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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 New for 2007

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 737 Ratings for the 2004 - 2009 models.

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

Very reliable SUV

By on Wednesday, April 06, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 135,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Hemi engine, perfect size, handles well"

Cons: "Interior finish is not that great"

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

"Bought this vehicle new. Has and is very reliable. Love the Hemi engine even if the gas mileage is not that great. Brakes, oil and tires is about all I have done. Best value for an SUV out there on the used market. Has some style and doesn't look like all the others. Buy the Hemi....it is so worth it!"

7 people out of 9 found this review helpful

2004 DODGE DURANGO IS A BEAST

By on Monday, December 14, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 156,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Powerful, Smooth, Lots of space"

Cons: "Rusts very easily, Decent amount of issues"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"I am in love with my 2004 Durango! Very powerful, comfortable, and very smooth riding. Hauls bigger trailers with no problems. Handles great in the snow, and is very easy to get use to and drive. Have a decent amount of issues. Replace differential joint, both front ball joints and upper control arms, transmission gasket, and put an all new exhaust due to a issue with a emissions leak. If you're prepared to take on a few mechanical issues, I would definitely recommend this SUV. Besides those issues, mines holding up strong even with 156+ miles!"

8 people out of 9 found this review helpful

I love my Durango HEMI MAGNUM 4by4

By on Wednesday, November 18, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 186,000

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
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Great suv stable and reliable strong and efficient"

Cons: "NONE"

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

"I bought mine 9 months ago from a dealer, best suv i have ever had uses only 4 cylinders when normal driving and 8 cylinders when really hauling stuff. Rides like a beast with leater and a tv cant beat it and mine has an exahst system and dvd. I have seen alot of suvs but this thing can pull and go like no other."

13 people out of 17 found this review helpful

solid, very dependible, powerhouse tow vehicle

By on Saturday, November 14, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 132,300

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "powerful, handles great,seats 8, reliable"

Cons: "nothing"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"i'd highly recommend this vehicle as long as it has the Hemi.Great tow vehicle, killer alpine stereo, nice leather, seats 8,not one mechanical issue in 5 years of ownership."

8 people out of 11 found this review helpful

Unreliable

By on Wednesday, August 12, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 122,000

10 6.0
overall rating 6 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
6/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
2/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
6/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Powerful engine, spacious interior"

Cons: "Terrible gas milage, constant repairs"

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

"This car constantly had issues starting, wether the issue was the battery, the starter, the spark plugs, every 6 months a new problem would rear its ugly head. Other problems include the muffler rusting off TWICE (different spots on the exhaust pipe) and both exhaust manifolds cracking"

15 people out of 28 found this review helpful

One of the Best

By on Saturday, August 01, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 98,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Comfortable, towing capacity, reliable"

Cons: "Gas mileage"

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

"So far, this has been the best vehicle I've owned. I've owned it longer than any other vehicle I've bought. It has the best SUV towing capacity. Lots of power, very comfortable, versatile, looks great and keeps running. I love it and would highly recommend the Durango."

24 people out of 34 found this review helpful

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