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Overview (Final Score: B+)
The 2018is spacious, comfortable and versatile. There are both daily use options and muscular options, allowing for the mundane and the indulgent to have their wishes. Beyond its uniquely bold and powerful look, the Durango has a soft spot for kids too.
For 2018, the Durango carries forward from the 2017 model year with a new, more muscular variant, a couple of new standard features and the already popular blackout options. A new hood for performance models, and several infotainment technologies and a rearview camera are now standard on the Durango in all trims.
The 2018 Durango seats up to eight people, tows more than most SUVs in its class, and has plenty of room for both people and gear. Whether you need V6 efficiency with family hauling and good looks, or power and muscle, there’s a Durango that probably fits.
What We Love About the 2018 Dodge Durango:
- Family oriented ergonomics and interior design
- Muscular and uniquely American exterior look
- Strong on-road feel in all of its drivetrain options
What We Don’t Love About the 2018 Dodge Durango:
- Fuel economy below par
- Barely average reliability expectation
- Base package is less than might be expected in this segment
Pricing and Value (8/10)
The price of entry for the lowest-end SXT model of the Durango is at the bottom of the segment, but has little in the way of return. Aimed at fleets who want a bare bones vehicle, the base model SXT has little consumer interest. Most will buy in the GT or R/T trims with better return, with a lot of value to be had for the price paid compared to similarly equipped rivals. Resale in the Durango is also good traditionally, especially in AWD models.
Top-end models are much more spendy and rarely have an obvious return for their investment. The Citadel, SRT and (often) R/T trims can be very expensive and price comparable to some luxury options. However, there are few comparables to them, when it comes to their combination of power, performance and amenities.
Total Score and Competitive Comparison (71/80, 89%)
There are a lot of options in the three-row crossover-SUV segment, but few direct competitors to the Durango. The V6-powered models are comparable to crossovers like thewith its excellent interior and reputation for excellence. V8-powered models of the Durango are comparable to the and other more SUV-like options that offer similar power delivery and interior roominess.
Nothing can compare to the Durango’s R/T and SRT performance models, and even better-selling family oriented models like the Pilot orare seeing a lot of heavy competition from the excellent Durango.
The 2018 Dodge Durango is a solid entry with enough versatility that any family will be happy with it. Some gear heads will love the muscle and performance offered in V8-powered trims. The Durango is sometimes overlooked for its versatility and all-around excellence, but it shouldn’t be.
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