What Changed for 2008:
- MyGIG hard-drive radio/navigation system newly available
- 4.7-liter V-8 engine provides up to 305 hp
- New rear back-up camera
- New rear cargo organizer
- 18-inch wheels available on SXT
Dodge introduced the Durango SUV in 1998 and redesigned it for the 2004 model year. The Durango is sized between midsize SUVs such as the Chevrolet TrailBlazer and Toyota 4Runner and full-size SUVs like the Chevrolet Tahoe and Toyota Sequoia. The Durango also provides the truck-based body-on-frame platform for Chrysler's Aspen.
The Durango offers seating for up to 8 passengers with an available third-row seat. With both rows of rear seats folded, it has 102.4 cubic feet of cargo volume. It has 68.4 cubic feet of space with the third-row seats folded, and there is enough distance between the wheel wells to accommodate 4-foot by 8-foot sheets of plywood. Rear- or all-wheel drive (RWD or AWD) are offered. Dodge will add a Durango Hybrid in mid-2008 as a 2009 model.
The 2008 Dodge Durango comes in SXT, SLT, Adventurer and Limited trim levels, with seating configurations for 5, 7 or 8 passengers. Standard features on the SXT include air conditioning; tilt steering wheel; cruise control; cloth upholstery; front bucket seats; 40/20/40 folding second-row seat; heated power folding mirrors; power windows; power door locks; remote keyless entry; 4-speaker AM/FM/CD/MP3 stereo; cargo cover; theft-deterrent system; rear privacy glass; roof rails; and 245/70R17 on-/off-road tires on steel wheels. The SLT model adds YES Essentials seat fabric that Dodge says is odor-, stain- and static-resistant; rear air conditioning and heater; 8-way power driver's seat; 2-passenger third-row folding bench seat; 6-disc CD changer; Sirius satellite radio; fog lights; and P265/60R18 on-/off-road tires on alloy wheels. The off-road oriented Adventurer has SLT equipment; tubular side steps; reversible slush mats; a rubberized washable cargo liner with built-in cargo organizer; and exclusive machine-finish wheels. The Adventurer reverts to 17-inch wheels with P265/65R17 on-/off-road tires. Limited models have dual-zone automatic climate control; leather upholstery; heated front seats; 4-way power passenger seat; power-adjustable pedals; memory for the driver seat, mirrors, radio, air conditioning and pedals; 3-passenger third-row 60/40 split folding seat; leather-wrapped steering wheel with radio controls; Alpine 8-speaker, AM/FM/CD stereo; MyGIG Entertainment System; rear park assist; rearview camera; auto-dimming rearview and driver-side outside mirror; universal garage door opener; power liftgate; automatic headlights; and P265/60R18 on-/off-road tires on chrome alloy wheels.
The MyGIG Multimedia Infotainment System is optional. Other options include Dodge's UConnect hands-free cell phone link; remote engine starting; sunroof; second-row bucket seats; rear DVD entertainment system; running boards; skid plates; and a towing package.
Three engines are offered on the 2008 Dodge Durango: a 210-hp, 3.7-liter V-6; a 303-hp, 4.7-liter V-8; and the 330-hp, 5.7-liter Hemi V-8. The V-6 engine is offered in the SXT and SLT models with RWD. The 4.7-liter V-8 engine is standard otherwise, and the 5.7-liter V-8 engine is optional for all but SXT. The V-6 engine is paired with a 4-speed automatic transmission, while the others get a 5-speed automatic transmission. The AWD system is available with low-range gearing.
The Hemi engine features Dodge's Multi-Displacement System that shuts down four of the eight cylinders when they're not needed. The 4.7-liter V-8 engine gains 68 hp for 2008, up from 235 hp in 2007. It can run on grain-derived E85 ethanol, gasoline, or a mixture of the two fuels. EPA fuel economy ratings are 14 mpg city/19 mpg highway with the V-6 or the 4.7-liter V-8 engine and RWD; 13 mpg city/19 mpg highway with the 5.7-liter engine and RWD; 13 mpg city/18 mpg highway with the 5.7-liter engine and AWD; and 13 mpg city/17 mpg highway with the 4.7-liter engine and AWD. Properly equipped, the Durango can tow up to 8950 pounds.
Standard on all 2008 Dodge Durango models are dual-stage front air bags; head-protecting side curtain air bags that cover all three seating rows and have rollover sensors; a tire-pressure monitor; ABS; traction control; Dodge's Trailer Sway Control; and electronic stability control with rollover mitigation. Rear park assist and a rear back-up camera are standard on Limited and optional on SLT and Adventurer.
Dodge's MyGIG Entertainment System is new for 2008. It includes a 6.5-inch touch screen and a 20-gigabyte hard drive to hold songs and pictures. The MyGIG Multimedia Infotainment System adds a navigation system with voice controls and real-time traffic information. The navigation map information is held on the hard drive.
Dodge's Trailer Sway Control monitors the vehicle's intended path and uses a yaw sensor to detect sway. It reduces engine torque and works with the anti-lock brake system to apply brakes to individual wheels to keep the vehicle on its intended path when towing, Dodge explains.