2018 Dodge Durango


Ranked #8 in Midsize Suv

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Starting MSRP 

$29,995 - $44,795

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Key Spec of 2018 Dodge Durango
fuel economy


fuel type

Regular Unleaded


293 hp @ 6400 rpm

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

ProsConsWhat's New

Robust engine

Below-average reliability ratings

Standard Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and rearview camera

Intuitive infotainment system

High ownership costs

Good cargo space

Mediocre safety ratings

Upscale and spacious interior

Class-leading towing capacity

2018 Dodge Durango Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: December 28, 2021

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The 2018 Dodge Durango is now available for sale with a starting price of $29,995. It is offered in three trims which are SXT, GT, and Citadel. These trims are powered by a 3.6L V6 engine that makes 293 hp and 260 lb-ft. of torque while its towing capacity is rated at 6,200 pounds. The R/T and SRT (new for 2018) models come with a brawny V8 for athletic performance, both of which we have reviewed separately. 

2018 Dodge Durango front view

The Durango stands out from its segment as it offers both RWD and AWD configurations. In terms of gas mileage, the Durango's fuel estimates are average. The cabin of the Durango seats up to seven people and comes with a lot of comfort and technological features. It also packs a decent list of driver aids. It receives heavy challenges from the likes of the Ford Explorer, the Honda Pilot, and the Chevy Traverse

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Over All Rating


Out of 10

Notable Rankings

#8 in Midsize Suv

#14 in Suv

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SXT$29,995 onwards

  • 50/50-Split folding third-row seat w/ power-folding headrests
  • 60/40-Split folding & reclining second-row seat
  • 7-Inch touchscreen interface
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Keyless ignition and entry
  • Load-Leveling rear suspension
  • Rearview camera
  • Three-Zone climate control

GT$37,895 onwards

  • 115-Volt power outlet
  • Driver-Position memory settings
  • Heated front and second-row seats
  • Leather and suede upholstery
  • Power liftgate
  • Power-Adjustable front seats
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Satellite radio

Citadel$42,195 onwards

  • Automatic high beams
  • Front parking sensors
  • Nine-Speaker audio system w/ subwoofe
  • Power-Adjustable passenger seat
  • Power-Adjustable steering column
  • Sunroof
  • Uconnect 8.4-inch touchscreen interface
  • Xenon headlights

Anodized Platinum$42,195 onwards

Colors and Styles

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Billet Metallic Clearcoat

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

The 2018 Dodge Durango offers a skill set that none of its 3-row crossover competitors can match- Autotrader

The Dodge Durango offers the flexibility of seating up to seven passengers and can quickly be configured for cargo. It has great towing capabilities and powerful engine choices that make this large SUV fun to drive. The performance aspect of the Durango with the V8 Hemi is hard to find in an SUV this large. The downsides are middling fuel economy and safety ratings that aren't on par with other competitors.

Coming to the ownership costs, the Durango is slightly more expensive to maintain. It costs around $8,800 per year for its repair, fuel, depreciation, maintenance, etc. Apart from its high ownership costs, its reliability ratings are also on the lower side. It scored 79 out of 100 which is ab average score and ranks fourteenth on the list. On the other side, its rivals have all scored and ranked better than the Durango. 


The Durango provides a wide array of standard and available technologies- Carfax

The Dodge Durango is available in three trims. These include the SXT, GT, and Citadel. These trims are equipped with a 3.6L V6 engine. The Durango is also available in the R/T and SRT trim, the latter being new for this year. These two trims get more powerful V8 fixed under their hoods for enhanced performance and hence, we have reviewed them separately for detailed understanding. 

2018 Dodge Durango side view

All the trims come standard with an RWD configuration while an  AWD system is a $2,600 option. The Durango may look like a classic crossover but its features are solidly planted in the future. In addition, the Durango is also available with a lot of optional packages. The top-end Citadel trim gets an exclusive $3,995 Anodizezd Platinum package that adds platinum accents throughout the exterior, 20-inch black wheels, black roof rails

Trims SXT GT Citadel
MSRP (FWD) $29,995 $37,795 $42,145
MSRP (AWD) $32,595 $40,395 $44,745
Key Features Manually adjustable cloth seats Adds/ Upgrades to SXT trim Ads/ Upgrades to GT trom
  Push-button start Power front leather seats Premium leather upholstery
  Automatic climate control Heated front & second-row seats Ventilated front seats
  7-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto Heated steering wheel 8.4-inch touchscreen with navigation system
  6-speaker sound system Power liftgate Rain-sensing windshield wipers
  Bluetooth connectivity SiriusXM Automatic headlights
  Rearview camera Third-row seats Sunroof
    Rear parking sensors 9-speaker Alpine premium audio system

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The GT trim is the best go-to option as it packs a lot of features and is also accessible to the Technology package for adding top driver aids. This model adds third-row seats, leather upholstery, satellite radio, heated steering wheel, heated front, and second-row seats, rear parking sensors, a power liftgate, and power front seats. Otherwise, if you looking for a 5-seater Durango, pick the base SXT trim. 

Engine and Performance

Among tough rear-wheel-drive SUVs, the Durango's driving experience stands out as one of the very best- Autotrader

2018 Dodge Durango Engine and Transmission

Powering the Dodge Durango is right in the sweet spot with 293 hp and 260 lb-ft. of torque thanks to the 3.6L V6 engine. It's connected to an 8-speed automatic transmission that includes manual override with paddle shifters. Power-hungry buyers can also opt for the 360-hp V8 in the R/T and SRT models but for most buyers, the base engine is plenty. 

2018 Dodge Durango engine 

Unique among its competition, the AWD system is primarily an RWD system. It only sends power to the front wheels when it needs it. Being that, it is mostly an RWD car. This gives the Durango a much sportier feeling off the line. Even the base engine feels punchy and cruises effortlessly on a freeway. The smooth and quick shift from the automatic gearbox improves the driving experience. 

Models 2018 Dodge Durango 2018 Chevrolet Traverse 2018 Ford Explorer 2018 Honda Pilot
MSRP $29,995 $30,925 $31,990 $30,900
Engine 3.6L V6 3.6L V6 3.5L V6 3.5L V6
Drivetrain RWD FWD FWD FWD
Transmission 8-Speed Automatic 9-Speed Automatic 6-Speed Automatic 6-Speed Automatic
Power 293 hp @ 6,400 RPM 310 hp @ 6,800 RPM 290 hp @ 6,500 RPM 280 hp @ 6,000 RPM
Torque 260 lb-ft. @ 4,000 RPM 260 lb-ft. @ 2,800 RPM 255 lb-ft. @ 4,000 RPM 262 lb-ft. @ 4,700 RPM

All the rivals of the Durango in this competition are FWD cars. The Honda Pilot makes the least power but its peak power is available at 6,000 RPM. On the flip side, the Chevy Traverse makes slightly more power than the Durango and is also priced more. The Ford Explorer is a pricey option in this class but its power levels are almost similar to the Durango. 

2018 Dodge Durango Acceleration

Power comes in quick and hence, its acceleration is good for the power it makes. In the acceleration test, the Durango sprints from 0-60 MPH in 7.6 seconds while the quarter-mile mark is finished in 15.8 seconds. The top speed is limited to 130 MPH. If you are not happy with these numbers, the all-new SRT model rockets to 60 MPH in just 4.4 seconds, that's super-fast for a bulky SUV. 

2018 Dodge Durango takes 7.6 sec to reach 60 MPH

The base V6 engine has a smooth power delivery. When you floor the pedal, you can feel the wheels spinning and acceleration is instantaneous. The power developed is plenty for overtaking other cars on a freeway. The 8-speed automatic does great in finding the right gear and when shifted to manual mode, the paddle shifters give a racy feel to the driver. 

Models 2018 Dodge Durango 2018 Chevrolet Traverse 2018 Ford Explorer 2018 Honda Pilot
0-60 MPH 7.6 sec 6.8 sec 7.7 sec 6.5 sec
Quarter Mile 15.8 sec 15.5 sec 15.8 sec 15.1 sec
Engine 3.6L  3.6L 3.5L 3.5L
Top Speed 130 MPH 120 MPH 134 MPH 120 MPH

The Honda Pilot displays extraordinary agility thanks to its low curb weight. The extra power and the 9-speed automatic in the Chevy Traverse help to achieve good performance stats. Meanwhile, the Ford Explorer gives a tough challenge to the Durango in both performance tests as they are similarly powered. 

2018 Dodge Durango Ride and Handling

For a large crossover, handling in the Dodge Durango is pretty good. Once driving, the Durango feels in command of the open road. This is a classic SUV in the best sense. Throw it into a corner and you can feel its heavyweight. The steering wheel doesn't has a lot of feels and you don't get a lot of feedback. The ride is pretty solid and when you are towing a trailer, it remains stable and planted.  

2018 Dodge Durango front driving view

The Durango doesn't target off-road enthusiasts. Its audience is more inclined to journey through the city canyons than real canyons. On a gravel road, the Durango's stability system gives no quarter and you may experience the rear of the vehicle sliding when tossing around corners. Overall, the Durango handles really well for its size while its AWD system offers immense grip while speeding. 

2018 Dodge Durango Braking

The Dodge Durango is not just a good performer on the road but it also comes with an excellent braking system. The front and rear wheels of the Durango are fitted with 13-inch ventilated disc brakes. These brakes can bring this 4,680-pound SUV to a smooth stop from 60 MPH in just 121 feet. That's really great braking performance for a bulky SUV. 

2018 Dodge Durango brakes

The stopping power is really good and the brakes perfectly fine in whatever road conditions may be. The pedal is soft and responsive while the pedal travel is decent. The Durango also comes with braking technologies such as automatic emergency braking to helps to reduce the braking distance in times of emergencies. 

Models 2018 Dodge Durango 2018 Chevrolet Traverse 2018 Ford Explorer 2018 Honda Pilot
Brakes Front 13.0 in 12.8 in 12.8 in 12.6 in
Brakes Rear 13.0 in 13.0 in 12.8 in 13.0 in
Curb Weight 4,680 lbs 4,713 lbs 4,443 lbs 4,054 lbs
60-0 MPH 121 ft. 135 ft. 127 ft. 128 ft.

The Durango amazes with its excellent braking performance in this segment. The lighter Honda Pilot takes a longer braking distance than the Durango meaning its brakes are weak. Even the Ford Explorer takes a similar braking distance as the Pilot but it's commendable for its size. Due to its heavyweight, the Chevy traverse records the longest braking distance. 

2018 Dodge Durango Towing Capacity

If you do need to tow large items, there is a Class IV receiver hitch hidden under the back bumper as well as a tow brake controller for the driver. This is all part of the $1,200 Towing package which also includes load-leveling suspension. The towing limit on the Dodge Durango is 6,200 pounds, which is really good. If you are not satisfied with this, the $63,00 SRT edition can haul up to a whopping 8,700 pounds. Not bad for a unibody crossover. 

Models 2018 Dodge Durango 2018 Chevrolet Traverse 2018 Ford Explorer 2018 Honda Pilot
Towing Capacity 6,200 lbs 5,200 lbs 5,000 lbs 5,000 lbs

Once again, the Durango leads the pack with its extraordinary towing capacity. The Chevy Traverse grabs second place with 5,200 pounds of towing capacity. Both the Ford Explorer and the Honda Pilot share the same stage in terms of tow ratings. Therefore, the Durango is the best SUV for those who tow large items regularly. 

Fuel Economy

An 8-speed automatic helps the 2018 Dodge Durango earn better fuel economy than you might expect- The Car Connection

The Dodge Durango is not the kind of SUV to earn praises for its fuel economy because its V6 engine is the thirstiest in this segment. The EPA-estimated MPG figures are 19 MPG in the city, 26 MPG on a highway, and 21 MPG combined. The AWD versions drop down the city and highway estimates by 1 MPG but retain the same combined mileage. 

2018 Dodge Durango side angle view

The R/T trim has the worst fuel economy owing to its powerful engine. The fuel ratings include 14 MPG in the city, 22 MPG on a highway, and 17 MPG combined. Thanks to its large 24.6-gallon fuel tank, the Durango delivers a combined range of 553 miles and it falls down with 529 miles with an AWD system. The R/T model offers the least range in the lineup at 442 miles. 

Models 2018 Dodge Durango 2018 Chevrolet Traverse 2018 Ford Explorer 2018 Honda Pilot
MPG (City) 19 15 17 19
MPG (Highway) 26 22 24 27
MPG (Combined) 21 18 20 22
Fuel Tank Capacity (Gallons) 24.6 22.0 18.6 19.5
Range (City/Highway/Combined; Miles) 467/640/553 330/484/407 316/446/381 371/527/449

The Honda Pilot is the most fuel-efficient SUV in this competition. However, its small fuel tank results in less driving range than the Durango. The Ford Explorer's fuel estimates are not impressive but is efficiency is commendable. Even the Chevy Traverse suffers from the same curse as the Durango. It has the worst fuel ratings in this competition. 


The 2016 Dodge Durango interior belies its competitive price- Kelly Blue Book

2018 Dodge Durango Seating and Comfort

The interior of the Dodge Durango features good-quality materials and has a nice modern layout. The Durango seats only seven which is one less than other three-row SUVs as the second-row seats are captain chairs. Speaking of front-seat comfort, they are a bit firm, but they hold you pretty well with good side bolstering. Except for the SXT trim, the front seats are power-adjustable and heated. The steering wheel is also power-adjustable only on the Citadel trim and nicely integrates audio controls. 

2018 Dodge Durango dashboard

The second-row captain chairs are pretty comfortable and well-bolstered but they seat you a bit low. Moreover, these two captain seats are heated as well. When it comes to space, the second row offers slightly less legroom than the first row but that's not much of a concern. The second row does fold up for easy access to the third row which is large enough for a full-sized adult. The headroom is decent in the third row but the legrrom is too short. But there's reasonable space for small children.

Models 2018 Dodge Durango 2018 Chevrolet Traverse 2018 Ford Explorer 2018 Honda Pilot
Passenger Capacity 7 8 7 8
Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in) 39.9/58.5/40.3 40.4/61.5/41.3 41.4/61.5/42.9 40.1/62.0/40.9
Second Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in) 39.8/57.7/38.6 39.4/61.0/36.8 40.6/61.0/39.5 40.2/62.0/38.4
Third Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in) 37.8/50.4/31.5 37.8/57.6/33.2 37.8/50.8/32.0 38.9/57.6/31.9

Both the Chevy Traverse and the Honda Pilot offer an extra seat while the Ford Explorer offers a similar seating capacity as the Durango. The Pilot offers the best headroom in the third row while the Traverse excels more legroom in the last row. Also, the Explorer offers more shoulder room in the first two rows than the Durango. 

2018 Dodge Durango Infotainment System

The center of the dash is dominated by a 7-inch touchscreen on lower trims and an 8.4-inch Uconnect infotainment system on the Citadel trim. Both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are included in the bigger screen. It also features built-in apps as well as touchscreen control of the climate system. Luckily, there are also physical buttons to make things easier. The graphics are nice and the touch response is good. It is known in the business for its easy-to-understand interface. 

2018 Dodge Durango infotainment system

The infotainment system is paired with a 6-speaker setup on lower trims while the Citadel trim gets a 9-speaker Alpine premium sound system. The built-in navigation system on the larger screen is pretty good with easy access to quick searches and traffic data. Second-row passengers are treated to a dual-screen DVD entertainment system that costs an extra $1,995. The gauges are digital and unlike any other carmakers, they smoothly integrate digital data along with physical tiles. 

2018 Dodge Durango Interior Features

The cabin of the Durango is filled with a lot of comfort and technological features. Some of them include:

  • Power tilt & telescopic multi-function leather, heated steering wheel with paddle shifters
  • 8-way power front leather seats
  • Heated front & rear seats
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Remote engine start
  • 115V rear power outlet
  • Dual illumination vanity mirrors
  • Power liftgate
  • 7 & 8.4-inch touchscreen display
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • 6 & 9-speaker sound system
  • SiriusXM
  • Navigation system

2018 Dodge Durango Cargo Capacity

The Dodge Durango has a competitive 17.2 cubic feet of cargo capacity in the back with all three rows up. Fold down the small seats and you get 47.7 cubic feet. With everything lying flat, you are looking at 84.5 cubic feet of total cargo space. The Durango also features a secret cubby just under the load floor. 

2018 Dodge Durango cargo space

You can get easy access to the trunk with a power tailgate. The leftover height of the Durango is high but its square-shaped trunk and flat loading lip help to load items into the cargo area easily. There's also plenty of interior storage but if you option the Blu-ray DVD entertainment system, you're going to lose quite a bit of storage. 


2018 Dodge Durango 2018 Chevrolet Traverse 2018 Ford Explorer 2018 Honda Pilot

Cargo Capacity (cu-ft.)

17.2 23.0 21.0 16.5

The Chevy Traverse is the leader with a maximum cargo space of 98 cubic feet in this field. The Honda Pilot's total cargo volume is slightly less than the Durango. Meanwhile, the maximum cargo space in the Ford Explorer is just over 81 cubic feet and therefore, stands in the last place. 


The Durango's exterior styling is exactly aggressive enough without going overboard, even in base models– Kelley Blue Book

2018 Dodge Durango Dimension and Weight

One of the reasons you might be interested in the Dodge Durango is because it has a really cool exterior. The chrome grille sits in between halogen headlights on the lower trims and HID lamps on the Citadel trim. Down the lower fascia, there's a more aggressive splitter highlighted by fog lamps. The Durango has a ground clearance of 8.1 inches, that's probably the highest in the segment. 

2018 Dodge Durango three-quarter view

The wheel options for the Durango include 17 and 18-inch alloy wheels. It also has the widest wheelbase in its class. Its cabin isn't much spacious but offers a poised ride. Coming at the back, the Durango has what Dodge calls a Racetrack taillamp. It has an LED light assembly and looks very distinctive at night. Down on the lower fascia, you get only dual exhaust but there's a removable panel perfect for when you're using a trailer hitch. 


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2018 Chevrolet Traverse

2018 Ford Explorer

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The Chevy Traverse sits 0.9 inches lower than the Durango. Therefore, getting in and out of the vehicle is easy. The Honda Pilot's wheelbase is the smallest in this competition. However, this doesn't impact is passenger space and is much easier to park in tight spaces. The body of the Ford Explorer is wider than the Durango and that explains more shoulder room in its interior. 

2018 Dodge Durango Exterior Features

The Dodge Durango comes with some cool exterior features. These include:

  • HID headlights
  • LED DRLs & taillights
  • LED front fog lights
  • Exterior entry lights
  • Power-folding, auto-dimming exterior mirrors
  • Dual exhaust chrome tips
  • Chrome grille
  • Rear roofline spoiler
  • Black window trim
  • 17,18-inch alloy wheels

The Durango’s crash-test results are acceptable, but they’re far from class leading– CarAndDriver

The Dodge Durango received a total of four out of five stars for its safety from NHTSA. In the front crash and rollover tests, it received four stars whereas a perfect five stars were given to the Durango for the side-impact test. These ratings are good for an SUV. The detailed NHTSA ratings of the Durango are given below:

NHTSA Rating

Overall rating 4 stars
Overall frontal barrier crash rating 4 stars
Frontal barrier crash rating driver 4 stars
Frontal barrier crash rating passenger 5 stars
Overall side crash rating 5 stars
Side barrier rating 5 stars
Side pole rating driver front seat 5 stars
Combined side rating rear seat 5 stars
Side barrier rating driver 5 stars
Combined side rating front seat 5 stars
Side barrier rating passenger rear seat 5 stars
Rollover rating 4 stars

The Durango earned decent ratings from IIHS. It received 'Good' ratings in almost all crash tests, which is a good thing. However, it also received the second-lowest 'Marginal' rating for the driver's side crash test and headlights. The front crash prevention in the Durango has been rated the highest 'Superior' rating. 

IIHS Rating

Small overlap front driver side Marginal
Small overlap front passenger side N/A
Moderate overlap front Good
Side Good
Roof strength Good
Head restraints & seats Good
Front crash prevention Superior
Headlights Marginal
Child seat anchors (LATCH) Acceptable

Additionally, six airbags are available to keep the passengers safe from injuries. Therefore, this proves the fact that the Durango is a safe vehicle. The Durango is devoid of the latest standard driver-assist features. For that, you have to upgrade to the $2,595 Technology package to gain access to top safety features. 

2018 Dodge Durango IIHS crash test

The list of driver assistance features available in the Durango are mentioned below:

  • Rearview Camera
  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Forward Collision Warning
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Alert
  • Automatic Emergency Braking
  • Rain-Sensing Windshield Wipers

2018 Dodge Durango vs 2018 Ford Explorer

The initial price of the Ford Explorer is more than the Durango. It is similarly powered as the Durango but its light curb weight helps to achieve better acceleration than the Durango. Its fuel efficiency is also better but it cannot beat the Durango in terms of towing capacity. Inside, the Explorer's cabin is more spacious and practical. The Explorer's safety ratings are average but host a long list of driver aids. 

2018 Ford Explorer

2018 Dodge Durango vs 2018 Chevrolet Traverse

The Chevy Traverse is the most powerful SUV in this competition and naturally, it performs better on the road. But, its tow ratings are rated less than the Durango. It also has the worst MPG figures but makes up by offering a roomy cabin and class-leading cargo space. it also packs more standard features than the Durango. In terms of safety, the Traverse packs more driver-assist features than the Durango. 

2018 Chevrolet Traverse

2018 Dodge Durango vs 2018 Honda Pilot

Unlike the Durango, the Honda Pilot is powered by just one engine that is underpowered. Yet, its on-road performance is way better thanks to its light curb weight. Moreover, this engine is also the most fuel-efficient here. The Pilot's cabin feels lightly spacious while its cargo capacity is the same as the Durango. The Pilot was named the 'Top Safety Pick' for its crashworthiness and also comes with more safety features. 

2018 Honda Pilot
Final Verdict

The Dodge Durango aims for families who want a good combination of cargo, towing, and features that will keep adults and kids entertained. It succeeds on those fronts despite being short on safety and fuel economy. Another reason for its low rankings in its class is below average reliability ratings. Nevertheless, the Durango is a good option. 

2018 Dodge Durango three-quarter view


vehicle bio
base price


body style

4dr SUV

engine type

220 cu in

horse power

295 hp @ 6400 rpm


260 lb.-ft. @ 4000 rpm


8 speed Automatic


201 in


120 in


76 in

curb weight

5088 lbs


71 in

Ground Clearance

8 lbs

passenger volume

133.9 cu ft

cargo volume

84.5 cu ft

passenger capacity

5 Seats

fuel economy

18/21/25 mpg

highway range

615.0 mi

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

Dodge Durango 5 year Cost To Own

Cash Price(MSRP)
5 Year Cost To Own
Total 5 year Cost To Own -  $50,850
Year 1Year 2Year 3Year 4Year 5total
Financing Interest$2,339$1,910$1,337$922$318$6,826
Taxes and Fees$3,126$196$263$181$240$4,006
Total Cost-To-Own$17,358$8,466$7,786$9,837$7,403$50,850
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