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SAFETY | 8 out of 10
'Good,' frontal offset; 'good,' side impact; 'marginal,' rear impact; 'good,' roof strength
Four stars overall
The Dodge Durango scored very well in crash tests but not quite as well as we'd expect for a large crossover.
The Durango--a close relative of the Jeep Grand Cherokee--earns fairly impressive scores from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), but they're not as strong as the ones received by crossovers like the GMC Acadia. The NHTSA gives the Durango an overall rating of four stars, with four stars of protection for frontal impacts, five stars for side impacts, and a lower score of three stars for rollover resistance.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) upgraded the Durango to a "good" score on its roof-strength test last year, which earned the SUV a Top Safety Pick award. However, the IIHS recently added a new small-overlap front crash test to its regimen, but hasn't tested the Durango as such--which means it's not yet a Top Safety Pick+.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, as is adaptive cruise control. You'll probably need the extra, electronically aided visibility: outward visibility isn't all that impressive, though the Durango's squared-off corners do help in parking.
The Durango's earned good crash-test scores from the NHTSA, but we're waiting on updated IIHS ratings.