2020 Dodge Durango

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2020 MODEL
$30,445 - $48,870

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2020 Dodge Durango Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide


CARHP Editorial Updated on: April 12, 2019


The 2020 Dodge Durango is out here. In its new model year, the mass-favorite family hauler remains prety much the same as the previous year mode. Yes, along with the significant replaced year badge, Dodge has made some changes to the 2020 Durango, that are mostly insignificant and can be better termed as reshuffling.

Dodge thinks that the fine-touch treatment that the 2020 Durango receives, would make its presence, more pronounced in its league which also has members like the Jeep Grand Cherokee, Honda Pilot, GMC Acadia, Ford Explorer, Subaru Ascent, and the Toyota Highlander. However, the thoughtfulnes behind Dodge's thought, is something that we are still skeptical of.

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Pros

Rugged looks

Competitively priced

Three-row seating

Generous cargo and towing capacity

Intitutive infotainment

Cons

Ponderous handling

Low on standard equipments

What's New?

Inclusion of new optional equipment


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$30445

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

RWD

engine type

displacement

220 cu.in.

horsepower

293 hp @ 6400 rpm

torque

260 lbs.-ft @ 4000 rpm

transmission

8-speed shiftable automatic

chassis

frame type

Ladder Frame

suspension front

Independent front short and long arm suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

brake rotors (f/r)

63.9/64.1

dimensions

wheelbase

119.8 in.

length

201.2 in.

width

75.8 in.

height

70.9 in.

curb weight

4680 lbs.

ground clearance

8.1 in.

capacity

passenger volume

37.8 cu ft.

cargo volume

85.1 cu ft.

towing capacity

6200 lbs.

payload capacity

1380 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

7.1 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

19/21/26 mpg

highway range

639.6 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr. / 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr. / 60000 mi.

powertrain warranty

60 months. / 60000

corrosion warranty

5 yr. / unlimited

roadside assistance

5 yr. / 60000 mi.



Styles

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Billet Clearcoat

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Ratings

Engine And Performance

8.0

Interior

8.4

8.2

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2020 Dodge Durango SXT

SXT

power
293 hp @ 6400 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
21 combined

$30,445 - $33,045


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
SXT 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $30,445 MSRP (19/21/26) 293 hp @ 6400 rpm, 3.6 L, V-6, regular unleaded
8-speed shiftable automatic rear wheel drive 5
SXT 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $33,045 MSRP (18/21/25) 293 hp @ 6400 rpm, 3.6 L, V-6, regular unleaded
8-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 5

 2020 Dodge Durango SXT Plus

SXT Plus

power
293 hp @ 6400 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
21 combined

$33,195 - $35,795


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
SXT Plus 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $33,195 MSRP (19/21/26) 293 hp @ 6400 rpm, 3.6 L, V-6, regular unleaded
8-speed shiftable automatic rear wheel drive 5
SXT Plus 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $35,795 MSRP (18/21/25) 293 hp @ 6400 rpm, 3.6 L, V-6, regular unleaded
8-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 5

 2020 Dodge Durango GT

GT

power
295 hp @ 6400 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
21 combined

$34,895 - $37,495


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
GT 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $37,495 MSRP (18/21/25) 295 hp @ 6400 rpm, 3.6 L, V-6, regular unleaded
8-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 7
GT 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $34,895 MSRP (19/21/26) 295 hp @ 6400 rpm, 3.6 L, V-6, regular unleaded
8-speed shiftable automatic rear wheel drive 7

 2020 Dodge Durango GT Plus

GT Plus

power
295 hp @ 6400 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
21 combined

$38,995 - $41,595


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
GT Plus 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $38,995 MSRP (19/21/26) 295 hp @ 6400 rpm, 3.6 L, V-6, regular unleaded
8-speed shiftable automatic rear wheel drive 7
GT Plus 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $41,595 MSRP (18/21/25) 295 hp @ 6400 rpm, 3.6 L, V-6, regular unleaded
8-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 7

 2020 Dodge Durango Citadel

Citadel

power
295 hp @ 6400 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
21 combined

$43,245 - $45,845


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Citadel 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $43,245 MSRP (19/21/26) 295 hp @ 6400 rpm, 3.6 L, V-6, regular unleaded
8-speed shiftable automatic rear wheel drive 6
Citadel 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $45,845 MSRP (18/21/25) 295 hp @ 6400 rpm, 3.6 L, V-6, regular unleaded
8-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 6

 2020 Dodge Durango Anodized Platinum

Anodized Platinum

power
295 hp @ 6400 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
21 combined

$46,270 - $48,870


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Anodized Platinum 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $46,270 MSRP (19/21/26) 295 hp @ 6400 rpm, 3.6 L, V-6, regular unleaded
8-speed shiftable automatic rear wheel drive 6
Anodized Platinum 4dr SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $48,870 MSRP (18/21/25) 295 hp @ 6400 rpm, 3.6 L, V-6, regular unleaded
8-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 6

Expert Review

8.2

Overall Rating


The Dodge Durango has always been known for its rugged bad boy appearance and the overall package as an SUV which it offers. Proudly carrying the notorious Dodge badge at its nose, this heavy duty macine can be equipped with one of the available V8's, that scream performance.

However, apart from power and aggression, the Durango also has a lot more to offer.  It can seat seven, tow upto 8700 lbs and also offers best in class cargo space. The Durango means hardcore SUV business.

For the 2020 model year, there is not much happening with the Durango, other than the minute cosmetic tweaks, and those too are concentrated in the higher trims. Although, it might lack the elegance of some of its rivals, it certainly is one of the most confident product among SUVs, and is still potent enough to bite its rivals.

2020 Dodge Durango R/T SUV
2020 Dodge Durango R/T SUV

 

8.0/10
Engine and Performance

 
 

8.4/10
Interior

 
 
 
 
 

2020 Dodge Durango Features

For the 2020 model year, trim line remains the same starting from the $30,195 base SXT to the $46,270 Citadel Anodized Platinum. Not to forget though, there are two V8 powered trims as well in the Durango line-up, the RT and the SRT. The RT is powered by a 5.7 liter V8, while Durango SRT features a  6.4 liter V8. Both these trims are completely different animals altogether, from the basic Durango.

Trim

SXT

SXT Plus

GT

GT Plus

Citadel

Citadel Anodized Platinum

MSRP

$30,195

$33,195

$34,645

$38,995

$42,995

$46,270

Engine

3.6 Liter V6

3.6 Liter V6

3.6 Liter V6

3.6 Liter V6

3.6 Liter V6 (5.7 Liter Hemi V8)

3.6 Liter V6 (5.7 Liter Hemi V8)

Key Features

Air Conditioning with 3-Zone Automatic Temp Control

Adds to SXT -

Adds to SXT Plus -

Adds to GT -

Adds to GT Plus -

Adds to R/T -

 

4-way manual front seats

8 -way power driver seat with  power adjustable lumbar support

Leather Seats

Leather-Trimmed Bucket Seats with Suede Inserts

Second -Row Fold/Tumble Captain Chairs

Luxury Leather-Trimmed Bucket Seats
 

Auto-Dimming Rear View Mirror

Power 8-Way Driver Seat and 4-way manual passenger Seat

Power 8-Way Driver Seat with memory and 6-way power passenger Seat

Heated Second Row seats 8-way power front seats Ventilated Front Seats
 

Cargo Compartment Carpet

Cloth Trimmed Bucket Seats Heated Front Row seats 20 inch wheels Xenon high intensity discharge headlamp  
 

Front and rear head airbags

Power Sunroof Front, rear and third row head airbags Turn signal mirrors 9- Speaker Alpine premium audio  
  18 inch wheels   Transmission, cruise and audio controls on steering wheel Remote anti-theft alarm system Front and rear parking sensors  
  Overhead Console   Uconnect 4C Navigation w/8.4" Display Heated steering wheel    
  Post-collision safety system     Carbon Fiber Interior Accents    
  Cruise control          
  Three zone climate control          
  Electrochromatic inside rearview mirror with rear view camera          
  Emergency braking assist          

 

We Recommend

We would recommend the Durango GT. This is not a luxury SUV from which you could expect premium fit and finish or elegance, rather this is a rough and tough wild machine that you would ideally take out for weekend mud splashing. For a vehicle that serves this purpose, the GT at a price of  $34,645, brings along adequate feautures like leather seats, navigation, powered and heated front seats, to make the mud splashing task more comfortable and convenient. Anything over this price for the Durango, doesnt make much sense.

2020 Dodge Durango Engine and Performance

8.0/10

When a car company sells what passes for a family sedan with 707 horsepower, it should come as no surprise that its take on a three-row SUV should be, let's say, a little different from what other manufacturers offer.-Edmunds

Engine and Transmission

The Durango offers a lot of engine engines. Apart from the 6.4 Liter V8 in the SRT, there are two engine options; a 3.6 V6 and a 5.7 V8. Power figures aren't mind-blowing but are still great. The V6 makes 293 horses, while the V8 makes 360 horses. Of course, if you absolutely need more power, you should get the SRT, which makes a marvelous 475 horsepower.

The SXT, SXT Plus, GT, and GT plus trims come fitted with the V6. The R/T model has the 5.7 V8 under the hood. With the Citadel and Citadel Anodized Platinum trim options, you can choose between these two engines.

You get an 8-speed automatic transmission in the Durango, capable of manual shifts (optional in some variants). The base 8-speed auto is fine for everyday use but lacks speed when the need arises. There optional gearbox, another 8-speed auto, but with better response times.

Models

Dodge Durango SXT

Jeep Grand Cherokee

GMC Acadia

Honda Pilot

Ford Explorer

Subaru Ascent

Toyota Highlander

MSRP

$29,995

$31,695

$32,800

$31,450

$32,365

$31,995

$31,330

Engine

3.6 Liter V6

3.6 Liter V6

2.5 Liter Inline-4

3.5-liter V6

3.5-liter Ti-VCT V6

2.4-liter turbocharged Boxer 4-cylinder

2.7-liter 4-cylinder

Transmission

8-speed automatic

8-Speed Automatic

6-speed automatic

6-Speed Automatic

6-Speed Automatic

CVT

6-Speed Automatic

Horsepower

293 hp @ 6400 rpm

295 @ 6400

193 @ 6300

280hp @ 6000

288 @ 6500

260 hp @ 5,600

185 hp @ 5800

Torque

293 hp @ 6400 rpm

260 @ 4000

188 @ 4400

262 lb.-ft. @ 4700 rpm

254 lb.-ft. @ 4000 rpm

277 lb.-ft. @ 2,000 rpm

184 lb.-ft. @ 4200 rpm

Acceleration

SUVs are not very performance oriented by default, especially not the affordable ones. The Durango isn't fast, but it holds up fine on the freeway. Merging into the fast lane might take a few downshifts, but other than that, it's quite nice.

Models

Dodge Durango

Jeep Grand Cherokee

GMC Acadia

Honda Pilot

Ford Explorer

Subaru Ascent

Toyota Highlander

0-60 MPH

7.6 sec

N/A

7 sec*

6.2 sec

8.2 sec

6.9 sec

-

Quarter mile

15.8 sec

N/A

N/A

14.8 sec

16.3 sec

15.5 sec

-

Engine

3.6 Liter V6

3.6 Liter V6

2.5 Liter Inline-4

3.5 Liter V6

3.5 Liter V6

2.4 Liter Boxer-4

2.7 Liter Inline-4

Emission (Tons/yr. of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

8.4

7.7

8.4

8.0

9.8

   

The Grand Cherokee has less weight than the Durango, owing to the lack of third-row seats. Thus, it offers better performance and lesser emissions. Honda Pilot is significantly faster than the Durango, followed by Subaru Ascent.

Ride and Handling

The ride and handling portion use to be the downfall of any Dodge car. Thankfully, the Grand Cherokee underpinnings have helped the SUV be a better car overall. It wouldn't take corners like a Porsche, but it wouldn't throw you on the side either. Remember to leave the throttle alone when you approach a turn at speed, and you'll be fine. Or don't carry any speed into a corner. Very safe indeed.

The size is a problem though. In tight spots, the driver would find visibility on the rear passenger side to be a little compromised due to the long length. The blind spot is also quite big, which is problematic if you aren't accustomed to the sheer size of this car.

Braking

Disc brakes on all wheels with anti-lock braking system ensures you do not swerve uncontrollably, even under panic braking situations. The weight holds it back though, but the Durango still manages to roll to a stop from 60 MPH in just over 120 feet.

Model

Dodge Durango

Jeep Grand Cherokee

GMC Acadia

Honda Pilot

Ford Explorer

Subaru Ascent

Toyota Highlander

Brake Front (in.)

13.0

13

12.6

12.6

12.8

13.1

12.9

Brake Rear (in.)

13.0

13

12.4

13

12.8

13

12.2

Curb Weight (lbs.)

4680

4513

3956

4036

4458

4430

4134

60-0 MPH (ft.)

121

N/A

172 (70 to 0)

117 (est.)

108 (With optional tires)

119

126 (est.)

Towing Capacity

The benefit of having a workhorse is that you can tow stuff around, and boy can the Durango Tow! You can lug around nearly 3 tons behind this Dodge SUV, which is honestly, truly impressive. The closest competitor in this regard would be the Honda Pilot, which is still more than half a ton behind.

Model

Dodge Durango

Jeep Grand Cherokee

GMC Acadia

Honda Pilot

Ford Explorer

Subaru Ascent

Toyota Highlander

Towing Capacity

6200

3500

4,000

3500

5000

5000

1500

2020 Dodge Durango Fuel Economy

Fuel efficiency is fine for a large SUV, and the large fuel tank helps improve the range of the vehicle. City efficiency is just 18 MPG for the 3.6 V6, and lower still for the 5.7 V8. Compared to its competitors, the Durango sits comfortably in the middle of the segment.

Model

Dodge Durango

Jeep Grand Cherokee

GMC Acadia

Honda Pilot

Ford Explorer

Subaru Ascent

Toyota Highlander

MPG (city)

18

19

21

19

17

21

20

MPG (highway)

25

26

26

27

24

27

24

MPG (combined)

20

21

23

22

20

23

22

Fuel Tank (gallons)

24.6

24.6

19

NA NA NA NA

2020 Dodge Durango Interior

8.4/10

With one of the best infotainment systems on the market perched atop its sculpted dashboard, the Durango is better than many of its rivals, but only if buyers choose the optional 8.4-inch touchscreen. -Car and Driver

Seating and Comfort

Dodge offers a Passenger capacity of 5, 6 or 7 people, depending on which trim/package you choose. The 2020 Durango offers a decent interior room in the first and second rows. The third row is a little compromised, as they usually are, but you could get an average sized adult in there for short rides. Ingress/Egress is quite easy, and kudos to Dodge engineers for thinking about making life easier for the last row passengers too. The second row folds easily from the front as well as the back, and there are overhead AC vents for everyone.

The interiors are fine, and unless you are expecting German quality, you will be fine. Even the base model gets leather seats as an option, which is wonderful. There are a lot of cheap bits around though, which is to be expected from a 'budget' offering. Still, it's quite a step up from the previous generation Durangos.

Model

Dodge Durango

Jeep Grand Cherokee

GMC Acadia

Honda Pilot

Ford Explorer

Subaru Ascent

Toyota Highlander

Passenger Capacity

7

5

7

8

7

8

8

Front Row (cu. ft)

(Head/Shoulder/Leg Room)

39.9/57/40.3

39.9/58.7/40.3

40.3/59.4/41

40.1/62/40.9

41.4/61.5/42.9

41.3/61.1/42.2

40.7/59.3/44.2

Second Row (cu. ft)

(Head/Shoulder/Leg Room)

39.8/42.8/38.6

39.2/58/38.6

39.6/58.7/39.7

40.2/62/38.4

40.6/61/39.5

40/60.3/38.6

40/60.3/38.6

Third Row (cu. ft)

(Head/Shoulder/Leg Room)

37.8/42.8/31.5

-

37.5/54.3/31.1

38.9/57.6/31.9

37.8/50.8/32

36.3/57.2/31.7

36.3/57.2/31.7

Infotainment

You get a 7.0-Inch Touch Screen Display along with Uconnect 4 system as standard across the range. There is an optional Uconnect 4C NAV system available as well. Other features include:

  • Android Auto integration
  • Apple CarPlay support,
  • Integrated Voice Command
  • Bluetooth Streaming Audio
  • SiriusXM

If you opt for Uconnect 4C NAV, the car comes fitted with a larger touchscreen (8.4 inches) and gets more SiriusXM features (Guardian, Navigation, Traffic Plus, and Travel Link) as well.

Cargo volume

If you opt for third-row seats, you'd get a very small trunk, but thankfully the last row folds flat, giving you an uncompromised cargo area. Even the second-row seats fold, to allow for surfboards or similar things.

Model

Dodge Durango

Jeep Grand Cherokee

GMC Acadia

Honda Pilot

Ford Explorer

Subaru Ascent

Toyota Highlander

Cargo Volume in trunk (ft.3)

17.2

36.3

12.8

16.5

21

17.8

13.8

Cargo Volume 3rd Row folded (ft.3)

47.7

-

41.7

46.8

43.8

47.5

TBD

Cargo Volume 2nd row folded (ft.3)

84.5

68.3

79

83.9

80.7

86.5

83.7

2020 Dodge Durango Exterior

In general, the 2020 Durango's styling roams a territory that encompasses a certain toughness, a fair amount of chrome in a few trim levels, and a subtly sporty look in others. -Kelly Blue Book

Weight and dimensions

This Dodge SUV is heavy, undeniably so; its heavier than its competitors. Dodge employs the classic Muscle car strategy of offering a bigger engine to compensate for the extra bulk. For faster progress, buy the V8s. In fact, the engine makes up the majority of the mass in the car.

The dimensions are large too, largest amongst all cars here, another classic muscle car move. It's over 200 inches in length, which is quite a lot for crowded cities. Negotiating city traffic is a little difficult, but if you don't live in a crowded place, you won't find this to be a problem.

Model

Dodge Durango

Jeep Grand Cherokee

GMC Acadia

Honda Pilot

Ford Explorer

Subaru Ascent

Toyota Highlander

Curb weight (lbs.)

4680

4513

3956

4036

4458

4430

4134

Length(in)

201.2

189.8

193.6

196.5

198.3

196.8

192.5

Width(in)

75.8

63.9

75.4

78.6

78.9

76

75.8

Height(in)

70.9

69.3

66

70.6

70

71.6

68.1

Ground clearance (in)

8.1

8.6

7.2

7.3

7.8

8.7

8.0

Wheelbase (in)

119.8

114.8

112.5

111

112.8

113.8

109.8

Track width (in) F/R

63.9/64.1

64.1/63.9

64.5/64.5

66.3/66.3

67/67

64.4/ 64.2

64.4/64.2

Design and Styling

The Dodge Durango is extremely simplistic in its approach to styling. The headlamps are large, bulbous and clear, adorned by LEDs. The hood scoop on the bonnet adds more character to the design. The tail section spells the Dodge family name inside the Dodge family style long, horizontal running taillight strip. The SRT has a clear front grille, as opposed to the large cross on the front grille on the simpler Durangos. There isn't much more to the style, and the rest of the car looks just like a typical SUV.

2020 Dodge Durango Safety

Safety Features in the 2020 Dodge Durango are plenty. These include the following:

  • 4-Wheel Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Enhanced Accident Response System
  • Hill Start Assist
  • LED Daytime Running Headlamps
  • Parksense Front / Rear Park-Assist with Stop
  • ParkView Rear Back-Up Camera
  • Remote-Start System
  • Security Alarm
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring Display
  • Trailer Sway Damping
  • Advanced Multistage Front Airbags
  • Supplemental Front Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
  • Supplemental Side-Curtain Airbags
  • Supplemental Side-Curtain Airbags in All Rows
  • Driver Inflatable Knee-Bolster Airbag
  • LATCH Ready Child Seat Anchor System

Additional Safety & Security Features

  • Dual Note Electric Horns
  • Electronic Vehicle Information Center
  • Front Passenger Seat Belt Alert
  • Performance Shift Indicator
  • Temperature and Compass Gauge

IIHS and NHTSA do not rate the Durango SRT separate from the regular Durango.

2020 Dodge Durango Competition

Dodge Durango vs Jeep Grand Cherokee

Platform sharing helps shed development costs and (usually) the result is better cars for all manufacturers involved. Dodge Durango and Jeep Grand Cherokee share the same engines and transmissions, and consequently the same performance as well. Yet these two are quite different cars.

The Durango is a proper workhorse, with seating options available for more than 5 people. The Jeep, on the other hand, is more of a 'lifestyle vehicle', better suited for leisure than work.

Dodge Durango vs Honda Pilot

Honda Pilot is a great car if you're looking for a vehicle that can carry a lot of people. It can carry 8 people, 1 more than the maximum of what Durango can hold. The Durango has better engine options and gets more cargo capacity, which could be what you want in your SUV.

Dodge Durango vs Ford Explorer

Ford Explorer is a lovely car, with more space all around than the Durango. You'd also save money on fuel bills in the Ford, especially with the EcoBoost engine. The soundtrack is very disappointing on the EcoBoost though, which isn't really a problem but deserves a mention. The 5.7 V8 on the Durango sound divine at full clip, and if you want to flaunt your car around, the Dodge is a better pick.

2020 Dodge Durango Final Verdict

As mentioned at the beginning of this review, the Durango is a raised muscle car rather than an SUV. There is plenty of power on offer and towing capabilities are unreal. Even the base engine can pull upwards of 6000 pounds, which is significantly more than its competitors. The affordability is this vehicle's biggest weapon, which is another brownie point. The butch proportions and macho looks are too!

With so many factors in favor of this car, you should just go ahead and buy one.