Buying a used car can have a number of perks, from saving money to knowing the history of the model year. However, knowing more about the vehicle doesn’t mean all the info will be positive. Consumer Reports found enough negative info about some models that it recommends avoiding them. The 2016 Dodge Durango is one of these used vehicles to avoid. Here’s a look at its problems and what it does have to offer.
Avoid the 2016 Dodge Durango
The 2016 Dodge Durango appears on Consumer Reports’ list of 108 used cars to avoid. The vehicles on the list were picked for their much-worse-than-average reliability, based on owners’ survey answers in the Consumer Reports Annual Auto Surveys. All are models from within the past 10 years.
Redesigned for model year 2014, the Durango’s reliability issues didn’t appear until 2016 and 2018, says Consumer Reports. Those two years both had reliability scores of just one out of five.
The 2014 model year had a two, and the 2015 model year had a three. Model year 2017 jumped way up to four before falling to one again for model year 2018. Reliability wasn’t rated for 2019 and 2020, but the predicted reliability for 2021 model is one out of five again.
Problems with the 2016 Dodge Durango
Consumer Reports found that the 2016 Durango has a list of serious problems. The SUV got one out of five ratings for reliability in major engine issues, minor engine issues, engine cooling, electrical system, paint/trim problems with rust, and in-car electronics. It also got two out of five for major transmission issues, minor transmission issues, and brakes. The remaining eight categories received average or better ratings.
The 2016 Durango has also had three recalls. One is an electrical wiring issue that prevents the cruise control from disengaging. There is also a recall for a possible leak in a fuel system hose. The third is for a possible cracked brake caliper.
It’s a suggestion, not a rule
While the 2016 Dodge Durango did make the list of used cars to avoid, that doesn’t mean that all 2016 Durangos have problems. It is, however, a good guide to keep in mind if you might want to buy one.
When it arrived for model year 1998, the Durango was based on the Dodge Dakota pickup truck. The current generation of the Durango is built on the same platform as the Jeep Grand Cherokee. That includes both the 2016 model year as well as the 2021 model year, says Consumer Reports.
The Durango has three rows, and Consumer Reports found the 2016 model year to be “luxurious, refined, and capable.” It’s a midsize SUV but is bigger than many of its competitors.
Starting in 2014, the Durango received an eight-speed automatic transmission to go with either of its engine options. That made its fuel efficiency and performance better. The Durango has either a 290-hp, 3.6-liter V6 engine or a 360-hp, 5.7-liter Hemi V8. It’s able to tow up to 6,200 pounds with the V6 engine and up to 7,400 pounds with the V8 engine.
Consumer Reports finds the visibility to be difficult, but the 2016 model year does have an available rearview camera. Other available features include heated leather seats, an upgraded 8.4-inch touchscreen infotainment system, blind-spot monitoring with cross-traffic alert, automatic high beam control, an automatic headlamp leveling system, adaptive cruise control, advanced brake assist, and forward-collision warning.
Other features, like active cruise control and forward collision monitoring are only available on the top trims. New features for 2016 are a stop/start system and Siri Eyes Free in the infotainment system. The 2016 Durango does not offer Apple CarPlay or Android Auto.
While it’s important to keep poor reliability ratings in mind when looking for a used vehicle, it doesn’t mean the 2016 Dodge Durango you’re considering will be a bad SUV. A used 2016 Durango is able to provide owners with rugged capabilities, like towing, in a comfortable midsize SUV.