The 2022 Dodge Durango is a three-row SUV that oozes machismo. Its optional V-8 engine gives it the muscle to back up its image. A V-6 is standard but it, too, offers decent power, and the Durango boasts a towing capacity higher than most rivals. Three rows of seats mean there's room for the whole family, although kids will be the only ones who find the rearmost accommodating.
The Dodge Durango comes with a wide range of modern infotainment features that will appeal to the Geek Squad, but those seeking driver-assistance features will find they have to pay extra for them. This is in contrast to rivals such as the Kia Telluride and the Toyota Highlander, where those features are standard. However, those crossovers don't have the same muscle-car mystique as the Durango does, which makes it a unique choice in this class.
For the upcoming year, 2022, the base Durango SXT will come with standard features that were previously optional such as blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert and a third row of seats. The GT model builds on this by adding additional convenience features such as remote start and a power-operated rear liftgate.
The GT Plus now comes with memory settings for the driver, rain-sensing windshield wipers, a scuff plate for the rear cargo area, leather-and-suede upholstery, and heated rear seats. You can also upgrade to the top-spec R/T Plus trim which adds nappa leather with contrast stitching, a sunroof, an advanced automated emergency braking system, and a Harman/Kardon stereo system. The GT and R/T models with the optional Blacktop package receive other great upgrades too like the vented hood from the Durango SRT 392.
The Durango's V-8 option is more powerful and efficient, while the V-6 engine provides a significant boost in towing capacity. The fuel economy might not be as good as that of its four-cylinder rivals, but for some buyers the trade-off might be worth it.
We put the V-6 and V-8 engines, both with optional all-wheel drive, to the test. The Durango with just the V-6 managed to hit 0 MPH to 60MPH in 7.4 seconds; however, when we put the V -8 engine in it, that number dropped down to only 6.2 seconds! Even though this SUV has a suspension that does a remarkable job of being between sporty and comfortable driving experience overall, fine details such as steering feel and braking performance are excellent--definitely comparable or better than many SUVs on today's market .
Even though the Durango wasn't designed to be a sports car, its rear-wheel drive platform gives it an athletic feel. You can really tell that this car was meant for more than just everyday use. It's still comfortable enough for families, but it's also fun to drive.
Crossovers with a four-cylinder engine are more fuel-efficient, but the Durango's V-6 is still competitive with other V-6 rivals in fuel economy. The EPA estimates the V-6 model will earn up to 19 mpg city and 26 highway.
The V-8 version of the 2020 Durango R/T has a max fuel economy of 14 mpg in city driving and 22 highway. We were impressed with its 23 mpg performance on our highway fuel-economy test, which exceeds the EPA rating for this vehicle as well as that of its own V-6–powered variant (22 mpg) and GMC Acadia V-6 (22 mpg). To learn more about how different models compare in terms of fuel economy, visit the EPA's website.
Though all manufacturers use a range of materials from cheap to high quality in their designs, some are executed better than others. The designer's priorities for the Durango were ergonomics, material quality and comfort, but it falls short compared to rivals in terms of space for second- and third-row passengers.
A set of gauges featuring red and white on a black background faces the driver. The steering wheel features a thick, leather-wrapped rim and handsome metal-look trim. On our R/T test vehicle, paddle shifters mounted behind the wheel operated with a satisfying click. We were able to fit 30 carry-on suitcases inside the Durango's cabin with all of its seats folded flat, but we only fit four behind the third row with all seats in place. That's two more than the Acadia managed in both measurements.
Is the Dodge Durango Reliable ? The 2022 Dodge Durango has a predicted reliability score of 81 out of 100. A J.D. Power predicted reliability score of 91-100 is considered the Best, 81-90 is Great, 70-80 is Average, and 0-69 is Fair and considered below average.
The Dodge Durango can last between 200,000 to 250,000 miles and possibly more, with proper maintenance. That's about 13-16 years of service if you drive 15,000 miles every year. For a mid-size SUV, those are pretty good numbers.