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The 2016 Dodge Durango isn't a car-like crossover, and it isn't an off-road-focused SUV. Instead it's somewhere in between—a longer, three-row vehicle closely related to the Jeep Grand Cherokee and built from the architecture that brought us the Mercedes GL-Class and M-Class.
The Durango, to distill it down to the essence, is a utility vehicle with considerable rugged capabilities and exceptionally nice road manners. With handsome, suave styling, a refined cabin feel, and superb performance, it's one of the best ways to go if you have a growing family—and a boat to tow on the weekends.
The classic SUV stance is set up by the big crosshair grille, as well as a silhouette that doesn't arch too much in any way—or taper. It's just boxy enough without looking slab-sized. From the rear it doesn't look quite as truck-like, although you wouldn't mistake it for anything else, really. Monochrome treatments and dual exhaust detailing do help to but a little sport, if not ruggedness, back into the design. And LED racetrack lighting, one of the latest Dodge family traits, forms a ribbon of light across the tail, with 192 individual lamps in all. While it's a nice touch on the Charger and Dart, it's big and bold here—an extra dose of something that we're not sure the already attention-getting Durango even needed.
For those who want the Durango's passenger space but don't need to tow thousands of pounds regularly—most of us—-the 3.6-liter V-6 is the better choice. With 290 horsepower (295 when equipped with the Rallye Package) and 260 pound-feet of torque, it's quick enough and strong enough, and it's no longer boomy at mid-range speeds as we've observed in the past. It somehow feels a bit stronger than GM's V-6 of the same size in its crossovers; credit the Pentastar V-6's stout mid-rev performance, we suppose.
The 2016 Durango is a three-row utility vehicle, and measures up between larger crossovers like the Ford Explorer and full-size SUVs from Chevrolet, GMC, Ford, and Lincoln, among others.
Yet unlike all those others, the Durango is no longer truck-based. It uses a unibody architecture shared by the Jeep Grand Cherokee and the Mercedes GL-Class and M-Class—and that translates to more usable interior space.
*This vehicle is Certified Pre-Owned and is eligible for our third party warranty program.