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2018 Dodge Durango

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2018 SXT 4dr 4x2
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Price:   -  From $29,995
2018 SXT 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $32,595
2018 GT 4dr 4x2 Price:   -  From $37,895
2018 GT 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $40,495
2018 Citadel 4dr 4x2 Price:   -  From $42,195
2018 R/T 4dr 4x2 Price:   -  From $43,745
2018 Citadel 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $44,795
2018 R/T 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $46,345
2018 SRT 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $62,995


Dodge's muscular crossover with room for seven, the Durango combines truck-like capability with the comfort and relaxed manners of a large sedan, thanks to its unibody construction. With up to 475 horsepower available, the Durango can also satisfy drivers who value all-out performance but aren't willing to sacrifice utility.

What's New for 2018

The high-performance Durango SRT joins the lineup. All models gain an electronic gear selector and sport steering wheel with paddle shifters. Newly standard features include a rearview camera, a seven-inch touchscreen (don't worry, the excellent 8.4-inch unit is still available), and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. The SXT Plus trim was discontinued.

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Choosing Your Dodge Durango

The Durango starts out with rear-wheel drive and a 3.7-liter V6 engine that produces 295 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. Towing capacity is an impressive 6,200 pounds. For even more pulling power, Dodge offers a 5.7-liter V8 with 360 hp and 470 lb-ft of torque, which can handle up to 7,400 pounds. Exclusive to the new SRT is a 6.4-liter V8 that lays down 475 hp and 470 lb-ft of torque, enough to take the SRT from zero to 60 mph in just 4.4 seconds. Towing capability maxes out at a class-leading 8,600 pounds. All engines are paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission.

Full-time all-wheel drive is optional with the V6 engine, but V8 models can get an on-demand system with low-range gearing for moderate off-road ability (standard on SRT). Both systems are priced at $2,600.

Models with the V6 are EPA-rated at 21 miles per gallon in combined city and highway driving. The 5.7-liter V8 manages 17 mpg combined, and SRT's 6.4-liter comes in at 15 mpg.

With the addition of the SRT, the Durango now comes in five trim levels:

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Starting at $31,090 (including a $1,095 destination charge), the base Durango is only available with V6 engine, but comes standard with features like three-zone climate control, push-button start, fog lights, 18-inch aluminum wheels, and Chrysler's Uconnect 4 infotainment system.

The most important package, particularly for owners in northern climates, will be the $1,645 Popular Equipment Package, which adds heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, a power liftgate, and auto-dimming rear-view mirror. It's also worth noting that the base Durango is only available with three rows if you select the $995 Third Row Package, which adds an additional set of seat of chairs and gives the second row a 60/40 split. Second row captain's chairs are also available for $995. The style conscious can check out the $995 Blacktop Package, which adds a variety of black accents on the body along with 20-inch wheels.

Standalone features include an $1,195 sunroof.

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Priced from $37,890, the Durango GT is also limited to the V6, but it includes the Popular Equipment Package, plus leather upholstery, a power passenger seat, heated first and second-row seats, a heated steering wheel, driver memory, and remote start as standard. The exterior get power-folding mirrors and black 20-inch aluminum wheels.

The optional Premium Group ($2,395) tacks on a Beats sound system, a sunroof, and navigation. The Safety/Security and Convenience Group ($1,495) includes blind spot monitoring, a power-adjustable steering wheel, and automatic high beams and wipers. The Technology Group ($2,195) adds adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning with lane-keeping assist, forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, and blind-spot monitoring . A rear video entertainment system is available for $1,995.

The Blacktop Package is still available, but it's joined by the $695 Brass Monkey Package, which adds 20-inch Brass Monkey wheels, a blacked-out grille, and black badges.

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Starting at $42,240, the Durango Citadel isn't the most expensive non-SRT Durango, but it is the most luxurious.

Standard equipment includes an extended Nappa leather interior with ventilated front seats, Chrysler's popular 8.4-inch UConnect infotainment system, navigation a nine-speaker Alpine sound system, HID headlights, polished 20-inch wheels, and a sunroof.

The Technology Group's price goes up to $2,495 although the overall equipment level appears unchanged. The Premium Entertainment Group ($2,490) includes the Beats sound system and a rear-seat entertainment system with a Blu-Ray player. Perhaps the most important upgrade, the 5.7-liter V8, is available on the Citadel for $3,999.

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($43,790): Comes standard with the 5.7-liter V8, plus a sport-tuned suspension, upgraded steering, unique leather upholstery, and more aggressive exterior styling. Other features and options are shared with the Citadel, except the sunroof reverts to option status.

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($64,090): Packs the 6.4-liter V8, standard all-wheel drive, an upgraded suspension, more powerful Brembo-branded brakes, and a much more aggressive visual attitude. There's a new grille, larger wheels, a monstrous hood scoop, and a revised rear bumper with larger dual exhaust pipes. It's best to just think of the Durango SRT as a three-row Challenger muscle car.

Seats can be clad in exclusive "Demon Red" Laguna leather for $1,595. The SRT Interior Appearance Group ($1,500) adds hand-applied dashboard wrapping with contrasting stitching. The Technology Group, video system, and sunroof remain optional. Interestingly, there is a Lightweight Performance Package available for the SRT, which deletes the third-row seat but keeps adds a 60/40 split to the second-row bench. Pricing on this SRT-specific features isn't available yet.

CarsDirect Tip

The GT remains the sweet spot in the lineup for most buyers, offering plenty of features and distinctive looks for under $40,000. While the new SRT is the costliest Durango by far, it's also one of the fastest three-row vehicles on the planet. From that perspective, the SRT is actually a bargain.

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Expert Review

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: Outstanding vehicle. Only the most exceptional vehicles achieve this rating.

: Very Good vehicle. Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class.

: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.

: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.

: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.

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We don’t normally think of three-row crossover SUVs as fun vehicles, but that’s precisely what the 2018 Dodge Durango is. This SUV blends athleticism with utility, delivering a vehicle that almost makes us forget our sport sedans.

Best Value

Dodge offers the 2018 Durango in five trims: SXT, GT, R/T, Citadel, and SRT. This three-row midsizer seats seven and offers three engine choices. Standard rear-wheel drive, available all-wheel drive, and a host of package upgrades give shoppers much to consider. The Durango not only hauls butt, it delivers upwards of 8,700 pounds of towing capacity, making this an ideal all-around SUV for some.

We chose the R/T with all-wheel drive ($46,295) as our “best value” model as it offers the performance steering and sport suspension to go with its 5.7-liter V8 engine. It also delivers a fully functional hood scoop and low-gloss granite 20-inch wheels that raise this SUV’s styling points even further beyond the traditionally dull styling of the three-row market. Leather-trimmed seats, an enhanced telematics system, and a long list of creature comforts make this model a keeper in our eyes.

  • Model: 2018 Dodge Durango R/T
  • Engine: 5.7-liter V8 engine
  • Output: 360 hp/390 lb. ft.
  • Transmission: 8-speed automatic transmission
  • Drivetrain: All-wheel drive
  • MPG: 14 City / 22 Hwy
  • Options: All-wheel drive ($2,600), Technology Group ($2,495, full-speed adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, blind spot monitoring with rear cross-path alert, and lane departure warning), Second-Row Fold/Tumble Captain Chairs ($995)
  • Base Price:$44,790 (including $1,095 destination charge)
  • Best Value Price:$50,880


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The Durango’s performance ranges from mild to wild. The base engine runs smooth and quiet, and still manages to pull over three tons with a full contingent of people onboard. More suitable for hauling is the 5.7-liter V8, which tows up to 7,400 pounds and offers wonderful step-off acceleration. The beast here is the SRT’s engine as it has the best performance of a mainstream SUV that doesn’t wear a Jeep badge. You might not think about towing with this performance model, but you can — reaching 8,700 pounds, which is as much as some pickup trucks.

Eight-speed automatic transmissions are standard with each engine, but they're among the very best in the segment. Quick, smooth, smart, and efficient, this transmission is used by numerous mainstream and premium automakers around the world, and it's not hard to see why. It's invisible when you want it to be, but it's a willing accomplice when it comes time to push the engine hard.

The Durango's main demerit is its harsh ride. The Dodge may be a crossover, but it doesn’t offer the refinement of models such as the Buick Enclave or Toyota Highlander. On the plus side, we found the steering hefty, but with precise handling.


The Dodge Durango’s muscular looks are in keeping with the Dodge brand, offering an SUV variant to the Challenger coupe and the Charger sedan. Happily, it doesn’t have the blandness or the dated look of the Dodge Journey.

Up front, you’ll find the brand’s well-recognized crosshair, suggesting a Peterbilt look. Styling elements change for some trim, with additional chrome on the Citadel and a wide body look and lowered stance with the R/T and SRT trims. Track lighting brings up the rear, a look that’s been around for a few years but still looks great.

Inside, the Dodge Durango seats seven on paper, but the two-place third-row seat is best left for youngsters. Swapping out the middle, three-place bench seat with captains chairs is better for everyone, offering more comfortable seats in the middle row and more room to move around in the third row. Still, folding down the third row to fit extra gear is something we like.

Logic is the operative word when it comes to the Durango’s dashboard, with everything placed where you’d expect to find it. The standard cloth seats will suit families, while the two available leather grades are what make the Durango elegant. Add in the available suede-like headliner and you may forget you’re in a Dodge.

The Best and Worst Things

Few SUVs offer such a balance between family utility and a raucous driving fun. The Durango comes close, especially in R/T and SRT guise.

This Durango sucks gas and will tap your wallet often. At least premium grade fuel isn’t required, although Dodge recommends fueling with mid-grade gasoline.

Right For?

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SUV shoppers who want a performance edge, utility, and off-road chops. The good thing is that you don’t have to go crazy with the options catalog to get a model that blends all three traits.

Wrong For?

Anyone expecting a car-like crossover. This isn’t the Chevrolet Traverse or Honda Pilot, but an SUV with truck-like bona fides despite its unibody design. Then again, competing models offer nothing larger than a V6 either.

The Bottom Line

If an SUV with muscular style, performance credentials, and a classy interior are important to you, the Dodge Durango delivers. From it, don’t expect the smooth ride most crossovers deliver, but do expect your perceptions of what a three-row SUV can deliver to change (and for the better).

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Specs & Features

Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Available
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
3.6L V-6 / 293 HP / 260 ft.lbs.
8-spd sequential shift control auto w/OD
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
19 / 26 / 22 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
5 / 7 / 6
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
3.6L V-6 / 293 HP / 260 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
19 / 26 / 22 Mpg
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Short And Long Arm
Rear Suspension
Independent Multi-link
Spare Tire And Wheel
Compact Steel / Full-size / Steel
Fuel Tank
24.6 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Regular Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
84.5 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
99 Cu.ft. / 106 Cu.ft. / 134 Cu.ft.
Exterior Length
201.2 "
Exterior Width
75.8 "
Exterior Height
70.9 "
Front Headroom
39.9 "
Rear Headroom
39.8 "
Front Legroom
40.3 "
Rear Legroom
38.6 "
Front Shoulder Room
58.5 "
Rear Shoulder Room
50.4 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
4,680 Lbs.
Wheel Base
120 "
Turning Radius
18.5 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
18.0 " Painted Aluminum / 20.0 " Black Aluminum / 20.0 " Painted Aluminum
Clearcoat Monotone / Clearcoat Monotone With Badging / Pearlcoat Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote Heated
Body-colored / Front Body-colored / Front Colored
Grille Moldings
Colored W/chrome Surround / Body-colored / Black / Metal-look
Rear Spoiler
Stainless Steel / Stainless Steel With Chrome Tailpipe Finish / Dual Stainless Steel With Chrome Tailpipe Finish
Interior Features
Passenger Capacity
5 / 7 / 6
Seat Trim
Front Seat Type
Heated Front Seats
Driver And Front Passenger Heated-cushion, Heated-seatback
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
4-way / (8-way Power)
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
Front Armrests
4-way / (8-way Power)
Rear Armrests
Rear Seats
60-40 Split-bench / Captain
Radio & Infotainment
Am/fm, Clock, Seek-scan / Am/fm, Seek-scan / Siriusxm Am/fm/satellite, Seek-scan
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Telescopic Tilt
Climate Control
Automatic Air Conditioning
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Express Open/close
Rearview Mirror
Auto-dimming Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Driver And Passenger
Tinted Windows
Vanity Mirrors
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Blind Spot Sensor
Lane Departure Warning
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Parksense Rear
Security Systems
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Sentry Key
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Major Components Months
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
Roadside Assistance Months
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Corrosion Perforation
60 Months / Unlimited Miles
Accessories Months

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