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Dodge Durango Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 5.2 L V 8-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 4-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 230 hp @ 4400 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 12/17 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 1999 Dodge Durango

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  • Safety
  • Pros

    Aggressive Dodge styling, large interior, V8 power, competitive price.

  • Cons

    Nine cupholders, no refrigerator.

  • What's New for 1999

    Two-wheel drive models finally show up for true flatlander use, and all Durangos gain a rear power outlet. Also available are steering wheel-mounted radio controls, heated mirrors, and two new colors: Bright Platinum Metallic and Patriot Blue.

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What's New for 1999

Two-wheel drive models finally show up for true flatlander use, and all Durangos gain a rear power outlet. Also available are steering wheel-mounted radio controls, heated mirrors, and two new colors: Bright Platinum Metallic and Patriot Blue.


As the most recent addition to the Dodge truck lineup, the Durango makes quite an entry. Offering the most cargo space in its class, along with a standard Magnum V8 engine, eight-passenger seating, and three-and-a-half tons of towing capacity, the Durango is one of the most versatile sport-utility vehicles on the market.

Remember the Ramcharger? Neither do we, with the help of the Dodge Durango. Based on the Dakota platform, the Durango is Dodge's best-ever attack on the booming sport-utility segment. And from the looks of things, the Dodge boys have done their homework. Though 80 percent of its parts are shared, the Durango's frame is actually three times stiffer than its Dakota sibling.

Competing directly with the sales king Ford Explorer is no easy task. But the Durango can seat up to eight passengers, which is one set of triplets more than the Explorer. It can tow up to 7,300 lbs., which is a full ton more than the Explorer. The Durango has a minimum of 7.9 inches of ground clearance, and feels plenty capable off the pavement. With the rear seats folded, it can swallow up to 88 cubic feet of cargo. Big, strong, and utilitarian; sounds like a winning formula.

The Durango is larger than anything else in its class, which explains the expansive interior. Yet it's noticeably smaller than the Chevrolet Tahoe or Ford Expedition giants, so we can't call it full-sized. But the niche is filled. Need more room than an Explorer, Blazer or Cherokee? Don't want to fork over the price of an Expedition? Take a good look at the Dodge Durango -- it's the only option.

There are now three engines to choose from: a 3.9-liter V6 with 175 horsepower and 225 foot-pounds of torque, a 5.2-liter V8 with 230 horsepower and 300 foot-pounds of torque, and a massive 5.9-liter V8 with 245 horsepower and 335 foot-pounds of torque. The massive engine is our favorite, but fuel conservation is not one of that motor's strong points. For the environmentally concerned, go with the 5.2-liter V8. It's not as thirsty, and performance doesn't lag far behind anything else in this class.

A two-wheel drive model is available for 1999, meaning that even more buyers are likely to defect from the competition's ranks. With fresh new styling, superior versatility, and an attractive base price, the newest Dodge makes a statement all its own. It says, "Buy me."

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

All around great suv

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Vehicle: 1999 Dodge Durango SLT 4dr SUV 4WD

I've had my durango now for 5 years. Let me tell you this has been the best suv I've ever owned. Its realible and tough. It is just what i needed. I've driven it to Florida and back to Louisiana 4 times, with no problems!! Outside of regular maintenance its been no problem. My 1999 durango owes me nothing. I would recommend this suv for anyone. Plenty of power(5.9 liter engine). The gas milage could be better but seriously I have no complaints. 3rd row seat provides more than enough room for friends and family. 4X4, nice ruged but stylish look and bold body style.. A great suv for camping or travel. A 5* hands down.

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Best of the best; built

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Vehicle: 1999 Dodge Durango SLT 4dr SUV 4WD

Bought this truck with 201,000 miles, no problems. Now has 225,000 miles, still no problems. This truck runs so strong like it has only 25,000 miles. It can tow pretty much anything and 4X4 works great. Very satisfied with it. Only like the First Generation models though; Second Generation looks too much like a van. Stick with the 99 - 03 and you'll enjoy it.

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I love this truck!

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Vehicle: 1999 Dodge Durango SLT 4dr SUV 4WD

I bought my 99 Durango last fall. I purchased the vehical with the intent on making it into a mud bogger. I bought the truck from a retired couple that bought it new. They gave me all the recipts and a maintenace log. The truck only had 82000 miles on it! Over the winter I was in a accident with my everyday driver (2010 Silverado) The truck was totaled. I started to use the Durango as an everyday driver. I have NEVER owned a truck that did so well in the snow. I live in Northern Michigan. We get alot of snow! This Durango slices thru the snow at ease. I only had to use the 4 WD 3-4 times. I have since decieded not to turn this truck into a bogger. It's just in too good of shape. Great Truck!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

1999 dodge durango

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Vehicle: 1999 Dodge Durango SLT 4dr SUV

My mom bought this car new out of the lot back in 1999. She passed on to me with 100,000K when I graduated from high school. Car ran great but gas millage was horrible. The only thing I did not like about this car is that when you would drive it it was very heavy to drive and not smooth. It now has 192,000K and it still has the original tranmission and engine. Ive taken this car to Canada, Mexico and North Carolina and it did great and til this day it still runs great and looks good new too.

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Pros and cons

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Vehicle: 1999 Dodge Durango SLT 4dr SUV 4WD

I have really loved owning this SUV! Knew mileage not good when I bought it but traded for versatility, power and looks. Minimal repairs. Have 150,000 and just now replaced upper ball joints and a/c. No other major repairs. Has been on many long trips and through bad weather with no problems. Handles better than other SUVs I've driven. It's been a good, solid vehicle. It's currently 11 years old and still looks great! Hope to have it for a few more years.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

Reason i will never own

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Vehicle: 1999 Dodge Durango SLT 4dr SUV

Great motor. transmission started giving trouble at 65k. Electrical problems massive. Switches,window regulators, speed sensors, etc., etc. Brakes crap with defective bearings from dodge.

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Gas Mileage


  • 12
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  • 17
  • highway
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