2007 Dodge Durango

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2007 Dodge Durango Review

Note: This review was created when the 2007 Dodge Durango was new.

The  Durango delivers a big, rugged SUV for hauling and towing that handles well for its size and delivers exceptional cargo space and seating for up to eight. However, the base V6 engine could use more power, and styling, both inside and out, is seen as dated.

8.3

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 8.5
Performance: 7.8
Interior: 7.9
Safety: N/A
Reliability:
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Pros & Cons

  • Good handling and braking for its class
  • Good power from the V8 models, especially the optional HEMI®
  • Spacious uncluttered interior with optional class-leading seating for eight
  • Optional towing capacity of 8,950 pounds
  • Mediocre power from the base V6 engine
  • Dated big-rig exterior styling
  • Cramped second and third row seating

2007 Dodge Durango Overview

On balance, reviewers say the 2007 Dodge Durango is a practical SUV with a smooth ride that's good for hauling around large families or cargo. "It's tough enough to handle heavy duty," says Car and Driver, and "civilized enough for all-around use." Edmunds captures the feelings of most reviewers when it says that the Durango is "worth consideration if you're seeking a strong tow vehicle that can seat up to eight people."

The Durango, even though freshened modestly for 2007, is based on an almost 4-year old design that shows its age both inside and outside of the vehicle. While the base V6 Durango is almost universally seen as weak and underpowered, both V8 engine options generate mostly favorable test drives. Braking and handling are very competitive, however, Edmunds notes that "if you're looking for a true premium SUV, you won't find it here."

However, in a Motor Trend comparison road test against the Nissan Armada, Chevrolet Tahoe, Ford Expedition and the Toyota Sequoia, the Dodge Durango came in on top. The editors were admittedly taken aback, saying, "The winner of our big-'ute comparo surprised us."

Many reviewers argue that the Durango is a good value. Kelley Blue Book notes, "Although the Durango is as big as the Toyota Sequoia, Ford Expedition and Chevrolet Tahoe, it's priced at thousands less." New Car Test Drive adds, "It was value-priced last year, and with prices reduced and standard equipment added for 2007, it's a better bargain than ever." However, compared to other vehicles in its class, IntelliChoice gives the Durango a value rating of poor based on predicted cost of ownership over five years.

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