2017 Dodge Durango Buyer's Guide

By KBB.com Editors on October 5, 2016 2:08 PM

The Big SUV for People Who Don't Like Big SUVs

In the land of midsize SUVs, the Dodge Durango is the toughest kid on the block. The only one to offer available V8 power also sports the segment's boldest look, punctuated by an in-your-face grille. An impressive infotainment array notwithstanding, the Durango isn't quite as family friendly as some of its competitors.

Driving It

While the 360-horsepower Hemi V8 is the star of the show, our full review of the Durango praises the V6 engine as well: "Stick with the standard 295-horsepower 3.6-liter V6 engine and 8-speed automatic on the 2017 Durango, and you might be pleasantly surprised. It can haul up to 6,400 pounds, but it's also smooth and refined, and the 8-speed automatic is a good match, even if it occasionally hunts for the right gear."

Hauling Mass

As the only midsize SUV to offer an available V8 engine, the Dodge Durango is an especially appealing choice for those who tow but don't want all the bulk of a full-size SUV. With 360 horsepower and 390 lb-ft of torque, the Durango's Hemi V8 delivers 7,400 pounds of pulling power.

New for 2017

The Durango receives small but significant updates for 2017: the GT trim level replaces the Limited, a new Anodized Platinum appearance package is now availalble on Citadel models, and the Blacktop and Brass Monkey styling packages return. A handy new tool while towing, the driver can now see what is being towed, while the vehicle is moving, through the 8.4-inch touch screen. The Durango SXT now comes standard with 5-passenger seating.

What the People Say

KBB.com reader and Dodge Durango owner tghart21 notes some details that make the Durango stand out: "The Durango is a very capable vehicle. The 8 speed auto shifts smoothly but the rotary dial takes some time to get used to. Full time/automatic AWD, so if you want to choose then you should get the Grand Cherokee. Impressive highway fuel mileage (26 mpg observed) but it drops off quick in the city. Still not bad though. The race track tail lights are cool. The reconfigurable dash is also pretty unique." Read more Dodge Durango consumer reviews.

Build and Price

The 2017 Dodge Durango starts at over $31,000 and can reach sticker prices in the neighborhood of $57,000 for a fully loaded, all-wheel-drive Hemi V8-equipped Citadel Anodized Platinum model. But those are sticker prices. Build and price your own 2017 Dodge Durango to unlock this week's Fair Purchase Price, 5-Year Cost to Own and more. Be aware that Durango resale values are below the segment average.

More Midsize SUVs

For buyers in need of V8 power, the 2017 Dodge Durango is the midsize SUV of choice. But most buyers will face a more difficult decision just trying to decide between so many compelling choices in the category. Visit our Midsize SUV Buyer's Guide to give yourself the best chance of making the right choice.