2019 Dodge Durango

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2019 Dodge Durango Review

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.

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2019 Dodge Durango Changes: What’s The Difference vs The 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

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.

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2019 Dodge Durango Trims

See trim levels and configurations:

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
3.6L V6 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
SXT Plus
3.6L V6 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
3.6L V6 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
GT Plus
3.6L V6 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
3.6L V6 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
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2019 Durango Exterior

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  • Length 201.2 in
  • Wheelbase 119.8 in
  • Height 70.9 in
  • Max Width 75.8 in
  • Front Width 63.9 in
  • Rear Width 64.1 in

Exterior Colors

  • Vice White +$595
  • Reactor Blue Pearlcoat
  • In-Violet Clearcoat
  • Octane Red Pearlcoat
  • Billet Clearcoat
  • DB Black Clearcoat
  • Destroyer Gray Clearcoat
  • Granite Clearcoat
  • White Knuckle Clearcoat
  • F8 Green Clearcoat
  • Redline 2 Coat Pearl

2019 Durango Performance

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Engine and Transmission

  • Engines
    3.6L V6 Gas, 5.7L V8 Gas, 5.7L V8 HEMI MDS VVT
  • 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.

2019 Durango Interior

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Seating and Interior Space

  • Seating capacity
  • Front Leg Room 40.3 in
  • Front Head Room 39.9 in
  • Rear Leg Room 38.6 in
  • Rear Head Room 39.8 in

2019 Durango Trunk and Cargo Space

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

2019 Durango Safety and Reliability


  • Basic:
    3 Years \ 36,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain:
    5 Years \ 60,000 Miles
  • Corrosion:
    5 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Roadside Assistance:
    5 Years \ 60,000 Miles

US NHTSA Crash Test Result

  • Rollover Rating

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 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 Comparisons

Ford Explorer Ford
Jeep Grand Cherokee Jeep
CompetitorHorsepowerMPGPrice (MSRP)
Dodge Durango293 hp18/25 mpg$39,050
Ford Explorer 300 hp21/28 mpg$36,760
Jeep Grand Cherokee 293 hp19/26 mpg$39,535

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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