The Dodge Durango is not just beautiful and luxurious. It’s a workhorsebest-in-class towing. That’s in both the V-6 and V-8 models: up to 6, 200 lbs. with the 3.6-liter, 290 hp Pentastar V-6 and up to a whopping 7, 400 lbs. with the 5.7-liter, 390 hp HEMI V-8.
What is towing capacity, anyway? In basic terms, it’s a manufacturer-determined rating that indicates how heavy a trailer you can safely and reliably pull with a given vehicle. This value takes into account everything from engine output to braking reserve, so it can get complicated. However, the part you need to know is simple.
Just remember that the pulling vehicle’s towing capacity must be greater than the trailer’s weight when it is fully loaded—the value known as gross trailer weight or GTW. And that’s all there is to it. But be sure to include all the weight you place in the trailer, such as camping supplies or boat fuel, for example.
There’s a separate but associated value you’ll often see that’s known as tongue weight or tongue rating. In general, tongue weight is the portion of the trailer’s weight that bears directly on the hitch ball. It will usually be around 7 to 8 percent of the trailer’s GTW but not more than 10 percent when the trailer is properly loaded.
Along with its class-leading towing capacity, the Durango offers plenty of other features to make long-distance pulling secure and comfortable, including four-wheel independent suspension, 85 cubic feet of interior cargo volume, and standard trailer sway control on all models. To build your own Durango, go to Dodge.com.