2016 Dodge Durango V8 AWD Review – A Rustic Update, But in a Good Way



The 2016 Dodge Durango V8 AWD is the longer wheelbase and better-tuned for sporty on road driving sibling of the Jeep Grand Cherokee, while mechanically they are nearly identical, the Dodge blows the Jeep out of the water with its own charms. With the market shifting from minivans to three-row SUVs; the Durango couldn’t be a better choice. Combining a sporty nature to keep the driver happy, lots of comfort and utility to make it a very practical vehicle, as well as seating space of up to 7 including comfortably seating adults on the third row, the Durango is one tough SUV to beat.

2016 Dodge Durango V8 AWD Review - A Rustic Update, But in a Good Way

The 2016 Dodge Durango V8 AWD Can Definitely Handle Corners, as Long as Gas Prices Cooperate

The 2016 Dodge Durango V8 AWD looks and feels like those special armored GM SUVs with a hidden minigun mount up top, it’s that aggressive looking-especially with the dark colors it comes in. Up front is the signature Dodge front end with the cross grille paired with the large air dam below. Off to the sides, the proportions are excellent with the shapely windows and subtle bulges that give the Durango a very American SUV feel.At the back is the signature Dodge tail light set that extends across the hatch somewhat resembling the rear end of a Charger. Under the hood is a classic pushrod V8 putting out 360 horses paired with a sport auto transmission.

On the inside of the 2016 Durango V8 AWD, the middle-row seatsfold and tumble forward easily with a pull of a fabric loop. The rear seats are habitable by adults and should prompt minimal whining. Kids will love it back there. Four overhead and two console vents provide airflow and are adjustable for temperature and volume. The reconfigurable 7.0-inch electronic cluster behind the steering wheel and the 8.4-inch dashboard touchscreen offer a wealth of info, entertainment, and control functions. Overall, the cabin is very versatile and comfortable and deserves high praises for utility.

Surprisingly, the 2016 Dodge Durango V8 AWD can hold its own when demanded for performance and agility. Despite the heft, the chassis is tuned pretty well to handle backroads with confidence. Body control is excellent and steering response is good, but feedback from the road is numb. The downsides are the weight and fuel economy where the heft is too much for the brakes and handle and exhibit a worrying amount of fade under stress, and the V8 produces a rating of 16mpg combined; hope those oil derricks in Texas keep pumping.


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