2013 Dodge Durango Preview

Jeff Youngs | May 30, 2013
  • Midsize crossover SUV
  • Seating for 6 or 7
  • SXT trim level available with new Rallye Appearance package that adds 5 horsepower and R/T styling cues
  • R/T trim level offered with heated/ventilated Nappa leather upholstery, blind-spot alert and rear cross-path detection
  • Crew trim level adds standard leather upholstery, heated first- and second-row seats, and bright door handles
  • Top-line Citadel trim level gets lower price
  • Second-row captain's chairs offered for all trim levels


The Dodge Durango is a 7-passenger crossover SUV based on a stretched version of the platform that underpins the Jeep Grand Cherokee. It is available with rear- or all-wheel drive (2WD or AWD) and is one of the few crossovers to still offer a V-8 engine. V-6 power is also available.

The Dodge Durango competes primarily against the Chevrolet Traverse, GMC Acadia, Ford Explorer, Nissan Pathfinder, and Toyota Highlander.

Exterior Features

The 2013 Dodge Durango comes standard with a rear wiper/washer, automatic headlights, fog lights, rear privacy glass, and P265/60R18 tires on alloy wheels. Twenty-inch wheels and a roof rack are also offered. The Durango Citadel has a chrome grille, while the R/T has a body-color grille and a unique front fascia.

Interior Features

The Durango comes standard with seating for 7 with a second-row bench seat. Second-row captain's chairs are also offered with two types of center consoles, one that allows a walkthrough to the third row.

Standard interior features include cloth upholstery, tri-zone automatic climate control, tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel with audio controls, cruise control, fold-flat passenger seat, heated power mirrors, power windows, power door locks, remote keyless entry, AM/FM/CD stereo, auxiliary input jack, satellite radio, cargo cover, floor mats, and a theft-deterrent system.

Optional Features

To the base SXT trim level, the Crew adds leather upholstery, rear-obstacle detection, leather-wrapped steering wheel, heated first- and second-row seats, 8-way power-adjustable driver's seat with lumbar adjustment, 6-way power front passenger seat with lumbar adjustment, memory for the driver's seat and mirrors, heated power mirrors with turn signals and driver's side auto dimming, keyless access and starting, 6.5-inch touch screen with voice control, rearview camera, music hard drive, USB port, Bluetooth connectivity, universal garage door opener, auto-dimming rearview mirror, remote engine starting, 115-volt power outlet, power liftgate, and a roof rack.

The Citadel gets larger brake discs, navigation system with real-time traffic information, power tilt-and-telescoping heated leather-wrapped steering wheel, adaptive cruise control, heated/ventilated front seats, 8-way front passenger seat, sunroof, 506-watt Alpine audio system, rain-sensing wipers, automatic and self-dimming xenon headlights, and P265/50R20 tires on chrome alloy wheels; it deletes the fold-flat front passenger seat.

To the SXT the sporty R/T trim level adds larger brake discs, leather-wrapped steering wheel, 8-way power driver's seat, keyless access and starting, 506-watt Alpine sound system, music hard drive, USB port, 8.4-inch touch screen with voice control, Bluetooth connectivity, voice recognition, universal garage door opener, auto-dimming rearview mirror, remote engine starting, 115-volt power outlet, self-dimming headlights, power liftgate, xenon headlights, load-leveling sport suspension, full-size spare tire, and P265/50R20 tires on polished alloy wheels. The AWD version of the R/T also adds low-range gearing.

The Rallye Appearance Group for the SXT adds 5 horsepower, plus R/T exterior cues, dual exhaust outlets, 20-inch R/T wheels, Bluetooth streaming audio, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, and illuminated visor mirrors.

A Convenience Group adds blind-spot alert with rear cross-path detection, rain-sensing wipers, and self-dimming headlights, while a Technology Group has blind-spot alert, cross-traffic alert, forward-collision warning, and adaptive cruise control. An Entry Nav/Commuter Group comes with rear-obstacle detection, Garmin navigation system with real-time traffic information, and a rearview camera.

A Premium Nappa Leather Group gets extended Nappa leather upholstery, heated/ventilated front seats, 8-way power front passenger seat, and a heated steering wheel. A Mopar Chrome Appearance Group has bright pedals, door-edge guards, chrome tubular side steps, chrome mirrors, and a chrome exhaust tip.

Trailer Tow Group IV comes with heavy-duty engine cooling, heavy-duty alternator, 7-pin to 4-pin wiring harness, Class IV hitch receiver, load-leveling suspension, and a full-size spare tire.
Also offered are two navigation systems, one Garmin and one non-branded, a rear DVD entertainment system, and skid plates.

Under the Hood

The 2013 Dodge Durango is offered with a 3.6-liter V-6 engine or a 5.7-liter V-8. The V-6 produces 290 horsepower (295 with the Rallye Appearance package) and 260 lb.-ft. of torque, and is mated with a 5-speed automatic transmission. The V-8 generates 360 horsepower and 395 lb.-ft. of torque and is paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission. The V-6 is flex-fuel capable, meaning it can run on regular gasoline or E85 ethanol, and both transmissions feature Dodge's AutoStick manual shift capability.

Fuel Economy

EPA fuel-economy estimates for the 2013 Dodge Durango are:

  • Durango V-6 with RWD or AWD: 16/23/19 mpg (city/highway/combined)
  • Durango V-8 with RWD: 14/20/16 mpg
  • Durango V-8 with AWD: 13/20/15 mpg


The 2013 Dodge Durango comes with the usual safety features, plus active front head restraints and electronic brake-force distribution. Also offered are rear park assist, blind-spot alert, rear cross-traffic alert, and a rearview camera.

In the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's New Car Assessment Program, the 2013 Dodge Durango received 4 stars (out of 5) in the frontal crash test, 5 stars in the side crash test, and 3 stars in the rollover test, giving it a 4-star overall rating. In tests conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the 2013 Durango received the highest rating of "Good" in the front overlap, side-impact, roof strength, and rear crash protection tests, earning the crossover SUV a "Top Safety Pick" rating. Note that the Durango has not been subjected to the Institute's new small overlap front test, thus has not had the opportunity to earn the Institute's "Top Safety Pick Plus" rating.


The Dodge Durango is offered with four audio/entertainment systems. Media Center 130 is the base system. It comes with a CD player and an auxiliary input jack. Media Center 430 can play DVDs and MP3 files, and it adds a 6.5-inch touch screen, 28-gigabyte music hard drive, satellite radio, and voice control. Media Center 430N adds a Garmin navigation system with SiriusXM Travel Link. Media Center 730N has a non-branded navigation system, Bluetooth cell phone connectivity, and real-time traffic.
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