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2007 Dodge Durango

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2007 Dodge Durango Review

Spacious and also powerful when equipped with a V-8 engine.

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Overview

The 2007 Dodge Durango is a formidable full-size SUV that offers equal parts brawn and utility. Capable of seating up to eight passengers and towing up to 8950 pounds, the interior of the 2007 Durango is pleasant, functional, and spacious enough in most respects. Even the base model Durango offers a fairly generous array of amenities and standard features.

For 2007, Dodge made the Durango available in three trim levels: SXT, SLT, and Limited. It’s also available with either two-wheel or four-wheel drive. Standard features for the base model SXT include power accessories, air-conditioning, stereo with AM/FM/CD, and cruise control. Stepping up to the SLT model sees the addition of a power driver seat, wood grain cabin accents, rear air-conditioning, two-passenger third-row bench seating, and a 115-volt rear power outlet. Opting for the top-of-the-line Limited trim level gets consumers leather seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, a three-passenger third-row seat, power rear hatch, a dash-mounted six-CD changer, steering-wheel-mounted audio controls, auto-dimming mirrors, universal garage door opener, and a memory system.

Additional options include a navigation system, Bluetooth connectivity and a rear-seat DVD entertainment system.

The 2WD version of the Durango SXT and the SLT comes with a 3.7-liter V-6 rated at 210 horsepower and 235 lb-ft of torque. The Limited and all 4WD versions of the SXT and SLT come with a more formidable 4.7-liter V-8 rated at 235 horse and capable of producing 300 lb-ft of torque. If drivers are looking for maximum power for towing or hauling, there is also an optional 5.7-liter V-8 available. That engine is rated at 330 horsepower and produces 375 lb-ft of torque. The V-6 is mated to a four-speed automatic while both versions of the V-8 are paired with five-speed automatics.

The Range

Body Styles: full-size SUV
Engines: 3.7-liter V-6, 4.7-liter V-8, 5.7-liter V-8
Transmissions: four-speed automatic, five-speed automatic
Models: Dodge Durango SXT, Dodge Durango SLT, Dodge Durango Limited

What's New

For 2007, Dodge equipped the Durango with new standard features that include side airbags, heated side mirrors, and body-mounted front and rear fascias that are intended to eliminate gaps that were visible in previous year models. The 2007 Durango also features a new grille, and new front fenders, hood, and headlights. SXT, SLT and Limited models come with new body-side moldings. The line-topping Limited version now boasts a leather-wrapped console lid and rear park assist. Tire-pressure monitoring has been made standard on both SLT and Limited models. Quad bucket seats have been made available for both of these trim levels. Additionally, all models equipped with air-conditioning now feature a 115-volt power outlet.

Exterior

The 2007 Dodge Durango is a brawny-looking full-size SUV. The model features distinct front and rear fascias that were designed with the intent of eliminating gaps in the body design.

Interior

The interior of the 2007 Dodge Durango is modern and functional. It’s capable of seating seven or eight passengers, depending on which third-row seating configuration you choose. Unfortunately, while the front seats are roomy and comfortable enough, the second row is a bit cramped in terms of legroom. The third row of seating is strictly for kids, but cargo capacity is good allowing a maximum of 67 cubic feet when the third row of seating is folded down into the floor. Additional interior amenities include a DVD entertainment system and a 384-watt sound system with satellite radio.

Performance & Handling

The 2007 Dodge Durango boasts handling capabilities that believe its formidable size. The ride is smooth and composed while the handling is also good. The Durango is also fairly capable in off-road situations. However, the base model V-6 provides power that is barely adequate so it’s far better to opt for the 4.7-liter V-8 or even the top-of-the-line Hemi V-8.

Safety

Standard safety features for the 2007 Dodge Durango include anti-lock disc brakes and side curtain airbags. Stability control is optional for all trim levels below the Limited, which comes standard. Other standard safety features on the Limited include power-adjustable pedals, which are also an option on the SLT. The 2007 Dodge Durango earned a perfect five out of five star rating in frontal impact tests conducted by the NHTSA.

EPA Fuel Economy

Dodge Durango 3.7-liter V-6: 14/19 mpg city/highway
Dodge Durango 4.7-liter V-8: 13/17 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Delivers smooth ride quality
  • Capable in off-road situations
  • Ample capacity for cargo
  • Intuitively laid out controls
  • Powerful array of V-8 engines

You Won't Like

  • Lousy fuel economy
  • Fit and finish could be better
  • Second-row legroom is cramped

Sum Up

Spacious and also powerful when equipped with a V-8 engine.

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