2020 Dodge Durango SRT
- No significant changes for 2020
- Part of the third Durango generation introduced for 2011
Pros & Cons
- Large touchscreen tech interface is one of the best in class
- Strong V8 power provides exceptional towing ability
- Has real off-road capabilities with 4WD and low-range gearing
- Fuel economy is below-average, especially with the V8
- Bigger and bulkier to drive than rival crossover SUVs
2020 Dodge Durango Review
Dodge mostly grabs headlines these days for its drag-strip-destroying Challenger and Charger muscle cars. So maybe it won't come as a surprise that the Durango is essentially the muscle car of the three-row crossover-SUV class. You won't find a four-cylinder engine or a fuel-sipping hybrid setup here. Instead, Dodge makes a V6 standard and then offers one of two strong V8 engines as optional upgrades.
Thankfully, the Durango doesn't skimp on SUV utility in favor of straight-line performance. The V8s offer class-leading towing capacity and, if you opt for four-wheel drive, a low-range gearbox for more capability for off-road work or extra traction on boat ramps. You also get a good amount of space for up to seven passengers thanks to the Durango's large overall dimensions.
Updates over the years have managed to keep the Durango mostly fresh, with current infotainment and other upgrades coming regularly. But those changes can't entirely mask the fact that the Durango's platform is both old and heavy. That means real-world maneuverability and fuel economy both take a hit, and the weight hurts acceleration with the V6 engine. The interior packaging also isn't as clever or efficient as in other three-row competitors.
While the Durango has some definite strengths, its no-replacement-for-displacement approach to everything does makes it a blunt instrument that isn't necessarily well-suited to the needs of most three-row crossover shoppers. For the right buyer, though, nothing else in the segment will offer such robust power and towing.
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2020 Dodge Durango models
The 2020 Dodge Durango is a three-row crossover SUV available in five trim levels: SXT, GT, Citadel, R/T and SRT.
All Durango models except the SRT use rear-wheel drive and offer optional all-wheel drive. The SRT is only available with all-wheel drive. Seven-passenger seating is standard in the SXT, the GT and the R/T. Second-row captain's chairs (reducing capacity to six) are standard on the Citadel and the SRT and optional on all others. If you need to prioritize cargo over passengers, you can order the base SXT with just two rows of seats, or you can order the Lightweight Performance package on the SRT that also removes the third row.
The base SXT comes standard with a 3.6-liter V6 engine (295 hp, 260 lb-ft of torque) paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. Even in base trim, the Durango is a competent family hauler. You get features such as push-button start, three-zone climate control, power-folding third-row headrests, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Load-leveling rear suspension is also standard. And properly equipped, the base SXT can still tow up to 6,200 pounds, beating out competitive midsize three-row crossovers.
The GT adds some value with conveniences such as remote ignition, a power liftgate, a power driver's seat, 115-volt power outlet and satellite radio. It also has a more aggressive appearance thanks to trim bits borrowed from the R/T and the SRT, along with 20-inch alloy wheels.
The Citadel trim gives you luxury features while saving you money by coming standard with the base powertrain. (It can be upgraded with the R/T's V8, though.) You get leather and vinyl upholstery, heated front and second-row seats, an 8.4-inch touchscreen with navigation, and a nine-speaker stereo with a subwoofer, among other features.
The R/T is a more performance-oriented trim with its lower ride height and upgraded brakes. It also comes standard with a 5.7-liter V8 engine (360 hp, 390 lb-ft), allowing for a max towing capacity of 7,400 pounds when properly equipped. Low-range gearing is also included with the optional all-wheel-drive system. Overall, it looks and drives much more aggressively.
But for raw on-road power, nothing beats the high-performance SRT, with mechanical upgrades all around, such as a 6.4-liter V8 engine (475 hp, 470 lb-ft), an electronic limited-slip differential, Brembo brakes, and performance-tuned suspension. You also get upgraded leather, simulated-suede upholstery and ventilated front seats. With the towing package, the SRT can tow up to 8,700 pounds.
If you'd like to customize your Durango's content, many of the higher-trim features are available as optional extras on lower trims. There are also quite a few appearance package options for various trim levels for further customization. Blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert are optional on every trim level. And more advanced driver aids such as adaptive cruise control are available from the Citadel and up.
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Our experts’ favorite Durango safety features:
- Blind-Spot Monitoring
- Illuminates a light on either of the Durango's side mirrors when a vehicle enters its blind spot.
- Forward Collision Warning
- Helps prevent an impact by sounding an alert when the Durango detects an imminent collision.
- Lane Departure Warning Plus
- Sounds a warning if the Durango begins to drift from its lane without a turn signal being activated.
NHTSA Overall Rating 4 out of 5 stars
The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
|Frontal Barrier Crash Rating||Rating|
|Overall||4 / 5|
|Driver||3 / 5|
|Passenger||4 / 5|
|Side Crash Rating||Rating|
|Overall||5 / 5|
|Side Barrier Rating||Rating|
|Overall||5 / 5|
|Driver||5 / 5|
|Passenger||5 / 5|
|Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings||Rating|
|Front Seat||5 / 5|
|Back Seat||5 / 5|
|Rollover||4 / 5|
|Dynamic Test Result||No Tip|
|Risk Of Rollover||19.8%|
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
|Side Impact Test|
|Roof Strength Test|
|Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint|
|IIHS Small Overlap Front Test||Not Tested|
|Moderate Overlap Front Test|
Dodge Durango vs. the competition
Dodge Durango vs. Ford Explorer
The Ford Explorer has benefitted from a complete redesign for 2020. We expect that it will provide a better ride and handle better than the Durango. The new Explorer also has a wide range of engine options that includes a four-cylinder engine, a V6 hybrid and a 400-hp twin-turbo V6.
Dodge Durango vs. Chevrolet Traverse
The Traverse is Chevy's biggest three-row crossover SUV. While it generates less power than high-trim Durango models, it's lighter and handles better on the road. It's also spacious, with plenty of third-row room. In the Durango's favor are its bolder style and greater towing capacity.
Dodge Durango vs. Dodge Journey
The Dodge Journey is the brand's budget-minded three-row SUV. It's smaller than the Durango inside and out and offers much less power and excitement. The Journey also suffers from a poor ride and lackluster handling. Its only worthwhile advantage over the Durango is its lower price tag.
Is the Dodge Durango a good car?
What's new in the 2020 Dodge Durango?
According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2020 Dodge Durango:
- No significant changes for 2020
- Part of the third Durango generation introduced for 2011
Is the Dodge Durango reliable?
Is the 2020 Dodge Durango a good car?
How much should I pay for a 2020 Dodge Durango?
The least-expensive 2020 Dodge Durango is the 2020 Dodge Durango SRT 4dr SUV AWD (6.4L 8cyl 8A). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $62,995.
Other versions include:
- SRT 4dr SUV AWD (6.4L 8cyl 8A) which starts at $62,995
What are the different models of Dodge Durango?
More about the 2020 Dodge Durango
2020 Dodge Durango SRT Overview
The 2020 Dodge Durango SRT is offered in the following styles: SRT 4dr SUV AWD (6.4L 8cyl 8A).
What do people think of the 2020 Dodge Durango SRT?
Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2020 Dodge Durango SRT and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2020 Durango SRT 4.8 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2020 Durango SRT.
Edmunds Expert Reviews
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