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2009 Dodge Durango

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2009 Dodge Durango Review

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Despite the growing popularity of crossover utility vehicles, or CUVs, for those with serious towing and hauling needs there are few substitutes for a full-blown, body-on-frame SUV. Among the more notable is the 2009 Dodge Durango, a seven-passenger muscle machine 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 Chevrolet Suburban, the Durango has grown large enough to compete head-on with such competitors as the Chevrolet Tahoe and Ford Expedition. Dodge's MDS (Multiple-Displacement System) technology helps save some gas, and a new hybrid-model goes even further. Alternative fuel fans will be sad to learn the 4.7-liter Flex-Fuel V8 has been dropped.

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 2009 Dodge Durango. It offers seating for seven and still has a fair amount of room for cargo behind the third-row seat. Environmentally conscious power freaks will love the optional 5.7-liter HEMI Hybrid.

You May Not Like This Car If...

The Dodge 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 2009

A new two-mode HEMI Hybrid models joins the line, promising a 25 percent improvement in fuel economy with a 40 percent jump in city driving. The SXT nameplate changes to the SE, while the Adventurer trim is sent wandering off into the sunset.

Driving the Durango

Driving Impressions On the road, the Durango delivers a noticeably smoother ride than several others in the class. The quiet 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 but only when equipped with the 4.7-liter V8; V8-powered Durangos have a tow/haul transmission setting that reduces gear searching by remaining in a lower gear for better pulling power.

HEMI Engine
The powerful HEMI V8 engine adds less than a thousand dollars to the price tag without a huge penalty in fuel economy.

Optional Heated Cloth Front Seats
Available on the SLT and Adventurer trims, these seats add warmth without having to add expensive leather as well.

2009 Dodge Durango Details
2009 Dodge Durango photo Interior

The available 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 high enough to accommodate the tallest passengers. A nice option is the heated quad bucket seat package available on the Limited trim level.

Exterior

The 2009 Dodge Durango's styling remains as bold as the first Dodge Durango. The Durango's newest look basically exaggerates the original model's popular styling by enlarging the grille and front headlamps and giving a new look to the rear. Large 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 2009 Dodge Durango SE features a V6 engine, air conditioning, four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes (ABS), rear defroster, power locks, express up/down front window, power mirrors, AM/FM stereo with CD, speed control, side-curtain air bags, Electronic Stability Program, traction control, tilt wheel, fog lights, 17-inch painted wheels and a rear wiper/washer. The SLT trim adds a power driver's seat, 18-inch alloy wheels, 115-volt outlet, MP3-compatible six-disc CD changer, eight Alpine speakers and SIRIUS Satellite Radio. The Limited features a 5.7-liter HEMI V8, 18-inch chrome alloy wheels, power liftgate, leather seats, dual-zone automatic temperature control and ParkSense rear park assist.

Optional Equipment

Options include a 4.7-liter V8, 5.7-liter HEMI V8 or a 5.7-liter HEMI Hybrid, rear-seat DVD entertainment, six-disc CD/MP3 in-dash changer, uconnect tunes with 30-gigabyte hard drive, leather seats, shift-on-the-fly four-wheel drive, third-row seat, uconnect gps navigation, heated front and rear quad bucket seating, power rear liftgate, ParkSense rear park assist, ParkView rear back-up camera, remote start, electronic transfer case, aluminum wheels, power sun roof, SIRIUS Satellite Radio and power-adjustable pedals.

Under the Hood

Although the V6 looks impressive on paper, the Durango's weight makes for slow going with the base engine. The powerful 4.7-liter V8 makes it a better choice for shoppers trying to balance cost with performance. If you can afford an extra $1,000 and want all the performance available, 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: 14/20

4.7-liter V8
303 horsepower @ 5650 rpm
330 lb.-ft. of toque @ 3950 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 14/19 (2WD), 13/18 (4WD),

5.7-liter V8 HEMI
376 horsepower @ 5600 rpm
401 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4200 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 14/20 (2WD), 13/19 (4WD)

5.7-liter V8 HEMI Hybrid
345 horsepower @ 5300 rpm
380 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4200 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 20/22

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2009 Dodge Durango Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.5
Out of 10

Based on 726 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

Great experience

By on Thursday, June 11, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 174,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Love the Hemi and the sure footed all wheel drive."

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

"This is my second Durango that I have purchased new. I liked my 2000 Durango and wasn't all that excited when I purchased my 2005. However, this has been an awesome truck. Dependable, comfortable and it got me through several blizzards."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

I hate to get rid of it, but we have 6 cars now

By on Tuesday, June 09, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 154,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "overall awesome work horse vehicle"

Cons: "rusted in certain areas and seat rot"

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

"Awesome dependability, only thing I would down rate is the rust in ALL the areas where the gas valve didnt' shut off and after years of that, it rusted. And seat rotted out 2 times and had that replaced two times. Awesome car, towed our 8000 lb trailer and took to Fla a couple times, great travel vehicle with kids or someone that goes places with lots of extra stuff like bikes, etc"

Most reliable car I have ever had

By on Tuesday, June 02, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 149,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Extremely reliable, powerful, good towing"

Cons: "Poor fuel economy"

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

"Dodge Durango SLT 4wd has been the most reliable vehicle I have owned so far. Simply put, nothing has gone wrong with it in over 150,000 miles, other than typical maintenance items. With the 5.7 Liter engine, gas mileage leaves something to be desired. But overall, the vehicle is comfortable, rides smooth and the AWD/4WD package makes it very good for getting off the beaten path. Has plenty of power to tow just about anything up the the rated towing capacity, and the extra AWD traction makes pulling even a large boat out of the water a snap..even on a steep and slippery incline."

SUPER HAPPY WE BOUGHT THIS DODGE

By on Saturday, May 23, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 106,920

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: "3RD ROW SEATS TONS OF SPACE POWER AND HEATED SEAT"

Cons: "EXPENSIVE TIRES DVD PLAYER ACTS CRAZY"

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

"We love our vehicle best vehicle we have ever owned great car payment , tons of room 3rd row seating , have 5 kids so love all the space still looks new years later I WOULD HIGHLY RECOMMEND"

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

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!"

1 person out of 3 found this review helpful

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."

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

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