The Dodge Durango manages to tread the line between comfortable three-row SUV and capable hauler. It's ideal for those who want the benefits of a truck-based SUV -- towing or light off-roading -- with the car-like benefits of a crossover. For many active families, it's a sound choice.
What's New for 2015
Following a 2014 facelift, the Durango enters 2015 with a new Beats audio system, standard on the R/T and available on Limited and Citadel models, as well as a new Blacktop Appearance Package for SXT, R/T and Limited trim levels.
Choosing Your Dodge Durango
Most Durangos come standard with a 3.6-liter 290-horsepower V6 and eight-speed automatic, with either rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. The performance-oriented R/T comes standard with the 5.7-liter 360-horsepower V8 that's optional on other trims, and allows the Durango to tow up to 7,400 pounds -- 1,200 more than the V6 and up to 4,000 more than some competitive V6 three-row crossovers.
The main difference between the various trim levels is their standard equipment, though the R/T gets its own suspension and styling tweaks.
Limited offers what a lot of buyers in this segment want for around $40,000, although you could make a case that the loaded Citadel at around $53,000 is a suitable alternative to three-row luxury crossovers from Acura and INFINITI, as well as a bargain compared to a similarly-equipped Chevy Tahoe. The V6 is perfectly adequate for most people-hauling situations, but those who tow heavy trailers will welcome the V8's extra power.