2016 Dodge Durango

MSRP $33,095 - $44,990

Ranked #6 in Suv

8.4

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2016 Dodge Durango Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: October 14, 2021

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Priced at $30,495 for its base variant, the 2016 Dodge Durango is muscular, popular, and spectacular. The three-seater SUV is in its essence, a proper family hauler that boasts a capacious cabin with hi-tech features but falls short on refinement and quality. It is an apt unification of performance and a sturdy build.

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Pros

Cogent V8 engine 

Commodious cabin 

User-friendly infotainment system

Cons

Lackluster interior build

Slightly difficult to maneuver

What's New?

Start/stop button on V6 engine trims

Sport mode is now standard on all trims


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$42390

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

7

drivetrain

rear wheel drive

engine type

displacement

220 cu.in.

horsepower

295 hp @ 6400 rpm

torque

260 lb.-ft. @ 4000 rpm

transmission

8 speed shiftable automatic

dimensions

wheelbase

120 in.

length

201 in.

width

76 in.

height

71 in.

curb weight

4905 lbs.

ground clearance

8 in.

capacity

passenger volume

133.9 cu ft.

cargo volume

84.5 cu ft.

towing capacity

7400 lbs.

payload capacity

1280 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

7.3 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

15.7 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

19/22/27 mpg

highway range

664.2 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 100,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


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Trims

SXT$33,095 onwards

Limited$36,995 onwards

Citadel$41,295 onwards

Anodized Platinum$42,390 onwards

Colors and Styles

2016 Dodge Durango in Billet Silver Metallic Clear Coat color
Billet 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

Features

9.0

Engine and Performance

8.6

Fuel Economy

6.0

Interior

8.6

Exterior

8.5

Safety

8.9

8.4

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

8.4

Overall Rating


Dodge offers the Durango with a wide variety of trims as well along with the R/T trim that comes with a Hemi V8 engine option. From the availability of a V8 motor to its versatility both in terms of comfort and performance, the Durango is hard not to like and it competes directly with the likes of the Toyota Highlander, Kia Sorento, and Honda Pilot.


9.0/10
Features

8.6/10
Engine and Performance

6.0/10
Fuel Economy

8.6/10
Interior

8.5/10
Exterior

8.9/10
Safety


2016 Dodge Durango Features

9.0/10

The 2016 Dodge Durango is offered in four trims namely the SXT, Limited, Citadel, and R/T. It falls in a price range that extends from $30,495 for the base variant to $44,595 for the Hemi V8-equipped top-tier trim. It is available either as an RWD or AWD variant, with the latter being $2,600 more expensive than the former.

Trims

SXT

Limited

Citadel

R/T

MSRP (RWD)

$30,495

$36,995

$41,295

$41,995

MSRP (AWD)

$33,095

$39,595

$43,895

$44,595

Key Features

18-inch alloy wheels

LED running lights

20-inch wheels

V8 engine

 

Load-leveling rear suspension

Remote ignition

Upgraded brakes

Lowered sport-tuned suspension

 

Adjustable drive settings (Sport mode)

Power-folding mirrors (driver auto-dimming)

 

Remote Ignition

Performance steering

 

Automatic headlamps

Driver memory functions

Chrome exterior trim

Body-color exterior trim (in place of chrome)

 

Heated mirrors

Six-way power passenger seat

Sunroof

Upgraded leather upholstery

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The 2016 Dodge Durango Limited trim features LED headlamps, power-adjustable and heated seats, leather upholstery, and many other bits as well. Equipping it with the all-wheel-drive also makes sense as it provides the SUV with a sense of stability and all-season drivability under the sub-$40,000 mark.

2016 Dodge Durango Engine and Performance

8.6/10

The standard 2016 Dodge Durango is equipped with a V6 under the hood that puts out best in class 293hp along with 260lb.-ft of torque through a seamless 8-speed automatic transmission. The R/T trim with the bigger V8 motor puts out 360hp along with 390lb.-ft of torque through the standard transmission.

Each trim of the 2016 Dodge Durango is available either as an RWD or AWD variant. It can sprint from 0 to 60 MPH in 6.4 seconds and can complete a quarter-mile sprint in 14.9 seconds. However, its hefty weight and gigantic dimensions do cause a bearing on its drivability. Handling and steering response do not feel up to the mark, but the throttle response is aplomb from the V8 engine.

Models

Dodge Durango

Honda Pilot

Toyota Highlander

Kia Sorento

MSRP

$30,495

$30,145

$32,015

$28,700

Engine

3.6L V6 Gas engine

3.5L V6 Gas engine

3.5L V6 Gas engine

3.3L V6 Gasoline engine

Drivetrain

RWD

FWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

8- speed shiftable automatic

6-speed automatic

6- speed shiftable automatic

6-speed shiftable automatic

Horsepower (hp)

293 hp @ 6400 rpm

280 hp @ 6000 rpm

270 hp @ 6200 rpm

290 hp @ 6400 rpm

Torque (lb.-ft)

260 ft-lbs @ 4000 rpm

262 ft-lbs @ 4700 rpm

248 ft-lbs @ 4700 rpm

252 ft-lbs @ 5300 rpm

0-60 MPH

6.4

6.2

7.1

7.1

Quarter mile (seconds)

14.9

14.8

15.2

15.7

Top Speed (mph)

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

While all SUVs in the segment make use of a gasoline-powered V6 engine, all three competitors of the Dodge make use of a 6-speed automatic transmission and are channeled as FWD variants. While power output is lower, the most-torquey 2016 Honda Pilot that produces 280hp and 262lb.-ft, is the quickest SUV in the segment clocking the 60mph sprint and quarter-mile run in 6.2 and 14.8 seconds, respectively. On the other hand, the 2016 Kia Sorento and 2016 Toyota Highlander are almost a second slower than their competitors.

2016 Dodge Durango Fuel Economy

6.0/10

According to the EPA, the base Durango with a V6 engine and rear-wheel drive has a mileage of 19 mpg in the city, 27 mpg on the highway, and 22 mpg combined, while with the AWD variant efficiency falls a notch across the board. However, its fuel tank is the most voluminous in the segment and can hold 24.6-gallons and helps to aid the overall range covered. In a single fuel stop, it can cover 467 miles in the city and 664 miles on the highway.

Models

Dodge Durango

Honda Pilot

Toyota Highlander

Kia Sorento

MPG (city)

19

19

19

18

MPG (highway)

27

27

25

26

MPG (combined)

22

22

21

21

Fuel tank capacity (gal.)

24.6-gallons

19.5-gallons

19.2-gallons

18.8-gallons

Range (city/highway) (miles)

467/664 miles

371/527 miles

365/480 miles

N/A

While the 2016 Honda Pilot averages similar efficiency as the Dodge, both the Toyota and Kia manage 21 MPG. The Honda also features one of the larger fuel tanks in the segment, yet it lags considerably behind in the overall range. While it can cover 371 and 527 miles in the city and on the highway, respectively, the 2016 Highlander can manage 365 and 480 miles only.

2016 Dodge Durango Interior

8.6/10

The 2016 Dodge Durango has a versatile driving position unlike many SUVs, it is suitable for a number of drivers and driving styles. The seats are extremely comfortable on all three rows with ample head, shoulder and, legroom, however, getting to the third row is quite a complicated process as the second row doesn’t fold down.

While comfort is uncompromised, the 2016 Dodge Durango’s interiors are not a luxury affair. It lacks refinement in terms of quality and when compared to its direct competitors, it feels less sophisticated. However, it still is an ergonomic cabin that has ample storage units on the inside and with all seats folded manages a total cargo capacity of 84.5 cubic feet. Cabin noise is successfully masked and each usable element is in arm’s reach.

Models

Dodge Durango

Honda Pilot

Toyota Highlander

Kia Sorento

Passenger capacity

7

8

8

7

Front (head/shoulder/leg) (in.)

39.9/58.5/40.3

40.1/62.0/40.9

40.7/59.3/44.2

39.5/59.1/44.1

Second (head/shoulder/rear) (in.)

39.8/58.3/38.6

40.2/62.0/38.4

39.9/59.6/38.4

39.3/58.0/39.4

Third (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

37.8/50.4/31.5

38.9/57.6/31.9

35.9/55.0/27.7

36.3/52.8/31.7

Cargo Capacity to the third row (cu.-ft)

17.2

18.5

13.8

11.3

Cargo Capacity to the second row (cu.-ft)

47.7

46.8

42.3

38.0

Cargo Capacity to first row (cu.-ft)

84.5

83.9

83.7

73

When compared to the competitors, the 2016 Pilot and 2016 Toyota Highlander can seat eight passengers, instead of the seven-seat capacity of the Kia and Dodge. While the 2016 Sorento has lower seating capacity, it possesses best-in-class space. However, it lacks cargo capacity. On the other hand, Honda and Toyota also have lower trunk volumes of 83.9 and 83.7 cubic feet.

Some salient interior features of the include:

  • Tilt and Telescopic Steering Wheel
  • Three-zone Climate Control
  • Interior Air Filtration
  • Cruise Control
  • Cupholders for all three rows

How intuitive is the infotainment system of the 2016 Dodge Durango?

The 2016 Dodge Durango’s infotainment system is immensely intuitive. The U-Connect system is available with either of two screen options like a 5-inch or 8.4-inch unit, both of which work impressively and also get physical buttons for better reception and response. It gets equipped with hi-tech specifications and some of its salient features include:

  • USB Ports
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • CD Player
  • 10-speaker Bose Sound System (Optional)
  • Rear Seat entertainment (Available with R/T trim only)

2016 Dodge Durango Exterior

8.5/10

The 2016 Dodge Durango surely is one of the better-looking vehicles in its segment as it still follows traditional SUV design language with a hint of modern touches without looking outdated. The front fascia resembles the Dodge Charger with its headlamps and a front grille that looks menacing on the Durango, from there the flowing slightly curved lines leading to the rear fascia which is subtle as compared to the front. 

The 2016 Dodge Durango’s dimensions are indicative of its mammoth size and stance. It is the heaviest vehicle in the segment weighing 4.756 lbs and is also the longest SUV with an overall length and wheelbase of 201.2 and 119.8 inches, respectively. It is tallest measuring 70.9 inches with a ground clearance of 8.1 inches.

Models

Dodge Durango

Honda Pilot

Toyota Highlander

Kia Sorento

Curb Weight (lbs.)

4756

4054

4244

3968

Length (in.)

201.2

194.5

191.1

187.4

Width (in.)

75.8

78.6

75.8

74.4

Height (in.)

70.9

69.8

68.1

66.5

Ground clearance (in.)

8.1

7.3

8.0

7.3

Wheelbase (in)

119.8

111.0

109.8

109.4

All three SUVs in comparison are relatively smaller with almost a similar wheelbase. They are smaller SUVs in overall dimensions and are also lighter. The Kia Sorento weighs 3,968 lbs, followed by the Honda Pilot and Toyota Highlander weighing 3,968, 4,054, and 4,244 lbs. The Honda is, however, the widest in the segment and is closer to the Dodge in terms of overall length. Some salient exterior features include:

  • Roof Rails
  • Running Boards
  • Rear Spoiler
  • 18/20-inch alloy wheels
  • Daytime Running Lights

2016 Dodge Durango Safety

8.9/10

The 2016 Dodge Durango is extremely safe and reliable, thanks to its unibody construction. It adds a suite of safety features that back its capabilities and is impressive in both crash avoidance and mitigation. The Dodge SUV scores an overall rating of 4-stars in the crash tests conducted by the NHTSA and also scores a rating of “Good” in most aspects of the IIHS’s tests.

Some Safety Features are:

  • Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop
  • Advanced Brake Assist
  • Full-Speed Forward Collision Warning Plus
  • Lane Departure Warning Plus
  • Blind Spot and Cross Path Detection

2016 Dodge Durango Final Verdict

The 2016 Dodge Durango seems like a perfect fit for everyday use and the occasional off-roading stints. The Durango offers the ruggedness and capabilities of an SUV paired with the practicality and convenience of a crossover. The optional V8 R/T trim does suffer in terms of fuel efficiency but is a dream for the enthusiasts while other trims offer more practicality but still don’t lose any street cred or cool factor.

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