2008 Dodge Durango vs. Its Competition

2008 Dodge Durango SXT
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

The 2008 Dodge Durango is somewhere between the mid-size and full-size truck-based SUVs from GM and Ford.

It's about the same length as the short-wheelbase versions of the full-size SUVs from GM and Ford, but it's narrower and isn't as tall, which makes its interior feel smaller; and though it's quite a few inches longer than the Explorer and TrailBlazer, it's only slightly wider and taller.

Yet, even though the Durango is slightly smaller than those big SUVs, it doesn't handle any better.

The Durango offers a usable third-row seat, an advantage over those smaller models, and has tow ratings that are competitive with some larger, full-size SUVs.

It's a good deal for those who tow; especially in one of its lower trim levels when optioned with the HEMI engine, the Durango makes a good tow vehicle for thousands less than the Expedition or Tahoe.

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Quick Specs
7.0
If you plan to tow, a 2008 Dodge Durango with a V-8 will work nearly as well as a Tahoe or Expedition, at a lower price.
8.2
For those who need to get work done, but with some style and comfort, practicality still reigns in the 2009 Chevrolet Tahoe.
6.6
Families can do much better with any of the more modern crossover SUV designs—including Chevy’s own Traverse—but the 2009 Chevrolet TrailBlazer is still a good vehicle for towing purposes.
8.2
The 2008 Ford Expedition is a big, capable SUV with a truly useful and convenient third row.
8.2
As the perennial best-selling truck-based SUV, the Ford Explorer is still the one to beat.
MSRP From    
$27,335$36,965$29,155$31,345$26,495
Gas Mileage    
13 MPG City / 19 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 18 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Gas V6Gas V8Gas I6Gas V8Gas V6
EPA Class    
2WD Sport Utility VehicleN/AN/AN/AN/A
Style Name    
2WD 4-Door SXT2WD 4-Door 1500 LS2WD 4-Door LT w/1LT2WD 4-Door XLTRWD 4-Door V6 XLT
Drivetrain    
Rear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
59555
Passenger Doors    
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style    
4 Door4 Door4 Door4 Door4 Door
Transmission    
AutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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