Still, many critics weren't impressed with the 2021 Dodge Durango. Both Consumer Reports (CR) and Kelley Blue Book (KBB) gave it a subpar score overall for one glaring offense. Is the 2021 Dodge Durango still worth buying?
What's wrong with the 2021 Dodge Durango?
The V8 engines have smooth acceleration, but it costs thousands more and reduces overall mileage by about 3 mpg. The Durango SRT Hellcat's supercharged V8 is the most powerful trim, but it only offers about 12 mpg in the city and 17 mpg on the highway.
Is the Durango’s poor mileage a dealbreaker?
Such low gas mileage numbers aren’t very appealing to conventional SUV shoppers. These vehicles are primarily used by families that need to shuttle multiple people to school, work, and various appointments. Roundtrips can use up a lot of gas, especially if the car is filled with cargo.
There are tons of other SUVs on the market that can provide drivers with great fuel economy. Consumers that are in the market for a Durango might be looking for something different. One of the biggest selling points for the Durango is that it offers thrilling acceleration and a distinctive appearance.
What critics liked about the Dodge Durango
CR was satisfied with the performance of the base engine that produces 360 horsepower and 390 lb-ft of torque. It reaches 60 mph in 8.3 seconds, which is respectable for a midsize SUV. CR appreciated the V8’s deep exhaust grumble and quicker acceleration. All engines are paired with a smooth-shifting eight-speed automatic transmission.
All Durangos are also surprisingly agile around corners, with a snappy steering wheel and excellent brakes. The ride is smooth across almost all rough surfaces and the cabin is quiet. The Durango also boasts a higher towing capacity than most SUVs at up to 8,700 pounds.