2018 Dodge Durango SRT – Automotive Review
This is one beautiful SUV, where everything is functional and highly refined. With the wide rectangular front grill and LED headlamps, and the full-width tail lamp, the classic Dodge Detroit muscle car styling can be found everywhere on the Durango. The SRT takes this styling even further with large 15” red Brembo performance brakes, 20” gloss black rims on Pirelli 295/45ZR20 Scorpion Verde’s, and a widebody exterior with a hood featuring a functional cold-air duct and heat extractors.
“This is what you get when you take everything great about the Durango and combine it with the performance of the Charger SRT: a 12-second quarter mile, 8,700-pound-toy hauling, three-row muscle car.”
-Tim Kuniskis, Head of Passenger Cars Brands, Dodge, SRT, Chrysler and FIAT – FCA N.A.
The SRT badge is positioned as the ultimate in performance of the Dodge brand, and the SRT Durango lives up to the expectations. Featuring the time-tested and well received, 6.4L 392-cubic-inch HEMI V-8, delivering in this situation 475 horsepower with 470 lb.-ft. of torque and an impressive NHRA certified 4.4-second 0-60 mph time. Possible when combined with technology like the TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission, and track Mode providing 160-millisecond shifts and up to 70 percent of engine torque to the rear wheels for the most pronounced rear-wheel-drive experience. Even the exhaust is tuned to offer an unmistakably deep, high-performance Dodge SRT exhaust note modeled after the Dodge Charger SRT. While to make things more rational there is the Fuel Saver Technology with cylinder-deactivation seamlessly alternates between smooth, high-fuel-economy four-cylinder mode and the track inspired V-8 when demanded.
The impressive styling and quality are continued on throughout the interior, with Durango SRT featuring heated and ventilated second-row captain’s chairs for six-passenger seating. Large families will find the captain’s chairs with pass through especially helpful as multiple car seats can be latched into each of the second-row seats, and there’s still easy pass-through for passengers to access the third row. Keeping the minions entertained and quiet is easy with the class-exclusive Blu-ray video rear entertainment system. On the back of front headrest is an HD 9” screen. With the provided inputs for HDMI or RCA, passengers can watch their media or play their gaming systems independently on each screen. Parents will be extra thankful of the included wireless headphones and remote. The specific SRT styling can be found in the interior via the carbon fiber trim, the flat-bottom performance steering wheel with paddle shifters, premium SRT embroidered velour-bound floor mats, and suede-wrapped headliner and A-pillars.
Of course, while the Durango is styled like a muscle car this machine still has all the safety and tech that consumers require these days for peace of mind while transporting their families around safely and conveniently. With things like lane departure, parking assist, and stability control you know that there is support and systems in place that will help you while you undertake the critical role of a taxi driver for your passengers. In total there are over 60 available safety and security features that combined with Dodge’s 3 and 5-year warranty and 24hr roadside assistant will provide you with the peace of mind you deserve.
- Dodge Durango SRT starting at $68,845 CND
- 6.4L 392-cubic-inch HEMI V-8
- 475 horsepower with 470 lb.-ft. of torque
- 12.2L/100Km Hwy, 18.3L/100Km City, 15.6L/100Km Combined
- 7-inch full-colour customizable in-cluster display centre
- 8.4-inch touchscreen Uconnect® 4C NAV multimedia centre
- Apple CarPlay, Android Auto
- 506 Watt Beats audio system
- 3 Year / 60,000km Basic Warranty
- 5 Year / 100,000km Powertrain Limited Warranty