2016 Dodge Durango Buyer's Guide

By KBB.com Editors on March 29, 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

From our full review of the Durango: "The Durango's size and weight are apparent on the road, but thanks to rear-wheel drive (RWD) and careful suspension tuning, the Durango is surprisingly sporty, especially in R/T trims, which can be downright stiff. Interior noise levels are quite low, and seat comfort in all three rows is admirable."

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 2016

The Durango receives small but significant updates for 2016: a new Sport driving mode is standard on all Durangos, and all V6-powered models now come with stop/start technology. Dodge's excellent Uconnect system has been updated for 2016, with Siri Eyes Free, a do-not-disturb function and a drag-and-drop menu bar.

Two new appearance packages are available. The Brass Monkey package, offered on Limited models, features 20-inch Burnished Bronze wheels, black grille and badges, and body-color accents. The Citadel's optional Anodized Platinum package includes 20-inch Satin Carbon wheels and platinum-tone mirror caps, fog lamp bezels, grille surround, door handles and door sills.

What the People Say

KBB.com reader and Dodge Durango owner Mike is happy with the Durango's power and cargo capacity, adding, "If you're looking for a gas sipper, this is not the car for you (overall for my lead foot about 17.5 MPG). Otherwise, if you after well styled utility and the solid feel that only comes with a large vehicle, this will float your boat for sure!" Read more Dodge Durango consumer reviews.

Build and Price

The 2016 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 2016 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 2016 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.