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Dodge Durango Packs Full-Size Features Into Midsize Model

As tested: $73,360 | 8-cylinder 475 hp | 13/19 mpg

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The Dodge Durango three-row SUV comes in five trim levels, rear or all-wheel drive, and a V-6 or V-8 engine. My road test was in the high-performance SRT version with a 475-horsepower 6.2-liter V-8 engine.

The cabin of the Durango was comfortable, featuring heated and cooled seats and a heated steering wheel. Combined with a remote starter, they were a welcome package on cold mornings.

The controls were simple to use, with a combination of a large touchscreen and rotary knobs. Visibility was pretty good throughout with a limited number of blind spots. The third-row head restraint blocked some rearward visibility but can be lowered remotely when not in use.

The cargo area is decently sized with all three rows of seats in use and expands to almost 85 cubic feet with the second and third row of seats folded flat. The front passenger seat can also fold flat to further optimize cargo-carrying ability.

The ride was a bit firm but never harsh. The overall handling was more sports sedan than SUV, although there was some body lean on fast turns. Engine performance was very good, but I averaged only about 15 mpg. The exhaust had a muscular rumble, differentiating the Durango from other SUVs. I have driven the V-6 295 horsepower version of the Durango, and found the ride a bit more compliant and averaged close to 21 mpg.

The steering was light at low speeds and firmed up nicely at higher speeds.  A full suite of safety equipment is available, including semi-autonomous features such as automatic emergency braking.

The Durango has full-size features and capabilities packed into a midsize model. With its variety of engines, superior towing ability and interior room, the Durango should be at the top of your list if you’re in the market for a midsize SUV.

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