2019 Dodge Durango

Performance


#8 out of 22 in Midsize SUVs

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2019 Dodge Durango Performance Review

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Performance: 8.2

The 2019 Dodge Durango has three strong engines, and each delivers plenty of power. It should come as no surprise that the two V8 engines have punchier performance. Fuel economy is about average compared to the rest of the class. The Durango’s handling receives mixed reviews, with some saying this Dodge feels unsettled around turns and others standing by its composure on twisty roads.

  • "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
  • "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 (2016)
  • "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 base Durango SXT comes with a 295-horsepower, 3.6-liter V6 engine and an eight-speed automatic transmission. A 360 horsepower, 5.7-liter V8 is standard in the R/T and optional in the Citadel. The range-topping SRT has a 6.4-liter V8 that produces 475 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque. Each engine is potent, offering ample power for both city and highway driving. The SRT has one of the most powerful engines among midsize SUVs, giving the Durango the ability to accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds.

The Durango is capable in more ways than one. When properly equipped, it can tow up to 8,700 pounds. That’s one of the highest capacities in the class.

Although the 2019 Durango’s base fuel economy is typical for the class, many rivals have better mileage thanks to their four-cylinder engine offerings. The Durango gets 19 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway with its base engine and rear-wheel drive, or 18/25 mpg if equipped with all-wheel drive. Fuel estimates dip to 13/19 mpg with the SRT.

  • "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." -- Edmunds
  • "The V8 engines in the Durango get the headlines, but the reality is that the V6 is actually quite good. … That said, the two V8s on offer are pretty cool. There's the 5.7-liter version, with 360 horsepower and up to 7,400 pounds of towing capacity. It sounds great, offers quick acceleration and plenty of passing power. Then there's the new-for-2018 Durango SRT, with 475 horsepower and up to 8,600 pounds of towing capability. It's even quicker, hitting 60 mph in just 4.4 seconds, and it sounds terrific while doing it." -- Kelley Blue Book (2018)
  • "Of course, the Durango isn't perfect. Its chief problem is its thirsty V8, an issue that remains even after Dodge replaced the SUV's 5-speed automatic with a new 8-speed last year." -- Autotrader (2015)

Handling and Braking

With a suspension that absorbs imperfections in the road, the Durango is a comfortable SUV to cruise around in. It’s not the most agile vehicle in its class, however, though sport enhancements in the R/T and SRT can make it more fun to drive. Rear-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is available.

  • "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
  • "Best of all, the Durango – even the sporty SRT model – offers a comfortable ride and quiet interior when just cruising around, with plenty of space for its seven passengers." -- Kelley Blue Book (2018)
  • "The Durango traverses bumps gently and remains quiet at highway speeds. This is a large vehicle, though, and you'll never forget it from behind the wheel." -- Autotrader (2015)
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