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Now in its second year after a major overhaul, the 2012 Dodge Durango continues to shine as a viable seven-seat option in the large crossover/midsize SUV segment.

An optional second-row of captain’s chairs with a storage console that can take the place of a bench are new for 2012. There are other minor changes including the automatic transmission gaining a sixth speed when paired to the 5.7-liter V-8. Speaking of engines, the Durango has two, starting with a 290-horsepower, 3.6-liter V-6 that is mated to a five-speed automatic transmission. The previously mentioned, 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 has best-in-class 360-horsepower. In fact, the V-8 also achieves best-in-class towing of 7,400 pounds, while the V-6 can tow up to 6,200 pounds. A four-wheel independent suspension and rear- or four-wheel-drive are available with either engine.

The 2012 Dodge Durango is available in four trims: SXT, Crew, R/T, and Citadel, and competes with the Chevrolet Traverse and Ford Explorer. The V-6 engine has features a best-in-class highway cruising range of over 500 miles. EPA-estimated fuel efficiency ratings range from 12-16 mpg in the city and 17-23 mpg on the highway depending on drivetrain choices.

After going through a complete redesign last year, the Durango emerged as a more streamlined and uniform vehicle than in years past. Fog lights, automatic halogen headlights, 18-inch aluminum wheels, and heated side mirrors are standard features. Take it up a notch with exterior options like high-intensity-discharge headlights, SmartBeam automatic high-beams, a power liftgate, power sunroof, roofrack with storable cross rails, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and 20-inch wheels.

As previously stated, the 2012 Dodge Durango seats up to seven in three rows of seats, though opting for the captain’s chairs in the second-row lowers capacity to six. The 50/50-split third row can fold into the floor, unveiling a generous 47.7 cubic feet of cargo space. Tri-zone automatic air conditioning and an auxiliary audio jack are standard, while a premium Alpine sound system, Garmin-based in-dash navigation system, front- and second-row heated seats, a heated steering wheel, the Uconnect® hands-free phone system, and a touch-screen stereo with a hard drive for music storage are optional.

The 2012 Durango has a host of standard safety features, including antilock brakes, three-row side curtain airbags and an electronic stability system with roll-mitigation technology. Rear parking sensors, a backup camera, a blind spot monitoring system, rear cross-path detection and adaptive cruise control with forward-collision warning are optional.

Now with more comfortable seating options, great power/towing numbers, and a stylish exterior, the 2012 Dodge Durango has emerged as a real competitor amongst large crossovers.

EPA Fuel Economy

  • City: 13 - 16 MPG
  • Highway: 20 - 23 MPG

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Safety Rating

  • Overall Safety: ****
  • Frontal Crash: ****
  • Side Crash: *****

Consumer Reviews Summary

Overall Rating:

37 of 41 (90%) consumers said they would recommend this vehicle to a friend.

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