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2013 Dodge Durango: Used Car Review

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ADDITIONAL MODEL INFORMATION

author photo by Ron Sessions September 2014

The 2011 Dodge Durango was all new, and the 2013 model continues to sport the same sleek, coke-bottle shape, 4-wheel independent suspension and unibody construction. Built off a stretched version of the highly regarded Jeep Grand Cherokee platform, the 2013 Dodge Durango offers 3-row seating with 28 different configurations, 85 cu ft. of cargo space and up to 7,400 pounds of towing capacity with the available 5.7-liter HEMI V8. New to the 2013 Durango is standard leather seating and heated first- and second-row seats in the Crew model. Also new is a Rallye Appearance Group for the SXT model, which bundles R/T looks and 20-inch alloy wheels with a 3.6-liter V6.

The 2013 Durango is a good choice for buyers desiring a used SUV that has full-size capabilities but drives like a smaller vehicle.

What We Like

Muscular styling; seamless all-wheel-drive operation; upscale interior materials; engaging ride and handling; available HEMI V8; Uconnect infotainment

What We Don't

Fuel economy could be better; high cargo lift-over height; R/T model ride quality can be choppy

Fuel Economy & Engine Specs

The 2013 Durango has two available engines. The SXT, Crew and Citadel come with a Pentastar 3.6-liter dual-overhead-camshaft (DOHC) V6 with 290 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. Both rear-wheel-drive and 4-wheel-drive models have an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rating of 16 miles per gallon in the city and 23 mpg on the highway. A 5-speed automatic transmission with AutoStick sequential shifting is standard.

Standard on the Durango R/T and optional on Crew and Citadel models, the 5.7-liter overhead-valve (OHV) HEMI V8 produces 360 hp and 390 lb-ft of torque. It runs on regular unleaded gas, but mid-grade is recommended for the best performance. A fuel-saver mode shuts down four cylinders when the vehicle is cruising with a light load. Rear-wheel-drive models are EPA-rated at 14 mpg city/20 mpg hwy, while 4-wheel-drive Durangos get a 13 mpg city/20 mpg hwy rating. V8 Durangos are equipped with a new 6-speed automatic transmission with AutoStick manual shift control.

Standard Features & Options

The 2013 Dodge Durango comes in SXT, Crew, R/T and Citadel trims.

Typical SXT equipment includes automatic tri-zone air conditioning, rear A/C, 7-passenger seating, cloth seats, a tilt-telescopic steering wheel with auxiliary audio controls, remote keyless entry, a 6-speaker AM/FM/CD stereo with an MP3 decoder, SiriusXM Satellite Radio, automatic headlamps, fog lamps, 18-in alloy wheels, stability and traction control, trailer-sway control, hill-start assist, anti-lock 4-wheel disc brakes, the 3.6-liter V6 with a 5-speed automatic transmission, and power door locks, mirrors and windows.

Upgrading to the Crew option adds leather seats, remote starting, a roof rack, a power lift gate, power front seats with lumbar control, a driver's seat with memory, heated first- and second-row seats, an auto-dimming mirror, a garage door opener, a rear cargo shade, rear park assist with a camera, push-button starting, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter, a 115-volt rear power outlet, and an Alpine premium DVD audio system with a 6.5-in touchscreen, a 28-gigabyte hard drive and voice command.

Selecting the R/T trim adds the 5.7-liter HEMI V8, body-color grille surround, suede seats, a 6-speed automatic transmission, HID headlamps, an auto-leveling sport suspension and 20-in alloy wheels.

The Citadel trim is the all-in choice, featuring rain-sensing wipers, high-intensity auto-dimming headlamps, a sunroof, 20-in chrome wheels, perforated leather seats, heated front- and second-row seats, a heated steering wheel, a power tilt-telescopic steering column, adaptive cruise control, a blind spot monitoring system, rear cross-path detection, forward-collision control, SiriusXM Traffic and navigation.

Popular options such as trailer towing, a rear DVD entertainment system, and upgrades such as leather seating, navigation, a sunroof, a heated steering wheel, 20-in wheels, adaptive cruise control, a backup camera, a blind spot monitoring system, forward-collision warning and more are available.

Pricing

Although the Durango doesn't have the interior space of a Grand Caravan, it's still a versatile and capable large SUV. Its good looks and carlike ride and handling give it curb appeal that competitors sometimes lack. Expect sporty rear-wheel-drive Durangos to maintain their value in the Southeast and Southwest, while all-wheel-drive models will command higher prices in the snowy Northeast and Upper Midwest.

To research the cost of a 2013 Durango, check out the used-car values at KBB.com. You can also search the AutoTrader Classifieds to see what's for sale in your area.

Recalls

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has announced the following recalls for the 2013 Durango:

The visor vanity lamp may develop a short circuit, creating a fire risk.

A corroded vacuum-brake booster may admit water. If the water freezes in cold weather, the booster may not be able to provide sufficient braking force, increasing the crash risk.

High pedal effort on Durangos with Ready Alert Braking may increase stopping distances, which could lead to a crash.

An incorrect airbag sensor module may not trigger the side or roof-rail airbags in a collision.

Recall repairs are required by law even if the vehicle is out of warranty. Your dealer can check to see if the repairs were performed, and if not, will fix the car at no charge to you.

Safety Ratings & Warranties

NHTSA rated the 2013 Durango at four stars for frontal impacts, five stars for side impacts and three stars for rollover protection.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2013 Durango a Good rating for moderate-overlap front impacts, side impacts, roof strength, head restraints and seats.

The Chrysler Group covered the 2013 Durango with a 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty with roadside assistance, along with 5-year/100,000-mile powertrain and corrosion-perforation warranties.

Dodge certified pre-owned (CPO) cars cannot have more than 75,000 miles on the odometer and must be 5 years old or less. Every CPO Durango undergoes a 125-point inspection. Those that pass receive a 3-month/3,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty, plus a 7-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty starting at the car's original date of sale. A Carfax report, 24-hour roadside assistance, car-rental allowance and a 3-month trial of SiriusXM Radio are also all included.

Other Cars to Consider

2013 Ford Explorer -- A new Sport model of this car-based, 3-row crossover has a 365-hp twin-turbo V6 and rivals the HEMI Durango's performance. It still can't match the Durango's available 7,400-lb tow rating, however.

2013 Toyota 4Runner -- Legendary for durability and off-road capability, the 4Runner is an old-school SUV, right down to its high step-in height, sparse selection of amenities inside and stiff, trucklike ride.

AutoTrader's Advice

Smaller and more stylish than the full-size-truck-based Ford Expedition and Chevrolet Tahoe SUVs, yet more muscular and expressive than front-drive-car-based crossovers, the Durango is unique in the market. We like the Crew trim, which has many features that buyers are looking for and can be configured with either the 290-hp 3.6-liter V6 or 360-hp HEMI V8. If you tow, the HEMI is a good choice, but the V6 offers considerably better fuel economy. Look for a certified pre-owned Durango if possible, and always get a vehicle history report and make sure that the Durango you're looking at has had any applicable recalls performed.

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