If you’re looking for a vehicle that blends family friendliness and truck-like usability, you’ll want to consider giving the 2017 Dodge Durango a shot. While the SUV’s muscular and aggressive look is fitting considering its uncompromised utility, class-leading towing and driving range, don’t let it fool you. It also has all the features to keep a large crew comfortable and happy. With plenty of cargo space and room for up to seven passengers, the vehicle has everything a busy and active family needs. The company refers to it as the three-row Dodge Charger of the SUV segment.
The 2017 model offers a range of trims with the Dodge Durango GT replacing the Limited. Different for 2017 is that seven-passenger seating is no longer standard on all models. Two rows of seats are now standard on the base SXT with a third row optional. The new GT, Citadel and R/T models come with a third row as standard and fit either six or seven passengers depending on whether there’s a middle row bench or captain’s chairs. All come with the option of rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. A number of new packages are also offered on the various trims. In addition, you’re now able to view trailered items while driving. Considering the vehicle’s impressive towing capability, it’s a feature that could definitely come in handy, so let’s delve further into what the vehicle has to offer:
While the 2017 Durango is certainly rugged, it still packs style. The company says every inch was designed to impress. Some standout features include the crosshair grille with dark or bright accents, available LED daytime running lights, projector fog lamps and a signature LED racetrack taillamp consisting of 192 individual LEDs. If your family is active and likes to go surfing, for example, an available Stow N Place Roof Rack System can carry up to 150 pounds. The crossbars of that system can be stowed when it’s not in use to improve aerodynamics and reduce wind noise. Heated mirrors are also available. If you live in an area where you can’t escape the frost, they definitely come in handy.
The new Dodge Durango GT model features a sportier exterior than the Limited did. The Blacktop Package is available on it as well as on the R/T model. That package offers new 20-inch Gloss Black aluminum wheels, a Gloss Black crosshair grille and exterior Durango badge, dual exhaust and more. You could also opt for the Brass Monkey package when it comes to those trims. It features 20-inch Burnished Bronze wheels. The Anodized Platinum package on the Durango Citadel, meanwhile, features Platinum Chrome exterior accents.
As we mentioned before, every model except for the base SXT comes with a third row as standard, making it possible to fit six or seven depending on if you opt for second-row captain’s chairs. The company says those chairs are beneficial to families with three or more children as two car seats can stay latched into the second row seats while passengers can still walk through the middle of them to get to the third row. Those captain’s chairs also come available with heat and they recline 18 degrees, making them quite comfortable on long rides. Dodge says in total, the seats in its 2017 Durango can be converted to as many as 50 different configurations.
Other features to make passengers feel comfortable include automatic temperature control for the driver, front passenger and rear passengers. If the second-row passengers aren’t happy with the air flow, the center console provides them access to vent controls. Also located on the back of the center console are USB ports for charging. If the kids’ phones aren’t enough to keep them entertained, a Blu-ray video rear entertainment system is offered. It comes with two 9-inch screens on the seat backs.
Other technology features include Uconnect, which is available via either a standard 5-inch or optional 8.4-inch touchscreen. Those that opt for the larger screen are able to view trailered items while the Durango is moving through a rear-mounted camera, it’s a new feature for the 2017 model. The steering wheel also comes with a range of standard and available high-tech features. Dodge says a Rotary E-Shift adds interior refinement and interactivity.
When it comes to storing luggage, camping supplies, coolers, or anything else your family might need, you can get up to 84.5 cubic feet of cargo space when you fold the 60/40 fold-and-tumble second-row seat and the 50/50 split-folding third-row seat.
The 2017 Durango comes with two engine options. There’s the 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine that produces 290 horsepower and 260 lb.-ft. of torque. It delivers up to 26 miles per gallons and can tow up to 6,200 pounds. Engine stop/start comes standard on the V-6. It lowers emissions while also saving fuel. The second engine option is the classic 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine that churns out 360 hp and 390 lb.-ft. of torque. It’s able to tow up to 7,400 pounds. Both engines are paired with a standard eight-speed automatic transmission.
When it comes to safety, the 2017 Dodge Durango does not disappoint. It offers more than 60 available safety and security features to help protect your family. It comes with seven standard airbags, including full-length three-row side-curtain airbags and standard front-seat mounted side-thorax air bags. It also comes with front-row active head restraints and standard trailer-sway control.
Available safety features include forward collision warning with crash mitigation, adaptive cruise control with stop, blind spot monitoring and rear cross path detection. It also comes available with Uconnect Roadside Assistance. It provides help with gas, a tire change, a battery jumpstart or towing to the nearest Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep or Ram vehicle dealer. Rain-sensing wipers are also another neat feature offered. By having them, you never have to worry about taking your hands off the wheel if it suddenly starts to downpour.
With four models to choose from: SXT, GT, Citadel and R/T, two engine options and several ways to set up seating, the 2017 Dodge Durango has the variety that consumers need. While it’s rugged and has no problem getting the job done, it certainly comes with what any family would need to keep passengers happy and an affordable starting MSRP of $29,995 makes it a solid contender.