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2017 Dodge Durango

Starting at $31,090

2017 dodge durango
Chris Doane Automotive|Car and Driver

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  • Highs Bold athletic styling, available Hemi V-8 power, capable towing ability.
  • Lows Muscle-car fuel economy, limited room in second and third rows, short on storage space.
  • Verdict Bold, muscular styling and an optional Hemi V-8 make the Durango the bad boy of the SUV world, but it has a family-friendly side, as well.


The Durango's muscle-car attitude, intuitive infotainment system, and refined interior make it a compelling choice, but its high towing capacity, large cargo hold, and available third row of seats make it a practical option, too. While a V-6 is standard, the Durango's optional Hemi V-8 is what gives it the performance and personality to back up its brawny looks. The cabin is smaller than those of its wagon-like rivals, but none of them offer the same swagger as the Durango.

What's New for 2017?

The Durango carries over to 2017 with a few changes. A GT model replaces the Limited trim level and sports less chrome and more body-colored styling. A new Anodized Platinum package, exclusive to the Citadel trim, is now the most luxurious model in the lineup. It adds two-tone leather seats, a faux-leather-wrapped instrument panel, anodized gunmetal trim throughout the cabin, and platinum chrome exterior accents.


Original MSRP:

  • SXT: $31,090
  • GT: $38,590
  • Citadel: $42,490
  • R/T: $43,190

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Engine, Transmission, and Performance

With either the standard 293-hp 3.6-liter V-6 or the optional 360-hp 5.7-liter Hemi V-8, the Durango is a gutsy rig with plenty of dynamism for towing and passing. The V-8 offers a significant boost in acceleration and towing capacity, while the V-6 is the more efficient choice. Both engines are paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission, and both are available with all-wheel drive. The Durango's fuel economy doesn't beat that of its four-cylinder rivals, of course, but the trade-off for the more entertaining V-8 and its burly towing capacity may be worth it for some buyers. Although there is some body roll in corners thanks to its high center of gravity, the Durango handles well for its size. It feels solid on the road and provides a quiet interior when cruising, but its suspension doesn’t soak up larger bumps as well as its more softly sprung rivals.

Fuel Economy

EPA fuel-economy testing and reporting procedures have changed over time. For the latest numbers on current and older vehicles, visit the EPA’s website and select Find & Compare Cars.

Interior, Comfort, and Cargo

The Durango's designers prioritized ergonomics, material quality, and overall comfort, but other rivals offer more second- and third-row passenger space. While there are some cheap-looking plastic interior panels, they are below the center console and on the lower portion of the doors, where they are barely visible. Richer soft-touch materials are used on the upper sections of the interior trim parts, where they matter the most. Although the Durango's front cabin is roomy and comfortable, its second and the third rows are less accommodating, but they’re suitable for children and teens. With all seats stowed, the Durango offers more than enough space for hauling cargo, but cubbies dotted throughout the cabin aren’t as large as those in other crossovers.

Infotainment and Connectivity

Fiat Chrysler’s Uconnect infotainment system is among the most intuitive available, and the Durango offers two screen sizes. Lower trim levels get a 5.0-inch touchscreen, while an 8.4-inch touchscreen is standard on the upper trims. Bluetooth phone connectivity and three 12-volt power outlets are standard on all models. Higher trims add such features as navigation, an AC power outlet, and a premium nine-speaker audio system with SiriusXM satellite radio. An optional rear-seat entertainment system comes with dual screens and provides ports to connect even more devices.

Safety Features and Crash Test Ratings

Overall Safety Rating (NHTSA)

View Crash Test Results

For more information about the Dodge Durango's crash-test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites.


Some older vehicles are still eligible for coverage under a manufacturer's Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) program. For more information visit our guide to every manufacturer's CPO program.

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