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2016 Dodge Durango Review

The 2016 Dodge Durango's powerful engine choices and agile handling give it a leg up in the class, but ultimately, its below-average safety ratings, reliability score, and ownership costs pull it down into the lower half of our midsize SUV rankings.

Pros & Cons

  • Powerful engine choices
  • Smooth ride quality
  • Intuitive infotainment systems
  • Below-average reliability
  • High total cost of ownership
  • Low safety scores for class

Rankings & Awards

The 2016 Dodge Durango's #13 ranking is based on its score within the 2016 Affordable Midsize SUVs category. It was a finalist for our 2016 Best Large SUV for the Money award. Currently the Dodge Durango has a score of 7.8 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 50 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 8.9
Performance: 8.5
Interior: 8.2
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.4
Safety: 8.7
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2016 Dodge Durango Overview

Is the 2016 Dodge Durango a Good Used SUV?

A used Dodge Durango is a good choice if you place a premium on performance, but you also want a comfortable and spacious SUV with a pleasant ride. The Durango is available with many features, including a user-friendly infotainment system. However, its reliability and safety scores are lower than some rivals’.

Why You Can Trust Us

We analyzed 50 Dodge Durango reviews to give you an idea of this SUV’s pros and cons. We’ve also included information on fuel economy, safety, and reliability to help you decide if the 2016 Durango is the right SUV for you.

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How Much Is the 2016 Dodge Durango?

Based on the nearly 600 listings on our site for this vehicle, the average price of a used 2016 Durango is around $29,100. List prices range from $24,000 to $36,900. The exact amount you'll pay depends on the vehicle's condition, mileage, and location.

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How Much Does the 2016 Dodge Durango Cost to Own?

Over five years of owning a 2016 Durango, you can expect to spend around $25,700 on fuel, insurance, maintenance, and repairs. That's about $5,100 per year. For rivals like the Jeep Grand Cherokee, Honda Pilot, and Ford Explorer, these expenses won’t cost as much.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Durango?

The base price of a new 2018 Durango is in line with the average price of a used model, so you'll want to weigh what matters most to you when choosing to buy used or new. The new Durango has an updated infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration, which you won't find in the used 2016 model. With a 2018 Durango, you'll get a new car warranty and will also be the first owner, so you won’t need to worry about a poor maintenance history. Just note: A used Durango priced around the $29,000 mark will likely be a higher trim level and have a longer list of features than the base 2018 model, and it may also have the V8 engine or all-wheel drive. Getting the V8 or all-wheel drive in a new 2018 Durango will add several thousand dollars to the price tag.

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The new 2018 Durango isn't the only midsize SUV with a base price around the average price of a used 2016 Durango. Other models that come in around the $29,000 mark include the Chevrolet Traverse, Ford Edge, and GMC Acadia. With these models, you'll have to go for the base trim to hit the sub-$30,000 price point, so you may not get as many features as you'd find in a comparably priced used Durango. If you want more features, consider a few of the lower-priced models in the class, like the Hyundai Santa Fe or Kia Sorento. Both of these midsize crossovers have starting prices that are several thousand dollars lower than the average listing for a used Durango, meaning you might be able to get a better equipped model.

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How Reliable Is the 2016 Dodge Durango?

The 2016 Durango has a below-average reliability rating of 2.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

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2016 Dodge Durango Recalls

There are two recalls on the 2016 Durango at the time of this writing. One covers a potential fire risk due to a damaged fuel rail tube, while the other involves the possibility of decreased brake performance following the front left brake caliper cracking. You should ensure these issues have been addressed before you buy a used 2016 Durango.

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Which Model Year of the Dodge Durango Is Best?

The 2016 Dodge Durango is part of a generation that launched for the 2011 model year. Aside from the addition of a new eight-speed transmission and an optional 8.4-inch touch screen for 2014, the Durango has seen few changes between 2013 and 2018. That means you can likely get a similar older Durango for a lower price than the 2016 model.

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Which Used Dodge Durango Model Is Right for Me?

The 2016 Durango has four trims: SXT, Limited, Citadel, and R/T. If it’s performance you're after, get the R/T model for its V8 engine and sport suspension, along with comforts like ventilated seats and leather upholstery. Otherwise, the best value is the Dodge Durango Limited, which has leather upholstery, heated front and rear seats, the Uconnect 8.4-inch touch screen, a rearview camera, and rear parking sensors.

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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 2016 Dodge Durango has lower safety scores than most other SUVs in its class. It received four out of five stars overall and four stars in frontal crash and rollover tests from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Durango the highest rating of Good in four individual tests, but just a Marginal rating in the small overlap front test (which simulates the front corner of the vehicle striking a skinny object, like a tree or telephone pole). 

There are no standard safety or driver assistance features in the 2016 Durango. Some base models with an equipment package will have a rearview camera. For blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and automatic emergency braking, you'll need to search for a higher trim.

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2016 Dodge Durango Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2016 Dodge Durango or 2016 Ford Explorer?

The 2016 Ford Explorer has better safety scores and a lower cost of ownership than the Dodge Durango, but those are its main advantages. The Explorer's cabin is marked by low-quality materials and a drab design, and the seats are flat and uncomfortable. It also offers less second-row passenger space than the Durango. The Explorer's performance pales in comparison, and the Durango offers a more intuitive infotainment setup.

Which Is Better: 2016 Dodge Durango or 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee?

The 2016 Durango and 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee compete neck-and-neck. Both SUVs share a platform and the same standard V6 engine, as well as available V8 power. For off-roading or other adverse driving conditions, you can't beat the Jeep and its optional four-wheel drive. The Grand Cherokee also has a slightly nicer interior, but it only seats five in contrast to the Durango's seven. The Durango has a slightly higher reliability rating, while the Grand Cherokee gets marginally higher safety scores. If you don't need the extra seating capacity and want a little more luxury, go with a Grand Cherokee.

Which Is Better: 2016 Dodge Durango or 2016 Honda Pilot?

The 2016 Honda Pilot is a well-rounded SUV and a better vehicle overall than the Durango. We named it the 2016 Best 3-Row SUV for the Money and 2016 Best 3-Row SUV for Families.

The Pilot can seat up to eight, and its third row is roomy enough for adult passengers. A sleek design and elegant materials also make the Pilot's cabin a pleasant place to be, but its touch-screen infotainment controls aren't as user-friendly as the Durango's. The Pilot has commendable safety scores and an average reliability rating.

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2016 Durango Performance

How Does the 2016 Dodge Durango Drive?

The Durango has precise steering and stable handling, with little body roll through turns. The performance R/T trim's stiff sport suspension makes it feel more athletic around corners, but its ride quality can be uncomfortable. The 2016 Durango has a 295-horsepower V6 base engine, which is one of the most muscular standard engines in the class. It provides strong power for highway passing and effortless acceleration in other situations. The Durango R/T has a 360-horsepower V8 engine that delivers stronger performance. Rear-wheel drive is standard and all-wheel drive is available.

Does the 2016 Dodge Durango Get Good Gas Mileage?

The standard 2016 Durango gets great fuel economy for the class: 19 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway. However, the V8 returns only 14 mpg in the city and 22 on the highway.

2016 Dodge Durango Towing Capacity

The Durango can tow 6,200 pounds with the V6 and 7,400 pounds with the V8.

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2016 Durango Interior

How Many People Does the 2016 Durango Seat?

The 2016 Durango seats seven. Some models replace the second-row bench seat with captain's chairs. Both the first and second rows offer comfortable and inviting seats with plenty of passenger space. Like many 3-row SUVs, the Durango's back seats are best left to children or smaller adults.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2016 Dodge Durango?

There are two complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors on the second-row outboard seats, while the middle seat features just a top tether anchor. Each of the third-row seats has a top tether anchor as well. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Durango's LATCH system an Acceptable rating for ease of use.

2016 Dodge Durango Features

The Durango's standard Uconnect infotainment system includes a 5-inch touch screen, but some trims include an 8.4-inch variation that earns consistent praise for its ease of use, large buttons, and straightforward menus. Other standard or available features include tri-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth, a USB port, a Beats audio system, and a dual-screen rear-seat Blu-ray entertainment system.

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2016 Dodge Durango Dimensions

Dodge Durango Cargo Space

Behind the third-row seats, the Durango has 17.2 cubic feet of cargo room. There's 47.7 cubic feet with the third row folded flat, and 84.5 cubic feet with both rear rows folded down. The Durango's cargo capacity is on par with class competitors.

2016 Durango Length and Weight

The 2016 Durango is nearly 17 feet long. The Durango's curb weight ranges from 4,756 pounds in the base front-wheel-drive SXT trim up to 5,397 pounds in an all-wheel-drive Citadel model with the V8 engine.

Where Was the 2016 Dodge Durango Built?

The 2016 Durango was assembled in Detroit, Michigan.

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