Review: 2018 Dodge Durango

Review: 2018 Dodge Durango

Boston area drivers who are shopping for a new SUV that can comfortably take the whole family around New England’s natural wonders, from the mountains to the Cape, without a hitch may want to look to Dodge first.

The 2018 Dodge Durango comes in a wide array of trims with powerful engine options and your choice of interior, from luxe and family-oriented to professional and durable. So whether you need it for work or play, check out our full review:

Performance

The 2018 Durango comes in five trims: SXT, GT, R/T, Citadel, and the all-new SRT. The base powertrain is a 3.6-liter V6 engine with either single or dual exhaust, churning out up to 295 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. The base model is standard with rear-wheel drive and optional with all-wheel drive.

The next level up is a 5.7-liter V8 engine that makes 360 horsepower and 390 lb-ft of torque, with standard AWD and a towing capacity of 7,400 pounds. The new SRT model has a 6.4-liter HEMI V8 engine that makes 475 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque, with an 8,600-pound towing capacity – the best in its class. All engines are mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission.

Interior

The Durango features three rows of seating for up to eight passengers, so talk to your McGovern rep about your needs for seating to find the perfect trim and configuration for you. You can opt for either a second-row bench that seats three or captain’s chairs that seat two, as well as a 50/50 folding third-row bench. The 2018 Durango comes standard with a 7-inch Thin Film Transistor Reconfigurable Digital Gauge Cluster, air conditioning, and a Memory System for radio settings, driver’s seat position, mirrors, and steering wheel.

The Popular Equipment Group adds an auto-dimming rearview mirror, heated front seats, Bluetooth Streaming Audio, Uconnect 8.4 infotainment system, ParkView Rear Back-Up Camera, and ParkSense Rear Park Assist.

Features

For your entertainment and convenience, the Durango comes equipped with standard Uconnect 5.0 infotainment system, 6-speaker audio system, and two 12-volt outlets. You can also opt for Sirius XM Satellite Radio, Traffic, and Travel Link, as well as Alpine or BeatsAudio premium sound systems, and navigation. The Premium Group adds a Navigation system, power liftgate, black roof rails, power sunroof, and BeatsAudio Premium Sound System.

Additionally, you can opt for the Blu-ray/DVD Rear Entertainment System, which includes dual seatback-mounted screens and ports for video games and mobile devices.

Safety

The Durango features standard Active Head Restraints, Electronic Stability Control, Hill Start Assist, Keyless Enter ‘N Go, and Rain Brake Support. The Dodge SUV also comes available with Blind Spot Monitoring System, Rear Cross-Path Detection, Forward Collision Warning with Active Braking, LaneSense Lane Departure Warning, parking assistance, and a rearview camera. 

Pricing

Starting at $41,020 MSRP

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