2017 Dodge Durango Specs
When people think of an SUV, they think of possibility. From just one look, consumers know an SUV like the Dodge Durango is a machine that’s capable of a lot. The Durango merges the convenience of passenger capacity of the Dodge Grand Caravan with the power of Dodge’s muscle cars to create a versatile vehicle for families and professionals. Now in its 2017 model year, the Dodge Durango is a top choice for consumers in need of a great SUV.
Standard Fuel Economy
Maximum Towing Capacity
3.6L Pentastar Engine
There are four trims in the 2017 Durango lineup and two drivetrains, rear-wheel drive (RWD) and all-wheel drive (AWD). The standard engine is a 3.6-liter V6 VVT engine with Electric Start-Stop (ESS), generating 293-horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. Variable Valve Timing is a process of altering the timing event of intake or exhaust valves to control the flow of gas or air into its cylinders. VVT can improve vehicle performance and fuel economy. In conjunction with ESS, a system that turns off the engine when idling to conserve gas, the Durango has a fuel economy of 27 mpg on the highway – that’s best-in-class for SUVs.
A family SUV for towing? Yes, it’s true, and the Durango actually has pretty solid towing capabilities. With the V6 engine, the 2017 Durango has a towing capacity of 3,500-6,200 pounds.
5.7L HEMI Engine
On the Durango R/T (Road/Track) a 5.7-liter V8 HEMI MDS VVT engine replaces the standard engine. Chrysler developed Multi-Displacement Systems (MDS) to boost fuel economy by closing half of the V8’s cylinders when riding at a steady speed. Although a stronger engine, generating 360-horsepower and 390 lb-ft of torque, the fuel economy is 22 mpg on the highway, which is excellent for all of its power. This 5.7L engine is also optional on the Durango Citadel.
With the V8 HEMI under the hood the Durango’s maximum towing capacity increases to 7,400 pounds.
Designed with convenience in mind, many features are shared across the Durango lineup. These include automatic headlamps, an acoustic windshield, LED Tail lamps, and exterior heated mirrors. In the high-end of the lineup, exterior mirrors come with memory and turn signals, automatic high beams become available, and some trims get a power liftgate.
If wanting to haul some of the cargo on the roof, roof rails can be installed for a number of trims. All that’s left is adding some style, starting with 18-inch painted aluminum wheels as with the SXT trims, or available 20-inch satin carbon wheels. Up to ten colors may be available to use, depending on the trim.
Besides all that steel, space is an important feature a driver wants in a SUV. Able to seat seven people, the 2017 Dodge Durango is plenty spacious. The seat trim can be cloth, leather, or premium leather, and on select trims the passengers and the driver can experience the luxury of heated front seats and ventilated front seats. For a luxury feel, captain chairs can replace the second row bench seats (not available on the base), but the seating capacity will be reduced to six passengers. For various seating arrangements when storing cargo in the vehicle, the second-row is a 60/40 fold and tumble seat to open up some room.
A couple of convenient features stand out on the Durango too, such as the standard auto-dimming rearview mirror, an electronic vehicle information center to keep the driver informed of their current fuel economy among other specs, surprisingly 3-zone automatic temperature control, and many little cargo compartments around the cabin. Dodge likes to spread the love across their lineups. The major features upper-level trims consist of a heated, leather wrapped steering wheel, driver seat memory, and an available sunroof. Additionally, the Durango R/T has paddle shifters on the steering wheel, so drivers can manually switch gears if they choose.
The standard tech and speaker system set up for the 2017 Dodge Durango is six speakers and a 5-inch touchscreen. However, this quickly changes, as the Durango GT has an 8.4-inch touchscreen, and the Durango Citadel comes standard with nine amplified speakers and a subwoofer. Also, on trims from the Durango GT onward is the option to switch out the sound system for an eight-speaker Beats audio system.
Other available features are Bluetooth streaming audio, a rear seat video entertainment system, and GPS Navigation. Integrated voice command with Bluetooth is a standard lineup feature however for wireless smartphone connectivity. The version of Uconnect on the Durango trims is respective of the touchscreen i.e. Uconnect 5.0 comes with a 5-inch touchscreen, Uconnect 8.4NAV or Uconnect 8.4 comes with an 8.4-inch touchscreen. Uconnect Access, FCA’s new app, is also available.
Safety Features and Warranty
Dodge doesn’t skimp on safety. Standard safety features include an advanced multistage front airbag system, side-curtain airbags, a Sentry Key Theft Deterrent System, LATCH tethers for LATCH-ready child seats, and convenient features like Remote Proximity Keyless Entry and Keyless Go. For the 2017 model year, Dodge added available advanced safety features. Blind-spot and cross path detection returns, along with ParkSense Rear Park Assist with Stop and ParkView rear back-up camera, but this year there is full speed forward collision warning plus, lane departure warning plus, and an enhanced accident response system.
All Dodge Durango trims are covered under Dodge’s standard warranties: a 3-year or 36,000-mile basic warranty; a 5-year or 60,000-mile powertrain warranty; roadside assistance for 5 years or 100,000 miles; and rust-through coverage for 5 years/100,000 miles.