The new 2018 Dodge Durango is not a regular SUV, beyond doubt. The FCA’s iconic SUV is a beast on wheels and it is famous for its capability to tame rough roads and offer blistering performance without any hassle.
It is one of those rare large SUVs that can accommodate 7 persons with ease but has enough juice under the hood to satiate the speed mongers. The new model may not be the king in fuel efficacy but the performance and aggressive styling help the Durango earn its unique place in its segment.
2018 Dodge Durango – Aura of Masculinity
There is no denying the macho and on your face exterior styling of the 2018 Dodge Durango- it exudes an aura of masculinity all over. It is sold in few trims like SXT, GT, R/T, Citadel and the sporty SRT- which is clearly aimed at sheer performance lovers. It is definitely large SUV and has a commanding presence on roads. The brass Monkey appearance package can be also paired with some trims and it adds to the visual oomph for sure. The GT and R/T trims may be laden with Blacktop package. Citadel trim is eligible for Anodized Platinum package.
The special mention needs to be made about the 2018 Dodge Durango SRT trim which looks even more menacing and stylish than all other trims. It gets signature SRT hood with intakes to suck in cold air. It can be laden with special Laguna leather seats. However, seating capacity drops to 6 in this trim.
The cabin is roomy and FCA deserves applauds for making it quite utilitarian while keeping things lavish in top trims. The SUV gets a sleek sporty steering wheel with. GT trim gets leather- and suede-coated seats. Based on which trim you buy, 7 inches or larger infotainment display is included. Most trims get soft-touch surfaces in abundance though some cheap plastic parts still exist in the cabin. Space in front and 2nd rows is generous for tall adults.
However, it is still not as roomy as Ford Explorer and third-row space is not ideal for adults. Thankfully, the new 2018 Dodge Durango comes with 2 zones automatic climate control. There are enough cup holders, bins and cubbies to store small items. Gadget lovers will be happy with USB ports, an HDMI port, 12-volt power ports and also a Bluetooth support. Overall cargo capacity is good but still less than what 2018 Chevy Traverse offers.
Safety Tech Upgrades
The FCA has been focusing on making its entire lineup more appealing to safety-conscious buyers and the 2018 Dodge Durango gets safety tech upgrades to. It also gets a fair amount of amenities- though the amount varies from one trim to another. You get plenty of airbags, Rear parking sensors and backup camera in all trims. Optional safety features in the 2018 Dodge Durango include automated emergency braking and forward-collision warning for Citadel and R/T trims. GT trim gets blind-spot monitoring if buyers opt for Safety and Security package.
The updated UConnect infotainment setup is nice and you may opt for the larger 8.4-inch screen to control its features. The setup now supports Bluetooth and Smartphone integration. It is now sophisticated enough to rival Chevy MyLink infotainment- both in user friendliness and response fluidity. It also excels in handling voice commands. R/T trim gets a nice Beats audio system and it is optional on GT and Citadel trims. Citadel and R/T get Navigation and for GT trim it is optional.
Two Engine Variants
The 2018 Dodge Durango offers the choice of two engines. The 3.6-liter V-6 engine makes 293 HP and it is a solid performer. However, power mongers should go for the optional 5.7-liter V-8 unit that churns out a respectable 360 HP. The fuel economy is just average but it is not a priority for those who eye the Durango. The engines are paired with an eight-speed automatic gearbox. In towing capacity, the 2018 Durango outshines most segment rivals. However, the maximum rated towing capacity is 7400 pounds-which is pretty good. But for this, you need to go for the V8 engine. The cabin remains quiet and ride quality is pleasant.
The Durango SRT also has an impressive towing capacity of 8600 pounds. The SRT model gets a special HEMI 6.4-liter V-8 which makes 475 HP. This powerful engine reaches 60 mph from 0 in only 4.4 seconds. It gets 7 drive modes.
Launch Date and Cost of the 2018 Dodge Durango
The 2018 Dodge Durango will soon reach showrooms for sale. The base trim price may begin at $32,000. However, the SRT trim is pretty costly and default setup takes the price tag to a hefty $64,090.
Summing it up
The 2018 Dodge Durango is a stylish and Sporty SUV that offers enough punch to outshine most rivals. Its powerful engines, enough customization and packages make it a winner.