2017 Dodge Durango
The Dodge Durango is much more than just another SUV. It has plenty of cargo room, can seat up to five or seven people (consumers choice), and it offers bits of luxury for the driver and passengers. And don’t forget all the great technology, including Uconnect and rear seatback entertainment systems. The 2017 Dodge Durango has plenty to offer.
Standard Fuel Economy
5.7-liter HEMI V8
Avail. Engine Type
Max Towing Capacity
For the 2017 model year, there are six trims and two drivetrains to choose from, rear-wheel drive (RWD) or all-wheel drive (AWD). Choose the one that fits your typical driving terrain the best, i.e. AWD for slippery surfaces. The standard engine found on the majority of the lineup is a 3.6-liter V6 VVT engine with Electric Start-Stop (ESS), paired to an 8-speed automatic transmission standard, with an optional sport mode integrated into the transmission.
Standard on the R/T, optional on the Citadel and Citadel Anodized Platinum (CAP for short), is the 5.7-liter HEMI V8 engine with MDS and VVT. For the R/T, the transmission also comes with paddle shifters. This means drivers can switch gears manually if they wish, but can default to automatic at any time.
Fuel Economy and Towing
One may have noticed the acronyms VVT and MDS. VVT, short for “Variable Valve Timing,” is a technology used to alter the timing event of an engine’s cylinders to optimize fuel economy. MDS stands for “Multi-displacement system,” and it is a technology that turns off half of the cylinders in V6 and V8 engine when cruising at a steady speed to conserve fuel. Thus, vehicles with the V6 engine have a fuel economy of 19/26 mpg city/highway, and those that opt in for the V8 engine get 14/22 mpg city/highway. Oddly enough, AWD changes the V6 fuel economy to 18/25 mpg city/highway.
The Dodge Durango is also known for its towing capacity. When equipped with the 3.6-liter V6 engine, drivers can expect a towing capacity between 3,500-6,200 pounds. If equipped with the 5.7-liter HEMI V8 engine, then they’ll have a max towing capacity of 7,400 pounds.
One of the nice things about the 2017 Dodge Durango is that many features are shared across many trims, inside and out. For the exterior, standard features consist of automatic headlamps, an acoustic windshield, LED Tail lamps, and exterior heated mirrors. Drivers can find exterior mirrors with memory and turn signals and automatic high beams in high end trims, some of which also come with a power liftgate.
If the Durango is packed with passengers and there’s not a whole lot of room for cargo, roof rails can be installed onto the SXT Plus, and come standard on the Durango CAP. For the wheels, the Durango SXT and SXT Plus ride on 18-inch aluminum wheels standard, with SXT Plus able to switch out for 20-inch carbon finish wheels. The rest of the trims can get a variety of 20-inch wheels to ride on.
When it comes to seating capacity, all trims are capable of either seating five or seven passengers. The Durango SXT and SXT Plus trims come standard with only two rows of seats, but buyers can opt in for the third-row seating group package for a third-row and second-row fold and tumble seat. The rest of the trims come standard with a third-row back seat, and select trims have the fold and tumble option. The seating trim may be cloth, leather, or premium leather depending on the trim, and select trims come with a 60/40 split-fold or fold and tumble seat as the second row. For a little luxury, look for trims with heated and/or ventilated seats, and check out the option to turn the second row bench into captain seats in all trims but the base (reduces seating capacity by one).
The standard and shared features inside the 2017 Dodge Durango consist of an auto-dimming rearview mirror, an electronic vehicle information center, 3-zone automatic temperature control, and several small cargo compartments found inside and around the cabin. Upper-level trims have other features available to them, such as a heated, leather wrapped steering wheel, driver seat memory, and an available sunroof.
In the 2017 Dodge Durango there is all sorts of tech to keep everyone busy and entertained. Standard is a 6-speaker system with a 5-inch touchscreen and Uconnect 5.0 on the Durango SXT and SXT Plus. On the Durango GT trim and remaining trims, the standard tech is Uconnect 8.4, an 8.4-inch touchscreen and the option of upgrading to a BeatsAudio premium sound system (except BeatsAutio system is standard on the Durango R/T). The Durango Citadel trim and CAP come with a 9-speaker amplified system with a subwoofer.
Bluetooth streaming audio can only be found on the Durango SXT Plus, but Bluetooth with voice command and steering wheel mounted audio controls are a lineup standard. Depending on the trim, adding navigation to Uconnect may be standard or available. All trims but the base, Durango SXT, have Uconnect Access available, a new program by FCA that nearly breaks the limits of a car’s capabilities.
Safety Features and Warranty
Many standard safety features are found on the 2017 Dodge Durango, such as an advanced multistage front airbag system, side-curtain airbags, a Sentry Key Theft Deterrent System, LATCH anchors for LATCH-ready child seats, and convenient features like Remote Proximity Keyless Entry and Keyless Go. If looking for more advanced features, look for the following on select trims - blind-spot and cross path detection, ParkSense Rear Park Assist with Stop and ParkView rear back-up camera, full speed forward collision warning plus, lane departure warning plus, and an enhanced accident response system.
All Dodge Durango trims are covered under Dodge’s standard warranties: a 3-year or 36,000-mile basic warranty; a 5-year or 60,000-mile powertrain warranty; roadside assistance for five years or 100,000 miles; and rust-through coverage for 5 years/100,000 miles.