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Rankings & Research

The 2017 Dodge Durango ranking is based on its score within the 2017 Affordable Midsize SUVs category. Currently the Dodge Durango has a score of 7.8 out of 10 which is based on our evaluation of 53 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.

7.8

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 9.0
Performance: 8.3
Interior: 8.2
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.2
Safety: 8.7
Reliability:
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2017 Dodge Durango Review

The 2017 Dodge Durango sits in the bottom third of its class, largely because other midsize SUVs have better safety and predicted reliability ratings. Despite its ranking, the Durango has a roomy third-row seat and cargo area, as well strong performance and towing capabilities.

Pros & Cons

  • Powerful available V8 engine
  • Good cargo capacity
  • Intuitive infotainment system
  • Poor fuel economy with V8
  • Above-average ownership costs
  • Below average predicted reliability and safety ratings

2017 Dodge Durango Overview

Is the 2017 Dodge Durango a Good Used SUV?

The 2017 Dodge Durango’s powerful base V6 engine, strong towing capacity, and nimble handling make it a good used SUV for some. However, it has below-average safety and predicted reliability ratings, and no active safety features come standard. The Durango also has above-average ownership costs for the midsize SUV segment.

Why You Can Trust Us

We do not base our used car rankings and reviews on our personal opinions. Instead, we collect information like safety and reliability reports, total cost of ownership estimates, and the views of the automotive press. We analyzed 53 professional evaluations for this 2017 Dodge Durango review to help you make an informed buying decision.

Our experienced team of writers, editors, and analysts has been ranking and reviewing the best cars, trucks, crossovers, and SUVs since 2007. We remain unbiased by refusing pricey gifts and trips from auto manufacturers and employing an independent agency to manage the advertising on our site.

How Much Is the 2017 Dodge Durango?

We have more than 1,200 listings for the 2017 Dodge Durango on our site, and they range in price from $27,000 to $39,300. The average list price is $31,900. Prices vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2017 Dodge Durango Cost to Own?

Projected five-year costs for gas, insurance, maintenance, and repairs for the 2017 Durango are $26,878. That’s above average for a midsize SUV.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Durango?

The 2018 Dodge Durango has an MSRP of $29,995, which is slightly lower than the 2017 Durango’s average price of $31,900. The 2018 Durango has standard Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a rearview camera. Those features and the lower price make the 2018 Durango a compelling choice. That said, shoppers interested in an upper trim of this Dodge might end up saving money by shopping the used market.

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The 2018 Kia Sorento’s starting price of $25,900 is lower than the 2017 Durango’s average price. The Sorento is our 2018 Best 3-Row SUV for the Money because it provides the best combination of quality and value. It has a higher predicted reliability rating and a more fuel-efficient base engine than the Durango, along with a spacious interior made with quality materials. The Sorento is the better choice overall.

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Which Model Year of the Dodge Durango Is Best?

There have been few updates to the Durango since the current generation’s introduction for the 2011 model year. Consider a 2014 Durango to save money and still get a similar SUV.

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How Reliable Is the 2017 Dodge Durango?

The 2017 Dodge Durango has a J.D. Power predicted reliability rating of 2.5 out of five, which is below average.

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2017 Dodge Durango Recalls

As of this writing, the 2017 Dodge Durango has two recalls. One deals with an inability to cancel cruise control. Another involves the rear axle halfshafts, which are too short and could cause a loss of power to the rear wheels.

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Which Used Dodge Durango Model Is Right for Me?

The 2017 Dodge Durango comes in five trims: SXT, SXT Plus, GT, Citadel, and R/T. The base SXT comes standard with cloth upholstery, automatic climate control, the Uconnect infotainment system, a 5-inch touch screen, voice recognition, a USB port, Bluetooth, and a six-speaker audio system.

The GT trim adds a nice assortment useful features, including heated front- and second-row seats, a heated and leather-wrapped steering wheel, an eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, a six-way power-adjustable passenger seat, an 8.4-inch infotainment touch screen, satellite radio, and a 115-volt household-style power outlet. As the sportiest Durango, the R/T comes with performance enhancement like a muscular V8 engine, retuned steering, and a lowered sport suspension.

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Certified Pre-Owned Dodge Durango Warranty

You might want to consider a certified pre-owned model because of the 2017 Durango’s low predicted reliability rating. However, Dodge’s CPO program is not as good as programs from Toyota, Honda, and Chevrolet. For its certified pre-owned vehicles, Dodge extends the original new-car powertrain warranty 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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How Safe Is the Durango?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2017 Dodge Durango four out of five stars in the frontal crash and rollover tests. The all-wheel-drive model received only three out of five stars in rollover testing. Both models earned five stars in the side impact crash test.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Durango the second-lowest rating of Marginal in the driver’s side small overlap front crash test. The Durango earned the highest rating of Good in the front, side, rear, and roof strength crash tests.

The Durango has no standard driver assistance features. Available features include a rearview camera, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, lane departure warning, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and emergency notification services.

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2017 Dodge Durango Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2017 Dodge Durango or 2017 Honda Pilot?

The redesigned 2017 Honda Pilot sits in the top third of our rankings, while the 2017 Durango resides in the bottom third. The Durango’s major flaws are its below-average predicted reliability and safety ratings, and the Pilot does better in these areas. The Pilot has a larger standard touch screen, but its infotainment system can be more difficult to use than the one in the Durango. The Pilot is a better pick overall unless the Durango’s higher towing capacity is important to you.

Which Is Better: 2017 Dodge Durango or 2017 Toyota Highlander?

Safety and seating are two strong reasons to favor the 2017 Toyota Highlander over the 2017 Durango. The Highlander comes standard with a suite of driver assistance features that includes adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, automatic high beams, forward collision warning, and automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection. Most of these features are limited to the Durango’s upper trims. The Highlander has lower ownership costs than the Durango, not to mention much better predicted reliability and safety scores. Although the Durango has an optional V8 for more power and a higher towing capacity by 4,700 pounds, the Highlander is a smarter choice for most shoppers.

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2017 Durango Performance

How Does the 2017 Dodge Durango Drive?

The 2017 Durango drives better than you might expect. It’s one of the more nimble midsize SUVs, with little body roll and sharp handling that instills confidence. The Durango also delivers a smooth ride, and its suspension absorbs rough road patches well. The Durango's standard engine is a 293-horsepower V6 that makes sufficient power for daily driving. An available 360-horsepower V8 Hemi packs all the power you need to move quickly on the highway or from a stop. Both engines come with an eight-speed automatic transmission.

Does the 2017 Dodge Durango Get Good Gas Mileage?

With its base engine and rear-wheel drive, the Durango gets an EPA-estimated 19 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway, which is just about average for the midsize SUV class. The all-wheel-drive Durango drops these estimates 1 mpg in both city and highway driving. The available V8 engine returns 14/22 mpg city/highway (regardless of the drivetrain), which is low for the class.

2017 Dodge Durango Towing Capacity

When properly equipped, the 2017 Dodge Durango can tow as much as 6,200 pounds with its base engine. The available V8 engine ups that number to 7,400 pounds.

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2017 Durango Interior

How Many People Does the 2017 Durango Seat?

The base 2017 Dodge Durango seats five people in two rows on standard cloth upholstery, but a third row is available on higher trims. You can also swap out the second-row bench seat for a pair of captain’s chairs to increase comfort and passenger maneuverability. Second-row seats fold down for easy access to the third row. Unlike many vehicles in the class, the Durango offers an adult-friendly third row. Seating upgrades include leather upholstery, eight-way power-adjustable front seats, heated first- and second-row seats, and cooled front seats.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2017 Dodge Durango?

The Durango has two complete sets of LATCH child-seat connectors in the second-row outboard seats. There are three tether anchor locations: one in the second row’s middle seat (if equipped), and two in the third row. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Durango’s LATCH system the second-highest rating of Acceptable for its ease of use. The IIHS found that other hardware could be confused for the lower anchors.

2017 Dodge Durango Features

The Durango comes standard with the Uconnect infotainment system with a 5-inch touch screen, voice recognition, a USB port, Bluetooth, a six-speaker audio system, and automatic climate control. Available features include an 8.4-inch infotainment touch screen, satellite radio, Bluetooth audio streaming, HD Radio, navigation, and a Beats premium audio system or an Alpine premium audio system.

The infotainment system is user-friendly with large buttons on the screen that make it easy to navigate through menus. There are also redundant physical knobs for major functions like volume and temperature control.

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2017 Dodge Durango Dimensions

Dodge Durango Cargo Space

The 2017 Durango is one of the more spacious midsize SUVs. It has 17.2 cubic feet of space behind the third row (if equipped), 47.7 cubic feet behind the second row, and 84.5 cubic feet with all the seats folded.

2017 Durango Length and Weight

The 2017 Dodge Durango is 16.8 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 4,756 to 5,331. The gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) ranges from 6,500 to 7,100 pounds.

Where Was the 2017 Dodge Durango Built?

Dodge built the 2017 Durango in Michigan.

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