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Rankings & Awards

The 2014 Dodge Durango ranking is based on its score within the 2014 Affordable Midsize SUVs category. Currently the Dodge Durango has a score of 7.7 out of 10 which is based on our evaluation of 44 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.

7.7

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 8.9
Performance: 8.3
Interior: 8.0
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.6
Safety: 8.8
Reliability:
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2014 Dodge Durango Review

The 2014 Dodge Durango has an upscale cabin with user-friendly features, a smooth ride, and strong engine performance. Low reliability ratings make it tough to recommend, however.

Pros & Cons

  • Smooth ride
  • Luxurious interior
  • User-friendly infotainment system
  • Potent available V8
  • Tight third-row seats

2014 Dodge Durango Overview

Is the 2014 Dodge Durango a Good Used SUV?

The Dodge Durango is a decent 3-row midsize SUV. It has a luxe interior, easy-to-use tech, a high towing capacity, and several available safety features. However, there are alternatives with better reliability, as well as more seating space and cargo room.

The 2014 Durango has a V6 engine with 290 horsepower. A V8 with 360 horsepower is available. Rear-wheel drive and a smooth-shifting eight-speed automatic transmission are standard, and all-wheel drive is available. The V6 enables confident acceleration and returns 18 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway. The V8 has a class-leading 7,400-pound towing capacity, but its fuel economy drops to 14/22 mpg. The Durango rides comfortably and maneuvers well, despite its large size.

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The Dodge Durango seats seven and comes with cloth upholstery. Leather, heated and ventilated front seats, and heated second-row seats are available. Available second-row captain’s chairs provide easier third-row access but reduce seating capacity to six. The Durango’s first two rows are comfortable and the seats recline. The back seats, however, are rather cramped. There are two full sets of LATCH connectors in the second row for securing child safety seats. Rear seats can fold flat to bump cargo space to 84.5 cubic feet.

Regardless of trim level, the Durango’s cabin has high-end materials. Base models receive a 5-inch touch screen with Dodge’s user-friendly Uconnect infotainment system. The touch screen features large buttons and a simple menu structure. Redundant climate and audio controls sit just below the screen, making it easy to use. Higher trim levels add an 8.4-inch touch screen and support for navigation. Two 9-inch DVD screens are also available for the back seats.

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Used 2014 Dodge Durango Prices

The price of a used 2014 Durango ranges from about $21,700 for a base SXT model to around $31,000 for an all-wheel-drive Citadel model, depending on the car's mileage, features, and condition. These figures may differ in your community.

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How Reliable Is the 2014 Dodge Durango?

The 2014 Dodge Durango earns a below-average score of two out of five in J.D. Power and Associates’ reliability ratings. This is the worst rating a vehicle can receive.

How Safe Is the Durango?

The 2014 Dodge Durango performs acceptably in crash testing. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) gives it a four-star overall rating, as well as a perfect five-star rating in side impact testing and four stars in front impacts. Two-wheel drive models earn four stars in rollover tests. All-wheel-drive models earn just three stars in this category. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gives the Durango a score of Good, the highest offered, in four crash test categories. The Durango scores Marginal in small overlap front crashes.

Available driver aids include a rearview camera and rear parking sensors. Some higher trims come with adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert.

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Should I Consider Another Used Durango?

2014 is the fourth year of the Durango's third generation, which launched for the 2011 model year and continues through the 2017 model year. For 2014, Dodge added a new eight-speed automatic transmission, a larger available 8.4-inch touch screen, and a restyled exterior to the Durango. Used 2012 and 2013 Durango SUVs offer many of the same safety and convenience features and are less expensive. However, these models have five- and six-speed transmissions that don’t offer the performance or fuel efficiency of the newer eight-speed automatic.

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Which Used Durango Model Is Right for Me?

The 2014 Durango has five trim levels: SXT, Rallye, Limited, R/T, and Citadel. The Durango SXT has a 5-inch touch screen, USB and SD card inputs, satellite radio, six speakers, remote keyless entry, voice recognition, and cloth upholstery. The Durango Rallye adds power-adjustable and heated front seats. The Durango Limited adds an 8.4-inch touch screen, rear parking sensors, a rearview camera, leather upholstery, and heated second-row seats. The Durango R/T adds a power tailgate and a standard V8 engine. The Durango Citadel adds navigation, ventilated front seats, and a nine-speaker stereo.

If possible, look for R/T and Citadel models equipped with Dodge’s active safety features. These systems can help you avoid an accident and are not available in SXT, Rallye, or Limited models.

You may want to shop for a certified pre-owned Durango. For certified pre-owned Dodge vehicles, the original new-car powertrain warranty is extended to seven years or 100,000 miles. 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.

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We Did the Research for You: 52 Pieces of Data Analyzed

We’ve researched and analyzed 52 data points in order to help you make the best buying decision possible. This data includes reliability scores, crash tests, expert reviews, and total cost of ownership.

Why You Can Trust Us

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2014 Dodge Durango and Other SUVs to Consider

Which Is Better: 2014 Dodge Durango or 2014 GMC Acadia?

The 2014 GMC Acadia and Durango have much in common. Both 3-row SUVs boast plush interiors, available rear-seat DVD screens, and a similar array of advanced safety features. The Acadia goes a bit further, however. It offers seating for eight, more than 30 cubic feet of additional cargo space, and a much higher reliability rating. Unless you plan to regularly tow very heavy loads, the Acadia is the better pick.

Which Is Better: 2014 Dodge Durango or 2014 Ford Explorer?

The 2014 Ford Explorer offers a few key advantages over the Durango: higher fuel economy, more available driver aids (parallel parking and lane keep assist), and a slightly better reliability rating. The Durango is still a better package. The Dodge has better handling and nicer materials inside, a more intuitive touch screen, and a larger towing capacity. Both SUVs offer seating for seven and similar cargo room. The Durango is the better option.

Which Is Better: 2014 Dodge Durango or 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee?

The 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee and the Dodge Durango are built on the same vehicle platform and share many components. They both ride comfortably, boast strong engines, and have luxe interiors with the same user-friendly features. They also rate very low in reliability. While neither is a top midsize SUV pick, the Durango is a better option for large families due to its seven-seat capacity and larger cargo hold. The five-seat Grand Cherokee is the better alternative if you plan to venture off road. It’s also available with a fuel-sipping diesel V6.

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