fine for most drivers and families. The Durango has one of the few optional V8s in the class, and reviewers appreciate the added muscle, saying the V8 makes the Durango a great towing vehicle. An eight-speed automatic transmission is standard, and test drivers say it is responsive and shifts smoothly. A rear-wheel drive Durango returns an EPA-estimated 18/25 mpg city/highway, which is typical for the class. Auto journalists write that the Durango has more nimble handling than many other SUVs in the segment, especially the R/T trim, which has a sport-tuned suspension. However, they caution that this trim has a stiff ride. On the whole, though, reviewers say the Durango rides comfortably.

The seven-seat 2015 Dodge Durango's cabin is praised for its handsome design and upscale materials, and reviewers like its comfortable front seats. Some critics say the second row's cushions are a bit too flat, but others find the second row spacious and comfortable. The third row also gets mixed reviews, as some say it offers a decent amount of space, while others say it is best left to kids. The Durango's overall cargo space is typical for the class. Tri-zone automatic climate control and the Uconnect infotainment system with Bluetooth, a USB port and a 5-inch touch screen are standard. A rearview camera, navigation, a Beats by Dr. Dre audio system, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, forward collision warning, rear parking sensors, rear cross path alert, remote start, a dual-screen rear-seat Blu-Ray entertainment system and Uconnect with an 8.4-inch touch screen are optional. Test drivers agree that Uconnect is very user-friendly, and remark that the 8.4-inch screen has sharp graphics.

  • "Based on the popular Jeep Grand Cherokee, the Durango's rear-wheel-drive platform gives it real credibility as a workhorse, whether you're towing something or heading off the road. 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 (2014)
  • "Thanks to its welcoming interior and excellent highway manners, the 2014 Dodge Durango is a great choice for a seven-passenger SUV." -- Edmunds (2014)

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Other SUVs to Consider

The Toyota Highlander can seat one more person than the Durango, and test drivers like its quiet, comfortable ride. They are also pleased with its first-rate cabin materials and abundance of small-item storage throughout the cabin.

According to reviewers, the Buick Enclave has one of the nicest interiors in the class, with an appealing design and lots of rich, soft-touch materials. Auto journalists also say the Enclave’s third row is comfortable for adults, and it has more overall cargo space than the Durango.

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Details: 2015 Dodge Durango

The 2015 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 standard. The Durango comes in four trims: SXT, Limited, Citadel and R/T. The Durango was last fully redesigned for the 2011 model year and sees few changes for 2015. As a result, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from the 2011 through 2015 model years.

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Review Last Updated: 11/7/14

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