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2021 Dodge Durango (Featuring the SRT Hellcat AWD) on Everyman Driver

Handsome and sporty, the Dodge Durango SUV features impressive utility and best-in-class available towing. Its three-row cabin is roomy and comfortable, and options include wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality. High-performance SRT trims are faster than many sports cars. Some SUVs have better fuel economy and more driver safety technology, but few can match the Durango’s raw power and personality.

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2021 Durango SRT Hellcat Specs: Horsepower: 710 hp MSRP: From $80,995 MPG: 12 city / 17 highway 6.2L Supercharged HEMI V8 SRT Engine Transmission: 8-Speed Automatic 8HP95 Transmission Curb weight: 5,710 lbs Towing capacity: 8,700 lbs Seating capacity: 5, 6, 7 Exterior Color: Reactor Blue Pearl-Coat Exterior Paint Interior Black High Performance Leather / Suede Seats

Dodge builds its three-row Durango SUV in eight trims: SXT, SXT Plus, GT, GT Plus, R/T, Citadel, SRT 392, and SRT Hellcat.

Pricing starts around $32,000 with rear-wheel-drive, and standard features include automatic headlights, fog lamps, heated power mirrors, cloth upholstery, a split-folding second-row, keyless entry/ignition, tri-zone climate control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, cruise control, a six-speaker audio system, Bluetooth, a 5.0-inch infotainment touchscreen, and a USB port. Available features include Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, an 8.4-inch display, satellite radio, a household-style power outlet, a folding third-row, driver’s seat memory, a power driver’s seat, and rear parking sensors.

The luxurious Citadel trim retails for about $48,000. It comes with a full suite of driver safety features, including adaptive cruise control, lane-keep assist, automatic high beams, forward-collision warning, and automatic emergency braking. It also has a 10.1-inch touchscreen, TomTom navigation, wireless Apple CarPlay, wireless Android Auto, a heavy-duty trailer towing package, Nappa leather upholstery, heated/cooled front seats, heated second-row captain’s chairs, an Alpine premium audio system, a heated steering wheel, rain-sensing wipers, and a sunroof.

The approximately $45,500 R/T has a similar feature set, plus a more powerful engine and a sport-tuned suspension. Driving enthusiasts will appreciate the recently-added SRT 392 and SRT Hellcat trims, which retail around $63,000 and $81,000, respectively. These Durangos include high-performance engines, limited-slip differentials, standard all-wheel-drive, unique styling, and rear spoilers.

Most of the Durango lineup is powered by a 3.6-liter V6 that produces 293 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. It connects to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Rear-wheel-drive is standard, while all-wheel-drive is available for about $2,500 extra.

The EPA estimates fuel economy of 19/26/21 mpg city/highway/combined. It will tow 6,200 pounds. The R/T trim is where driving performance starts getting serious. Under the hood is a 5.7-liter V8 producing 360 horsepower and 390 pound-feet of torque.

The difference in power from the V6 is evident while driving, and the R/T has quick acceleration and is sporty to drive. It has steering wheel paddle shifters, should the need arise to change gears manually. Fuel economy takes a decent hit, at 14/22/17 mpg. This motor is also available in the luxurious Durango Citadel trim.

Next is the SRT 392’s 6.4-liter V8, a 392-cubic-inch Hemi motor making 475 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque. It’s estimated to accelerate to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds, completing the quarter-mile in 12.9 seconds. Both the SRT 392 and the SRT Hellcat have a best-in-class towing capacity of 8,700 pounds.

The SRT Hellcat features a supercharged 6.2-liter Hemi Hellcat V8 paired with a quick eight-speed automatic transmission. It produces 710 horsepower and 645 pound-feet of torque, making it the most powerful mainstream SUV ever built.

According to Dodge, it’ll accelerate from 0-60 miles per hour in 3.5 seconds and run the quarter-mile in 11.5 seconds — numbers comparable to a sports car in a three-row family SUV.

The Dodge Durango is an excellent choice for families needing extra seating space and towing strength and those who want a sports car’s speed in a large SUV. Its handsome styling and powerful available engines provide a rugged appeal, though car-like competitors have more standard driver safety aids and a better fuel economy. The SRT trim levels offer a larger towing capacity and more straight-line speed than any other three-row SUV. It’s not as modern as newer crossovers, but the Dodge Durango is a tough SUV with timeless style and powerful performance.

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