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What's new for 2017
While there are few changes to this classic Dodge SUV for 2017, the base model is now available only with two rows (seating for five). The other four Durango models are available with two captain's chairs in the second row, upping seating capacity to seven. In addition, the top of the line limited model has been replaced with the GT for 2017. Here's what else you need to know if you're considering a 2017 Dodge Durango.
Top 10 Reasons to Buy a 2017 Dodge Durango – The Pros
1. Outstanding Handling
While many SUVs of this size tilt during turns, the Durango feels composed and stable even with the sharpest steering. Reviewers also love the smooth, comfortable ride, which offers a cushioned feel even on the roughest surfaces.
2. Powerful Engines
2017 Dodge Durango drivers can opt for either a 3.6-liter V6 engine that produces 293 horsepower or a 5.7-liter V8 that produces 360 horsepower (among the most powerful in the class). Rear-wheel drive is standard on both, with all-wheel drive available as an option. The Durango can tow up to 6,200 pounds with the V6 engine and 7,400 pound with the V8.
3. Towing Capacity
Those who own a boat or camping trailer can't go wrong with the Durango, which has an impressive towing capacity of up to 6,200 pounds when equipped with the base V6 engine and up to 7,400 pounds with the optional V8.
4. Impressive Standard Tech
If you opt for the base model of the Durango, it comes equipped with a slew of comfort and entertainment features, including automatic climate control, both USB and Bluetooth connectivity, a six-speaker audio system, proximity key entry, and push button star. You'll also enjoy the brand's Uconnect infotainment system, with a 5-inch touch screen and voice command recognition. Fans of Uconnect say it's easy to use even for those who aren't familiar with these types of systems.
5. Best in Class Cargo Space
The 2017 Dodge Durango features 17.2 cubic feet of space behind the third row, 47.7 cubic feet with the back row folded down, and 84.5 cubic feet with all seats down if you opt for the three-row model. The space is configurable in a variety of ways, allowing for flexibility when it comes to passengers and cargo.
6. Available Luxury Features
If you want a luxury SUV on an economy budget, the higher trim levels of the Durango may fit the bill. They incorporate high-end features like leather upholstery, heated seats and steering wheel, the 8.4-inch touch screen, and a Beats by Dr. Dre audio system boasting 10 speakers and a subwoofer.
7. Kid-Friendly Functionality
If you have children, the rear seat HDMI and Blu-ray entertainment system, which features class-exclusive 9" screens integrated on the backs of the headrests, is a must. This system has a remote and makes even the longest drives bearable when you have little ones. Another great family option? The second-row console with dual cupholders, a 12-volt charging outlet, and a second USB port.
8. Sporty R/T Trim
If you dream of a sports car but need the space of an SUV, the 2017 Dodge Durango R/T is the answer you've been searching for. It features distinctive blended suede and synthetic leather upholstery trimmed in red, as well as premium audio; 20-inch wheels; sports suspension tuning; the optional V-8; and a power hands-free tailgate. It can also be upgraded with navigation, Blu-Ray, blind-spot monitoring, and a towing package.
9. Generous Passenger Space
In addition to being one of the only three-row SUVs where adults can sit comfortably all the way in the back, the 2017 Dodge Durango offers unusually easy maneuverability within the cabin. It also has expansive rear doors that open to almost 90 degrees, making entry and exit a breeze.
10. Aggressive Exterior Styling
While some think the boxy look of the 2017 Dodge Durango is dated, its sharp lines and angles actually make it a rugged alternative in a sea of SUVs with soft, supple curves.
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Reasons Not to Buy a 2017 Dodge Durango – The Cons
1. Lack of Active Safety Features
While many vehicles in this class include active safety features like lane departure warning even on the lower trims, the Durango lags behind this trend.
2. Uninspired Interior Styling
The Durango hasn't been redesigned since 2011. While the interior is fine, it's showing its age--especially compared to other vehicles in the class that feature many soft-touch materials and few hard plastics.
3. Poor Fuel Economy
If you want to save money at the pump, the 2017 Dodge Durango isn't your best bet. It earns an EPA-estimated 19 mpg city, 26 highway, and 21 combined when equipped with rear-wheel drive, and 18/25/21 with the all-wheel drive option. If you choose the V8, you'll get just 14/22/17 mpg.
4. Less than Stellar Safety Scores
Crash testing is a point of contention for the 2017 Dodge Durango. It earns four out of five stars in the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration tests, but fares poorly in those given by the Insurance Institute on Highway Safety. In particular, its second-worst "Marginal" score in the small-overlap front impact test is a concern.
How it stacks up to the competition:
The Dodge Durango holds its own among the crowded midsize SUV class. Its carlike handling is head and shoulders above that of its biggest competitor, the Toyota Highlander, making it a great choice for buyers who are used to a smaller vehicle. It's also more powerful than the Highlander and is covered by a powertrain warranty for 10,000 miles longer than the Toyota SUV.
If you're looking for a versatile mid-size SUV with plenty of cargo room and a powerful engine, the 2017 Dodge Durango delivers.
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