2018 Dodge Durango Review in Sandy, UT

Bold and Powerful: The Dodge Durango

If you have been struggling to find a powerful vehicle that has more than enough space for your family and their gear, but can also give you exciting performance down the highway, the Dodge Durango is your solution.

With three rows of seating for up to seven passengers, this crossover SUV does nothing to hide its past. Many of the newer Family SUVs have adopted a more refined look - away from the time that SUVs were on truck frames - but the Durango embraces the past and continues to feature a bulky and powerful design. While the Durango didn't adopt the look of competitors, it did switch to a more conventional frame for the third-generation (most recent) to allow for a more comfortable driving experience.


All of the Power That You Could Want

Dodge wants customers to remember that sports cars aren't the only ones that can have all of the fun. Some manufacturers would be perfectly fine offering the 3.6-liter V6 engine paired to an eight-speed automatic that makes 293 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque as one of their engine options, but Dodge made that the standard on their three most affordable models. While this is certainly enough power to move your passengers, their gear, and a pet or two, Dodge upped the ante further.

If you want to follow Dodge into the rabbit hole, you can opt for a 5.7-liter V8 engine that makes 360 horsepower and 390 lb-ft of torque and an array of performance features on the Durango R/T trim. Some of these features include upgraded steering, sport-tune suspension, performance hood design, LED foglights, and red accent stitching, but if you want the engine without the other goodies, you can choose it on the Citadel model.

If you followed this far into the rabbit hole, there is no going back, and Dodge thanks you for it with a 6.4-liter V8 engine that makes 475 horsepower with 470 lb-ft of torque on a Durango SRT. This engine helps you achieve a 4.4-second zero to sixty time and standard all-wheel drive (only seen as an option for the other trims), and a towing capacity of up to 8,600 pounds. If you think that you wouldn't know what to do with that power, don't even worry, Dodge will teach you with a driving lesson at the SRT Track Experience at Bondurant Racing School in Arizona when you choose this model.

An Interior that Puts a Focus on You

Dodge pays as much attention to you as it does with its engine options, providing the best for you to appreciate. All of the features are designed to help the passengers make the most of the passenger volume, even if it isn't the highest for the second and third rows. With an engine that puts out more horsepower than many other vehicles, it was important to make every seat as comfortable as possible.

Even features like the sport steering wheel with paddle shifters, available accent stitching on premium leather seat upholstery, and a large touchscreen infotainment system provide the styling and comfort that will help you take on any road that is ahead of you.  Your passengers will appreciate standard features like three-zone climate control, configurable rear seats, and other such features, while those of you who upgrade to a higher trim level can make sure of heated front- and second rows, a heated steering wheel ventilated front seats, and several power outlets that keep everyone connected with their devices.


A Variety of Interior Configurations

Continuing with the impressive nature of the Durango, it has an interior that can be customized to your needs. The standard setup calls for two front seats, a middle-row bench, and two rear seats, but that isn't the only setup. You can choose to have a six-seater option by replacing the middle-row with Captain's Chairs if you tend to travel with more adults than kids, or if you don't make use of all of the seats on a regular basis. You can go even further and exclude the third-row entirely on the Durango SXT for maximized cargo space and a five-passenger capacity.

The Durango doesn't ignore storage capacity for its customers, providing an overall storage volume that is near the top of its class. With every seat being used, you are getting 17 cubic feet for the cargo, with the back row down you get 48 cubic feet, and with all the seats down you can make use of 85 cubic feet of storage space with a convenient loading floor. That's even more impressive when you consider the Durango can fill up with anything that you need - gear, tools, passengers, pets - and still be equipped with an engine that has a zero-to-sixty time that's better than or on par with some Audi, Lexus, Porsche, and Mercedes models. 

Dodge Durango Safety Features

The Durango has seemed to miss the memo that said manufacturers were going to start including a variety of safety features as standard. Models like the GT and Citadel come with features like front and rear parking sensors and a rearview camera, but you'll need to include several packages to get all of the systems that other vehicles use.

The Technology Group Package comes with adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, a forward collision warning system with automatic braking, lane departure warning, and lane keeping assist to include all of the top camera-and-radar based technologies, while the Blind Spot Monitor is included in the Safety/Security and Convenience group package.


Wrapping it Up

With impressive engine options, a reconfigurable interior, and a bold design, the Durango is an impressive SUV. We would be ecstatic if it came with more standard safety features, but being able to stick by your identity gives the Durango some extra points - and going the extra steps further with some of the most powerful engines doesn't hurt either.

Overall, the Durango has the ability to be everything that you need, and we commend it for that.



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