10 things to know before buying the 2022 Dodge Durango

The cleverness Durango has been an SUV for American families who want the versatility of a mid-size three-row SUV without compromising on the performance and appearance departments. As part of the third generation of the Durango range, due to hit the market in 2011, this 2022 avatar comes with all the features and technology to make it a very attractive offering. Although this SUV has been on the market for quite a long time, the muscular design still looks good.

Launched at a base MSRP of $37,760, the 2022 Dodge Durango is offered in seven trim configurations and comes with a long list of changes from the outgoing model year. The base SXT trim gets a lot more interior and safety features as standard. The GT Plus and R/T Plus versions are also better equipped. You can also opt for the legendary 5.7-litre HEMI V8, making the Durango the best in the segment for towing and towing. Competing against the likes of the Kia Telluride, Hyundai Palisade and Jeep Grand Cherokee, here are 10 things to know before buying the 2022 Dodge Durango.

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10/10 Impressive design helps it stand out

Even with more than a decade in production with the third-generation Durango, we still admire the elegant lines on the side profile, masculine front and clean silhouette at the rear, all of which add to the personality of this SUV. The LED headlights with LED daytime running lights, blacked-out grille, vents and air dam, and cuts and creases on the hood give it a distinctive appeal.

If you get the R/T variant, the hood also comes with functional heat extractors, which also helps it on the performance front. The black exterior package adds to the aggression, and the recent update also helped this SUV a lot. The tow-n-go package gives you the huge 20-inch wheels and the painted side trim combined with lots of youthful colors helps it hide its age well.

9/10 Can be done with the Torquey V8

The 2022 Dodge Durango comes with two different engines, with the naturally aspirated 5.7-liter HEMI V8 being the more powerful option. It is a pushrod V8 engine that delivers 360 horsepower and 390 lb-ft of torque. The 8-speed automatic transmission is very smooth and fairly quick to shift, and this SUV can also be run with RWD or AWD drivetrains.

With this motor, the 2022 Durango can do 0-60 MPH in 5.6 seconds, and it has an impressive towing capacity of 8,700 lbs. The engine is much more refined than its V6 rivals, and it excels most in the mid-range. The engine sounds sweet with the sports exhaust system, and we loved the old-school grunt this SUV offers the moment you put your foot down.

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8/10 Brakes could have been better

One area that needs a serious revamp for the 2022 Dodge Durango is the braking department. The 2022 Durango comes with 13.8-inch front rotors and 13-inch rear rotors and does not give the driver the confidence required when braking hard from highway speeds.

Even with all the braking features like brake assist, ventilated front and rear rotors, Hill Hold Control and ABS with EBD, this 70 MPH SUV stops at 193 feet, which is the worst in the segment. The brakes feel a little wooden and the front dive is alarmingly high. It also feels a little jittery under hard braking.

7/10 Moderate gas mileage

If you get the HEMI V8-equipped Dodge Durango, be prepared to fill the tank more often than any other rival in the segment. With the V8, this mid-sized SUV only managed to return a mediocre 14 MPG in the city and 22 MPG on the highways, making it the worst choice if you’re looking for a daily driver.

The lack of forced induction and hybrid support and the high curb weight are some of the other factors that lead to the appalling fuel efficiency figures. However, if you get the Pentastar V6, the SUV could do 19 MPG in the city and 26 MPG on the highway, which is in the same ballpark as the rivals like the Hyundai Palisade and Kia Telluride.

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6/10 Some driving aids are optional

If you’re looking for the safest family dumper in the mid-size three-row SUV segment, the 2022 Dodge Durango may not be the best choice out there. This SUV lacks many of the driver assistance technologies such as automatic emergency braking and adaptive cruise control, both of which are only standard on the higher-end finishes. You can also choose them from the optional list.

In addition, the outgoing 2021 Dodge Durango proved to be a bit of a disappointment in the NHTSA crash test, as it received an overall crash test score of just 4 stars. The IIHS also awarded marginal ratings in multiple subsections. However, we found the build quality to be excellent. It also comes with all the basic safety features.

5/10 Not as spacious as many would expect

With the best length and wheelbase in the midsize SUV segment, we expected the 2022 Dodge Durango to offer an excellent cabin. However, this SUV’s poor space management turned out to be an Achilles’ heel. The third row has a disappointing amount of headroom and getting into the seat is a huge job.

The support under the thighs is also disappointing. While both the front and second rows of seats were roomy and comfortable, the Telluride is our preferred choice if you want the most comfort in this segment. With the third-row seats up, the 2022 Durango offers approximately 17.2 cu ft of storage space. You can also fold down the second and third row seats to settle for more payload.

4/10 Uconnect infotainment is packed with features

The Uconnect infotainment systems are one of our more preferred units in the affordable segment, and the Durango comes with the same unit in all trim levels. While the base SXT and GT models get the smaller 8.4-inch screens, we loved the intuitive interface and long list of standard features, including Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth and voice recognition.

There are quite a few buttons and buttons to make life easier. The handlebar-mounted controls are also standard onboard for all trims. The 10.1-inch touchscreen systems are offered with higher finishes, making the infotainment easier to use. We loved the sound quality of the standard 9-speaker Alpine audio system, and the optional rear entertainment system is a must-have if you have a large family with children.

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3/10 The quality and design of the interior could have been better

Step into the cabin of the Dodge Durango and you will be confronted with an interior very similar to the older model years. The cab can come in 2 or 3 color combinations, depending on the equipment you choose, and nowhere feels as premium and refined as rivals such as the Telluride and Palisade.

There are quite a lot of hard plastics on the door cards and center console and the fit and finish are a bit disappointing. The knobs and knobs don’t feel like they’re made to last, either. However, we loved the soft leather upholstery and leather-wrapped steering wheel that comes standard with the higher trim. The cabin is also very ergonomic.

2/10 Offers typical warranty coverage

The 2022 Dodge Durango comes with typical warranty coverage, and that’s nowhere near what the Hyundai and Kia offer with their nicknames. The limited warranty is offered for three years or 36,000 miles and the powertrain warranty is for five years or 60,000 miles. Unlike Toyota, Dodge does not offer free maintenance coverage.

While the Durango’s warranty coverage isn’t the most competitive of the lot, it’s a fairly reliable proposition for the segment. The 2022 Durango received an overall consumer rating of 80 out of 100 and received 81 in the quality and reliability section. The 2022 model has also not received any recalls or complaints.

1/10 A comfortable daily driver

Since the first generation of the Durango, it has always been an SUV that Americans loved, and the soft and smooth suspension is one of the main reasons. Even with this third-generation Durango, the ride quality is comfortable on any road and any speed.

Drive the car slowly through the broken city roads and you would be impressed by this SUV. It absorbs everything like a champ and never crowds the passengers. The ride quality on the highway is also exceptional. In comparison, the Kia Telluride has a stiffer rim.

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