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2015 Dodge Durango Review

The 2015 Dodge Durango ranks in the top third of the midsize SUV class. It has a potent engine lineup, composed driving dynamics, and a posh interior. Its safety scores are a bit low, though.

Pros & Cons

  • Upscale cabin
  • Easy-to-use touch screen
  • Strong V6 and V8 engines
  • Balanced ride and handling
  • Tight third-row seats

Rankings & Awards

The 2015 Dodge Durango's #7 ranking is based on its score within the 2015 Affordable Midsize SUVs category. It was a finalist for our 2015 Best Large SUV for the Money award. Currently the Dodge Durango has a score of 8.0 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 48 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 9.0
Performance: 8.3
Interior: 8.1
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.5
Safety: 8.6
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2015 Dodge Durango Overview

Is the 2015 Dodge Durango a Good Used SUV?

The 2015 Dodge Durango is a decent option if you’re shopping for a used three-row SUV. The Durango offers a handsome interior with comfortable seats, easy-to-use tech features, and a large cargo area. It drives well too, and its burly V6 and V8 engine options give this SUV substantial towing abilities. However, the Durango’s mediocre safety score and higher ownership costs make it hard to recommend over some other midsize SUVs, like the 2015 Toyota Highlander and 2015 Chevrolet Traverse.

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Why You Can Trust Us

We’ve analyzed 48 Dodge Durango reviews, as well as hard data points like reliability scores and cost of ownership estimates, to help you make the best car-buying decision possible.

U.S. News Best Cars has been ranking and reviewing vehicles since 2007, and our team has decades of experience in the auto industry. Though we’re passionate about cars, we’re even more committed to providing helpful consumer advice. To maintain objectivity, we don’t accept expensive gifts or trips from car companies.

How Much Is the 2015 Dodge Durango?

Based on listings for the Dodge Durango on our site, the average price is $27,500. Prices range from $21,800 to $33,900 and vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2015 Dodge Durango Cost to Own?

The Durango’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be around $27,400, or $5,480 per year. That’s higher than average for a midsize SUV.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Durango?

The 2019 Dodge Durango starts at around $30,000. You can save a lot of money with a used 2015 model, which has comparable styling, handling, and safety features. That said, there are a few reasons to opt for a new model. Only models from 2018 and later support the popular Apple CarPlay and Android Auto systems. The performance-oriented Durango SRT is limited to these model years as well; it packs a brutish 475 horsepower, and it can tow up to 8,700 pounds (the 2015 model tops out at 7,400 pounds). If these upgrades are worth it to you, opt for a newer Durango.

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There are lots of new SUVs that cost less than a used 2015 Durango, but not many are as large as this Dodge. Among new compact SUVs, the 2019 Volkswagen Tiguan (starting at $24,295) is one of the few seven-passenger SUVs in this price range, and it also boasts an upscale interior and a comfortable ride. The 2019 Honda CR-V ($24,350) can seat five people comfortably, and it offers lots of cargo space and excellent fuel economy of up to 28/34 mpg.

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Which Model Year of the Dodge Durango Is Best?

The 2015 Durango is part of the vehicle’s third generation, which started with the 2011 model year. These SUVs don’t have the best reputation for reliability, but they do offer muscular engine performance and considerable towing ability.

If you plan to buy a used Durango, opt for a 2014-and-newer model. These vehicles benefit from an eight-speed transmission, which replaced five- and six-speed units found in earlier models. Also, Durango models from 2014 and later have sleeker exterior styling, updated infotainment systems, and generally better reliability ratings.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Dodge Durango?

J.D. Power gives the Durango a reliability rating of three out of five, which is about average.

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2015 Dodge Durango Recalls

The 2015 Durango is affected by four recalls, involving issues with the cruise control system, the front brake calipers, rear suspension links, and the infotainment system software. Make sure these recalls are addressed by a Dodge dealer before buying a used Durango.

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Which Used Dodge Durango Model Is Right for Me?

The 2015 Dodge Durango comes in four trim levels: SXT, Limited, R/T, and Citadel. The base model Dodge Durango SXT has a 290-horsepower V6 engine, a 5-inch touch screen, Bluetooth, a satellite radio, a CD player, USB ports, keyless entry, tri-zone automatic climate control, cloth seats, and alloy wheels.

The Dodge Durango Limited trim is available with a V6 or V8 engine, and it adds a larger 8.4-inch touch screen, a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, leather upholstery, first- and second-row heated seats, and remote start.

The Durango R/T has a V8 engine, a sport-tuned suspension, and a power tailgate. The top-level Durango Citadel is available with a V6 or V8 engine, and it builds on the R/T trim with a navigation system, ventilated front seats, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and a sunroof. Available features include a rear-seat Blu-Ray/DVD player, second-row captain’s chairs, a Beats by Dre sound system, and a suite of active safety features.

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What Does Dodge's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Dodge offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles five years old or less and with fewer than 75,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. For its certified pre-owned vehicles, Dodge extends the original new-car powertrain warranty to seven years from the original sale date or 100,000 miles. CPO vehicles also get a three-month/3,000-mile Maximum Coverage Care warranty. Additional benefits are available, including a 90-day SiriusXM satellite radio trial subscription, a CarFax vehicle history report, 24-hour towing and roadside assistance, and a car rental allowance. There are mileage and model restrictions, so read the Dodge warranty page carefully.

Dodge has one of the worst CPO warranties among affordable carmakers, according to our analysis. Kia, Hyundai, Chevy, Ford, Honda, and Mazda are all better.

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How Safe Is the Durango?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2015 Durango the second-lowest rating of Marginal in the small overlap front test, as well as the top score of Good in all other crash tests. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the Durango five out of five stars in the side crash test, and four stars in the frontal crash and rollover tests. All-wheel-drive models received a three-star rating in the rollover test.

The Durango is available with a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, forward collision warning, and adaptive cruise control.

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2015 Dodge Durango Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2015 Dodge Durango or 2015 Ford Explorer?

The 2015 Ford Explorer delivers a comfortable ride, and it offers better fuel economy than the Durango. The Durango is a better option for most shoppers, though. It has a higher-quality cabin, a much easier-to-use touch screen, a better reliability rating, and superior towing ability. Pick the Dodge over the Ford.

Which Is Better: 2015 Dodge Durango or 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee?

The 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Durango share a lot of components. In fact, these SUVs were built at the same factory in Michigan. Both offer well-balanced handling, muscular V6 and V8 engine options, quality interiors, and the same user-friendly infotainment systems. The Durango is the better pick for most buyers because it has more cargo space, seating for seven, and a better reliability rating than the Jeep. On the other hand, the five-seat Grand Cherokee is better if you plan to go off-roading. It has more ground clearance and more off-road gear like an optional air suspension.

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2015 Durango Performance

How Does the 2015 Dodge Durango Drive?

The 2015 Durango comes with either a 290-horsepower 3.6-liter V6 engine or a 360-horsepower 5.7-liter V8. An eight-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive are standard; all-wheel drive is available.

The V6 provides decent acceleration, and it feels quite zippy around town, thanks in part to the Durango’s quick-shifting transmission. There’s ample passing power at highway speeds as well. The V8 never lacks gusto, and it easily shuttles the SUV around, even when towing heavy loads.

The Durango rides comfortably on most road surfaces, and it remains stable around turns, giving the SUV a fun-to-drive personality. The sporty R/T trim sharpens handling even further, though it does leave the Durango with a stiffer ride on rough pavement. Notably, Durango V8 models with all-wheel drive come equipped with a two-speed transfer case. This high- and low-range gearing allows the Durango to trudge through snow, mud, and muck. Serious off-road driving is outside its capabilities, however.

Does the 2015 Dodge Durango Get Good Gas Mileage?

With the V6 engine, the Durango gets an EPA-estimated 18 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway, which is about average for the class. The Durango V8 returns low fuel economy for the segment, at just 14 mpg in the city and 22 mpg on the highway.

2015 Dodge Durango Towing Capacity

The Durango is rated to tow up to 7,400 pounds when equipped with its V8 engine and tow package. The V6-powered Durango can tow up to 6,200 pounds.

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2015 Durango Interior

How Many People Does the 2015 Durango Seat?

The Dodge Durango is a three-row SUV with seating for up to seven people. The available second-row captain’s chairs reduce the seating capacity to six. Up front, the seats are soft yet supportive, even on longer drives. The Durango’s second-row seats are similarly cozy, and both of these front rows offer fine head- and legroom for taller passengers. The third-row seats have adequate space for smaller kids and teens, but not adults. Cloth seats are standard, while heated, ventilated, and leather seats are available.

The Durango’s cabin is well-trimmed, and its quality materials give this sport utility vehicle a very upscale appearance. The interior remains quiet as well, even on the highway.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2015 Dodge Durango?

The Durango has two full sets of LATCH connectors for securing child car seats. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave this system the second-highest rating of Acceptable, citing some lower anchors that could be confused for other hardware.

2015 Dodge Durango Features

The Durango comes standard with a 5-inch touch screen, a satellite radio, a CD player, Bluetooth, and USB ports. Available features include an 8.4-inch touch screen, a navigation system, a Beats by Dre stereo, and rear-seat DVD players.

Both Uconnect infotainment systems are easy to use, especially the one with the 8.4-inch screen, which has simple menus, large on-screen buttons, and quick response times. There are a few audio and climate controls beneath the touch screen, so you don’t have to rely on the touch controls for everything.

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2015 Dodge Durango Dimensions

Dodge Durango Cargo Space

The Durango has 17.2 cubic feet of cargo space behind its third row of seats, 47.7 cubic feet with these seats folded, and 84.5 cubic feet with the second and third rows folded. That’s generous for a midsize SUV.

2015 Durango Length and Weight

The Dodge Durango is 16.8 feet long. It weighs between 4,756 and 5,397 pounds, depending on configuration.

Where Was the 2015 Dodge Durango Built?

Dodge built the 2015 Durango in Michigan.

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