2015 Dodge Durango

MSRP $30,495

Ranked #9 in Suv

7.6

Overall Rating

2015 Dodge Durango Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: August 2, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The Dodge Durango is not the most well-known choice in the seven-seater SUV segment, but it sure is a choice worth considering. It is not a crossover nor is it a rugged off-roader SUV, it is a seven-seater utility vehicle that provides a decent off-roading capability and subtle on-road comfort. The interior also offers a classy design with comfortable materials used all around and an up-to-date infotainment system with all the advanced features.

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Pros

Optional V8 HEMI Engine

Refined steering and easy maneuverability

Improved fuel economy

Advanced high tech cabin

Cons

Sub-par ride quality over rough roads

Tough access to the third row

Confusing shift paddle logic

What's New?

Optionally available Beats by Dre audio system

Red leather upholstery for the R/T model

Blacktop Package 


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$30495

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

7

top speed

135 mph

drivetrain

rear wheel drive

engine type

displacement

220 cu.in.

horsepower

290 hp @ 6400 rpm

torque

260 lb.-ft. @ 4800 rpm

transmission

8 speed automatic w/OD and auto manual

chassis

suspension front

Independent frnt shrt and lng arm suspensin w/anti-rll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspensin w/anti-rll bar

dimensions

wheelbase

119.8 in.

length

201.2 in.

width

75.8 in.

height

70.9 in.

curb weight

4756 lbs.

ground clearance

8.1 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

7.3 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

15.9 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

18/21/25 mpg

highway range

615 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 100000 mi.

powertrain warranty

5 yr./ 100,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


Pictures & Videos


Trims

SXT$30,495 onwards

Colors and Styles

2015 Dodge Durango in Billet Silver Metallic Clear Coat color
Billet Silver Metallic Clear Coat

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Ratings

Pricing and Feature

6.0

Features

8.5

Engine and Performance

6.0

Fuel Economy

6.0

Interior

8.0

Exterior

9.0

Safety

7.0

Competition

9.0

7.6

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.6

Overall Rating


But more than anything, it is the availability of a V8 engine that makes it an all-rounder. It might not be the best choice, but it surely serves as an option that will not disappoint you. Starting at an MSRP of $30,495, it is relatively affordable as well. The Durango competes against the likes of Honda Pilot, Hyundai Santa Fe, and Nissan Pathfinder.


8.5/10
Features

6.0/10
Engine and Performance

6.0/10
Fuel Economy

8.0/10
Interior

9.0/10
Exterior

7.0/10
Safety


2015 Dodge Durango Features

8.5/10

Starting with a price of $30,495, the 2015 Dodge Durango comes in four trims. The base trim is named the SXT, followed by Limited, R/T, and Citadel. The Citadel, which is the top trim, comes in at $41,295. The R/T trim of the SUV will be reviewed separately. All the trims come with standard RWD, whereas for an additional price of $2,600, you can get the AWD drivetrain for every model.

Trim

SXT

Limited

Citadel

MSRP (RWD)

$30,495

$36,995

$41,295

MSRP (AWD)

$33,095

$39,595

$43,895

Key Features

18-inch alloy wheels

LED daytime running lights

Automatic high beam headlights

 

Automatic headlamps

Auto-dimming exterior rearview mirrors

Automatic wipers

 

Tri-zone automatic climate control

Heated rear seats

Sunroof

 

50/50 split-folding third-row seats with power folding headrests

Driver seat memory function

Leather upholstery

 

60/40 split-folding rear second-row seats.

Remote start

Navigation system

We Recommend

The best buy would be the Limited trim as it comes with the most features per dollar and has plenty of luxury amenities that you'll need without costing too much. Although the addition of AWD would make sense, we recommend you not to do so as it will only hurt the fuel economy, and even with 2WD, the Durango is capable enough to tackle some rough terrains.

2015 Dodge Durango Engine and Performance

6.0/10

The standard engine in the 2015 Dodge Durango is a potent 3.6-liter V6 engine making 290 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. A more powerful powertrain option in the form of a 5.7-liter HEMI V8 is also available which instantly changes the image of the SUV with high performance off the mark, punchy acceleration, and more towing capacity than the standard engine. Overall though, the V6 is a sane choice as it offers respectable performance and decent fuel economy, making it a better choice for daily errands around town.

Both the engines come paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. The new transmission works well in automatic mode, and while there are manual shift paddles available, it might take time to get used to them as they have a slightly different functioning than the regular shift pedals we see. The standard RWD and precise steering of the Durango offers a well-composed ride overall. The AWD is optional, and when paired with the V8, you get a true low-range gearbox as well.

Models

2015 Dodge Durango

2015 Honda Pilot

2015 Hyundai Santa Fe

2015 Nissan Pathfinder

MSRP

$30,495

$30,770

$31,045

$30,680

Engine

3.6-liter V6

3.5-liter V6

3.3-liter V6

3.5-liter V6

Drivetrain

RWD

FWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

8-speed automatic

5-speed automatic

6-speed automatic

CVT

Power (hp @ RPM

290 hp @ 6,400 RPM

250 hp @ 5,700 RPM

290 hp @ 6,400 RPM

260 hp @ 6,400 RPM

Torque (lb-ft @ RPM)

260 @ 4,800 RPM

253 lb-ft @ 4,800 RPM

252 lb-ft @ 5,200 RPM

240 lb-ft @ 4,400 RPM

0-60 MPH (seconds)

7.8

7.8 

6.6

8.6 

Quarter-Mile (seconds)

14.2

16.2

15.1

16.7

Top-Speed (MPH)

150

130

133

134

Hyundai and Dodge offer the same amount of power, but Durango offers better torque and has more top speed. The Santa Fe is the fastest to 60, followed by the Durango and Pilot, which have identical 0-60 times, while Dodge is the fastest to cross the quarter-mile mark. However, when equipped with the V8, the Durango has the final word in performance.

2015 Dodge Durango Fuel Economy

6.0/10

The changes in transmission for the 2014 model and the addition of two extra gears sure did improve the MPG figures, but while it was an improvement, the figures are not overly impressive and remain among the average MPG figures for the segment. EPA estimates that the new Durango will return 18 MPG in the city, 25 MPG on the highway, and up to 20 MPG in combined driving conditions for the standard RWD drivetrain. If you opt for the AWD drivetrain, you will see a dip in the figures by 1 MPG.

Models

2015 Dodge Durango

2015 Honda Pilot

2015 Hyundai Santa Fe

2015 Nissan Pathfinder

MPG (City)

18

18

18

20

MPG (Highway)

25

25

25

27

MPG (Combined)

20

21

21

23

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

24.6

21

18.8

19.5

Range (City/Highway/Combined, in Miles)

443/492/615

378/525/442

338/470/451

390/527/449

Dodge has the lowest MPG figures but comes with the biggest fuel tank, which allows for a better range in the city and combined driving conditions than the rest. The Nissan Pathfinder comes with the highest MPG figures and a decently sized fuel tank, which allows for a better overall range in every condition, making up for fewer fuel stops.

2015 Dodge Durango Interior

8.0/10

The 2015 Dodge Durango is a seven-seater SUV that is capable of seating up to 5 adults comfortably, but due to the difficulty in accessing the third-row seats, ingress and egress would be a challenge. The driving position is good, and the seats are well-bolstered and come with power adjustments to offer an even more comfortable driving position according to the need of the driver. The seats, however, are not as comfortable as they were in the previous Durango. 

On a long journey, you might feel a bit uncomfortable, but they are not intolerable. There is an option to replace the rear bench seats with captain's chairs which come with an optional center console that has two cup holders, a USB port, and a 12-volt charging port. As mentioned before, the third row is not as easy to gain access to and also remains better suited for children rather than adults.

Models

2015 Dodge Durango

2015 Honda Pilot

2015 Hyundai Santa Fe

2015 Nissan Pathfinder

Seating Capacity

7

8

7

7

Front Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

39.9/58.5/40.3

40/61.5/41.4

39.6/59.4/41.3

42.2/60.7/42.3

Rear Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

39.8/58.3/38.6

39.8/62.2/38.5

39.4/58.6/41.3

39.4/60.4/41.7

Third Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

37.8/50.4/31.5

38.2/58.9/32.1

35.7/53.9/31.5

37.8/57.1/30.7

Trunk Capacity (cubic feet)

17.2

18

11.3

16

The Honda Pilot seats one more passenger inside than the rest and also comes with the biggest cargo space, which makes it the most spacious SUV among the competitors. The Durango has the second-highest cargo volume, followed by the Pathfinder. The overall interior space is better in Honda, while Nissan offers better space in the rear than Hyundai and Dodge. Standout interior features include:

  • Color heads-up display
  • Colour MID
  • Steering wheel mounted controls 
  • Rear parking assist
  • Rear Camera system
  • Remote vehicle starter 
  • Powered sunroof

How intuitive is the 2015 Dodge Durango’s infotainment unit?

As standard, the 2015 Durango comes fitted with a 5-inch touchscreen display working as the head unit of the infotainment system. It has Bluetooth connectivity as standard alongside satellite radio and a CD player. The standard unit comes paired with a six-speaker audio system. When you move up a trim, the screen size increases to 8.4-inches, and you get the UConnect infotainment system, which is one of the most user-friendly and sharp-looking user interfaces currently available.

You also get 3G Wi-Fi capability, internet radio streaming, and smartphone connectivity with text-to-speech messaging capability. A navigation system and a premium 10-speaker Beats by Dre sound system are optional from the Limited trim, while on the higher trim, they come as standard. Few major infotainment features include:

  • Satellite Radio
  • CD Player
  • Bluetooth
  • USB ports
  • Navigation system
  • 3G WiFi capability
  • Rear seat DVD players

2015 Dodge Durango Exterior

9.0/10

Rather than being a traditional truck-based SUV, the 2015 Dodge Durango is now a unibody crossover that retains its SUV credentials. The big crosshair grille helps to retain the classic SUV looks, while the unibody design has a cleaner look that makes maximum use of the available interior space. Overall, the SUV offers a more car-like feel to it which makes it easy to maneuver. The headlights come with hockey-stick-shaped LED daytime running lights on all but the base trim, and the rear comes with Dodge’s distinct LED lights which form a strip across the tailgate connecting the two tail lights.

Models

2015 Dodge Durango

2015 Honda Pilot

2015 Hyundai Santa Fe

2015 Nissan Pathfinder

Curb Weight (lb)

6,500

4,295

3,933

4,168

Length (inches)

201.2

191.4

194.2

197.2

Width (inches)

75.8

78.5

74.4

77.2

Height (inches)

70.9

70.7

66.5

69.6

Ground Clearance (inches)

8.2

8.0

7.3

7.0

Wheelbase (inches)

119.8

109.2

110.2

114.2

The Dodge weighs a lot, about 6,500 pounds, which is almost 2,000 pounds more than the rest of the competitors. The Durango also has the longest wheelbase, but it still is an easy to maneuver SUV. Dodge also has the highest ground clearance, making it a more capable off-roader than the others. The Durango also offers the longest wheelbase, resulting in better space for the passengers inside. Major exterior highlights of the SUV include:

  • Dual rear exhaust
  • Sunroof
  • 20-inch aluminum wheels
  • LED auto high-beam headlights
  • Rear spoiler

2015 Dodge Durango Safety

7.0/10

The 2015 Durango scores well in the crash tests conducted by both the safety institutions. The NHTSA gave Durango an overall safety rating of four stars, and IIHS also gave it the top rating of ‘Good’ in all but the small-overlap frontal category in which it scores a rating of ‘Marginal’. The standard safety equipment includes six airbags, traction control, vehicle stability control, and ABS, while there are a few more driver assistance features available as optional on the lower trim and standard fittings on the higher trims. Some of these features include:

  • Blind-spot monitoring system
  • Rearview camera
  • Parking sensors
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Frontal collision warning system

2015 Dodge Durango Final Verdict

The 2015 Dodge Durango seems like an underrated choice in the segment. It sure does cost a bit more, but it also comes with more features on offer, a composed ride quality, as well as two engine options. Moreover, it offers impressive performance, better towing capacity, and a more advanced infotainment system with comfortable interiors, which makes it a worthy choice in the segment.

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