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2013 Dodge Durango V-6: 16 mpg city, 23 highway (RWD); 16/22 mpg (AWD)
2013 Dodge Durango V-8: 14/20 mpg (RWD); 13/20 mpg (AWD)
we observed 16 mpg overall (V-6)
Car and Driver
Gas mileage isn't too bad in the V-6-powered Dodge Durango, but the combined figure for the V-8 version drops a little for the 2013 model year--and it wasn't very high to begin with.
The EPA rates the Durango V-6 at 16 miles per gallon city, 23 miles per gallon in rear-drive form, or 19 mpg combined. The numbers stay the same when all-wheel drive is specified. Those figures aren't great, but they're competitive with some seven-passenger crossovers with much less off-road capability.
Opt into the HEMI-equipped Durango and fuel economy slides to 14/20 mpg, or 16 mpg combined; it's rated at 13/20 mpg with all-wheel drive, or 15 mpg combined, making this SUV one of the biggest guzzlers on the market.
Chrysler promises the Durango and its kin, the Jeep Grand Cherokee, will receive a version of the new eight-speed automatic that's new in the Ram 1500 pickup for the 2013 model year. It's likely the utes won't receive the upgrade--and better fuel economy--until the 2014 model year.
The Durango V-6 gets gas mileage as good as many big crossovers, but the HEMI's a downer at the pump.