2012 Dodge Durango

MSRP $28,995 - $43,195

Ranked #6 in Suv

8.0

Overall Rating

2012 Dodge Durango Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: August 4, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The 2012 Dodge Durango is a 7-passenger SUV that comes with two engine options, a V6 and a V8. In addition to being one of the heaviest SUVs in its class, it is also one of the longest. As for the Dodge Durango, it comes in four basic trims, but there is also a special limited edition trim called Dodge Durango Heat. Both the engines are quite refined and the V8 engine offers a strong powerband.

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Pros

Powerful engine

Feature-loaded cabin

Ample towing capacity

Quite easy to potter around town

Cons

Basic infotainment features in the SXT trim

Low cargo space

The base V6 engine is not lively as its rivals

What's New?

In the V8 model, Durango also received some changes such as a new 6-speed automatic transmission system.

The second-row seats now come with captain chairs like all competitors to allow easy access into the third row.


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$28995

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

7

top speed

130 mph

drivetrain

rear wheel drive

engine type

displacement

220 cu.in.

horsepower

290 hp @ 6400 rpm

torque

260 lb.-ft. @ 4800 rpm

transmission

5 speed automatic w/OD and auto manual

chassis

suspension front

double wishbone front suspension

suspension rear

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

dimensions

wheelbase

119.8 in.

length

199.8 in.

width

75.8 in.

height

70.9 in.

curb weight

4756 lbs.

ground clearance

8 in.

capacity

passenger volume

140.9 cu ft.

cargo volume

84.5 cu ft.

towing capacity

5000 lbs.

payload capacity

1330 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

7.4 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

15.8 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

16/19/23 mpg

highway range

565.8 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 100,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr./ 100,000 mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


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Trims

SXT$28,995 onwards

Base$33,795 onwards

Crew$35,995 onwards

Citadel$40,995 onwards

Colors and Styles

2012 Dodge Durango in Bright Silver Metallic Clear Coat color
Bright Silver Metallic Clear Coat

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Pricing and Feature

8.0

Features

8.0

Engine and Performance

8.0

Fuel Economy

6.0

Interior

7.0

Exterior

9.0

Safety

9.0

Competition

8.0

8.0

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

8.0

Overall Rating


The Dodge Durango has made great progress over the years allowing it to compete in the segment of seven-seater SUV quite effectively. Speaking of the interior, it offers a tremendous space inside the cabin and is packed with some impressive features. The base model starts at $28,995, which puts it in competition with SUVs like Chevrolet Traverse, Toyota Highlander, and Ford Explorer


8.0/10
Features

8.0/10
Engine and Performance

6.0/10
Fuel Economy

7.0/10
Interior

9.0/10
Exterior

9.0/10
Safety


2012 Dodge Durango Features

8.0/10

Dodge Durango comes in four trim levels: SXT, Crew, R/T, and Citadel. All Durango trims come with a 3.6L V6 engine as standard and V8 as an option. However, R/T trim is designed to provide more power and thrill, which is why they come with 5.7L HEMI V8 engines. Compared to other trims, the R/T produces approximately 100 more horsepower and torque. Consequently, this trim's fuel economy is also compromised, but given its performance, it is still acceptable. Let's now take a look at some of its features. This SUV is equipped with dual-zone automatic climate control, a heated steering wheel, an available Automatic headlamp leveling system, UConnect, and various other features we will discuss later in the article.

Trims

SXT

Crew

R/T

Citadel

MSRP (RWD)

$28,995

$33,795

$35,795

$40,995

MSRP (AWD)

$31,195

$35,995

$38,395

$43,195

Key Features

18” alloy wheels

Everything on the SXT 

Everything on the Crew +

Everything on the Crew

 

Automatic headlights

Remote Ignition

V-8 Engine

Automatic Xenon headlamps

 

Fog lamps

Power Liftgate

Xenon headlamps

20-inch alloy wheels

 

Heated mirrors

Auto-dimming rearview mirror

Sport-tuned suspension

Chrome grille insert

 

Cruise control

Power front seats

Faux-suede upholstery

Automatic wipers

We Recommend

Every trim of the Dodge Durango is good in its own way, to be honest. However, the Crew trim has more safety. The Crew trim is approximately $4,000 more expensive than the base trim, which is the SXT. But some features are exclusive to the Crew trim which makes it more valuable and cost-effective. Those features include a power liftgate, rearview camera, park sense, Rear window defroster, remote start, UConnect, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, etc.

2012 Dodge Durango Engine and Performance

8.0/10

In the 2012 Dodge Durango, there are four trim levels, and there are basically two powertrains available. Except for the R/T trim, all trims come with a 3.6L V6 that generates 290 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. The R/T trim is equipped with a 5.7L HEMI V8 engine that generates 390 lb-ft of torque and 360 horsepower. With the Durango, power is sent to the wheels via a 5-speed automatic transmission. 

On the other hand, the R/T trim gets a 6-speed automatic transmission, which is new for this year. The trims are also available in RWD or AWD, allowing buyers to choose their preferences when purchasing. Compared to its competitors, the V6 models feel a bit slow in terms of acceleration. The Durango goes from a standstill to 60 mph in 9.0 seconds, while the R/T trims cover the same distance in 7.4 seconds.

Models

2012 Dodge Durango

2012 Toyota Highlander

2012 Ford Explorer

2012 Chevrolet Traverse

MSRP

$28,995

$29,395

$28,280

$29,660

Engine 

3.6L V6

3.5L V6

3.5L V6

3.6L V6

Drivetrain

RWD

FWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

5-speed automatic

5-speed automatic

6-speed automatic

6-speed automatic

Power 

290 hp @ 6400 rpm

270hp @6200 rpm

290 hp @ 6500 rpm

281 hp @ 6300 rpm

Torque

260 lb-ft @ 4800 rpm

248 lb-ft @4700 rpm

255 lb-ft @ 4100 rpm

266 lb-ft @ 3400 rpm

0-60 MPH (sec)

9.0

7.5

9.2

7.6

Quarter mile (sec)

16.7

13.9

16.9

16.0

Top Speed (MPH)

N/A

130

N/A

132

Among the competition, it is the Dodge that is the most powerful on paper. However, the Toyota Highlander here ran a 1/4 mile and 0-60 mark faster than any other competitor. These milestones are completed in about 7.5 and 13.9 seconds by the Highlander, which is by far the fastest in its class followed by the Chevrolet Traverse which attains the quarter-mile run in 16 seconds.

2012 Dodge Durango Fuel Economy

6.0/10

When it comes to 2012 Durango's fuel economy is a little lower than most of its competitors. However, the Durango has the top spot when compared to the overall driving range, as it has a bigger fuel tank measuring 24.6 gallons. It can achieve 16 MPG in the city, while on the highway it can reach 23 MPG. The R/T trim, on the other hand, has a HEMI V8 which is a gas guzzler. Thus, we can say that the Dodge Durango has an average fuel economy, and nothing is holding it back in this case.

Models

2012 Dodge Durango

2012 Toyota Highlander

2012 Ford Explorer

2012 Chevrolet Traverse

MPG (City)

16

18

18

17

MPG (Highway)

23

24

25

24

MPG (Combined)

19

20

20

19

Fuel Capacity (gallons)

24.6

19.2

18.6

22.0

Range (City/ Highway) (miles)

393.6/565.8

345.6/460.8

334.8/465

374/528

In both the city and on the highway, the Ford Explorer achieves the best fuel economy of 18 mpg in the city, 25 mpg on the highway, and a combined 20 mpg which makes it a highly fuel-efficient car for its weight and size. Nevertheless, the Dodge Durango here comes out on top when it comes to driving range offering 393.6 miles in the city and 565.8 miles while cruising down the highway, thanks to its big 24.6-gallon tank. 

2012 Dodge Durango Interior

7.0/10

There are no changes made to the 2012 Durango's interior compared with the older models. There is a small rectangular structure on the dashboard that houses most of the buttons and the screen itself. Despite being very basic, the design is clean. On the base model, the seats are upholstered in cloth, while leather is used on the upper trims. There is a lot of space inside the cabin with sufficient legroom. 

New for this year, the second-row seats of the Durango have been converted into captain's chairs. Again, 17.2 cubic feet of cargo space can be found with all seats upright, which is less than other rivals. However, inside the cabin of Durango, you have a plethora of storage compartments that are incredibly huge and very functional at the same time. Moreover, all three rows are automatically cooled and kept comfortable by a dual-zone automatic climate control system.

Models

2012 Dodge Durango

2012 Toyota Highlander

2012 Ford Explorer

2012 Chevrolet Traverse

Seating Capacity

7

7

7

8

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

39.9/58.5/40.3

40.6/59.7/43.2

41.4/61.3/40.6

40.4/62.0/41.3

Second Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

39.8/58.3/38.6

40.1/59.5/38.3

40.5/61.0/39.8

39.4/61.3/36.8

Third Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

37.8/50.4/31.5

36.3/55/29.9

37.8/50.8/33.2

37.8/57.6/33.2

Cargo Capacity (cu-ft)

17.2

10.3

21.0

24.4

In terms of headroom, the Explorer offers the most space out of any SUV in this segment. On the other hand, the Toyota Highlander has the most legroom in the front, measuring 43.2 inches. Although the Durango provides good space again in the second row, the Ford Explorer tops this section with the most legroom and headroom. The Chevy Traverse offers the largest cargo space when all the seats are upright, measuring 24.4 cubic feet. Standout interior features include 2012 Dodge Durango:

  • Dual-zone Automatic Climate Control
  • Tilt and telescopic steering wheel
  • Leather Shift Knob & Steering Wheel With Heating Feature 
  • 8-way power-adjustable driver’s seat
  • Driver seat memory

How intuitive is the 2012 Dodge Durango’s infotainment unit?

At the front of 2012, Dodge Durango has an infotainment screen that is supported by Sirius XM Radio. Other basic features include AM/FM stereo, 9 total speakers, USB ports, etc. When it comes to the infotainment system, the base model is pretty basic. But once you get to the Crew trim, things start to get interesting because it comes with loads of exciting features. 

It comes with a 6.5-inch screen integrated with the UConnect system and other features such as 10 premium Alpine speakers, a 40GB HDD, hands-free phone, and voice command. Also available at an extra cost of $1,395 is a rear DVD entertainment center that adds screens to the rear for rear passengers' entertainment. Standout infotainment features in the 2012 Dodge Durango are:

  • Alpine Premium 10-speaker system
  • 40 GB Hard Drive
  • Hands-free phone with voice command
  • Sirius XM
  • 6.5-inch screen
  • Rear DVD Screen (Package)

2012 Dodge Durango Exterior

9.0/10

Even though the 2012 Durango didn't receive any new changes to its exterior, it remains one of the best-looking SUVs in its segment. As a result of its bulky size and big grilles at the front, you'll feel the muscle car character throughout the body. The 2012 model year also received three new body color options, namely True Blue, Canyon Brown, and Deep Molten Red. Throughout its design, a very aggressive profile has been maintained. 

Moreover, its body is quite long, making it one of the longest SUVs in its segment. The R/T trim level, the Durango comes equipped with an attractive Sport package that contributes to its dynamic appearance. Normally it comes with 18.0-inch wheels, but on top-of-the-line trims, you are provided with 20.0-inch wheels as standard. On the higher trims, it also comes with a power liftgate and sunroof.

Models

2012 Dodge Durango

2012 Toyota Highlander

2012 Ford Explorer

2012 Chevrolet Traverse

Curb Weight (lbs.)

4756

4045

4557

4658

Length (in.)

199.8

188.4

197.1

205.0

Width (in.)

75.8

75.2

78.9

78.4

Height (in.)

70.9

68.1

70.4

70.4

Ground Clearance (in.)

8.1

8.1

7.6

7.2

Wheelbase (in.)

119.8

109.8

112.6

118.9

Durango's wheelbase and ground clearance are among the highest in its class. It is also one of the heaviest vehicles in its class weighing 4756 lbs. In comparison, the Chevrolet Traverse appears to be the longest SUV in terms of length measuring 205 inches, while the Ford Explorer is the widest at 78.9 inches. Some of the Standout exterior features of the Dodge Durango are as follows.

  • 18.0-inch wheels
  • Power liftgate
  • Remote trunk release
  • 20-inch alloy wheels (optional)
  • Power Sunroof

2012 Dodge Durango Safety

9.0/10

The Dodge Durango uses the same unibody platform as the Jeep Grand Cherokee, which is known for its stiffness. Furthermore, it features a variety of safety technologies that were considered very advanced in the year 2012, as we will discuss below. Due to its average results in the frontal crash tests, Durango got a 4-star rating out of five from NHTSA. On the other hand, the IIHS awarded it with the 2012 Top Safety Pick award and gave it an overall good score. Some of the Standout safety features are

  • Electronic stability control
  • Advanced multistage front airbags
  • Supplemental side airbags
  • Tire pressure monitoring display
  • Enhanced accident response system
  • Active head restraints

2012 Dodge Durango Final Verdict

Among 7-seater SUVs, the Dodge Durango offers great value in its class while balancing performance, look, and features well. Consumers can choose between a V8 or a V6, and they can also choose their preferred drivetrain. Its cabin is fairly spacious, but its cargo space and fuel economy aren't that impressive. Lastly, we would say, if you are looking for an SUV in this segment, the Durango is certainly one that you will want to have in your garage.

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