Consumer Reviews Summary
16 of 18 (88%) customers said they would recommend this vehicle to a friend.
2013 Dodge Durango Overview
The 2013 Dodge Durango is a mid-cycle refresh of the newly-reincarnated 2011 Durango. Its claim to fame is being an inexpensive seven-seat crossover that can please both the family and a heavy-footed driver. Sharing a platform with the current Jeep Grand Cherokee, the Durango is a strong contender for a family camping vehicle.
The Durango looks very similar to Dodges of recent days: strong and bulky with a bold, crosshair grill. Each Durango has optional 20–inch wheels, roof rack, and HID headlights. It’s also got special doors that are hardened to prevent door dings. It seems that although the Durango is marketed as a rugged off-roader, it has a softer side designed for the urban woods as well.
The interior of the 2013 Durango is its strongest feature. Features are chunky and beefy, befitting an off-road capable vehicle. The gauge cluster is backlit in blue and surrounded by polished aluminum and the multifunction steering-wheel is adjustable for height and distance from the driver. In the instrument panel, a central multi-info display is a nifty little contraption that can show the driver anything from mileage to road speed. Interior options include a 500 watt sound system, Uconnect hands-free connectivity, and a rear-seat entertainment system for passengers. The second row bench seats can also be replaced by two captain’s chairs, which reduces total capacity to six, but adds extra comfort.
Dodge carries over its standard engines to the Durango. The base models get a version of Chyrsler’s Pentastar V-6, a 290-horsepower, 3.6-liter V-6 with 260 pounds-feet of torque. For the weekend warrior who needs to tow a boat or camper, a 360-horsepower, 5.7-liter V-8 with 390 pounds-feet of torque is also available. This engine is at the heart of the 2013 Durango’s class-leading 7400 pounds of towing capability. With the V-6, drivers are likely to see 16/23 mpg city/highway while the V8 returns 14/20 mpg city/highway.
An IIHS Top Safety Pick, the 2013 Durango is considerably safer than Dodge cars of old. The Durango has traction control and advanced brakes that detect impending crashes and prepare to react. If a crash does happen, however, the 2013 Durango has plenty to keep its passengers safe: six standard airbags (front, side, and side-curtain), crumple zones, and active head restraints to reduce whiplash.