2016 Dodge Durango Review


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2016 Dodge Durango Overview

When practicality counts more than performance in your crossover ute, you might want to check out Dodge’s 2016 Durango. This handsome 7-passenger, 5-door people-hauler sports 3 rows of seating, 84.5 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats folded, and standard V6 power, once again bridging the gap between your downsized crossover and your midsize SUV. The Durango also has a split-folding third-row seat that’s actually adult-friendly, something its competition doesn't always manage to offer.

The 2016 Durango returns in 4 trims: the base SXT, the up-featured Limited, the sport-oriented R/T (Road/Track), and the flagship Citadel. There’s also an SXT Plus sub-trim that boasts the eye-catching Rallye Appearance Package. All trims again come with standard rear-wheel drive (RWD), but each remains eligible for full-time all-wheel drive (AWD).

Enhancements to the upcoming model year’s Durango lineup include new engine stop/start technology for the standard V6, upgraded 20-inch aluminum wheels on the Citadel, and 4 new exterior colors: Red Pearl, Luxury Brown, Light Brownstone, and Ivory Pearl Tri-coat. Additionally, the SXT gets a new Satin Carbon finish on its standard 18-inch wheels, while a debuting Brass Monkey Package, featuring 20-inch Burnished Bronze wheel treatments, a Gloss Black grille and badges, and body-color exterior trim pieces, becomes available to higher Durango trims for 2016. A new Platinum Package, with further upgrades to exterior trim accents, is slated to become available on the top-shelf Citadel later in the 2016 model year.

The standard engine aboard all Durango trims other than the R/T is a 3.6-liter V6 mated with an 8-speed shiftable automatic transmission. The automatic returns complemented by a rotary shifter and steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters for a total of 290 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. Expect mileage in RWD Durango editions packing the V6 to remain 18 mpg city/25 highway/20 combined, with AWD variants again estimated at 17/24/19. Towing capacity is maxed out at 6,200 pounds with the proper equipment.

The 2016 Durango R/T is powered by a standard 5.7-liter Hemi V8 that again combines with the 8-speed shiftable automatic to put out 360 hp and 390 lb-ft of torque, with EPA estimates remaining 14/23/17 in RWD versions and 14/22/16 in AWD trims. The V8 is also available on the rest of the Durango lineup, and its towing capacity tops out at 7,400 pounds.

Look for standard exterior features aboard the 2016 Durango to include 18- or 20-inch wheels (each with newly updated styling), a roof rack, an auto-dimming driver’s side exterior mirror, a power rear liftgate, and chrome-tipped exhaust pipes.

Inside, expect to find cloth, leather, or premium leather upholstery, a fold-flat front passenger seat, heated and reclining second-row seats, keyless entry, heated power-adjustable front seats, full power accessories, and memory for driver settings. All 2016 Durango trims will additionally offer standard cruise control, telescoping tilt-wheel steering, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, and 3-zone climate control, while higher trims return with such standard upgrades as ventilated front seats, a rear-view camera, rear parking sensors, remote engine start, and a remote garage door opener.

Technology in the 2016 Durango includes basic Bluetooth-interfaced Uconnect infotainment with a 5.0-inch display in lower trims, while upper trims get standard Uconnect 8.4 with additional features like an SD card slot, Bluetooth streaming audio, an 8.4-inch touchscreen, and, on the Citadel trim, standard GPS navigation. Look for the entry-level SXT to offer an AM/FM stereo with 6 speakers and an auxiliary audio input, while the Limited adds standard satellite radio, HD Radio, and internet radio to the mix. The R/T and Citadel trims add a standard 500-watt audio system boasting 9 premium speakers.

In keeping with its sporty image, the 2016 Durango R/T comes with not only the standard V8, but also features a sportier suspension and performance steering.

Options packages include the ebony-toned Blacktop Package and the sharp-looking Rallye Package, with its 20-inch alloy wheels, body-colored exterior trim pieces, and upgraded tires, and noteworthy standalone options include step running boards, a power sunroof, and a Class IV towing package. A rear-seat Blu-Ray DVD entertainment, a single-CD player, and the popular Beats by Dr. Dre audio upgrade are available inside.

Standard safety equipment aboard the 2016 Durango lineup includes 4-wheel antilock brakes (ABS), traction and stability control, front side-mounted airbags, 3-row head protection airbags, front fog/driving lights, and a post-collision safety system. All trims other than the SXT also tote standard daytime running lights, turn-signal-integrated mirrors, and a remote antitheft alarm, with the Citadel sporting standard high-intensity-discharge (HID) headlights. The Citadel also remains eligible for the safety-oriented Technology Group option package, featuring adaptive cruise control, advanced brake-assist, and forward collision mitigation braking.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) gives the current Durango a 4 out of 5 star safety rating, and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gives it a top score of Good in all tests except the small front overlap portion, where the Durango scores a next-to-worst Marginal rating.

Owners of 2015 Durango editions complain of problems with the 8-speed automatic transmission, as well as some issues with brake feel and stopping distances. On the positive side, owners are pretty much unanimous in praising this practical crossover’s looks, standard features, and surprisingly good mileage. The 2016 Durango again challenges Chevy’s Traverse, Mazda’s CX-9, and Toyota’s Highlander, but reviewers note that if the Durango's rivals generally offer heftier carrying capability and a more refined ride, they continue to trail it in overall utility.


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