With its new eight-speed automatic, the Dodge Durango posts better fuel economy figures for the 2014 model year. They're better, but they're still in what we'd consider the low range.
The EPA says the Durango with Dodge's V-6 engine is good for 18 miles per gallon city, 25 miles per gallon highway--both up 2 mpg--and for 20 mpg combined in rear-drive form. Last year, adding all-wheel drive made no difference; this year, it drops all those numbers by 1 mpg.
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 14/23 mpg, or 17 mpg combined, good for a 3-mpg highway improvement and 1 mpg combined. With all-wheel drive, it's pegged at 14/22 mpg or 16 mpg combined. That's better, but it still makes the HEMI Durango one of the biggest guzzlers on the market.