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SAFETY | 8 out of 10
Four-wheel antilock disc brakes...are standard
Five stars, front impact; three stars, rollover
The 2008 Dodge Durango definitely gets better-than-average marks for safety.
In crash tests from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the 2008 Dodge Durango earned a full five stars in both driver-side and passenger-side front impact protection. For 2WD rollover resistance, however, the Dodge 2008 rated only three stars; adding 4WD brings it up to four stars. The NHTSA did not perform side-impact crash tests on the 2008 Dodge Durango. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) did not perform any tests on the 2008 Dodge.
According to Edmunds, "Four-wheel antilock disc brakes...are standard on all Dodge Durangos." Cars.com notes that the Dodge 2008 Durango comes standard with "an electronic stability system and roll-sensing side curtain airbags that protect occupants in all rows of seats." Kelley Blue Book also mentions child door locks and an engine immobilizer.
There are also some visibility problems. Although there are generous rearview mirrors, ConsumerGuide reports that 2008 Dodge "thick front pillars obstruct the view around corners." Mother Proof expresses appreciation for the 2008 Dodge backup camera "because I couldn't see a darn thing out of this behemoth."
The 2008 Dodge Durango scores well in crash tests, but visibility isn’t perfect and rollover ratings are typical for SUVs: low.