Rock-solid styling. Most competing models are crossovers based on car platforms, with soft edges and rounded corners. The 2020 Dodge Durango is also a crossover, but it rides on a rear-wheel-drive platform for optimized off-road use. The Durango’s styling is sporty and rugged, what you’d expect from the automaker.
The Durango SRT pulls out all the stops with its honeycomb grille, hood scoop, and chiseled lines. This look matches the SRT’s performance characteristics, adding substance to this model. Inside, all Durango models have a solid appearance, with high-quality materials throughout and big knobs and buttons at the ready.
Powerful available engines. For some Dodge Durango shoppers, the standard 3.6-liter V6 engine is all they need. This one packs 293 horsepower (295 hp with the dual exhaust) and 260 pound-feet of torque; it supplies sufficient step-off acceleration and passing power.
The available 5.7-liter V8 raises the power quotient considerably as it delivers 360 hp and 390 lb-ft of torque. It offers an ideal combination of performance and pulling power, far outclassing its rivals. Powering every SRT model is a 6.4-liter V8 engine which generates 475 hp and 470 lb-ft of torque. It's the fastest mainstream three-row crossover in production.
Fuel economy, though, is a trade-off. The V6 with rear-wheel drive earns an EPA-estimated 21 miles per gallon combined, while the 5.7-liter V8 earns 17 mpg combined and the SRT's V8 earns just 15 mpg combined.
Very comfortable for four. On paper, the Dodge Durango seats seven. But passenger space in the third row is tight, which means we recommend it only for short trips. Its a 50/50-split fold-down third-row seat we’d simply keep folded down.
As for the rest of the cabin, the seats are quite comfortable with wide bucket seats in the first row and a bench seat that folds forward in the second. We recommend two riding in the second row as three abreast is too close for comfort.
Cargo space measures just 17.2 cubic feet behind the third-row seat, which is why we recommend keeping it folded to gain the available 43.3 cubic feet. Fold both the second- and third-row seats and you’ll have a stellar 85.1 cubic feet available.
Feature-laden. Even base Dodge Durango models come well equipped. You’ll find 18-inch wheels, keyless entry with push-button start, tri-zone climate control, and cloth seats.
Move up through the ranks, and Dodge brings in 20-inch wheels, power side mirrors, rear parking assist, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, and expanded package offerings.
Choose the R/T trim and this model has an 8.4-inch touchscreen display (up from the standard 7-inch display), a nine-speaker audio system, and smartphone compatibility.
The SRT adds loads of performance features, including a special cooling system and sport suspension.
Well behind on safety. If there's any glaring demerit of the Dodge Durango, then that would be under the safety umbrella. When it comes to its crash test ratings, it receives a four-star overall safety rating from the NTHSA, or just three stars with all-wheel drive.
You'll find certain driver-assist technologies, but they’re bundled under a costly package. For $2,600, you’ll find such features as lane departure warning, lane keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, and automatic emergency braking. These features are included on the competing Toyota Highlander.
Final thoughts. Although clearly aged, the 2020 Dodge Durango remains a competitive outlier in the segment. Stiff competition from the all-new Ford Explorer ST will give the Durango SRT a run for customers and their wallets, so a new model is clearly in order. Other models, such as the Chevrolet Traverse, Mazda CX-9, and the all-new Kia Telluride offer more safety features.
If you’re trailering, any Durango model will do. The V6 outshines the competition with its 6,200-pound tow rating, while the V8s have outputs of 7,400 and 8,700 pounds, respectively. These numbers rival large models such as the Chevrolet Tahoe and Ford Expedition.
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