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2013 Dodge Durango Review

Poor reliability, low safety scores, and a hard-to-use infotainment system land the 2013 Dodge Durango near the bottom of our rankings list. However, it has strong engine choices and delivers agile handling. 

Pros & Cons

  • Muscular available V8 engine
  • Poised handling
  • Good amount of passenger space
  • Bottom-of-the-barrel reliability
  • Low safety scores for class
  • Some confusing infotainment features

New for 2013

  • Rallye Appearance Group became available
  • Premium Leather Group available in R/T trim

Rankings & Research

The 2013 Dodge Durango's #18 ranking is based on its score within the 2013 Affordable Midsize SUVs category. Currently the Dodge Durango has a score of 7.5 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 34 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 8.7
Performance: 7.9
Interior: 7.7
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.6
Safety: 8.6
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2013 Dodge Durango Overview

Is the 2013 Dodge Durango a Good Used SUV?

Despite its safety and reliability shortcomings, a used 2013 Durango is still an OK choice for a midsize SUV. It has ample 3-row passenger space and decent cargo volume. In addition, the available V8 engine has authoritative power and good towing abilities. Still, rivals are more upscale inside, providing a more comfortable ride and easier-to-use features.

Used 2013 Dodge Durango Performance and Interior

Each used 2013 Dodge Durango has one of two powertrains: a 290-horsepower V6 mated to a five-speed automatic transmission or a 360-horsepower V8 with a six-speed automatic transmission. Rear-wheel drive is standard and all-wheel drive is available. Fuel economy ranges from 13 mpg in the city and 20 mpg on the highway up to 16/23 mpg city/highway.

The Durango's V6 provides sufficient power for most daily driving situations. Acceleration from a stop can be a little muted, but once you're moving, the SUV speeds up with gumption. Conversely, the brutish Hemi V8 rockets off the line and allows you to easily merge and pass on freeways. The Durango has athletic handling for an SUV and light, responsive steering, but ride quality is a little stiff. It feels harsher in the performance-oriented R/T trim.

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The Dodge Durango seats six with the standard second-row bench seat or seven with the available captain’s chairs. Cloth upholstery is standard, though leather, suede, and Nappa leather are all available. You can also find models with power front seats, heated first- and second-row seats, and ventilated front seats. All of the seats are comfortable, and there is plenty of leg- and headroom in the second row. Accessing the third row is easy, and adults will find sufficient space. Small windows and a high door line hamper outward visibility. 

Standard features in the 2013 Durango include tri-zone automatic climate control and satellite radio. Available features include a USB port, Bluetooth streaming audio, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a heated steering wheel, remote start, a 115-volt outlet, a 6.5-inch touch-screen infotainment system, navigation, and a rear-seat DVD entertainment system. You can also find models with a power liftgate and a sunroof.

The physical dashboard controls are clearly labeled, but touch-screen functions like navigation aren't user-friendly. It can be hard to enter in destinations, and you can't turn off functions like automatic zooming.  

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Used 2013 Dodge Durango Prices

Average prices for a used 2013 Durango range from around $16,800 for a base rear-wheel-drive SXT model up to about $25,300 for an all-wheel-drive R/T model. What you end up paying will depend on the SUV's mileage, features, and condition, as well as your location.

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We Did the Research for You: 30 Reviews Analyzed

We analyzed 30 Dodge Durango reviews – along with safety and reliability ratings, cost of ownership estimates, and more – to help you decide if the 2013 Durango is the right used car for you.

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How Reliable Is the 2013 Dodge Durango?

The 2013 Dodge Durango has a reliability rating of two out of five from J.D. Power. That's the lowest mark the organization gives to any vehicle.

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How Safe Is the Durango?

The 2013 Durango gets lower safety scores than most other midsize SUVs. It earned four out of five stars overall from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, with five stars in the side crash test, four stars in the frontal crash, and three stars in the rollover test. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the Durango a 2013 Top Safety Pick, based on its score of Good – the highest offered – in four crash tests. However, the Durango scored Marginal in its fifth IIHS test – the small overlap front crash.

Available advanced safety features in the Durango include rear parking sensors, a rearview camera, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross path detection.

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Is the 2013 Durango the Best Model Year to Buy?

The 2013 Dodge Durango is part of a generation that was launched with the 2011 model year. There were few notable changes over this generation’s first couple of years, so you may want to consider a similar older model to save money.

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Which Used Dodge Durango Is Right for Me?

The 2013 Durango is available in four trims: SXT, Crew, R/T, and Citadel. The base model has a Spartan features list, but the Crew trim is a significant improvement and a good deal. It comes with the infotainment touch screen, leather seats, heated first and second rows, parking sensors, and a rearview camera.

Due to the Durango's poor reliability, you may want to check out a certified pre-owned model. For certified pre-owned Dodge vehicles, the original new-car powertrain warranty is extended to seven years or 100,000 miles. Dodge CPO vehicles also get a three-month/3,000-mile Maximum Coverage Care warranty. There are restrictions related to mileage and models, so read the Dodge warranty page carefully. The model's original sale date determines whether or not it is eligible for the CPO program.

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2013 Dodge Durango and Other SUVs to Consider

Which Is Better: 2013 Dodge Durango or 2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee?

The 2-row 2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee has better reliability than the Durango, and all of the Grand Cherokee's available engines provide good power. It also offers legendary off-roading ability, confident handling on pavement, and a comfortable ride. The Jeep has a high-quality interior and plenty of passenger space. If you don't need the Durango’s seven seats, go with the Grand Cherokee. We named it our 2013 Best 2-Row SUV for Families.

Which Is Better: 2013 Dodge Durango or 2013 Honda Pilot?

The 2013 Honda Pilot has better reliability than the Durango, but it fails to match it in most other areas. The Pilot’s standard, and only, engine has mediocre power. Additionally, handling is cumbersome. The Pilot's hard-plastic cabin feels cheap, and though the third row is spacious, the seating position is low. You can fit up to eight people in the Pilot compared to six or seven in the Durango. If you're worried about the Dodge's low reliability, pick the Pilot. If not, go with the Durango; it’s better in almost every other area.

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