Top Safety Pick

2012 Dodge Durango

midsize SUV / 4-door SUV

2012 Dodge Durango 4-door SUV
2011 Dodge Durango shown

Crashworthiness

Rating overview
Small overlap front: driver-side
Moderate overlap front
Side
Roof strength
Head restraints & seats

Other available safety features

  • Optional blind spot detection

Key

  • G
    Good
  • A
    Acceptable
  • M
    Marginal
  • P
    Poor
  • Superior
  • Advanced
  • Basic

Some ratings use a scale of Poor to Good. Others range from Basic to Superior.

Small overlap front: driver-side

Rating applies to 2011-18 models

Tested vehicle: 2015 Dodge Durango SXT 4-door 4wd

The Dodge Durango was redesigned for the 2011 model year.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Hip/thigh
Lower leg/foot
Restraints and dummy kinematics
The dummy’s face remained in contact with the frontal airbag, but its head still rolled around the left side of the steering wheel toward the intruding A-pillar. The side curtain airbag deployed but does not have sufficient forward coverage to protect the head from contact with forward side structure and outside objects. The side torso airbag deployed.

Action shot taken during the small overlap frontal crash test.

The dummy's position in relation to the door frame, steering wheel, and instrument panel after the crash test indicates that the driver's survival space was not maintained well.

The dummy’s head contacted the frontal airbag but then rolled around to the left side. The side curtain airbag does not extend far enough forward toward the A-pillar to protect the head from possible contact with forward side structure.

Parking brake pedal, door hinge pillar, and instrument panel intrusion was extensive and contributed to a high risk of injury to the left lower leg, a significant risk to the left foot, and a moderate risk to the left hip.

Moderate overlap front

Rating applies to 2011-18 models

Tested vehicle: 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4-door 4wd

The Dodge Durango was redesigned for the 2011 model year. The vehicle is derived from the Jeep Grand Cherokee, which was also redesigned for 2011. The Durango has a longer wheelbase and overall length to accommodate three rows of seats. Frontal structure is essentially similar to that of the Grand Cherokee, and the seat belts and frontal airbags are identical. Frontal ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test of a 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee conducted by Chrysler Corporation as part of frontal crash test verification.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Leg/foot, left
Leg/foot, right
Restraints and dummy kinematics

Side

Rating applies to 2011-18 models built after May 2011

Tested vehicle: 2011 Dodge Durango Express 4-door 4wd with standard head curtain airbags for all three rows of seats and standard front seat-mounted torso airbags

The Dodge Durango was redesigned for the 2011 model year. Beginning with 2011 models built after May 2011, design changes were made to the side airbags to improve occupant protection in side impact crashes. (Information about when a specific vehicle was manufactured is on the certification label typically affixed to the car on the driver door or adjacent B-pillar.) The tested car was built after the side airbag changes were made.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Torso
Pelvis/leg
Head protection
Rear passenger injury measures
Head/neck
Torso
Pelvis/leg
Head protection

View of the vehicle and barrier just after the crash test.

View of the vehicle after the crash with doors removed, showing the side airbags and damage to the occupant compartment.

Smeared greasepaint shows where the driver dummy's head was protected from being hit by hard structures by the side airbags.

Smeared greasepaint shows where the rear passenger dummy's head was protected by the side airbag.

Roof strength

Rating applies to 2011-18 models

Tested vehicle: 2011 Dodge Durango Express 4-door 4wd

Roof tested vehicle was an Express 4wd, but vehicle used for weight was a "Crew" 4wd, which includes standard power seats and a roof rack.

Overall evaluation
Curb weight 5,059 lbs
Peak force 23,602 lbs
Strength-to-weight ratio 4.67

Head restraints & seats

Rating applies to 2011-18 models

Seat type: Power cloth seats (AHR)

Overall evaluation
Dynamic rating
Seat/head restraint geometry