2017 Dodge Durango

Starting MSRP: $29,995 - $47,990

Estimated MPG: 19 city / 26 hwy

2017 Dodge Durango Review

The 2017 Dodge Durango is a midsize SUV that’s designed to appeal to driving enthusiasts. It offers rare benefits within the segment, including a powerful V8 engine option and standard rear-wheel drive.

By Charles Krome
Last Updated 07/05/2017

Dodge offers the Durango in two- and three-row configurations and four trims: SXT, GT, Citadel and R/T. The SXT, GT and Citadel grades come with a standard V6 engine. A V8 engine is optional on the Durango Citadel and standard on the sporty R/T trim.

The GT trim is new for 2017. It’s a replacement for last year’s high-volume model, the 2016 Durango Limited. The base Durango SXT has a newly standard two-row interior, with a third row available as an option. Finally, all models with the available Uconnect 8.4 infotainment system feature a rearview camera system that works with the vehicle in motion, allowing drivers to keep an eye on a trailer when towing.

Exterior

Exterior

The relatively athletic design of the Durango is highlighted by Dodge’s “cross-hair” grille, streamlined sculpting for the doors and standard 18-inch wheels. Automatic halogen headlamps and fog lights are standard, while LED daytime running lights, self-leveling headlights and high-intensity discharge headlights are available. Higher trims also showcase a selection of 20-inch wheel designs.

For convenience, Dodge offers options that include a power liftgate and power-folding exterior mirrors with integrated turn signals, memory, heating and driver’s-side auto dimming. Added style can be provided by a number of Dodge appearance bundles, including the Anodized Platinum package, Blacktop package, Brass Monkey package and Mopar Chrome package. A power sunroof is available, too.

Interior

Interior

The standard cabin for the 2017 Durango seats five with a second-row bench. The available seven-seat configuration has individual captain’s chairs in the middle row and a bench in the third row. In all cases, the Durango’s cargo capacity behind the second row is 47.7 cubic feet, while there’s 84.5 cubic feet of cargo volume behind the front seats. That’s slightly more space than the 2017 Ford Explorer offers. Opt for the third row and the Durango has 17.2 cubic feet of cargo space with all seats in use.

The Durango’s comfort cues include standard features like tri-zone temperature control and a full-length front floor console are standard. A full range of luxury content is available, including heated and ventilated front seats, heated second-row seats and a power-folding function for the third row. A leather-wrapped and heated steering wheel is also optional.

Performance

Performance

The Durango’s standard 3.6-liter V6 engine delivers up to 295 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque, which is enough for a tow rating of 6,200 pounds. Customers who prefer the available 5.7-liter Hemi V8 will see 360 horsepower, 390 pound-feet of torque and a maximum trailer rating of up to 7,400 pounds. Both engines are paired with a standard eight-speed automatic transmission and can be matched with available all-wheel drive.

The most efficient Durango, with rear-wheel drive and the V6, can achieve EPA ratings of 19/26 mpg city/highway. At the other end of the spectrum, the V8-powered all-wheel-drive Durango is rated at 14/22 mpg city/highway.

Technology

Technology

The Durango comes standard with a six-speaker audio system with a 5-inch touch screen. A USB port, auxiliary jack and SD-card slot are also included. Premium sound systems from Alpine and BeatsAudio are offered, while SiriusXM Radio and SiriusXM Traffic and Travel Link are optional. Owners also can upgrade to a Uconnect 8.4 infotainment system with an 8.4-inch touch screen, which can be bundled with navigation. A rear-seat entertainment system is optional and serves up dual 9-inch video screens (on the back of the front-seat headrests), along with Blu-ray and DVD compatibility, HDMI and RCA inputs and wireless headphones.

The Durango’s available driver-assistance features include a rearview camera, forward collision warning with crash mitigation, adaptive cruise control with automatic braking, blind spot monitoring and rear cross-path detection.