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2019 Dodge Durango

$30,445 - $45,845
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2019 Dodge Durango Review

by Adam Lynton

The 2019 Dodge Durango has been dubbed the three-row Charger of the SUV segment and is an evolution of the third-generation model introduced in 2011. There are six model trims available in the 2019 lineup, all equipped with a 3.6-liter V6 engine boasting outputs of 295 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque, while a 5.7-liter Hemi V8 engine with 360 hp and 390 lb-ft is optional for the Citadel and Anodized Platinum trims. Power is routed to either the standard rear-wheel-drive or optional all-wheel-drive system through an eight-speed automatic transmission. With an appealing host of features, impressive off-road capability, and class-leading towing capacities, the 2019 Durango stands out favorably against core rivals such as the Ford Explorer and VW Atlas. But with relatively inefficient engine options and a distinct old-school feel, the Durango's core rivals are not completely knocked out of consideration.

2019 Dodge Durango Changes: What’s the difference vs 2018 Durango?

All Dodge Durango trims undergo a variety of changes for 2019, including the addition of F8 Green, Destroyer Gray, and Reactor Blue exterior paint colors. Blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert is available to all trims as a free-standing option, and an integrated trailer brake is now equipped with the available Trailer Tow Package. Leather seats are made available for the SXT while cloth seating is now available for the GT, the latter of which is also updated with a performance front fascia with an SRT-inspired hood. Citadel models now feature second-row captain's chairs as standard equipment and come with an optional 825-watt, 19-speaker Harman Kardon audio system.

Pros and Cons

  • Favorable off-road capability
  • User-friendly infotainment system
  • Exceptional towing capacity
  • Ample interior room
  • Vast trunk and cargo capacity
  • Boat-like handling dynamics
  • Below-average reliability rating
  • Not as premium as rival offerings
  • Insufferable fuel economy

Durango Exterior

The Durango boasts an aggressive character in a world full of soft-looking crossovers, a fine example of a muscle-car SUV. For 2019 a performance front fascia with available functional SRT hood, including a center air inlet duct flanked by heat extractors, is made standard for the GT trim. The Citadel trim is equipped with a power moonroof and roof rails with integrated storable cross-rails as standard. Equipped as standard on the SXT are 18-inch Technical Gray alloy wheels, while the GT receives 20-inch satin carbon alloy wheels and the Citadel 20-inch platinum chrome alloys. All trim models feature LED exterior lighting, the GT gets LED fog lights, and the Citadel gets Xenon headlights.

2019 Dodge Durango Front View
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Dimensions

The Durango errs on the larger side of the spectrum against competing three-row SUVs, spanning a length of 201.2 inches with a wheelbase of 119.8 inches. It stands 70.9 inches tall and measures 85.5 inches in width. Riding with a ground clearance of 8.1 inches, the Durango offers an approach angle of 16.3 degrees, a break-over angle of 18.1 degrees, and a departure angle of 21.5 degrees. The RWD variant of the Durango SXT carries the lightest curb weight of 4,680 lbs while the heaviest curb weight of 5,417 is held by the V8-equipped Citadel in the AWD configuration.

Exterior Colors

The Durango's color palette has grown with the addition of three new colors for 2019, taking the total number of hues to 11, with limited availability of certain options by trim choice. Returning across the range are DB Black, Octane Red, and Billet at no cost, while Vice White is available for $595. In-Violet is limited to SXT trims, replaced by Redline on the two GT trims, which also get the new-for-2019 option of F8 Green. Other new additions include Destroyer Gray and Reactor Blue, available across the range. Any of the darker exterior paint options look great on the aggressive exterior styling of the Durango, and the F8 Green is a particularly appealing addition to the line-up.

  • Vice White
  • DB Black Clearcoat
  • F8 Green Clearcoat
  • Octane Red Pearlcoat
  • Billet Clearcoat
  • Destroyer Gray Clearcoat
  • Granite Clearcoat
  • Reactor Blue Pearlcoat
  • Redline 2 Coat Pearl
  • White Knuckle Clearcoat
  • In-Violet Clearcoat

Durango Performance

Dodge has given the Durango muscle-car derived powertrains in an attempt to overcome the large SUV's heft. Models equipped with the standard 3.6-liter V6 engine are capable of reaching the 0-60 mph mark in around 7.4 seconds, but equipping the Durango Citadel with the optional 5.7-liter V8 engine enables a 0-60 mph time of 6.2 seconds.

With the standard V6 powertrain, in both rear- and all-wheel-drive guise, the Durango carries a maximum towing capability of 6,200 lbs, but if its big towing capacity you're after, nothing short of the Citadel's optional V8 and RWD will suffice, affording the Durango a 7,400 lbs towing capacity.

All Durango models are rear-wheel-drive by default with all-wheel-drive optional. If the latter is equipped with the V8 on Citadel trims, a two-speed transfer case is also added to the mix, giving the Durango enhanced off-road capability.

2019 Dodge Durango Front View Driving
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Engine and Transmission

Under the hood of every sub-R/T Durango lies a 3.6-liter naturally aspirated V6 engine developing 295 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque, paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. The V6 engine can take a slight beating with the hefty weight of the Durango, but it otherwise performs suitably for the daily grind. Initial power delivery is quick and responsive, getting the porky rig on the move, but power wains at around 50 mph. That means great acceleration off-the-line but slow overtaking at higher speeds on the highway.

For those wanting to access the Durango's true muscle-car spirit, the Durango Citadel trim can be equipped with an optional 5.7-liter naturally aspirated V8 engine that kicks out 360 hp and 390 lb-ft of torque mated to the same eight-speed auto. Along with faster acceleration, the V8 engine is also able to maintain its pep at higher speeds. The eight-speed gearbox can take some time hunting for gears in casual driving conditions and is at times overly eager to reach top gear.

  • Engine
    3.6-liter V6 Gas
  • Transmission
    8-Speed Automatic
  • Drivetrains
    AWD, RWD

Handling and Driving Impressions

The Durango offers a surprisingly comfortable ride for a large three-row SUV, suited more to long-distance family holidays than heavy-duty off-road work. Things are kept reasonably soft over most road imperfections and fluctuations without losing composure. The standard suspension reads road deformities well and remains stable around bends and sharp turns. Because of its rear-wheel biased configuration, it also feels a bit sportier than FWD based rivals, particularly with a soulful V8 under the hood of the Citadel. The Durango's size and weight can certainly be felt when it comes to corners, though, feeling boat-like due to the slow steering rack that requires more input than necessary.

The steering weight is good and responses are precise, though it does require a lot of effort and doesn't promptly self-center. There is no brake-pedal delay, and stopping-power is adequate for the heavy SUV, but panic braking yields some fade.

Off-road capability is good as a result of the Durango's 8.1-inch ground clearance and available dual-range transfer case on V8-equipped models. But it's not quite on par with smaller, more focused offroaders like the Jeep Grand Cherokee with its shorter wheelbase.

Durango Gas Mileage

A hefty curb weight and big burly V6 and V8 engine options mean the Durango is thirstier than most in the three-row SUV segment. Models equipped with the V6 engine perform most efficiently with the RWD configuration returning EPA estimates of 19/26/21 mpg city/highway/combined. The AWD variants perform slightly less economically, returning EPA estimates of 18/25/21 mpg. The AWD Citadel, when equipped with the optional V8, returns 14/22/17 mpg on the EPA cycle. All trims are equipped with a 24.6-gallon gas tank, enabling a range of 516 miles on RWD, V6 models.

  • Fuel Tank Capacity
    24.6 Gallons
  • Fuel Economy
    City/Hwy: 19/26 mpg
* 2019 Dodge Durango SXT RWD

Durango Interior

The overall build quality of the Durango is adequate rather than exceptional. It's no feat of craftsmanship and doesn't feel quite as premium as some rivals, but it's by no means shoddy either. The in-cabin materials used are mixed in quality, with key touchpoints adorned in soft-touch textures while general trim items are plain and harsh. The cabin itself is set out ergonomically and there's enough space to accommodate adults in all three rows. The seats throughout the cabin are comfortable, spacious, and supportive. Two-row seating for five is standard on the base model, with all others boasting a full three-row setup. Higher trims add further comfort with power adjustment and heating in both front rows, while second-row captain's chairs decrease the seat count in favor of comfort.

2019 Dodge Durango Infotainment System
2019 Dodge Durango Central Console
2019 Dodge Durango Seat
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Seating and Interior Space

The SXT has two rows, all others have three rows with seven seats, with the Citadel getting six thanks to two second-row captains chairs, an option on lesser trims. The front seats are either manual or power-adjustable depending on the trim and are suitably comfortable and supportive. The second-row three-seater bench is spacious and somewhat comfortable, but not as much as the alternate captain's chairs. Third-row seating is less comfortable, but still spacious enough for adults, although reaching the third row proves to be a little tricky. From the pilot's seat, the driver is positioned with a commanding view of the road with visibility as good as one might expect from a large three-row SUV.

  • Seating capacity
    5-seater

Interior Colors and Materials

Standard on the SXT and GT trims is Carolina Mesh/Double Cross cloth upholstery in Black or Light Frost Beige, while standard on the Citadel trim and optional for the SXT and GT is Capri leather trim in Black or Light Frost Beige. Also optional for the GT trims is Capri leather trim with perforated suede inserts in Black. The seats in the Citadel Anodized Platinum can be upholstered with either Nappa leather trim with Nappa Axis II perforated inserts with Tungsten accent stitching in Black or Radar Red or Black/Sepia with embroidered Dodge Rhombus. For $695, seating material in the SXT can be upgraded to genuine leather trim.

Durango Trunk and Cargo Space

The Durango is a master of storage, with 17.2 cubic feet of space behind the third-row seating; enough room four carry-on suitcases. Folding down the 50/50 split third-row seats expands space to 43.3 cubic feet of space, but with the 60/40 split-folding second-row bench or fold-and-tumble captain's chairs folded down, space expands further to total 85.1 cubic feet. Even more is available with the fold-down front passenger seat stowed away, giving greater practicality for the loading of longer items.

In-cabin storage is vast, with wide door pockets available on all four doors that are large enough to accommodate bottles. In the front are dual cupholders, cellphone tray, center armrest tray, a cavernous center armrest storage cubby, and an average-sized glovebox. There are two seatback map pockets in the second-row seating and with the second-row captain's chairs equipped the Durango gets a second-row center mini floor console with cupholders and a storage console. There are two cupholders located in the third-row seating area.

2019 Dodge Durango Trunk Space
2019 Dodge Durango Trunk Space with Third Row Folded
2019 Dodge Durango Maximum Cargo Space

Durango Infotainment and Features

Features

Standard features in the base SXT include keyless entry and push-button start, manually adjustable front seats and a flat-folding passenger seat. Three-zone automatic temperature control is equipped as standard from the base level. The SXT Plus receives auto-dimming and power-folding mirrors and ventilated front seats while the Durango GT is additionally equipped with an eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat, 60/40 fold-and-tumble second-row three-passenger bench, and 50/50 split-folding third-row seats. The GT Plus receives further front seat adjustability, a heated power-adjustable steering wheel, and heated front and second-row seats. The Citadel is equipped with second-row fold-and-tumble captain's chairs as standard and also features a power sunroof, second-row mini floor console, memory system, and power tilt-and-telescoping steering column. The Citadel Anodized Platinum trim has ventilated front seats and a cargo compartment cover. Hill-start assist comes standard with all Durango trims, optional for all but the SXT trim is a Technology Package that adds blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-path detection, adaptive cruise control with stop advanced brake assist, full-speed forward collision warning plus, and lane departure warning plus.

Infotainment

The base SXT, SXT Plus, GT, and GT Plus all feature a Uconnect 4 infotainment system with a seven-inch touchscreen display and standard six-speaker sound system. There are two USB ports for device charging and Bluetooth, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay for connectivity as standard. The Citadel and Citadel Anodized Platinum benefit from the Uconnect 4C system with an 8.4-inch touchscreen display and nine-speaker Premium Alpine audio system with a subwoofer. From the GT trim upward, SiriusXM Radio functionality is included with a one-year trial subscription. The system can be controlled via the steering wheel-mounted controls. The Uconnect system is one of the most user-friendly and reliable systems available on the market and functions work suitably well. A premium 19-speaker Harman Kardon surround-sound audio system is optional for the Citadel trims.

Durango Problems and Reliability

Even though there have been zero recalls commissioned for the 2019 year model of the Dodge Durango and minimal driver complaints lodged to online authorities, J.D. Power gave the 2019 Dodge Durango a terrible predicted reliable rating of two out of five. Dodge covers the 2019 Durango with a three-year/36,000-mile basic warranty and a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty.

Durango Safety

The NHTSA gave the 2019 year model of the Dodge Durango an overall crash test rating of four out of five stars. In four of five crash test evaluations conducted by the IIHS, the 2019 Dodge Durango scored top ratings of Good. It scored the second-lowest possible score of Marginal in the small front overlap test.

Key Safety Features

Standard safety features on all trims include active head restraints and an airbag complement of dual front airbags, side-curtain airbags, a driver knee airbag, and supplemental front-seat side airbags. All trims also feature electronic stability control and hill start assist. Blind Spot Monitoring with rear cross-path detection is available for all trim options while adaptive cruise control with stop advanced brake assist, full-speed forward collision warning plus, and lane departure warning plus are available within the Technology Package, which is optional for all trims except the base SXT.

Verdict: Is the 2019 Dodge Durango a good SUV?

While the third-generation Durango arrived almost a decade ago, its class-leading towing capacity and highly versatile seating and storage arrangements give it a leg up on many newer rivals. The infotainment system and connectivity options are contemporary, and the standard comfort and convenience features are relatively extensive. While power is adequate for utility, the economy is only average at best. A spacious cabin caters for up to seven adults, and while the materials hardly feel premium, the build quality feels decent and the layout is intuitive and functional. Where the Durango falls short, though, is in its poor predicted reliability ratings and the lack of advanced driver assistance features standard on even the highest trims. Its sheer heft also makes it difficult to drive in confined spaces. For long-distance road trips, though, the Durango is a lounge on wheels, and its comfort combined with muscle-car attitude make it an unforgettable entrant in the three-row arena.

What's the Price of the 2019 Dodge Durango?

The SXT starts at $30,445, with the SXT Plus a little more at $34,440. From there, a GT will cost you $34,895, a GT Plus $39,245, while moving to the upper echelons of the range sees the Citadel priced at $43,245 and the range-topping Anodized Platinum selling for $46,520. The addition of AWD is a further $2,600 while fitting the V8 to the Citadel models adds $3,995. Those prices exclude tax, registration, and licensing fees, as well as Dodge's destination charge of $1,495.

2019 Dodge Durango Models

For 2019, the Dodge Durango lineup comprises six available trim options: SXT, SXT Plus, GT, GT Plus, Citadel, and Citadel Anodized Platinum. All are equipped with a 3.6-liter V6 engine and an eight-speed automatic transmission and all feature a standard-fit RWD system with AWD as an option. The Citadel and Citadel Anodized Platinum are the only trims that have the option of a larger V8 engine.

The SXT is the base level trim option and is outfitted with only the essentials. It comes standard with only two-row seating, 18-inch alloy wheels, a seven-inch touchscreen display, six-speaker sound system, and three-zone automatic climate control.

The SXT Plus comes standard with seating for seven and additionally receives black roof rails, rear parking sensors and extended availability to optional packages.

The GT boasts a sportier aesthetic and few additional standard features such as power-adjustable front seats, power mirrors, and SiriusXM Radio capability. It also has access to a greater selection of optional packages.

The GT Plus is further equipped with standard features such as even greater front seat power-adjustability, a heated steering wheel, and heated front seats.

The Citadel comes standard with second-row captain's chairs and features an 8.4-inch touchscreen infotainment display and nine-speaker Alpine surround-sound system. A power moonroof and navigation system are also included.

The Anodized Platinum Citadel is more of an appearance package than a trim option. It adds platinum exterior and interior accents, leather-trimmed seats with ventilation, and a few additional accessories.

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
SXT
3.6-liter V6 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
$30,445
SXT Plus
3.6-liter V6 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
$30,445
GT
3.6-liter V6 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
$34,895
GT Plus
3.6-liter V6 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
$34,895
Citadel
3.6-liter V6 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
$43,245
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Additional Packages

Just because there are six trims doesn't mean Dodge doesn't give you the opportunity for further customization, with several packages available to enhance specification levels.

At $1,195 the Trailer-Tow Group is available to all trims and comprises a 180-amp alternator, class IV receiver hitch, full-size steel spare tire, and wiring harness, and equips the Durango with heavy-duty engine cooling, rear load-leveling suspension, and trailer brake control.

Available for the SXT is a $995 Third-row Seating group which installs third-row seating. The Popular Equipment package upgrades the SXT Plus with a heated steering wheel, heated front seats, a power liftgate, and auto-dimming rearview mirrors for $1,645. The GT and GT Plus can be equipped with a $1,095 Brass Monkey Appearance package which includes 20-inch Brass Monkey Bronze Wheels and Gloss Black badges.

The GT Plus can be optioned with a Premium Group which for $2,495 adds a Uconnect 4C NAV with 8.4-inch display, nine-speaker Alpine amplified speakers with subwoofer, black roof rails, integrated roof rail crossbars, and a power sunroof. The $1,395 Safety/Security and Convenience Group adds automatic high beam, headlamp control, a cargo compartment cover, low beam HID headlamps, a power tilt-and-telescopic steering column, and rain-sensitive windshield wipers.

Buyers of the GT Plus, Citadel, and Citadel Anodized Platinum trims have the option of a $2,395 ($2,495 for GT Plus) Technology Group made up of adaptive cruise control with stop advanced brake assist, full-speed forward collision warning plus, lane departure warning plus, and rain-sensitive windshield wipers. There's also a $1,995 Rear DVD Entertainment Center which adds Blu-Ray compatible dual-screen rear-seat video system and eight-way power driver's seat with memory and eight-way pass seat.

What Dodge Durango Model Should I Buy?

We would suggest opting for the Dodge Durango GT Plus as along with its exclusive sporty exterior aesthetic and appealing range of standard-fit features, it also has access to the greatest range of optional packages and equipment groups. As standard, it boasts a favorable selection of comfort and convenience features such as a heated steering wheel and heated front seats and has access to a Safety/Security and Convenience Group which adds driver-assist and safety elements that we highly recommend including. Another advantage of the GT Plus is that it can be optioned with either a three-seater second-row bench or second-row captains chairs.

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2019 Dodge Durango vs Ford Explorer

The Durango isn't the only decade-old competitor in the segment. The Ford Explorer is the most efficient of the two aging SUVs with EPA estimates of 19/27/23 mpg, but is less powerful than the Durango and lacks the same towing abilities with only a 5,000 lbs maximum rating. The Explorer is based on a front-wheel-drive platform whereas the Dodge's RWD nature gives it more robust performance when towing or hauling heavy loads. The Explorer does offer slightly more trunk room than the Durango, though, but once the second and third-row seats are folded down, the available room becomes somewhat equal. In terms of safety, both models receive similar ratings. The NHTSA did, however, give the Explorer a five out of five overall rating. Technology, comfort, and convenience features are also better in the Durango which, along with its superior utility as an SUV, makes it the better option of the two.

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2019 Dodge Durango vs Jeep Grand Cherokee

Do you really need seven seats in a Durango when a Jeep Grand Cherokee with comparable pricing and capabilities will do? Because the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango are corporate cousins hailing from the FCA brand umbrella, their engines are shared. As such, both models offer similar output potential and gas mileage estimates. The Grand Cherokee is, however, only a five-seater SUV and occupies a smaller segment within the market. Nevertheless, the Jeep is easier to drive, feels more premium than the Durango, and features a greater selection of safety and advanced driver-assists. Along with that, the Jeep also offers far greater off-road capability, too, with smaller dimensions aiding nimbleness on poor terrain. The technology in the Jeep is also superior to that of the Durango, with similar capability but better functionality and quality. It may have a slightly inferior maximum tow capacity of 7,200 lbs, but with only marginal differences between the two, unless you need the extra seats, it's not really worth buying the Durango.

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