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You'll Like The 2009 Dodge Durango If...

If you need a roomy SUV but the thought of a full-size Suburban turns you off, check out the 2009 Dodge Durango. It offers seating for seven and still has a fair amount of room for cargo behind the third-row seat. Environmentally conscious power freaks will love the optional 5.7-liter HEMI Hybrid.

You May Not Like The 2009 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 two-mode HEMI Hybrid models joins the line, promising a 25 percent improvement in fuel economy with a 40 percent jump in city driving. The SXT nameplate changes to the SE, while the Adventurer trim is sent wandering off into the sunset.

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. A nice option is the heated quad bucket seat package available on the Limited trim level.

Exterior Features

The 2009 Dodge Durango’s styling remains as bold as the first Dodge Durango. The Durango’s newest look basically exaggerates the original model’s popular styling by enlarging the grille and front headlamps and giving a new look to the rear. Large 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 several others in the class. The quiet 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 but only when equipped with the 4.7-liter V8; 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 2009 Dodge Durango’s Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) ranges from around $29,000 for the entry-level V6-powered SE to a high of nearly $48,000 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 2009 Dodge Durango SE 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, fog lights, 17-inch painted 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, eight Alpine speakers and SIRIUS Satellite Radio. The Limited features a 5.7-liter HEMI V8, 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, 5.7-liter HEMI V8 or a 5.7-liter HEMI Hybrid, rear-seat DVD entertainment, six-disc CD/MP3 in-dash changer, uconnect tunes with 30-gigabyte hard drive, leather seats, shift-on-the-fly four-wheel drive, third-row seat, uconnect gps 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 powerful 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: 14/204.7-liter V8303 horsepower @ 5650 rpm330 lb.-ft. of toque @ 3950 rpmEPA city/highway fuel economy: 14/19 (2WD), 13/18 (4WD), 5.7-liter V8 HEMI376 horsepower @ 5600 rpm401 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4200 rpmEPA city/highway fuel economy: 14/20 (2WD), 13/19 (4WD)5.7-liter V8 HEMI Hybrid345 horsepower @ 5300 rpm380 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4200 rpmEPA city/highway fuel economy: 20/22

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 the more notable is the 2009 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 a new hybrid-model goes even further. Alternative fuel fans will be sad to learn the 4.7-liter Flex-Fuel V8 has been dropped.

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2009 Dodge Durango SE

The only thing I really don't like about it is the rust issue. It has heavy rust overall wheels and at the bottoms of all the doors. I have a flex fuel I've never used that kind of gas but I've heard it burns out pretty fast. It's very reliable and the sensor system works very well in all areas. It's keeps you informed on oil changes, tire pressure and many other features. I have a son who plays sports so it allows me to keep all sports bags and lawn chairs on hand with the 3rd row seating option. It very good on gas, I also keep up on my oil changes and tire rotations. You have to manually reset the oil change light which should be done at the oil change place I feel. The rear camera is very helpful and I enjoy the touch screen feature. It has Bluetooth capabilities for phone calls which is a plus besides the fact that you can't play music on the Bluetooth. You still need an aux cord which is annoying. It's a great truck.

- Re G

Extremely well made, perfect for my family of 7!

2009 Dodge Durango

My vehicle is extremely reliable, it has never let me down. It is roomy and has all the sensors for tire pressure and the doors so you always now if there is a problem before you take off. My husband loves the hemi and the high performance way it drives and I love the safety. Unfortunately I was in a pretty bad fender bender at 7 months pregnant. I was stopped on a bridge with traffic in front of me and the big lifted 250 truck that was going 50mph didn't stop in time and smashed the front of his truck. I am so grateful that my Durango took it like a champ and only caused a small dent. This is by far the best vehicle I have ever owned.

- Denise K

Dodge Durango is comfortable, family friendly, and reliable.

2009 Dodge Durango SE

Gas mileage is not great- average 19 mi/gal. Seats are comfortable, and car is roomy overall. There is lots of room in the back, which I like. The controls on the steering wheel are very user friendly. There is no dual control for the AC/heat for the driver and passenger, but there are separate controls for the front and back of the car. Currently, there is a leak in the exhaust manifold, and some rusting on the bottom and edges of the car, but those were pre-existing issues when we bought the car used. Overall, I really enjoy my Durango. It is reliable and comfortable, and good for long trips.

- Ellen M

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