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2019 Dodge Durango Review

The 2019 Dodge Durango is not a bad vehicle, but it gets overshadowed by its rivals, many of which offer nimbler handling or nicer cabins. A poor predicted reliability rating further drives the Durango down in our midsize SUV rankings.

Pros & Cons

  • Powerful engine lineup
  • Class-leading towing capacity
  • Lots of cargo space
  • Intuitive infotainment system
  • Handling can feel cumbersome
  • Less upscale cabin interior than rivals
  • Few standard safety features
  • Terrible predicted reliability rating

Is the Dodge Durango a Good SUV?

The Dodge Durango is a decent SUV that comes in both two- and three-row configurations. It has a user-friendly infotainment system and more cargo space than many other 3-row SUVs. It also offers potent Hemi V8 engine options. This vehicle isn’t particularly agile, but it’ll keep you comfortable, even over bumpy roads. However, many rivals in the highly competitive midsize SUV class bring more to the table. In addition, nearly all of them have better predicted reliability ratings than the Durango.

Should I Buy the Dodge Durango?

At just under $30,000, the 2019 Durango’s starting price falls right in the middle of the segment. The Durango is worth considering if you need potent engine power, a lot of cargo space, or the towing capacity of a large SUV. However, most of its other strengths can be found – and surpassed in many cases – in its classmates. The Jeep Grand Cherokee offers better off-road capabilities and more engines to accommodate shoppers seeking quicker acceleration or better fuel economy. The Honda Pilot has more standard safety features and is easy to maneuver. The Jeep and the Honda are a little pricier than the Durango, but both are worth the extra cash.

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Should I Buy a New or Used Dodge Durango?

Dodge has not redesigned the Durango since the 2011 model year. There were no major updates for 2019. Buying an older model could save you thousands of dollars, and you won’t miss out on much. The 2014 Durango received a new automatic transmission and updated exterior styling, and the 2018 Durango gained standard Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a rearview camera. The high-performance SRT model also debuted for that year.

To research some other models in this generation, check out our reviews of the 2016, 2017, and 2018 Dodge Durango. If you decide an older model is right for you, visit our Used Car Deals page to learn about savings and discounts on used vehicles.

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We Did the Research for You: 49 Reviews Analyzed

Our goal is to provide you with the information you need to make car shopping a breeze. You'll find everything you need to know about this vehicle in our comprehensive Dodge Durango review. It combines concrete data (like fuel economy estimates, safety scores, and cargo space dimensions) with professional evaluations from 49 automotive sources. This Dodge Durango review incorporates applicable research for all models in this generation.

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How Much Does the Dodge Durango Cost?

As the base model, the Dodge Durango SXT has a starting MSRP of $29,995. That’s in line with the starting prices of many other midsize SUVs. However, the base SXT doesn’t have third-row seating. On the other end of the spectrum, the high-performance SRT’s starting price is expected to be more than double the base price of the SXT. Numerous options and packages are available throughout the lineup, including a suite of advanced safety features. Before settling on the Durango, it would be wise to consider some of its competitors.

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Dodge Durango Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Dodge Durango or Honda Pilot?

The Honda Pilot is a great 3-row SUV with spacious seating for eight people – one more than the Dodge. The Dodge boasts stronger engine options than the Pilot, as well as slightly more cargo room and a more user-friendly infotainment system. Still, the Pilot is the superior choice overall. The Pilot drives like a smaller vehicle, and it’s easy to maneuver. It also has more standard safety features than the Durango.

Which Is Better: Dodge Durango or Jeep Grand Cherokee?

The 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee shares some similarities with the Dodge Durango, including the same infotainment system, base engine, potent V8 engine options, and performance-oriented SRT model. The Jeep goes a step further, however, offering a V8 that makes 707 horsepower and a turbodiesel engine option for increased fuel economy. You’ll also get better off-roading capabilities and more standard safety features with the Grand Cherokee. On the other hand, the Dodge has a higher maximum towing capacity by around 1,300 pounds. It also offers third-row seating and a lot more cargo space. These are both good midsize SUVs, but the Jeep is a better pick overall.

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Dodge Durango Interior

How Many People Does the Durango Seat?

The 2019 Durango seats five people in its standard configuration, and an available third row boosts that number up to seven. Optional second-row captain’s chairs reduce occupancy to six. Cloth upholstery comes standard. Upgrades include numerous leather upholstery styles, heated front and second-row seats, power-adjustable and ventilated front seats, and a heated steering wheel.

All of the Durango’s seats are comfortable and supportive, and the first two rows can accommodate adults with no problem. The third row gets mixed reviews. Some critics say it’s best left to children, which is typical among three-row SUVs. Others say it has plenty of room for adults. Be sure to test them out for yourself.

Durango and Car Seats

There are two complete sets of LATCH connectors for securing child car seats in the second-row outboard seats, as well as an additional tether anchor for the second-row middle seat and each of the third-row seats.

Durango Interior Quality

The Durango is an aging SUV that hasn’t seen a redesign in years. While it has a nicely textured cabin lined with soft-touch materials, many rivals have been redesigned recently and offer more upscale cabins.

Durango Cargo Space

The 2019 Dodge Durango has 17.2 cubic feet of space behind the third-row seats. Folding them down unveils 43.3 cubic feet of space, and folding down the second row as well opens a maximum 85.1 cubic feet. That’s a lot of space, even among three-row crossover SUVs. It exceeds both the Mazda CX-9 and Honda Pilot, though the Chevrolet Traverse gives you even more space. A fold-flat front passenger seat lets you carry longer items, and the cargo area is wide and deep enough to accommodate bulky objects.

Durango Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

A rearview camera is standard, along with the Uconnect infotainment system, a 7-inch touch screen, a six-speaker stereo, Bluetooth, two USB ports, voice controls, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. Upgrades include a larger 8.4-inch touch screen, navigation, satellite radio, a nine-speaker Alpine stereo, a 19-speaker Harman Kardon premium sound system, a rear-seat Blu-ray/DVD entertainment system, and a suite of advanced safety features.

The Uconnect infotainment system’s straightforward layout, large touch-screen buttons, and physical controls all make it easy to use. With standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, you can also use your smartphone’s apps on the touch screen. For more information, read What Is Apple CarPlay? and What Is Android Auto?

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Dodge Durango Performance

Durango Engine: Potent but Rough

Dodge offers the Durango with three powertrain choices, starting out with a standard 3.6-liter V6 engine making 295 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. Rated at 360 horsepower, a 5.7-liter V8 is optional in the Citadel and standard in the R/T. The top-of-the-line SRT trim features a 6.4-liter V8 that produces 475 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque. An eight-speed automatic transmission is standard.

Each engine is up to the task of daily driving, with enough grunt to pass other vehicles easily on the freeway. The V8s deliver even better acceleration, and the SRT’s 6.4-liter ranks among the most powerful engines in the class. Each engine comes with a smooth-shifting eight-speed automatic transmission.  

Durango Gas Mileage: Average

With its base engine and rear-wheel drive, the Durango gets an EPA-estimated 19 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway. That’s typical for the class. Fuel economy estimates drop to 13 mpg in the city and 19 mpg on the highway in the sporty Durango SRT. While rivals like the Kia Sorento and Subaru Ascent can save you money at the pump, they come standard with four-cylinder power plants instead of V6 engines.

Durango Ride and Handling: Smooth Ride, Mixed Handling

The Durango has a smooth ride even over rough roads, which boosts its appeal as a family vehicle. However, its handling draws mixed reviews. Some critics say it leans around corners, while others say it maneuvers well. Either way, you won’t forget this is a big SUV, and many class rivals are more agile. Rear-wheel drive is standard, while all-wheel drive is available.

Durango Towing Capacity

When properly equipped, the 2019 Dodge Durango can tow up to 8,700 pounds. That’s one of the highest ratings in the class.

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Dodge Durango Reliability

Is the Dodge Durango reliable?

J.D. Power gives the 2019 Dodge Durango a predicted reliability rating of two out of five, which is the lowest score available. 

Dodge Durango Warranty

Dodge covers the 2019 Durango with a three-year/36,000-mile basic warranty and a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty. Most rivals have similar warranties.

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Durango Safety

Durango Crash Test Results

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the rear-wheel-drive 2019 Durango four out of five stars in the rollover crash test. An all-wheel-drive model earned three stars.

The similar 2018 Durango was crash tested more comprehensively and earned mixed results. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave it the highest score of Good in four crash tests, but the Durango earned the second-lowest score of Marginal in the small overlap front test. The NHTSA gave the 2018 Durango an overall rating of four out of five stars.

Durango Safety Features

A rearview camera is the only standard safety feature in the 2019 Durango. Front and rear parking sensors are available. None of the higher trims add any more standard safety features beyond that. However, there is a package that includes blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, lane departure warning, automatic high beams, adaptive headlights, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and adaptive cruise control. Most rivals outfit some of their trims with these as standard, rather than keeping them optional throughout the lineup.

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Which Dodge Durango Model Is Right for Me?

Dodge offers the 2019 Durango in five trim levels: SXT, GT, Citadel, R/T, and SRT. The base SXT has plenty of tech features, making it a good value. However, you’ll have to pay around $1,000 to get third-row seating in this model. Shoppers looking for more safety features should check out the Durango GT, while those seeking the more powerful V8 engines will have to move up to the R/T or the SRT. All-wheel drive is available for around $2,600 on every trim except the Dodge Durango SRT, which comes standard with it.

Dodge Durango SXT

The Dodge Durango SXT has a starting price of $29,995. For that, you’ll get a 3.6-liter V6 engine and a decent number of features, including cloth seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, proximity keyless entry, push-button start, tri-zone automatic climate control, and a rearview camera. The SXT also comes with the Uconnect infotainment system with a 7-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth, two USB ports, voice controls, and a six-speaker sound system. Five-passenger seating is standard in the SXT, but third-row seats are available for around $1,000.

Dodge Durango GT

The 2019 Dodge Durango GT is expected to have an MSRP around $37,900. It features a power-adjustable driver’s seat, seven-passenger seating, unique exterior styling, 20-inch alloy wheels, remote start, a power liftgate, rear parking sensors, and satellite radio.

The Durango GT is also available with several packages. For around $2,500, the Premium Group package adds a power sunroof, a nine-speaker Alpine audio system, HD Radio, and a larger 8.4-inch touch screen with navigation. The Safety/Security and Convenience package gives you automatic high beams, adaptive headlights, blind spot monitoring with rear cross traffic alert, and rain-sensing windshield wipers for around $1,500. For roughly $2,600, the Technology Group adds lane departure warning, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and rain-sensing windshield wipers. A rear-seat entertainment system is available for around $2,000.

Dodge Durango Citadel

The 2019 Dodge Durango Citadel is expected to start around $42,200. It gains second-row captain’s chairs, which reduces seating capacity to six people. It also has leather-trimmed seats that are heated in the first and second rows, along with a heated steering wheel, a 115-volt power outlet, front parking sensors, and the contents of the Premium Group package.

The Citadel is the first trim available with the 5.7-liter Hemi V8 engine, which adds around $4,000 to the window sticker price. The Technology Group package and the rear-seat entertainment system are available with this trim as well, as is a new-for-2019 Harman Kardon 19-speaker sound system.

Dodge Durango R/T

With an MSRP around $43,800, the Durango R/T has most of the same features as the Citadel, but there are two exceptions. The R/T comes standard with the 5.7-liter Hemi V8 engine, and it doesn’t have the second-row captain’s chairs found in the Citadel. The R/T also features a sport-tuned suspension, a lower ride height, upgraded brakes, a two-speed transfer case, and other performance upgrades. Leather-and-suede seats come standard as well.

Dodge Durango SRT

The Durango SRT trim is one of the pricier high-end trims in the class, with an MSRP that starts around $63,000. The SRT is the only Durango that features the 6.4-liter V8 engine, which is good for 475 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque. It also has standard all-wheel drive, upgraded Brembo brakes, unique tuning for the suspension and steering, and a limited-slip differential. Inside, this crossover SUV has perforated Nappa leather upholstery, ventilated front seats, and an Active Noise Cancellation system.

The rear-seat DVD system is available for the SRT, as is the suite of advanced safety features.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local Dodge dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our Dodge deals page.

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The Final Call

The 2019 Dodge Durango is an OK midsize SUV. It has a smooth ride, strong engine options, and above-average cargo room. It offers the easy-to-use Uconnect infotainment system, but many rivals have classier interiors, more room for passengers, and better agility out on the road. Considering this SUV's very low predicted reliability rating, it’s worth taking a look at some of the other SUVs in this competitive class.

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.

  • "With its aging platform, the 2019 Dodge Durango remains the stubborn outlier in the ever more car-based three-row SUV segment, offering not just a healthy V6 engine but two stout V8s, class-leading towing capacity and muscle-car styling cues." -- Edmunds
  • "With the capabilities of a full-size SUV like the Chevy Tahoe, but the smaller package of a Honda Pilot, the 2018 Dodge Durango occupies a unique spot in the modern SUV market. With V8 power – including an all-new SRT model with 475 horsepower – the Durango can tow with the big boys, up to 8,600 pounds. Yet the size and interior both target smaller crossover SUVs like the Honda Pilot, Chevrolet Traverse and Toyota Highlander. … [It’s] not cheap, but there's nothing else on the market that combines the kind of 3-row capability, family-friendly utility, and high performance at that price." -- Kelley Blue Book (2018)
  • "The Dodge Durango has something for just about every type of large-SUV shopper. The base SXT has a lot of features for the money, while Limited and Citadel add worthwhile luxury and convenience items. We're not especially high on the sporty R/T, but we can see its appeal for those who crave brawny style and maximum performance. And, the generous selection of appearance packages and trim options makes Durango one of the more customizable SUVs around." -- Consumer Guide (2016)


Expert Advice

Last Updated: May 31, 2019

Constant Sales: Sales of the Dodge Durango sit in the middle of the competitive midsize SUV segment. Additionally, Durango sales have increased 9.6% in 2019 relative to the same period last year.

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