2018 Dodge Durango review

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Dodge Durango highlights

Customer rating


  • Spacious third-row seats
  • Large touchscreen interface
  • Great off-road capability


  • Lackluster fuel economy
  • Big and bulky to drive
  • Loud at full throttle

Mileage (EPA estimate)

13 city, 19 highway, 15 combined

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All Dodge Durango years

What is new for the 2018 Dodge Durango?

  • The Durango is available in a variety of new trims, including the GT Rallye, SRT, and SXT Plus.
  • Durango trims have been upgraded with Leather & Suede Seats, Fold-Away Middle Row, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay as standard equipment this year.
  • The GT trim now comes with Power Hatch/Deck Lid and Alpine Sound System as standard equipment.
  • The SXT trim now comes with Rear View Camera and Alpine Sound System as standard equipment.

2018 Dodge Durango trims

Curious how Dodge Durango trims differ? Use our side-by-side vehicle comparison to see the differences and similarities


  • 293-hp, 260-lb-ft of torque 3.6L
  • Rear Air Conditioning
  • Rear Defroster
  • Cruise Control
  • Cloth Seats
  • Power Mirrors
  • Traction Control
  • Side Airbags
  • Overhead Airbags

SXT Plus:

  • Includes all features available on the SXT
  • 3.6L
  • Parking Sensors
  • Remote Start
  • Full Roof Rack
  • Satellite Radio Ready
  • 4WD/AWD


  • Includes all features available on the SXT Plus
  • 295-hp, 260-lb-ft of torque 3.6L
  • Third Row Seat
  • Leather & Suede Seats
  • Power Seats
  • Memory Seats
  • Front Seat Heaters
  • Rear Seat Heaters
  • Fold-Away Third Row
  • Heated Steering Wheel

GT Rallye:

  • Includes all features available on the GT
  • Leather Seats


  • Includes all features available on the GT Rallye
  • 360-hp, 390-lb-ft of torque 5.7L
  • Sunroofs
  • A/C Seats
  • Navigation System

Anodized Platinum:

  • Includes all features available on the Citadel
  • Quad Seats
  • Fold-Away Middle Row


  • Includes all features available on the Anodized Platinum
  • Beats Audio System


  • Includes all features available on the R/T
  • 475-hp, 470-lb-ft of torque 6.4L

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5 reasons to buy the 2018 Dodge Durango

1. Acres of space for people or cargo

The 2018 Dodge Durango seats seven people, but what about all their stuff? With the third-row seats up, there is 17.2 cu-ft of cargo space, which is enough room for approximately five checked bags. Fold down the third-row seats and you have 47.7 cu-ft for large dog crates, tons of camping gear or large yard sale finds. If you need to haul kayaks or extra-long cargo, fold down the second row for 84.5 cu-ft. The Durango is the right size for active family adventures or just the daily schedule. 

2. Choice of powertrains

The 2018 Dodge Durango delivers a range of engine options to meet any driver's needs. If you'll be primarily hauling the family around town, consider the 3.6L V6 engine with 295 horsepower. If you carry heavy cargo and occasionally tow, check out the 5.7L V8 engine with 360 horsepower to make short work of steep hills. Limited to the performance-oriented SRT trim, the 6.4L V8 engine makes an impressive 475 horsepower for all your needs. While all engines come with an eight-speed automatic transmission, you have the choice of either RWD or AWD. Keep things simple with standard rear-wheel drive, or look out for the all-wheel-drive models for slippery conditions (SRT is AWD only). 

3. Real towing capacity

Have a horse trailer or a boat that needs towing? Maybe a personal watercraft or a trailer for a lawn care side business? No matter your towing needs, the Durango can get your heavy stuff where it needs to be. With the 6.4L engine and optional towing package, the 2018 Dodge Durango can tow an estimated maximum of 8,700 lbs when properly equipped.

 If you opt for the 3.6L V6 engine, you still score with an estimated maximum towing capacity of 6,200 lbs when properly equipped.

4. Sporty SRT trim

Need more power? Under the hood of the 2018 Dodge Durango SRT is a 6.4L V8 with 475 horsepower. The eight-speed transmission has driver-selectable modes for sport and track, which reduces shifting times. The SRT suspension and brakes receive upgrades too, for an SUV that handles and stops as well as it scoots. The exterior receives an upgrade with forged alloy wheels, fender flares, sporty front and rear facias, chrome exhaust tips, and a vented hood that allows heat to escape the engine bay. 

5. Filled with cool tech

The 2018 Dodge Durango is tech-savvy with all the features you'd expect and some unique bonuses. A seven-inch driver information display is standard at all trim levels, and a large 8.4-inch infotainment screen is standard for GT trim and higher. This system features Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto connectivity, plus parking sensors are standard for every trim, while GT and higher get the power liftgate. You and your passengers will love the active noise cancelation system standard on the SRT, which prevents tired ears on long drives. 

2018 Dodge Durango video review

In this video, Ryan ZumMallen of Edmunds takes a close look at the 2018 Durango and its essential equipment and highlights what you should know about towing with a crossover or SUV.

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Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings

The 2018 Dodge Durango is a car that has a lot of space and is very comfortable. Customers like the heated seats and steering wheel.
Above Average

RepairPal gave the Dodge Durango an overall reliability rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Above Average. This rating ranks Dodge Durango 5th out of 16 among Fullsize SUVs.

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Dodge Durango features and specs

SXT Plus 2WD 4D Sport Utility

Standard Features

  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alloy Wheels
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • Cruise Control
  • Full Roof Rack
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Parking Sensors
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Air Conditioning
  • Rear Defroster
  • Rear View Camera
  • Remote Start
  • Satellite Radio Ready
  • Side Airbags
  • Smart Key
  • Traction Control
  • 20 Inch Plus Wheels
  • CD Audio
  • Fold-Away Third Row
  • Front Seat Heaters
  • Heated Steering Wheel
  • Power Hatch/Deck Lid
  • Running Boards
  • Sunroof(s)
  • Third Row Seat
  • Tow Hitch

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