The 2012 Dodge Durango is closely related to the 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee, which has already earned a very impressive set of safety ratings. Now in its second year, so has the Durango. With those plus a great set of safety features, it's a solid pick for those who hold safety as a priority.
In the federal government's NCAP testing program, the Durango has earned four stars for frontal impact and five stars for side impact, for an overall rating of four stars. And for 2012, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has also improved its previous roof-strength rating to 'good'--allowing the Durango to receive top scores in all categories, and the Top Safety Pick designation.
Dual front, side and curtain airbags are all standard on the Durango, as are anti-lock brakes, traction and stability control. A blind-spot warning system, a rearview camera and parking sensors are available. And you might need it; we haven't found the Durango to be that impressive in outward visibility, though its squared-off corners do help in parking.