2017 Dodge Durango: Large, Stable, and Strong But Just Not Safe Enough

Jan 27, 2017 11:54 PM EST | JP Olvido

The 2017 Dodge Durango is a 7-passenger luxury SUV from the American car brand. This SUV is quite the looker although performance is debatable.

The 2017 Dodge Durango. The 2017 Durango has a muscular stance thanks to a GT body kit and 20-inch wheels. It still exudes class even with a big crosshair grille on the front and a boxy design with LED rear lights that give off a race car impression. The Durango comes in 4 trims namely SXT, GT, R/T, and Citadel.

The insides of the Durango is subtle and isn't noisy to look at. Its dash is covered in soft-touch materials with metallic-accented gauges and a large enough display touchscreen. The 8.4-inch Uconnect infotainment systems bring together audio and climate controls, calling functions, and navigation. Other features include a standard rearview camera, blind-spot monitors, and adaptive cruise control with a stop.

Under the hood, the Durango comes with two available engines. The standard 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine and a 5.7-liter Hemi V8 are the two engine options the Durango has. The former churns out 290 horsepower and 260-pound foot of torque while the latter provides 360 horsepower and 390-pound foot of torque.

The SUV comes with either rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. The all-wheel drive has two systems, one for the V8 engine models with a low-range transfer case and another for the V6 engine models with a much simpler single-speed unit. The V8 engine model is able to go from 0 to 60 miles per hour in just 6.2 seconds which is quite fast for a large SUV like the Durango.

There is more than enough legroom and headroom inside the Durango with the second and third-row seats being comfortably spacious. The rear seats fold down easily increasing the already large cargo space the Durango has.

With its spacious interior, the Durango offers a comfortable ride especially for adults on all rows. It drives firmly and the steering has a precise feeling to it. The usual side-to-side head movements when on dirty roads are noticeable but its ride is reassuring and stable otherwise thanks to an independent suspension.

As far as safety is concerned, the Durango is an aging vehicle and doesn't quite fare well in crash tests even with its list of safety features. The 2017 Dodge Durango's retails at a base price of US$33,690. Top level trims cost higher with additional fees for specific features.

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