The Dodge Durango is one of the longest-serving designs on the market, having been on sale since 2011. In this case, the Durango brings to mind the phrase “survival of the fittest,” because Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has done a good job keeping this large-for-a-midsize SUV mostly up to date. The 2018 Dodge Durango offers Uconnect infotainment that’s a cinch to use, and a big, comfortable 7-passenger cabin that’s starting to show its age. Thanks in part to a 2014 model-year update, today’s three-row Durango still looks fresh enough, and a new-for-2018 fire-breathing SRT model adds a 475-horsepower, 6.4-liter V8 that delivers 60 mph in 4.4 seconds and 8,700 pounds of towing capacity.
Higher-volume models will continue to be powered by FCA’s well-regarded 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 or an optional 5.7-liter Hemi V8, both paired to an eight-speed automatic. A base rear-wheel drive Durango SXT starts at $29,995 plus delivery, while the power-drunk SRT asks $62,995 (all prices before options and delivery fees). A well-equipped mid-grade model can typically be had for around $40,000, and represents a good value — especially if you need to tow something.
Fiat Chrysler's Street and Racing Technology (SRT) performance division has a black belt in cramming a whole lot of power into everything it touches. You're no doubt familiar with its ridiculous creations like the 707-horsepower Dodge Challenger and Charger Hellcats, 797-horsepower Challenger Redeye and wheelie-popping, 840-horsepower Demon.
But SRT isn't just about fast coupes and sedans. While not quite as power-packed as those supercharged hellions, the 2019 Dodge Durango SRT 392 is an outrageous and entertaining creation in its own right -- especially when considering its sizable SUV footprint.
The outrageous package starts with a 6.4-liter Hemi V8, which churns out 475 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque under the hood of the Durango. No, it's not the supercharged Hellcat engine, but this naturally aspirated V8 still gets the 5,510-pound, all-wheel-drive Durango to 60 miles per hour in 4.4 seconds, and down the quarter-mile in a National Hot Rod Association-certified 12.9 seconds. Did I mention this thing can also tow 8,700 pounds?
The Good A powerful and ear-pleasing Hemi V8. Respectable handling for a heavy SUV. Generous passenger space in all three rows.
The Bad Poor fuel economy. Advanced safety tech doesn't come standard.
The Bottom Line The Dodge Durango SRT is the hot-rod of three-row SUVs.
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