The Durango is a sensible full-size three-row crossover which has been around for more than 7 years at this point. In the meantime, the car didn’t change all that much but it was updated every couple of years with new features in order to remain relevant. Despite that, it looks like a new model is going to be released quite soon. However, before discontinuing the current car, the FCA Group released a short while ago the new 2018 Dodge Durango. On top of a few minimal changes, the car also received an all-new trim level which actually features the SRT badge. This is the first time for the car to receive a high-performance model and so far things look quite impressive.
Review of 2018 Dodge Durango
Even though this may seem like a strange idea, the SRT actually makes quite a bit of sense on the current market.
It gives Dodge a fighting chance against some of their more powerful European rivals while also giving their customers what they want.
On top of that, the Durango has to be one of the more aggressive-looking crossovers on the market and the SRT takes that a step further which is always nice to see.
In order to look on par with the power it has to offer, the 2018 Dodge Durango SRT received quite a few upgrades both inside and out. On the exterior, it now features a brand new aerodynamic kit consisting out of a new front bumper with a considerably larger lower intake than before.
The upper grille now sports a split-design with the upper part being made out of metal while the lower part is a straight intake for the new engine.
The hood also features a power-bulge which includes a hood-scoop in order to help the engine cool slightly faster than otherwise. On the sides the Durango also received much deeper side-skirts while in the rear the car sports both a new roof-spoiler and a different bumper with twin-exhausts.
As standard all models come with 20 inch lightweight rims which may seem small. However, these were chosen for the small weight and the possibility of installing considerably wider tires than on the regular model.
As expected, the cabin of the 2018 Dodge Durango SRT is not all that different from the regular model. It still features either 6 or 7 seats, depending on what the customer wants, and there are still considerably more features than one would expect.
For starters, the 6 seats version gets its front and rear seats taken straight out of the Hellcat cars.
On top of that, the SRT also receives the same paddle-shifters on the steering wheel as Dodge’s high performance sedan.
The upholstery is unique to the SRT as well with Alcantara on the center of the seats and leather pretty much everywhere else.
Engine and Specs
Instead of a tiny 3.6 liter V6 or a larger 5.7 liter V8, the 2018 Dodge Durango SRT is being powered by an iron-block 6.4 liter naturally aspirated HEMI V8. Despite being considerably heavier than the regular V8, this engine also provides considerably more power.
Thanks to its displacement, it can easily provide 475 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque thus making the SRT Durango one of the fastest 7-seats crossovers currently on sale.
The engine is mated to an 8 speed automatic and the car can be had with either rear or all wheel drive. Both versions will hit 60 MPH in as little as 4.7 seconds and both of them are limited to 155 MPH which is quite impressive.
Due to the added weight, the car also features a different running gear with new shocks and far bigger brakes than the regular model which should easily stop the 5,500 pounds SRT.
2018 Dodge Durango Release and Price
Unfortunately, even though the model has just been released, it looks like it will only be kept on the market for roughly a year before the car will be completely replaced with a new version.
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A rather interesting aspect about the new SRT Durango is the price. The car starts at over $64,000 while some models are reaching $75,000 with ease.
This makes it one of Dodge’s more expensive cars but even so, it offers a better value for money than many of its similarly powerful rivals.