Introduced in 1998, the Dodge Durango is a full-size SUV marketed as a midsize SUV. It is essentially designed to bridge the gap between midsize and full-sized SUVs, suitable for customers who need a little more room and power than what is offered by a usual midsize SUV, without the bulk and size of a full-size one.
The first generation of the Durango was fairly conventional, although it soon became outclassed by its crossover competitors in the later years. Now in its third generation, the Durango has adapted and become more of a crossover, much like its competitors.
New For 2013
The 2013 Dodge Durango SXT can now be fitted with Rallye Appearance Group improvements, which include:
- A 295-horsepower (hp), V-6 engine
- 20-inch aluminum wheels
- Darkened headlight bezels
- Body-colored trim pieces, such as the ones in the R/T model
- Leather-wrapped steering wheel
- Bluetooth streaming audio
- Auto-dimming rearview mirror
The exterior of the 2013 Dodge Durango has been designed for a more suave, upmarket look. Despite this, the vertical crosshair grille comes off as more intimidating and aggressive. The sides and the rear, in comparison, are dull, and the design tends to sag a little behind the rear wheels. Overall, however, the SUV has an attractive appearance.
Exterior features of the SUV include 18-inch aluminum wheels, front fog lamps, automatic halogen headlights, and heated side mirrors as standard.
Optional features include 20-inch rims, a power lift gate, high-intensity discharge headlights, a power sunroof, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and SmartBeam automatic high-beam headlights.
Interior & Cargo
The 2013 Dodge Durango is based on the Jeep Grand Cherokee, and this is clear from the similarities between their interiors. The overall design of the Durango’s cabin is tasteful and conservative, with a somewhat timeless look.
Three rows of seats are standard, with a seating capacity of seven people. Unfortunately, the third row of the Durango suffers from the same problem as most other SUVs - lack of cargo room at the back.
In the Durango, the cargo space behind the last row of seats measures around 17.2 cubic feet, which is only marginally higher than that of the average trunk space in a family sedan. Moreover, the tall rear bumper makes it a little difficult to load and unload items to and from the cargo area.
On a positive note, the third row of the 2013 Dodge Durango can be folded down rather easily to increase cargo space to around 47.7 cubic feet. Some of the standard interior features include fabric-covered seats, a 60/40-split second row, a 50/50-split third row, a tilt and telescoping steering wheel with mounted audio controls, tri-zone automatic air-conditioning, and a CD stereo with MP3 jack and satellite radio.
The optional features in the 2013 Dodge Durango include leather-trimmed seats, second-row captain’s chairs, touch-screen stereo with hard drive storage, Alpine premium stereo system, navigation system, heated steering wheel, front- and second-row heated seats, and a Uconnect hands-free phone system.
Overall, the 2013 Dodge Durango offers an attractive and upscale interior design. The quality of the cabin is at par with other competing SUVs. The second and third rows offer more than enough space, and the rearmost row can even accommodate very tall passengers quite comfortably.
The 2013 Dodge Durango is fitted with several standard safety features, including anti-lock brakes, side-impact airbags up front, three-row side curtain airbags, an electronic stability system with roll mitigation technology, and trailer-sway control.
Optional safety features in the 2013 Dodge Durango include rear parking sensors, adaptive cruise control with forward-collision warning, rear cross-path detection, and a blind spot warning system.
The 2013 Dodge Durango is available in two engine variants. The first is a 3.6-liter, V-6 engine that delivers 290 hp (295 hp with the Rallye improvements) and 260 lb-ft of torque. The second is a 5.7-liter, V-8 engine that delivers 360 hp and 390 lb-ft of torque and features cylinder deactivation for better fuel economy under lighter loads.
Both of the above engines are combined with a five-speed automatic transmission, although the V-8 engine gets a slightly different transmission with six speeds for manual gear changes.
With the V-6 engine fitted under the hood, the 2013 Dodge Durango boasts of a towing capacity of around 6,200 pounds. With the V-8 engine, however, the capacity is increased to around 7,400 pounds.
The vehicle can be set up with either rear-wheel or all-wheel drive for the V-6 version, or all-wheel drive with added low-range gearing for the V-8 version only. The Durango feels quite stable, and it is confident during handling without losing out on refinement and comfort over bumps and rough roads.
The V-6 engine offers adequate performance and does most of the usual jobs well. The V-8 engine offers a fairly stronger bit of grunt and acceleration, which is very useful for those looking for a towing SUV.
Key Competitors For The 2013 Dodge Durango
- Chevrolet Traverse
- Ford Edge
- GMC Acadia
- Honda Pilot
- Jeep Grand Cherokee
- Nissan Armada