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2007 Dodge Durango

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2007 Dodge Durango Review

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Despite all the banter about the coming "crossover" SUV revolution, for those with serious towing and off-road adventure needs there is just no substitute for a full-blown, body-on-frame SUV. At the top of the power and comfort category is the Dodge Durango, a seven-passenger transportation system with a rugged and distinctive style, a fairly plush interior and the option of a HEMI V8 under the hood. Although not as large as a full-size Chevrolet Suburban, the Durango has grown large enough to compete head-on with such heavyweights as the Chevrolet Tahoe and Ford Expedition. Dodge's MDS (Multiple-Displacement System) technology helps lessen the pain at the pump, and alternative fuel fans will find a friend in the new 4.7-liter Flex Fuel V8 that can run on either gasoline or E85.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you need a roomy SUV but the thought of a full-size Suburban turns you off, check out the Durango. It offers seating for seven and still has a fair amount of room for cargo behind the third-row seat. Power freaks will love the optional 5.7-liter HEMI V8 engine.

You May Not Like This Car If...

The Durango isn't big like a Chevrolet Suburban, but it's still big and thirsty on gas. The Durango's bold styling may not be everyone's cup of tea and may grow old fast.

What's Significant About This Car?

The Durango's exterior freshening features a noticeable gap reduction between the front fascia and the vehicle's body. Other new standard features include larger, heated exterior mirrors, Electronic Stability Program (ESP) and side-curtain airbags covering all three rows. An available 4.7-liter V8 is E85-compatible in 45 states.

Driving the Durango

Driving Impressions On the road, the new Durango delivers a noticeably smoother ride than its predecessor and several others in the class. The quieter interior is free from the intrusive wind and...

tire noise of the first generation. The steering is pretty impressive for a vehicle of this size, with good response and feedback that allow the driver to make exact lane changes and easily negotiate tight turns. Power for the base Durango is supplied by a sturdy 3.7-liter V6, with the 4.7-liter Magnum and the mighty 5.7-liter HEMI V8s as options. The base Durango is rear-wheel drive and offers the option of on-demand four-wheel drive. V8-powered Durangos also come with a tow/haul transmission setting that reduces gear searching by remaining in a lower gear for better pulling power.

HEMI Engine
The legendary HEMI engine returns and adds less than a thousand dollars to the price tag.

Side-Curtain Airbags
The standard side-curtain airbags cover all three seating rows.

2007 Dodge Durango Details
Interior

The split-folding third-row seats can be folded flush, and a flip-and-tumble second-row seat greatly aids entry and exit for rear passengers. The handsome dash is clean, simple and easy to use, with controls well within the driver's reach and logically arranged. Low-back rear seats won't block the driver's rearward view and feature headrests that can extend far enough to accommodate the tallest passengers. New for 2007 is the heated quad bucket seat package available on the SLT and Limited trim levels.

Exterior
2007 Dodge Durango photo

The Durango's styling may be new, but it's no less bold than the 2006 version. The Durango's new look basically exaggerates the original model's popular styling by enlarging the grille and front headlamps and employing the rear end of the Power Wagon concept vehicle. Larger six-by-nine-inch side mirrors improve driver visibility, while optional 20-inch chrome wheels are sure to increase the Durango's ability to get noticed. Total up all the little changes and the effect is one strikingly imposing vehicle that looks every bit as tough as it claims to be.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The Durango features a V6 engine, dual-zone manual air conditioning, four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes (ABS), rear defroster, power locks, express up/down front windows, power mirrors, AM/FM stereo with CD, speed control, side-curtain airbags, Electronic Stability Program, traction control, tilt wheel, 17-inch cast aluminum wheels and a rear wiper/washer.

Optional Equipment

Options include a 4.7-liter V8 or a 5.7-liter HEMI V8, rear-seat DVD entertainment, six-disc CD/MP3 in-dash changer, leather seats, shift-on-the-fly four-wheel drive, third-row seat, navigation, heated front and rear quad bucket seating, power rear liftgate, ParkSense rear park assist, Remote Start, electronic transfer case, aluminum wheels, power sunroof, SIRIUS Satellite Radio and power-adjustable pedals.

Under the Hood

Although the V6 looks impressive on paper, the Durango's newfound weight makes for slow going with the base engine. The 4.7-liter V8 is a better choice for shoppers trying to balance cost with performance. Of course, if you can afford an extra $1,000, the 5.7-liter HEMI V8 is the way to go.

3.7-liter V6
210 horsepower @ 5200 rpm
235 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 16/21

4.7-liter V8
235 horsepower @ 4600 rpm
300 lb.-ft. of toque @ 3600 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: N/A (E85), 14/19 (2WD Gasoline), 14/18 (4WD Gasoline)

5.7-liter V8 HEMI
335 horsepower @ 5200 rpm
370 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4200 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 14/19 (2WD), 13/18 (4WD)

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2007 Dodge Durango Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.5
Out of 10

Based on 722 Ratings for the 2004 - 2009 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.5/10
    Quality
    8.7/10
  • Reliability
    9.0/10
    Performance
    8.9/10
  • Comfort
    9.0/10
    Styling
    8.9/10

The BEST vehicle EVER!

By on Thursday, May 21, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 90,825

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
8/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I Love this vehicle! It has been super dependable! Nothing major has ever happened! Rides like a dream and I love sitting up high in it. I get a great vantage point! I would recommend this 2014 model anytime!"

Lowest headaches ever. Excellent vehicle.

By on Monday, April 20, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 130,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Worth every dime."

Cons: "NO complaints"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 5

"Only mechanical problems were with the wiring for the heater fan and the vacuum seal. Needed replaced several times. Vehicle is still running well."

still has life left in her!!!!

By on Monday, April 20, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 150,000

10 6.0
overall rating 6 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
6/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
5/10
Comfort
5/10

Pros: "Smooth drive, paint still shines"

Cons: "It is 10 years old"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7

"2005 Dodge Durango, Red, luggage rack, leather seats, DVD, CD, tires are a year old. Still runs good. Good, not great, condition."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

This is the best vehicle ever built!

By on Sunday, February 15, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 216,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
10/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"My husband and I bought our 2006 Dodge Durango SXT 4x4 new from the dealer. We weren't sure if we liked the new style at the time but we drove it and loved it! For a big SUV it drove smooth and comfortable. It fit our 2 kids and 2 large dogs well. ALways got about 19 mpg. We tried to stay on top of all maintance ..tranny flushes, radiator flushes, oil changes etc. Aside from tires and brakes the first issue I had with the Durango was at nearly 200,000 miles the 4x4 control module went out in it. Then the next year at 216,000 miles it started to over heat. 2 different dealerships were stumped as to why it would overheat. It could idle for hours but once you drove it 1/4 mile it overheated. Instead of paying to get into the head gaskets I had it replaced with a remanufactures Jasper engine. I'm not sore about that because like I said we had no issues up til then. $4,994 for the engine and labor isn't bad after 8 years of not getting nichled and dimed. The paint has held up nice but the Durangos all seem to rust near the gas tank door. We had purchased the rust protection and recently had it taken care of. 2006 Durango with new engine and no rust looks brand new now!"

14 people out of 18 found this review helpful

Love the styling and power...hate the gas mileage!

By on Thursday, February 05, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 75,000

10 5.0
overall rating 5 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
5/10
Value
5/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
2/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Styling and power!"

Cons: "gas mileage and smooth driving"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 2

"Bought the 2009 Limited model after doing a lot of research on the vehicle. It's a beautiful car that is fun to drive. Very powerful and comfortable, fits my family well. Starting to have a few electrical issues with the power seating and power liftgate. Things I don't like: the gas mileage in this vehicle is awful! Should be getting 13...not even close, try 8-9mpg city! GAS GUZZLER! We knew it wasn't the greatest on MPG going in, but 8mpg is ridiculous! It is also a very bumpy ride around corners and bumps. It feels like the shocks are blown all the time. If we had been able to test drive it a little more before we bought it, we wouldn't have bought it."

1 person out of 3 found this review helpful

Avoid this vehicle

By on Monday, January 05, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 77,000

10 4.0
overall rating 4 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
4/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
2/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "handles great, good interior options.great in snow"

Cons: "engine falls apart."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"Engine blew at 77000 miles.Babied the truck. no off roading, only did about 7k a year. Regularly scheduled maintenance. Never missed any routine maintenance no accidents. One day engine woulndt start. Had it towed to dodge and was told it was fatal. Something called hydrolock. 6k to fix. I refused. Apparently this is common with the 2004 hemi."

10 people out of 22 found this review helpful

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