New 2020 Dodge Durango SUV
Dodge Durango SUV
With ample power for towing, hauling and passing, the 2020 Dodge Durango offers full-size SUV attributes in a 7-passenger midsize package.
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In the 2020 Dodge Durango SUV, you’ll find room for seven passengers, a phalanx of high-tech infotainment and driver assists, and a set of engine options no Subaru, Honda or Toyota can match. As midsize SUVs go, the Durango is the most American of the set, offering aggressive styling and muscle-car-like performance with admirable abilities like an 8,600-pound max tow rating and 8.1 inches of ground clearance.
Unlike the Subaru Ascent and Toyota Highlander, the Durango’s advanced driver assists are optional, not standard, although some buyers might appreciate the ability to decide for themselves if they want these features. And while the Durango’s design is getting up there in years, it still offers all the things families look for in an SUV, like comfort, style and safety. Just don’t look for stellar resale value.
You'll Like This Car If...
- Full-size utility in a midsize package
- Distinctive styling
- Powerful V8 engine options
- Towing ability
- Roomy 3rd-row seat
You May Not Like This Car If...
- Average resale & reliability scores
- V8s are gas-thirsty
- Not as easy to maneuver as some competitors
- Advanced driver assists not standard
What's New for 2020
- R/T trim gets some new packages & styling
- Available Premium Interior Group
- Gloss-black 20-inch wheels w/Blacktop Package
Although the V8 engines in the 2020 Durango are arguably more newsworthy, the entry-level-yet-refined V6 works well, delivering 293 horsepower and is capable of towing 6,400 pounds. It’s complemented by an 8-speed automatic transmission that only occasionally “hunts” for the right gear.
On the other hand, these V8 engines do distinguish the Durango. The 5.7-liter unit generates 360 horsepower, for superb acceleration with a resonant rumble and a tow rating of 7,400 pounds. The 6.4-liter in the SRT trim develops 475 horsepower, good enough to sprint from standstill to 60 mph in a fleeting 4.4 seconds or tow 8,600 pounds. Ease off the throttle, though, and every version of the Durango can be quiet and comfortable.
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While not as practical as one of the V6 models, the 6-passenger SRT version is still accommodating of people and cargo, but its crazy fast acceleration times, sharp handling and glorious-sounding exhaust note know no equal from Honda, Nissan or Toyota.
Still one of the most complete and easy-to-use infotainment systems around, the 2020 Dodge Durango’s Uconnect 4 system features a large touch screen, easy-to-figure-out controls and is Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatible. Controls for the heated seats and steering wheel, as well as optional navigation and climate are also incorporated into the touch screen.
It’s a pleasant place inside the 2020 Durango 7-passenger crossover SUV, with an air about it that seems higher in quality than most rivals, the deluxe Citadel trim in particular. This is the version with heated/ventilated front seats and heated 2nd-row seats.
Most trim levels offer captain’s chairs to replace the bench in the second row, which also make it easier to access the third row and use booster seats. Cargo space when all three rows are in place is useful at 17 cubic feet, expanding to 43.3 and then 85.1. The front-passenger seat also folds down, so the Durango can take quite long items. Citadel and SRT versions may also be specified with headliners of simulated suede.
Beginning with the most basic Durango SXT, the look is bold, decisive and certainly not easily mistaken for any other midsize SUV. Move up the line to the GT and the look gets a bit meaner, the Citadel more upscale and the R/T looks like a Charger on steroids, offering an SRT-style hood with a large air scoop. Step into an SRT, and you’ll have an American-made SUV that can run with the likes of BMW, Porsche and Audi, at least on the track.
Dodge never shies away from making bold statements and we appreciate the numerous statements made by the 2020 Durango, from its “racetrack”- shaped taillight, to the massive wheel-and-tire combos, to the bold paint colors and graphic decals. The Durango really is one of a kind.
Notable Standard Equipment
The SXT entry-level trim has seating for five, tri-zone automatic climate control, 18-inch alloy wheels, V6 engine (with a Sport mode to spice up the driving experience), load-leveling rear shock absorbers, heated side mirrors, keyless entry/ignition, and an infotainment system that includes AM/FM radio, Bluetooth, auxiliary audio input, six speakers and a 7-inch touch screen.
Moving up the 2020 Durango’s trim levels brings more equipment, such as auto high beams, a power tailgate, sunroof, navigation, Nappa leather seats, and more. Versions with V8 engines receive beefier brakes, while the SRT also has a sport-tuned adaptive suspension.
Notable Optional Equipment
Some options are available in the base Durango SXT for 2020, such as a sunroof, all-wheel drive with low-range gearing, roof rails, cosmetic additions, 20-inch alloy wheels, satellite radio, trailer-prep package, and rear parking sensors.
But the higher trims are eligible for more extras, including an 825-watt/19-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, 8.4-inch infotainment system with navigation, Blu-ray/DVD rear-seat entertainment system, adaptive cruise control, forward-collision mitigation, and lane-keeping assistance. Blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert is optional throughout the range. For towing, choose the 220-amp alternator, heavy-duty engine oil cooler and Class IV hitch receiver.
Under the Hood
While many newer midsize SUVs have moved to turbocharged 4-cylinder engines as the base offering, the 2020 Dodge Durango starts off with the powerful Pentastar 3.6-liter V6. This engine provides excellent response, can tow up to 6,400 pounds and returns the best fuel economy of the three choices.
Up next is one of two Hemi V8s. Standard in the R/T and available on Citadel, the 5.7-liter V8 produces a class-leading 360 horsepower and is the ideal choice for those needing power and performance without breaking the bank.
Last up is the massive 6.4-liter Hemi V8 offered only in the all-wheel-drive SRT. With 475 horsepower on hand, this engine makes the Durango one of the most powerful SUVs in its class.
All but the SRT Durango are powered by their rear wheels (RWD) with the option of three different all-wheel-drive (AWD) systems. V8 models with AWD also feature a low-range transfer case with a neutral position. An 8-speed automatic transmission handles gear changes for all three engines.
293 horsepower @ 6,400 rpm (single exhaust)
295 horsepower @ 6,400 rpm (dual exhaust)
260 lb-ft of torque @ 4,800 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 19/26 mpg (RWD), 18/25 mpg (AWD)
360 horsepower @ 5,150 rpm
390 lb-ft of torque @ 4,250 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 14/22 mpg
475 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm
470 lb-ft of torque @ 4,300 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 13/19 mpg
The 2020 Dodge Durango range kicks off with a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $30,495, plus a destination charge of $1,495, making a total of $31,990 for a rear-drive SXT. An all-wheel-drive SXT starts at $34,590. Next are the GT from $36,140; Citadel from $44,490; R/T from $45,490, and the hot-rodded SRT from $64,490.
It’s easy to spend money on options, but a V8-powered Durango can still be obtained in the low-$50,000 range. Decide against the V8 extravagance, though, and the 2020 Durango V6 is in the same pricing ballpark as the Honda Pilot and Ford Explorer. Check out the Fair Purchase Price on KBB.com to learn what buyers in your area are paying for their new Durango SUV.
From a resale-value perspective, the Durango won’t perform as well as a Honda Pilot or Toyota Highlander, is on par with the Ford Explorer, and, over time, slightly better than the Chevrolet Traverse.
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Dodge Durango Consumer Reviews
September 23, 2011
One of the best SUV I ever own
I got the Citadel with everything. I love the leg room, being over 6 feet sometimes it is hard to find a SUV or a car that is...
September 20, 2011
Best SUV I ever owned
Truly a SUV (Sport Utility) Traded in a Buick Enclave which also was a great vehicle. The Durango's fit and trim and options available...
September 03, 2011
Beautiful and hauls stuff
I just bought the R/T version with the leather group. The leather interior is black with red stitching and is extremely comfortable. I...
June 25, 2011
Dodge Durango Citadel is the best SUV in all areas
I tested Explorer, Highlander, Piliot, Arcadia, Traverse. None came close if your looking for a 5-7 passenger SUV - Inovation -...
May 13, 2011
The right one.
We own the Durango Crew and we love it. It really handles nice in the snow. I have gotten 26MPG, which is very surprising for a SUV. It...
May 04, 2011
Love This Vehicle
We love the new Durango! Has all the features we were looking for and more. Love the way it looks, drives, and feels. Its a real head...
April 06, 2011
March 23, 2011
Dodge Durango Express AWD
I just bought a new 2011 Durango this week and I love it. I have owned 5 mini vans, a Suburban and a Traverse and this is the most...
September 23, 2011
I've owned four Jeeps (2 Wranglers and 2 Gr. Cherokees) my last was a 2004 Grand Cherokee Special Edition. I started looking at Dodges ...
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