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You'll Like The 2008 Dodge Durango If...

If you need a roomy SUV but the thought of a full-size Suburban turns you off, check out the 2008 Dodge Durango. It offers seating for seven and still has a fair amount of room for cargo behind the third-row seat. Power freaks will love the optional 5.7-liter HEMI V8 engine.

You May Not Like The 2008 Dodge Durango If...

The Dodge Durango isn’t big like a Chevrolet Suburban, but it’s still big and thirsty on gas. The Durango’s bold styling may not be everyone’s cup of tea and may grow old fast.

What's New

A new 4.7-liter V8 engine producing 303 horsepower replaces the previous 4.7-liter engine. The new powerplant also provides better fuel economy. The ParkView rear back-up camera system is now available.

Interior Features

The available split-folding third-row seats can be folded flush, and a flip-and-tumble second-row seat greatly aids entry and exit for rear passengers. The handsome dash is clean, simple and easy to use, with controls well within the driver’s reach and logically arranged. Low-back rear seats won’t block the driver’s rearward view and feature headrests that can extend high enough to accommodate the tallest passengers. Introduced last year is the heated quad bucket seat package available on the SLT and Limited trim levels.

Exterior Features

The 2008 Dodge Durango’s styling may be new, but it’s no less bold than the first Dodge Durango. The Durango’s new look basically exaggerates the original model’s popular styling by enlarging the grille and front headlamps and giving a new look to the rear. Larger six-by-nine-inch side mirrors improve driver visibility, while optional 20-inch chrome wheels are sure to increase the Durango’s ability to get noticed. Total up all the little changes and the effect is one strikingly imposing vehicle that looks every bit as tough as it claims to be.

Driving Impressions

On the road, the Durango delivers a noticeably smoother ride than its predecessor and several others in the class. The quieter interior is free from the intrusive wind and tire noise of the first generation. The steering is pretty impressive for a vehicle of this size, with good response and feedback that allow the driver to make exact lane changes and easily negotiate tight turns. Power for the base Durango is supplied by a sturdy 3.7-liter V6, with the 4.7-liter Magnum and the mighty 5.7-liter HEMI V8s as options. The base Durango is rear-wheel drive and offers the option of on-demand four-wheel drive; V8-powered Durangos have a tow/haul transmission setting that reduces gear searching by remaining in a lower gear for better pulling power.

Pricing Notes

The 2008 Dodge Durango’s Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) ranges from around $27,000 for the entry-level V6-powered SXT to a high of nearly $46,000 for a fully-loaded four-wheel-drive Limited with the HEMI V8. Although the Durango is as big as the Toyota Sequoia, Ford Expedition and Chevrolet Tahoe, it’s priced at thousands less, even with the V8 engine. Before you set out to buy, be sure to check the Fair Purchase Price page, which shows the typical transaction price for a Durango in your area. You may also want to check the incentives listed on the optional equipment page. As for resale, Kelley Blue Book expects the Durango to hold an average projected residual value, on par with the Ford Expedition but well below the Chevrolet Tahoe and Toyota Sequoia.

Notable Equipment

The 2008 Dodge Durango SXT features a V6 engine, air conditioning, four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes (ABS), rear defroster, power locks, express up/down front window, power mirrors, AM/FM stereo with CD, speed control, side-curtain air bags, Electronic Stability Program, traction control, tilt wheel, 17-inch steel wheels and a rear wiper/washer. The SLT trim adds a power driver’s seat, 18-inch alloy wheels, 115-volt outlet, MP3-compatible six-disc CD changer and fog lights. The Adventurer adds the 4.7-liter V8, 17-inch unique alloy wheels and specific trim, while the Limited features 18-inch chrome alloy wheels, power liftgate, leather seats, dual-zone automatic temperature control and ParkSense rear park assist.

Notable Options

Options include a 4.7-liter V8 or a 5.7-liter HEMI V8, rear-seat DVD entertainment, six-disc CD/MP3 in-dash changer, leather seats, shift-on-the-fly four-wheel drive, third-row seat, navigation, heated front and rear quad bucket seating, power rear liftgate, ParkSense rear park assist, ParkView rear back-up camera, remote start, electronic transfer case, aluminum wheels, power sun roof, SIRIUS Satellite Radio and power-adjustable pedals.

Favorite Features

HEMI EngineThe powerful HEMI V8 engine adds less than a thousand dollars to the price tag without a huge penalty in fuel economy.Optional Heated Cloth Front SeatsAvailable on the SLT and Adventurer trims, these seats add warmth without having to add expensive leather as well.

Under the Hood

Although the V6 looks impressive on paper, the Durango’s weight makes for slow going with the base engine. The new-found power in the 4.7-liter V8 makes it a better choice for shoppers trying to balance cost with performance. If you can afford an extra $1,000 and want all the performance available, the 5.7-liter HEMI V8 is the way to go.3.7-liter V6210 horsepower @ 5200 rpm235 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4000 rpmEPA city/highway fuel economy: 14/194.7-liter V8303 horsepower @ 5650 rpm330 lb.-ft. of toque @ 3950 rpmEPA city/highway fuel economy: 9/12 (E85), 14/19 (2WD, Gasoline), 13/17 (4WD, Gasoline)5.7-liter V8 HEMI335 horsepower @ 5200 rpm370 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4200 rpmEPA city/highway fuel economy: 13/19 (2WD), 13/18 (4WD)

Editors' Notes

Despite the growing popularity of crossover utility vehicles, or CUVs, for those with serious towing and hauling needs there are few substitutes for a full-blown, body-on-frame SUV, among them the 2008 Dodge Durango, a seven-passenger muscle machine with a rugged and distinctive style, a fairly plush interior and the option of a HEMI V8 under the hood. Although not as large as a Chevrolet Suburban, the Durango has grown large enough to compete head-on with such competitors as the Chevrolet Tahoe and Ford Expedition. Dodge’s MDS (Multiple-Displacement System) technology helps save some gas, and alternative fuel fans will find a friend in the new 4.7-liter Flex-Fuel V8 that can run on either gasoline or E85.

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Love my 4 wheel drive Dodge Durango.

2008 Dodge Durango

I have never had any real issues with my vehicle. I do normal maintenance, oil changes etc.. The only work I have had to do is replace the shocks, brakes, and tires. All normal wear and tear stuff. It is very comfortable. I have 6 kids and with a family of 8 we can all fit. I love than the back seats can be put down to haul things. It's almost as good as having a truck. I have never found myself on the side of the road stuck because my car broke down. Its up to almost 300, 000 miles and it stills runs great. My only complaint would be the trim has come off and the plastic on either side of the windshield has detached so my airbags are exposed. All cosmetic which I am sure I could fix but does not affect how my vehicle works. I have the 4 wheel drive which is great because we like to be outdoors and find ourselves traveling dirt roads that can be quite muddy at times. The 4 wheel drive has gotten us out of many sticky situations.

- Jessica J

2008 Dodge Durango - reliable and sturdy.

2008 Dodge Durango

I have had my Dodge Durango for 3+ years. When I got it, there were no issues. Over the past few years, it has needed some parts replaced, but nothing out of the ordinary for its age. The main problem I am experiencing, is the rust. Right now, it is only a cosmetic issue and not causing problems. Rust seems to be a common issue among Durango's. The performance has been great as long as I keep up with maintenance. I drive constantly between clients and attend school in a different town and my Durango has always gotten me there. The features are fine for a 2008, the radio is not Bluetooth and the CD player is outdated, but most of the functions still work after this time. These features are not as important however, and do not take away from the overall reliability of the vehicle.

- Erika C

Great winter car, not great as daily driver

2008 Dodge Durango Adventurer

I use this as my daily driver. Although I love all the space that comes with a full size SUV the gas mileage is a tough pill to swallow. The Durango gets roughly 13 miles per gallon which is not ideal when you commute with it everyday. The Durango would do well as a weekend car for family trips. The third row seating provides comfort for all and still leaves room for gear. The Durango is amazing in the snow and winter weather. Living in New England I need a car that could handle well in the snow and this car completely deliveries. I don't have to worry about impending snow store anymore which is a huge relief.

- Megan N

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