Used 2017 Dodge Durango SUV
Dodge Durango SUV
The 2017 Dodge Durango ditches the Limited model in favor of a new GT trim with a sportier, monochromatic appearance.
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The SUV is to the 21st century what station wagons were to the 20th, thanks to their do-it-all combination of passenger, cargo and towing capabilities. The 2017 Dodge Durango arguably takes it all a step further, offering the big SUV capability one expects in something like a Chevy Tahoe, but in a smaller package designed to compete against the Honda Pilot, GMC Acadia or Toyota Highlander. The 2017 Durango gets a new model level, with the new monochromatic GT replacing the chrome-laden Limited as the volume model. It all adds to a package that offers an available V8, up to 7,400 pounds of towing capacity, and creature comforts like active cruise control with full stop, and a 10-speaker Beats by Dre audio system.
You'll Like This Car If...
If you're looking for V8 power in your midsize SUV because you want to tow, or if you just want a great-looking V6-powered alternative to the Hondas and Toyotas you see everywhere, the Dodge Durango deserves a look and a test drive.
You May Not Like This Car If...
Even with the start/stop V6 engine, fuel economy is not this SUV's strong suit, and even the bigger Chevy Tahoe gets better V8 fuel economy. If that extra capability isn't what you need, the Honda Pilot, Ford Explorer or Nissan Pathfinder offers more savings at the pump.
What's New for 2017
The Durango Limited model disappears in favor of the new, monochromatic 2017 Durango GT. Among the interior upgrades are a hand-wrapped soft-touch instrument panel, and Platinum Chrome interior accents. One particularly clever new feature: viewing trailered items while moving using the 8.4-inch Uconnect screen.
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. But, let's face it, the real attraction is the 360-horsepower Hemi V8. Not only does it sound great at full throttle, it offers seriously quick acceleration and passing power, plus it can tow up to 7,400 pounds. There's no disguising the Durango's size and weight compared to competitors like the Toyota Highlander, but the rear-wheel drive (RWD) and careful suspension tuning help the Durango feel sportier than you might expect. That goes double for R/T models, which offer a downright stiff ride. Interior noise levels are quite low, and all three seating rows are admirably comfortable.
There's no SRT model, but the 2017 Durango R/T comes close. With 360 horsepower from the V8 and a lowered suspension that maximizes grip from the 20-inch wheels and tires, the Durango R/T is one of the most agile SUVs at the price.
ADAPTIVE CRUISE CONTROL
The Durango's comfortable suspension, roomy interior and excellent audio system beg for a road trip, and its available Adaptive Cruise Control -- part of the Technology Package -- makes it even easier by automatically slowing when needed, and even tightening the gap in slower traffic so you don't get cut off.
You'd be forgiven for thinking the 2017 Dodge Durango was in a higher-priced category than its competitors. That goes double for Citadel models with their heated and ventilated front seats, and heated 2nd-row seating. Keep the 2nd-row bench if you need 7-passenger hauling, or opt for the captain's chairs to make the third row more easily accessible if you're using child boosters. There's only so-so cargo space behind the third row, but that row folds flat, and you can even flip the front-passenger seat down to accommodate long objects. New this year is a hand-laid dash pad, and "platinum chrome" trim.
In front, the 2017 Dodge Durango boasts LED highlights under the projector-beam headlights, and in back is a cool LED spanning the entire rear end, giving the Durango its signature "racetrack taillight" display. The new GT model replaces the Limited's chrome with a monochromatic theme, but fans of the bright stuff can still opt for the SXT or especially the Citadel. The Blacktop package returns on GT and R/T models, featuring 20-inch gloss-black aluminum-alloy wheels, crosshair grille and Durango badges, along with black headlight bezels. R/T models also get more body-colored trim, as well as the R/T's lower ride height.
Notable Standard Equipment
For 2017 the Dodge Durango SXT comes standard with seating for five passengers, the 3.6-liter V6 engine with start/stop technology, and a Sport mode to enhance the driving experience. There's also the standard Uconnect infotainment system with its AM/FM/CD radio, WMA/MP3 support, Bluetooth, Sirius satellite radio and auxiliary input jack. You also get 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, fog lights, heated power-side mirrors, and 3-zone automatic climate control, along with a tilt/telescope steering column. Different models have different levels of standard equipment, with the top-line Durango getting a power liftgate and sunroof, navigation, Nappa leather seats, and more.
Notable Optional Equipment
The 2017 Durango seems infinitely customizable, from the optional 3rd-row bench and 2nd-row captain's chairs, to V8 power, 4-wheel drive, and more. Beyond that, there's an upgraded 8.4-inch Uconnect infotainment system with navigation, and an LCD multifunction display between the main gauges. Option packages include the Blacktop package, and a Brass Monkey appearance package that features 20-inch bronze wheels. Other options include a rearview camera, parking sensors, blind-spot monitoring, power sunroof, power hatch and automatic-dimming high beams. If you're going to tow, get the 220-amp alternator, heavy-duty engine oil cooler, Class IV hitch receiver and load-leveling rear shocks.
Under the Hood
We're big fans of the 3.6-liter V6 that's standard in every 2017 Durango, except the R/T. With 295 horsepower the V6 has no problem accelerating, and the start/stop system helps save a bit of fuel in the process. Of course, there's also the 5.7-liter Hemi V8, with 360 horsepower and towing capacity of 7,400 pounds. It's also relatively fuel-efficient thanks to a fuel-saver mode that seamlessly deactivates four of the eight cylinders when full power is not required. Both engines are mated to a standard 8-speed automatic transmission, and all-wheel drive (AWD) is available across the board. Note that the fuel-saving mode gives the new Durango competitive fuel-economy numbers. Some 2017 models show slightly lower fuel-economy numbers, due to changes in EPA testing.
293 horsepower @ 6,400 rpm (single exhaust)
295 horsepower @ 6,400 rpm (dual exhaust)
260 lb-ft of torque @ 4,800 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 19/26 mpg (RWD), 18/25 mpg (AWD)
360 horsepower @ 5,150 rpm
390 lb-ft of torque @ 4,250 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 14/22 mpg
Note: Due to changes in EPA testing to more effectively reflect real-world conditions, some 2017 models show slightly lower fuel-economy scores than their 2016 versions.
The Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) on a base-model, RWD 2017 Durango SXT is about $31,800, which includes the $1,095 destination charge. On the other end of the price spectrum, you can pay more than $46,000 for Durango Citadel with AWD and the new Anodized Platinum package. In between is likely something you'll find affordable and desirable, but note that options can drive the price of a Durango to the low-$50,000 range with the V8 added. V6 models compare well to the Honda Pilot and Ford Explorer, and nothing else in the category offers a V8. To get the best Durango deal, be sure to look at the Fair Purchase Price on KBB.com to learn what buyers in your area are actually paying. The Durango will likely hold its value about as well as a Chevrolet Traverse, but likely fall short of the Honda Pilot and Ford Explorer.
Dodge Durango Consumer Reviews
May 31, 2018
I previously owned a 2016 GMC Acadia and love this car so much more! The Acadia and the Durango offer about the same about of cargo...
May 30, 2018
Great SUV size having 3rd row
It has been low maintenance, great look with amazing power when needed.Gas mileage is nice compare to larger SUVs like an Escalade. It...
April 23, 2018
So Versital with the tow hitch 3rd row seat amd
I love my truck. Fun to drive with its peppy V-6. Lots of room inside and lots of convenience. All the seats lay down for hauling stuff....
December 18, 2017
Awesome truck with bad MPG
Awesome truck with a lot of space , very powerful motor for whatever you need with a really sport and luxury interior and best of all...
November 18, 2017
Extremely smooth. Great in snow.
Has had it for almost 2 years. Great in every weather. Drives smaller than it looks. Pleasing acceleration with the V6. The 8 speed is...
September 23, 2017
Traded up from G Cherokee
In Feb 2016 I took my 2014 Grand Cherokee Limited in for a oil change and came out with a 2015 Durango Limited, they offered me a trade...
June 22, 2017
not as massive as a tahoe, bigger than explorer its a perfect fit. you also still get v8 power and rwd. great at towing and mild off...
April 10, 2017
BEST SUV I HAVE EVER OWNED.
I PURCHASED THE V6 LIMITED. I HAVE WANTED ONE FOR A FEW YEARS NOW AND FINALLY BROKE DOWN AND BOUGHT ONE. BEST PURCHASE I HAVE EVER...
March 19, 2017
Solid Suv for a fair price
I bought the Durango R/T(V8 Hemi), its a solid vehicle for a fair price. It handles well, great acceleration, roomy. Inside cab is well...
December 21, 2016
2015 Dodge Durango Citadel 6 cylinder
The Durango is generally an excellent large SUV. The high points: excellent gas mileage for such a large vehicle (our experience in...