2012 Dodge Durango

The Durango is one of the most popular models from Dodge. The 2012 Dodge Durango has been upgraded with a several improvements that make a big difference with the ride.

This vehicle is commonly a favorite by small families, but it is also used by those who need extra cabin space. The design of this year’s model is sleek and welcoming. There are similar SUVs that can compare, but the Durango is generally more affordable than most other options.


General Info
Vehicle Type: SUV Base Price: $28,995.00
Fuel Tank Capacity: 24.6 gallons (93l) MPG: 16 city / 23 hwy
Length: 199.8 in. (507.4 cm) Wheel Base: 119.8 in. (304.2 cm)
Height: 70.9 in. (180 cm) Width: 75.8 in. (192.5 cm)
Curb Weight: 4756 lbs (2157 kg) Ground Clearance: 8.1 in. (20.5 cm)
Luggage Capacity: 47.7 cu ft behind 2nd row Maximum Seating: 7 people
Engine: V6 VVT DOHC Displacement: 3.6 Liter
Horsepower: 280 HP Max RPM: 6400 RPM
Torque: 260 lb-ft @ 4800 rpm Transmission: 5-Speed Automatic
Max Towing Capacity: 5000 lbs (2268 kgs) Maximum Speed: NA
Available Trims & Engine
Option:SXT AWD MSRP: $31,195; MPG: 16 city / 23 hwy
Option:CREW RWD MSRP: $33,795; MPG: 16 city / 23 hwy
Option:R/T RWD 5.7L V8 HEMI® MSRP: $35,795; MPG: 14 city / 20 hwy
Option:Citadel RWD MSRP: $40,995; MPG: 16 city / 23 hwy


The base engine is a 3.6 L V6 DOHC that produces 290 HP at 6,400 RPM and torque at 260 ft/lbs at 4,800 RPM. The engine uses flex-fuel that is unleaded (E85). The tank can hold up to 24.6 gallons inside it. There are stabilizer bars in the suspension for a comfortable and smooth ride on all terrains.


It has rear wheel drive and a five speed shiftable automatic transmission. The range of the Durango is 393 miles in the city and on the highway is 565 miles. The estimated mpg on the highway is 23 and in the city is 16.


This car comes with standard features. 18 inch alloy wheels are included with P265/60R18 all-terrain tires. Cargo tie downs are installed to help with towing and hauling, the maximum towing capacity is 5,000 lbs.

There are intermittent wipers and privacy glass on this SUV. Aluminum wheels, power sunroof and roof rails are all exterior options that can be added.


The seats in the rear and the passenger’s seat at the front can be folded down for additional cabin space. The seats are covered with cloth. There are heated mirrors, power door locks, mirrors and windows. Cruise control, door pockets, cup holders and electric power steering are standard features. AM/FM radio, Sirius, MP3 or CD are entertainment options. A total of six speakers are located throughout the vehicle.

Safety & Reliability

Dodge has high standards for safety when it comes to their vehicles and the Durango is no different. For drivers with families there are child seat anchors as well as door child safety locks in the rear. There are anti-lock brakes, stability/traction controls and tire pressure monitoring included as well.

Seatbelt pre-tensioners offer a safer ride for passengers along with the airbags located throughout the cabin near all the seats. The warranties that come are: Basic, Drivetrain, Roadside and Rust. Each of these have restrictions and only last for a given amount of period or miles, whichever comes first.


  • Stylish exterior and interior
  • A lot of optional additions that buyers can purchase
  • Third row seat can fit an adult, not just children.
  • Can tow more than other comparable SUVs.

Cons – Not as spacious as other competing SUVs.


In a way, the Durango may have been one of the earliest SUV/crossovers to be showcased by the American auto industry. Joining Dodge was the introduction of the GMC Acadia (MSRP $32,835; 17 city / 24 hwy), the Chevrolet Traverse (MSRP $29,660; 17 city / 24 hwy), and the Ford Explorer (MSRP $28,280; 18 city / 25 hwy).

Overall Rating
73 out of 100

What others say:

“The 2012 Dodge Durango is a supremely comfortable three-row utility vehicle, with top-rate materials and a refined ride.”Car Connection

“Despite large overall dimensions and a heavy curb weight, Durango is surprisingly nimble, even with the base suspension and wheels. Steering and brake-pedal feel are quite good. Body lean in fast turns is well controlled.”Consumer Guide

“The Durango is based on the Jeep Grand Cherokee and boasts a spacious, quiet, and versatile cabin with a third-row seat that’s actually usable.”MSN Auto-ConsumerReports

“If you need the passenger-carrying capability of a full-size SUV, as well as the ability to tow up to 7,400 pounds, check out the 2012 Dodge Durango.”KBB

“Sophisticated ride; easy to maneuver; adult-friendly third-row seat; powerful optional V8; generous towing capacity…Less cargo room than rivals; V6’s performance still not as sprightly as some rivals.”Edmunds