2006 Dodge Durango

2006 Dodge Durango Summary

The Durango was completely re-designed and re-engineered for the 2004 model year. We tested it then and really appreciated its build quality and surprisingly refined (for a truck) ride and handling. For '06, there have been a few welcome changes including a new 3rd row seat and standard stability control. Two V-8s and a V-6 are available. 


Full Review 2006 Dodge Durango

Though the Dodge Durango is classified as a midsize sport-utility vehicle, its designers have typically set out to make it about half a size larger in order to fill the niche between the midsize SUV and full-size SUV classes. Dodge's hope is that the Durango will therefore be appealing to SUV customers who need more interior room and towing capability than a midsize SUV can typically provide, but have neither the garage space for a full-size sport-ute nor the desire to drive something so cumbersome on a day-to-day basis.

The Dodge Durango's hefty dimensions pay dividends inside, where up to three rows of seats are available. Underneath are sturdy body-on-frame and the option for a powerful V8 engine. These attributes allow families of various sizes to travel in comfort while towing a camper or boat. 

Past Dodge Durango Years

Launched in 1998, the first-generation Dodge Durango brought big-rig looks to a segment full of what essentially were tall station wagons. Then as now, the Durango was considered midsize, but looked and felt more like a shrunken full-size SUV. It was a sport-ute for the truck person: a vehicle that sat eight, but in pretty much every other way, was the antithesis of a minivan.

The Durango was offered with several engine choices, including a V6, a couple of V8s and even a rare performance-oriented Shelby model with a high-powered V8. Despite its rugged underpinnings, the first-gen Dodge Durango had better road manners than most truck-based SUVs of this era thanks to its long wheelbase, wide track and carefully tuned suspension.

Current Model Year 2006 Dodge Durango

The current Dodge Durango is available in SE, SLT and Limited trim levels and it comes with one of three engines: a 210-horsepower V6, a 303-hp V8 and a Hemi 376-hp V8. These are offered with either rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive with low-range gearing. Alternatively, a single-speed transfer case can be specified on select 4WD models, which essentially means that you can get a Durango with all-wheel drive. All Durangos come with automatic transmissions as standard -- four-speeds for the V6, five for the V8s.

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