The current generation of this mid-size crossover is quite old, so it’s no wonder that many younger rivals are better vehicles overall. Of course, FCA is perfectly aware of this fact, so a complete overhaul is on its way. Still, the new model won’t be ready for the next year, but rather for the 2021 model year. The would mean that the 2020 Dodge Durango will be the last year model of the current generation, which clearly indicates that we won’t see too many changes on it. The upcoming model will carry on in the same way, with the same design, features and powertrain lineup. Practically, the best we could see is a couple of additions in terms of standard equipment. Other than that, things will remain the same. Therefore, expect to see its launch sometime late in the year.
2020 Dodge Durango Redesign
In terms of base design characteristics, we are about to see a well-known mid-size crossover, which has been around for almost a decade. Despite the age, the 2020 Dodge Durango will still have a lot of things to offer. One of the things we like about it is the styling, which looks pretty aggressive, especially in higher trims. Also, the rugged construction ensures class-leading towing capacity. On the other side, handling isn’t that great. Despite the powerful engine lineup, there are many rivals that are much more fun to drive. Finally, the biggest drawback refers to reliability. In this aspect, the Durango marks way below-average scores.
When it comes to the interior design, the 2020 Dodge Durango will also continue without bigger changes. Therefore, count on a cabin that has both good and bad things. Given the fact that this crossover hasn’t seen redesign for years, it’s not strange that many rivals feel more upscale on the inside. Still, that doesn’t mean that the overall quality is bad. Most surfaces feature nice materials that are soft on touch. The thing we like about this crossover is a decent amount of space. This is a three-row SUV, and the first two rows are pretty generous in terms of the legroom.
Also, seats are massive and supportive. On the other side, the third row is a little bit tight, but that’s a pretty common thing among mid-size crossovers. Also, the cargo area is pretty spacious. You can count on 17 cubic feet behind the third row, while the overall cargo volume goes all-away up to 85 cubic feet. These are some of the higher ratings in the class.
Despite the age, the 2020 Dodge Durango will come with a pretty decent list of standard equipment. Even in terms of tech features, the list is quite long. All models will come standard with things like a 7-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth, USB ports, 6-speaker audio etc. Moreover, smartphone goodies like Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are also standard features. In higher trims, you can get a bigger 8.4-inch touchscreen, as well as things like satellite radio, premium audio system, rear-seat DVD players and many more.
In terms of safety, a rearview camera is the only standard safety feature. That seems like a big drawback, but there is a lot of advanced systems in the offer in higher trim levels. For example, you can get things like blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, lane departure warning, automatic high beams, adaptive headlights, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and adaptive cruise control. Unfortunately, these systems are reserved for the highest trim levels only.
2020 Dodge Durango Engines
If you prefer an old-school ride quality, the 2020 Dodge Durango is a perfect vehicle for you. It is powerful but also pretty rough. There are three engines in the offer. Base models come with a 3.6-liter V6, which is good for about 295 horsepower. Higher trims come with eight cylinders. The first one is a 5.7-liter V8 with around 360 horsepower. Also, there is a range-topping SRT version, which features a large 6.4-liter V8, which is good for about 475 horsepower.
When it comes to fuel economy, the base engine returns around 19 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway. These are pretty much average numbers for the class. As we already mentioned, this model features some of the higher towing ratings in the class, which goes up to 8.700 pounds.
2020 Dodge Durango Release Date and Price
Considering that there are no bigger changes for the 2020 Dodge Durango, we expect to see it late in the year. Base models will go around 30.000 dollars. This should be the last year model of the current generation. After that, a completely new model is about to come. The upcoming redesign will bring a huge amount of novelties. According to most reports, we will see a comeback to a body-on-frame platform and significant growth in size. More details should be known soon.