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2018 Dodge Durango Review

The 2018 Dodge Durango offers robust engines, intuitive technology, and lots of cargo space. However, its below-average predicted reliability rating and safety scores earn it a spot near the back of our midsize SUV rankings.

Pros & Cons

  • Brawny optional V8 engines
  • Intuitive infotainment system
  • Above-average cargo capacity
  • Lower safety scores than most rivals
  • Subpar predicted reliability rating
  • Pricier than most classmates

New for 2018

  • High-performance SRT model introduced
  • Standard Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a rearview camera

Rankings & Research

The 2018 Dodge Durango's #12 ranking is based on its score within the 2018 Affordable Midsize SUVs category. Currently the Dodge Durango has a score of 7.8 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 56 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 9.0
Performance: 8.2
Interior: 8.4
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.0
Safety: 8.7
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2018 Dodge Durango Overview

Is the 2018 Dodge Durango a Good Used SUV?

The 2018 Dodge Durango isn’t a great used midsize SUV, and it doesn't stand out from the class in most areas. That said, it's not without its merits.

The 2018 Durango does have several strengths:

  • Upscale interior
  • User-friendly infotainment system
  • Seating for up to seven passengers
  • Strong V6 and V8 engine options
  • Comfortable ride
  • Hefty towing capacity
  • Ample cargo space

These highlights are overshadowed by lingering drawbacks:

  • Mediocre safety scores
  • Below-average predicted reliability rating
  • Higher average list price and projected ownership costs than class rivals
Why You Can Trust Us

Our Dodge Durango review includes far more than just one person's opinion. We collected professional evaluations from 60 sources and combined them with concrete data like fuel economy estimates, safety features, and performance specs to help you make an informed buying decision.

The U.S. News Best Cars team has been ranking cars, trucks, and SUVs since 2007, and our staff has more than 75 years of combined automotive industry experience. To ensure our impartiality, we never accept expensive gifts or trips from car companies, and an outside team handles the advertising on our site.

How Much Is the 2018 Dodge Durango?

Based on listings for the 2018 Dodge Durango on our site, the average list price is $32,800, which is above average for the class. Prices range from $27,500 to $42,900 and vary depending on the vehicle’s condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2018 Dodge Durango Cost to Own?

The Durango’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be around $27,800, or $5,560 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 $30,200 and sees no major changes from the 2018 model. As a result, you can likely spend a lot less on a nearly identical vehicle by purchasing a used 2018 Durango instead of a new 2019 model.

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You can spend even less by going with an older Durango. The 2014 through 2016 models are largely the same. Dodge switched the base model Durango to a five-seat layout for 2017 (though models with seven seats are available). For 2018, Dodge added noteworthy standard features like Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a rearview camera, making the 2018 Durango a good pick.

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How Reliable Is the 2018 Dodge Durango?

The 2018 Dodge Durango has a below-average predicted reliability rating of 2.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

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2018 Dodge Durango Recalls

At the time of writing, three recalls have been issued for the 2018 Dodge Durango:

  • Voltage regulator could fail, causing the vehicle to stall
  • Cruise control may not be able to be cancelled
  • Incorrect transmission park rods may have been installed

Before buying any used vehicle, make sure all recalls have been addressed.

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Which Used Dodge Durango Trim Is Right for Me?

The 2018 Dodge Durango comes in five trims: SXT, GT, R/T, Citadel, and SRT. The base Durango SXT has a number of features, including a user-friendly infotainment system that includes useful smartphone connectivity functions. If you hope to stay within typical price ranges for the class, stick to one of the lower trims.

The Durango R/T and SRT are high-performance trims that replace the base V6 engine with one of two larger V8s. Each also adds a number of performance-enhancing features that give the Durango sharper handling.

  • Dodge Durango SXT: The entry-level Durango SXT comes with a V6 engine and rear-wheel drive. Standard features include cloth upholstery, automatic climate control, push-button start, a rearview camera, and the Uconnect infotainment system, which comes with a 7-inch touch screen, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, two USB ports, a six-speaker audio system, and Bluetooth.
  • Dodge Durango GT: The Durango GT trim adds leather upholstery, power-adjustable front seats, heated front- and second-row seats, a heated steering wheel, third-row seats, a power liftgate, satellite radio, and rear parking sensors.
  • Dodge Durango Citadel: The Durango Citadel model includes premium leather upholstery, ventilated front seats, automatic headlights, a sunroof, a power liftgate, rain-sensing windshield wipers, a nine-speaker Alpine premium audio system, an upgraded 8.4-inch touch screen, and navigation.
  • Dodge Durango R/T: The Durango R/T replaces the standard engine with a 5.7-liter V8, and it adds performance-tuned steering and a sport suspension. Otherwise the R/T has mostly the same features and options as the Citadel model.
  • Dodge Durango SRT: The Durango SRT trim, new for the 2018 model year, includes a 6.4-liter V8, performance-tuned steering, an adaptive suspension, all-wheel drive, performance brakes, a limited-slip differential, front sport seats, and second-row captain's chairs. Otherwise the SRT has mostly the same features as the R/T and Citadel models.

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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 2018 Durango the highest rating of Good in four crash tests out of five; it received the second-lowest rating of Marginal in the driver-side small overlap front crash test. Properly equipped Durango models also earned the highest rating of Superior in front crash prevention. However, the Durango received the second-lowest rating of Marginal for how well its headlights illuminate the road ahead.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2018 Durango an overall rating of four out of five stars. It earned five stars in the side crash test and four stars in the rollover and frontal crash evaluations.

Standard advanced safety features:

  • rearview camera

Available advanced safety features:

  • forward collision warning
  • automatic emergency braking
  • lane departure warning
  • blind spot monitoring
  • rear cross traffic alert
  • rain-sensing windshield wipers
  • adaptive cruise control

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2018 Dodge Durango Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2018 Dodge Durango or 2018 Toyota Highlander?

The 2018 Toyota Highlander ranks near the top of the midsize SUV class and is a better option for most shoppers. It comes with many more standard features, including advanced safety tech that is only available in some of the Durango’s upper trims. The Highlander also has higher safety scores and a better predicted reliability rating than the Durango. Additionally, the Toyota can seat up to eight passengers (one more than the Dodge). Although the Highlander comes with a weaker base engine than the Durango, it’s available with a V6 that can match the Durango’s power.

Which Is Better: 2018 Dodge Durango or 2018 Honda Pilot?

The 2018 Honda Pilot is a more family-friendly midsize SUV than the Durango. With seating for up to eight and an adult-friendly third row, the Pilot can accommodate larger crews than the Durango. Its cargo capacity is also nearly as impressive as the Durango’s. The Honda has just one engine option, and while it doesn’t have the Dodge’s power, it returns much better fuel economy. The Pilot also has higher safety scores and a better predicted reliability rating.

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2018 Durango Performance

How Does the 2018 Dodge Durango Drive?

The 2018 Durango is available with one of three muscular engines. Even the base V6 produces a hearty note and plenty of smooth power. The 5.7-liter V8 is perfect for swift highway passing and merging, and the SRT's strapping 6.4-liter V8 puts down the kind of brawny power and grunt you might expect from a high-performance luxury SUV. The eight-speed automatic transmission shifts seamlessly.

The Durango is a big SUV, so it can feel unwieldly and lack steering feedback through turns. Still, its handling is fairly composed overall. Additionally, its ride is comfortable, even in the high-performance SRT trim.

  • Base engine: 293-horsepower 3.6-liter V6
  • Available engines:
    • 360-horsepower 5.7-liter V8
    • 475-horsepower 6.4-liter V8
  • Drivetrain: standard rear-wheel drive; available all-wheel drive
  • Transmission: eight-speed automatic
Does the 2018 Dodge Durango Get Good Gas Mileage?

With the base V6 engine, the Dodge Durango gets average fuel economy estimates for the class. The larger and stronger V8s return below-average numbers.

  • 3.6-liter V6, RWD: 19/26 mpg city/highway
  • 5.7-liter V8, RWD: 14/22 mpg
  • 6.4-liter V8, AWD: 13/19 mpg
2018 Dodge Durango Towing Capacity

The Durango can tow up to 8,700 pounds when properly equipped.

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2018 Durango Interior

How Many People Does the 2018 Durango Seat?

The base Durango seats five occupants in two rows, and an available third row increases seating capacity to seven. The front seats are supportive and comfortable, though some may find them to be a bit stiff. The second row is also comfy, particularly in models with the available captain's chairs. The available third row is cramped for anyone other than small children, but that’s typical of a three-row SUV.

The cabin is well-insulated from outside noise. It features mostly soft-touch materials and nicely textured surfaces, especially in upper trims.

Standard seating features:

  • cloth seats

Available seating features:

  • third-row seats
  • leather upholstery
  • power-adjustable front seats
  • heated and ventilated front seats
  • heated second-row seats
  • heated steering wheel
  • power tilting-and-telescoping steering wheel
  • folding second-row captain’s chairs
How Many Child Car Seats Fit in the 2018 Dodge Durango?

The 2018 Durango has two complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors on the rear outboard seats and an upper tether on the rear middle seat. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave this system a second-best rating of Acceptable for ease of use.

2018 Dodge Durango Features

The Durango comes with Dodge’s Uconnect system, one of the most user-friendly infotainment systems on the market. Uconnect is intuitive and has no learning curve, thanks to its large on-screen buttons and physical controls.

  • Standard infotainment features: two USB ports, a six-speaker audio system, Bluetooth, a 7-inch touch screen, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay
  • Available infotainment features: an 8.4-inch touch screen, satellite radio, a Beats or Alpine premium audio system, navigation, and a dual-screen Blu-ray entertainment system
  • Additional standard features: automatic climate control and push-button start
  • Other available features: a sunroof

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2018 Dodge Durango Dimensions

Dodge Durango Cargo Space

The Durango has one of the highest cargo capacities in the midsize SUV class, with 17.2 cubic feet behind the third-row seats, 47.7 cubic feet behind the second row, and 84.5 cubic feet with all rear seats folded. The cargo area is usefully shaped, and the front passenger seat can fold flat to accommodate longer items.

These cargo dimensions are for comparative purposes. There is no substitute for visually examining the storage area in any car you’re considering.

2018 Dodge Durango Length and Weight
  • Length: 16 feet, 8 inches
  • Curb weight: 4,680 to 5,510 pounds
  • Gross vehicle weight rating: 6,500 to 7,100 pounds

Where Was the 2018 Dodge Durango Built?

Dodge built the Durango in Michigan.

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