The Dodge Durango is a popular midsize SUV that has been around for quite some time, but I don't think most people really think of it as having any type of towing capacity attached to it, they tend to overlook that aspect of these vehicles.
I wanted to do a little bit of research and see how much weight these vehicles could pull and after doing some digging, I was surprised to see that they are very capable and definitely a contender with some of the other midsize SUV contenders.
Overview of the Data For the Durango:
Engine Choices: There were only three different engine choices available from 2011, all the way up to 2021 and these were the 3.6 L engine, the 5.7 liter engine and the 6.4 L engine, which was exclusive to the SRT models.
The engine you had equipped really dead make a huge difference when it came to the maximum trailer weight ratings and if we compare the 3.6 L to the 5.7 liter engine using similar specs we can see that there is a big difference of more than a thousand pounds. The 6.4 liter engine had the highest ratings in all of the charts and that's how you were able to get the massive 8,700 lb maximum weight capacity.
AWD VS RWD: There we're different choices when it came to all-wheel drive versus rear-wheel drive vehicles but when we look at the data oh, we don't see a huge difference in the overall maximum trailer weight rating numbers.
Models that were made in 2014 and newer had a very small 200 lb difference for the 5.7 L engines, when we compared all-wheel drive models to rear-wheel drive models. Looking at model years 2011 - 2013, there was no difference between all-wheel drive or rear-wheel drive vehicles or two-wheel drive/four-wheel drive vehicles.
Heavy Duty VS Light Duty Cooling System: If we look at the 2015 and newer chart, we can see that a heavy duty and light-duty cooling system was listed and different ratings were provided accordingly. The difference was significant between the two, with models that had the heavy duty cooling system having a 2,700 lb advantage over the models equipped with the light duty cooling system.
Towing Capacity: The towing capacity over the years for the Dodge Durango did differ slightly from 2011 to 2014 compared to 2015 - 2021. Models that were made between 2011 - 2014 had a minimum maximum trailer weight rating of 6,200 lbs and a maximum of 7,200 lbs.
If we compare that to the 2015 - 2021 models, we see that the lower capacity number is 3,500 lbs and the maximum can go up to 7,400 lbs. The reason for the much lower 3,500 pound rating was only for the 3.6 liter models that had a light-duty cooling system equipped. If we were to take those models out of the data, we would have similar overall weight capacity numbers from 2011 to 2021.
Some model years for the Dodge Durango shared the same specs or very similar data in their charts, so in some cases, I only posted a single chart that applies to multiple model years but the data is identical.
Be sure to read your owner's manual in order to get the most up-to-date information on your vehicle and to have a more in-depth knowledge of what Dodge recommends, when it comes to towing.
2020-2018 SRT Models:
From 2020 to 2018 the SRT model Durango's all have the same facts when it came to maximum trailer weight rating and in fact they have the same chart as well.
SRT Dodge Durangos made from 2020 to 2018 had a maximum towing capacity of 8,700 lbs. And a gross combined weight rating of 14,600 lbs.
The chart below was the same for all model years and did not differ at all in any of the metrics, the vehicles also shared that same 6.4 L engine, paired with an automatic transmission. The maximum trailer tongue weight with set at approximately 10%, which equated to 870 lbs maximum.
2021 & 2020 Models:
The 2021 and 2020 model Dodge Durangos had the exact same specs when you looked at the charts, except for the 2021 model year, that had an extra 5.7 l "Tow n Go" option that had a significantly greater capacity than the other models listed.
The 2021 Dodge Durango had a towing capacity that ranged from 3,500 lb - 8,700 lbs, which included that "Tow n Go" model and the 2020 models had a towing capacity that ranged from 3,500 - 7,400 lbs., which would be the same range for the 2021 models if we did not include that extra model with the "Tow n Go" option.
The 2019-2015 Durango's had a towing capacity range of between 3,500 - 7,400 lbs, which was the same as the 2020 models, having the exact same GCWR, engine options and maximum trailer weight rating specs.
I wanted to separate these model years though, for a cleaner easier to read article.
The chart for the 2019 - 2015 models is a lot easier to read then the 2020 chart and makes it easier to scan through the information due to how it's laid out, font size, etc.
The 2014-2011 models had very similar specs and were almost identical except for the 2014 models that had a slightly higher capacity for the rear-wheel drive 5.7 l model.
Other than that one single model in 2014, the metrics for the 2013 - 2011 models are exactly the same but with a little bit different model references.
The 2014 Durango's had a towing capacity that ranged from 6,200 - 7,400 lbs, and 2013 - 2011 models ranged from 6,200 - 7,200 lbs, do only a 200 lb difference for that one rear-wheel drive 5.7 liter model that was made in 2014.
I'm going to eat for the 2013 - 2011 charts had the same specs and ratings the only difference in the chart is the model column, which lists RWD and AWD in the 2013-2012 charts and 2WD and 4WD in the 2011 chart.
The 2010-2000 model years was not listed (as of yet) in this article because the information was much harder to find and not as available as the later model years.
When I am able to find the information for these earlier model years, I will post it as soon as I find it and update this article.
Heavy Duty VS Light Duty Cooling...
For model years 2015 and newer, the charts I found stated that there were two different capacity numbers based on whether you had a heavy duty or light duty cooling system installed on your vehicle.
I was not able to find any information in the owner's manuals that went into detail about what was included with the heavy-duty cooling system, but I was able to find a bit of information in the brochure. The image below is the screenshot from the 2020 Durango brochure, and it's states that the trailer tow group IV includes:
- An integrated trailer brake switch
- Heavy-duty engine oil Cooling
- Class IV hitch receiver
- 4/7 pin wiring harness
- Rear load leveling shocks
- Full size spare tire
This information will definitely help aid in identifying whether you have one of these heavy duty cooling systems installed on your vehicle but if you're still confused and not sure whether you have one equipped, then I would recommend you take it into a dealer and see if they can identify if your vehicle has one of these cooling systems equipped.
Where Can I Find My GVWR and GAWR?
The GVWR and GAWR figures for your Durango is actually not available in the owner's manuals, but located on your vehicle in the driver side door jamb no, printed on the certification label, which is common to find these two figures on most vehicles.
I was able to find this little bit of information (screenshot below) in the manual that stated that the gross vehicle weight rating and gross axle weight ratings are indeed located on the certification label.
Both figures will have to be considered when it comes to hauling anything with your vehicle, but the more important metric is probably the gross vehicle weight rating, as the trailer's tongue weight will affect this rating.
Resources For This Article:
I used the Durango's owner's manuals for the research I conducted in this article that I grab directly from Mopar's website. Feel free to visit the website and look up the manual for yourself, if you want more information on what your vehicle is capable of and what Dodge recommends.
I have also included links to each of the manuals individually, to make it easier and more convenient if you want to look at the manual directly from this page.