2018 Dodge Durango

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2018 Dodge Durango Review

Though the 2018 Dodge Durango has few weaknesses, it doesn't really stand out among its competition. For this reason, it ranks in the middle of the midsize SUV class.

8.4

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 9.0
Performance: 8.2
Interior: 8.4
Safety: 8.7
Reliability:
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Pros & Cons

  • Brawny optional V8 engines
  • Intuitive infotainment system
  • Above-average cargo capacity
  • Slightly below-average safety scores
  • Pricey upper trims

New for 2018

  • New SRT high-performance model
  • Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a rearview camera now standard

Is the Dodge Durango a Good SUV?

The Durango is a good midsize SUV. Thanks to muscular engine choices, enjoyable ride quality, and decent fuel economy, this Dodge has good overall performance for an SUV. Few competitors can match the Durango's towing capability, but you’ll have to pay a lot more money to get the most engine power and maximum towing capacity. Inside, the Durango's cabin feels upscale, and its seats are comfortable. The Durango features one of the most intuitive infotainment systems on the market. One notable downside is that this Dodge earns lower safety scores than most rivals.

Should I Buy the Dodge Durango?

If you need a lot of power or the towing capacity of a large SUV in a midsize SUV package, the Durango is worth considering. Otherwise, there are more family-friendly or utilitarian models out there. The Honda Pilot offers ample passenger room in all three rows, and it's easy to maneuver in small areas. The Toyota Highlander has a long list of standard driver assistance and advanced safety features to help prevent collisions.

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Should I Buy a New or Used Dodge Durango?

For 2018, the Durango gets a rearview camera, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay as standard features. This year also introduces the high-performance Durango SRT, with its 475-horsepower V8 engine. If you’re not set on an SRT model and you don't care all that much about the smartphone features, consider shopping for a used Durango instead. You're likely to save thousands of dollars and get a very similar SUV.

To research some other models in this generation, visit our reviews of the 2015, 2016, and 2017 Dodge Durango. If you decide an older model is right for you, check out our Used Car Deals page to learn about savings and discounts on used vehicles.

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We Did the Research for You: 58 Reviews Analyzed

To help you decide if the Dodge Durango is the right SUV for you, we've gathered and analyzed 58 professional reviews. We've also included information about the Durango's fuel economy, safety scores, features, and more to give you an idea of its strengths and weaknesses. This 2018 Dodge Durango review incorporates applicable research for all model years in this generation, which spans the 2011 through 2018 model years.

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How Much Does the Dodge Durango Cost?

A base Durango starts at $29,995, which is average for the midsize SUV class. The base model only has two rows of seats, so you'll need to spend more money if you want a third row. Most of the Durango's trims have similar prices to rival's upper trims. However, the range-topping performance SRT model is significantly pricier than most competitors, including many with luxury badges on the hood.

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Which Is Better: Dodge Durango or Honda Pilot?

The Honda Pilot is a more family-friendly midsize SUV than the Durango. It can seat up to eight (one more than the Durango), and its large third row provides ample space even for adult passengers. The Honda may not have quite as much muscle as the Dodge, but it has superior fuel economy estimates. The Pilot feels smaller than it is, so it's also easy to maneuver in traffic and parking lots. One weak point is Honda's somewhat frustrating infotainment system, but that shouldn't be enough to push you to the Durango. Stick with the Pilot.

Which Is Better: Dodge Durango or Toyota Highlander?

The Toyota Highlander earns a high spot in our rankings. Although the Highlander costs more, it comes with significantly more features for the money, including advanced safety technology that costs thousands extra with the Durango. The Highlander also scores better in crash tests than the Durango. Inside, the Toyota seats up to eight, compared to only seven in the Dodge. Although the Highlander comes with a weaker base engine, you can always upgrade to the V6. The Highlander’s V6 is more powerful and fuel-efficient than the Durango’s base engine. Compared to the Durango, the Highlander a better SUV overall.

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Durango Interior

How Many People Does the Durango Seat?

Base SXT models seat five, while higher trims seat up to seven with the available third-row bench. Other seating options include leather upholstery, heated and ventilated seats, a heated steering wheel, and second-row captain's chairs. Up front, the seats are comfortable and have plenty of support. The second row is accommodating too, but the third row is only roomy enough for kids, which is typical for a 3-row SUV. It's easy to have a chat in the Durango, as it lets little road and engine noise into the cabin.

Durango and Car Seats

The outboard second-row seats each have a full set of LATCH child-seat connectors. The middle second-row seat and each of the third-row seats have an upper tether but no lower anchors.

Durango Interior Quality

For the most part, the Durango has soft-touch surfaces and nicely textured materials. Upper trims like the Citadel feel particularly high end. Still, many rivals have more attractive interior designs and better construction that give them an edge over the Durango.

Durango Cargo Space

Few midsize rivals can match the Durango's cargo-carrying capabilities. This vehicle has 84.5 cubic feet of cargo room when you fold down both rear rows of seats. The front passenger seat folds, too, so you can haul unusually long items. The cargo area is wide and deep, so it can accommodate large objects.

Durango Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

For 2018, all Durango models have the Uconnect infotainment system. It is easy to use thanks to its straightforward menus, large on-screen buttons, and redundant physical controls. The system also comes with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration, which let you mirror some of your phone's apps right on the touch screen. For more information, read What Is Apple CarPlay? and What Is Android Auto? Then, see the Best Cars With Apple CarPlay and Best Cars With Android Auto.

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Durango Performance

Durango Engine: Brutish V8 Power

The Durango is available with three different engines: a 3.6-liter V6, a 5.7-liter HEMI V8, and a 6.4-liter HEMI V8. Most drivers will be happy with the base V6's refined power, while those who want quicker acceleration on the highway will appreciate the 5.7-liter V8's extra punch. The larger V8 only comes in the high-performance SRT trim, and it is easily the most powerful engine in the midsize SUV class. SRT models can get up to 60 mph in as little as 4.4 seconds. All three engines come with a smooth eight-speed automatic transmission.

Durango Gas Mileage: Average for a Midsize SUV

The base V6-powered Durango get typical gas mileage for the class, at 19 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway. Stepping up to a V8 will cost you at the pump. With the 5.7-liter V8, fuel economy drops to 14/22 mpg city/highway. The Durango SRT burns even more gas, at 13/19 mpg city/highway.

Durango Ride and Handling: Mixed Reviews

With its smooth, hushed ride over rough roads, the Durango is an OK family hauler. On the handling front, there isn't a consensus. Some critics think this SUV's large size keeps it from feeling poised around turns, and they note it has some body lean when cornering. Others, however, say the Durango exhibits good composure around corners and is pleasant to drive. Rear-wheel drive is standard and all-wheel drive is optional.

Durango Towing Capacity

The Durango is well-suited for towing. Models with the base V6 can handle up to 6,200 pounds, while the SRT model – with its potent V8 – can pull up to 8,700 pounds. That's similar to the towing capacities of some truck-on-frame large SUVs.

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Durango Reliability

Is the Dodge Durango Reliable?

The Durango has a predicted reliability rating of three out of five from J.D. Power. That’s an average score across the industry.

Dodge Durango Warranty

Dodge covers the 2018 Durango with a three-year/36,000-mile basic warranty and a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty. Most rivals have similar warranties.

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Durango Safety

Durango Crash Test Results

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2018 Durango four out of five stars in the frontal crash and rollover tests. (All-wheel-drive Durangos scored three stars in the rollover test.) At the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the Durango earned the highest score of Good in four crash tests. It received a score of Marginal in the small overlap front test. Many midsize SUV rivals have better crash test results.

Durango Safety Features

A rearview camera is the Durango's only standard safety feature. Higher trims offer significantly more collision avoidance features, including forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and rain-sensing wipers.

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Which Dodge Durango Model Is Right for Me?

Most buyers should stick with the base SXT trim. It has plenty of interior tech features to satisfy the whole family, though you will have to spend around $1,000 more to get the third-row seats. If you want advanced safety features, step up to the GT trim; it has a few standard safety systems and is available with many more.

A 3.6-liter V6 engine, an eight-speed automatic transmission, and rear-wheel drive are standard. All-wheel drive add $2,600 to any trim's price tag, but it comes standard in the SRT trim level.

Dodge Durango SXT

The entry-level Durango SXT starts at $29,995 and comes standard with cloth upholstery, automatic climate control, push-button start, a USB port, Bluetooth, a six-speaker audio system, a rearview camera, and the Uconnect infotainment system with a 7-inch touch screen, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay. Third-row seats are available for $995.

Dodge Durango GT

The GT trim is priced at $37,895 and is equipped with 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.

Available packages in the GT model include the Safety/Security and Convenience Group ($1,495) which includes blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, a power tilting-and-telescoping steering wheel, rain-sensing wipers, and automatic headlights. The Premium Group ($2,395) comes with a sunroof, an upgraded 8.4-inch touch screen, a six-speaker Beats premium audio system, and navigation. The Technology Group ($2,595) adds adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and rain-sensing wipers. For the rear seat, a $1,995 dual-screen Blu-ray entertainment system is available. Second-row captain's chairs are available for $995.

Dodge Durango Citadel

Priced at $42,195, the 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.

A 5.7-liter V8 is optional for $3,995. Second-row captain's chairs are available for $995. The Technology Group ($2,495) adds adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert. The Premium Entertainment Group ($2,490) comes with a six-speaker Beats premium audio system and a dual-screen Blu-ray entertainment system for the rear seat.

Dodge Durango R/T

The Durango R/T starts at $43,745, and comes standard with the 5.7-liter V8 engine, performance steering, and a sport suspension. Otherwise, the R/T has mostly the same features and options as the Citadel model.

Dodge Durango SRT

The $62,995 SRT trim is new for 2018. It has a 6.4-liter V8, performance 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 and options as the R/T and Citadel models.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local Dodge dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our Dodge deals page.

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The Final Call

The Durango is a solid SUV in the competitive midsize SUV class. It has adequate fuel economy, a smooth ride, and muscular engines, though its handling gets mixed reviews. The interior is comfortable, upmarket, and features an intuitive infotainment system, but some rivals feel more polished inside or have more passenger space. Ultimately, the Durango is worth a look while shopping for a midsize SUV, but you’d be smart to test drive models like the Honda Pilot or Toyota Highlander first to see if they'll better fit your needs.

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.

  • "With the capabilities of a full-size SUV like the Chevy Tahoe, but the smaller package of a Honda Pilot, the 2018 Dodge Durango occupies a unique spot in the modern SUV market. With V8 power – including an all-new SRT model with 475 horsepower – the Durango can tow with the big boys, up to 8,600 pounds. Yet the size and interior both target smaller crossover SUVs like the Honda Pilot, Chevrolet Traverse and Toyota Highlander. Prices span from about $31,000 for a base model, all the way up to the $65,000 for the Durango SRT. That's not cheap, but there's nothing else on the market that combines the kind of 3-row capability, family-friendly utility, and high performance at that price." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The 2017 Dodge Durango has more attitude than the typical three-row crossover SUV. Its aggressive styling and brawny V8 engine set it apart, while its abundant passenger space and plentiful features mean your family will be well taken care of. If you're ready for something different, the Durango could work out well." -- Edmunds (2017)
  • "The Dodge Durango has something for just about every type of large-SUV shopper. The base SXT has a lot of features for the money, while Limited and Citadel add worthwhile luxury and convenience items. We're not especially high on the sporty R/T, but we can see its appeal for those who crave brawny style and maximum performance. And, the generous selection of appearance packages and trim options makes Durango one of the more customizable SUVs around." -- Consumer Guide (2016)

Buying

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Last Updated: November 29, 2018

Slowing Sales: Sales of the Dodge Durango currently sit in the lower third of the competitive midsize SUV segment’s 2018 sales race. Additionally, Durango sales have slipped 5 percent compared to this point in 2017.

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