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2020 Dodge Durango Performance

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2020 Dodge Durango Performance Review


Performance: 6.6

The 2020 Dodge Durango has powerful optional V8 engines but a so-so standard V6 engine. While ride comfort is good, the Durango's fuel economy is a little below average, and its steering feels slow.

  • "The 3.6-liter V6 can seem a bit taxed in such a large vehicle, but a smart transmission helps get the most out of it both at our test track and in the real world. The Durango's other dynamic attributes, for better and worse, are more trucklike relative to its crossover competitors." -- Edmunds (2019)
  • "Four-wheel independent suspension, a near 50/50 weight distribution and electro-hydraulic power steering create a sure-footed driving experience around both on and off the road." -- Left Lane News (2019)
  • "Among tough rear-wheel-drive SUVs, the Durango's driving experience stands out as one of the very best." -- Autotrader (2015)

Acceleration and Power

The Durango comes standard with a 3.6-liter V6 engine that produces 293 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. An optional 5.7-liter V8 produces 360 horsepower and 390 pound-feet of torque, and an available 6.4-liter V8 makes 475 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque. No matter which engine you get, an eight-speed automatic transmission is standard.

Critics are split on how well the standard V6 performs, with some claiming that it feels capable and others saying that it’s underpowered. The transmission also earns mixed reviews for its refinement and ability to find the right gear. Both optional V8 engines are incredibly muscular.

The Durango gets up to 19 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway with the V6 engine, which is a little below average for the class. The smaller V8 gets up to 14 mpg city and 22 mpg highway, and the larger V8 returns 13/19 mpg city/highway.

  • "Although the V8 engines in the 2020 Durango are arguably more newsworthy, the entry-level-yet-refined V6 works well, delivering 293 horsepower and is capable of towing 6,400 pounds. It’s complemented by an 8-speed automatic transmission that only occasionally ‘hunts’ for the right gear." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Its standard V6 engine feels taxed despite having just as much horsepower as its competitors. Opting for one of the V8 engines corrects this issue, but then you'll be taking a massive fuel economy hit." -- Autotrader (2019)
  • "It reaches 60 mph in 8.1 seconds with the base V6 — a slow time compared to the segment's best, but then the V8 engines pretty much blow everything else away. The eight-speed automatic is eager to downshift when needed and holds gears when climbing and descending hills. … The transmission can hunt for gears in typical flat-ground driving and it's overly eager at times to reach top gear." -- Edmunds (2019)

Handling and Braking

The Dodge Durango has dull handling, and it's difficult to maneuver for its size. However, the ride is comfortable over most surfaces. Rear-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is optional.

  • "The Durango traverses bumps gently and remains comfortable and secure at highway speeds. This is a large vehicle, though, and you'll never forget it from behind the wheel. Its steering is very slow for a crossover, and you'll be constantly reminded of just how much weight you're lugging around." -- Autotrader (2019)
  • "When driving around turns, the Durango feels even bigger than it is due to slow steering and minimal tire grip. It's a large, lumbering SUV. Those upsizing from a more sprightly car may want to look elsewhere." -- Edmunds (2019)
  • "There's no disguising the Durango's size and weight compared to competitors like the Toyota Highlander, but the rear-wheel drive (RWD) and careful suspension tuning help the Durango feel sportier than you might expect. That goes double for R/T models, which offer a downright stiff ride." -- Kelley Blue Book (2017)
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