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SAFETY | 8 out of 10
'Good,' frontal offset; 'good,' side impact; 'marginal,' rear impact; 'good,' roof strength; Top Safety Pick
Four stars overall
The Dodge Durango earns good, but not excellent, crash-test scores.
The NHTSA has carried over the Durango's five-star rating for side-impact protection for the 2014 model year, and its four- and three-star rollover-resistance ratings. That gives it a total rating of four stars overall. The IIHS, meanwhile, returns the Durango to its Top Safety Pick list--but because it hasn't tested the SUV for small-overlap impacts, it cannot be rated 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 are adaptive cruise control and a forward-collision warning system that can fully stop the Durango at low speeds, if an obstacle is detected.
You'll probably need the extra electronic assistance of the rearview camera and parking sensors: outward visibility isn't all that impressive, though the Durango's squared-off corners do help in parking.
Updated safety scores aren't in, but the Durango hasn't changed much either.