The new 2018 Dodge Durango is a solid choice for those looking for agreeable road manners, larger-than-most road manners, a generous towing capacity, muscular styling and performance, easy-to-use tech interfaces, and a gutsy optional V8 engine. Its released date should be expected sometime in the middle of 2018.
It’s okay to say that three-row crossovers have become the preferred choice for most dads and moms everywhere. They come packed with features that keep kids distracted/happy, and just like the wood-trimmed station wagon and minivans before them, they offer plenty of interior space for your family. Throw in the old-fashioned American muscle, personality, and an ample amount of style, and you’ve got yourself a satisfying crossover.
It is more muscular in character than its three-row crossover competitors, and although the basic iteration being a bit blah, top-of-the-range models offer plenty of premium features and technologies that make them standout in the crowded segment. The Durango has a leg up on most competitors when it comes to interior quality and tech interfaces. Remember, this segment is primarily known for its unremarkable material quality, which says more about the segment itself.
The Uconnect 8.4 system offers large logical menus, virtual buttons, and helpful secondary physical controls. Whether tech averse or tech-savvy, you’ll certainly find them appealing. Under its hood, the Durango offers a potent V8 mill that not only smokes off both the Toyota Highlander and Honda Pilot, but also provides an impressive towing capacity.
Yet, while the new 2018 Dodge Durango affords a distinctive mix of personality and practicality, there are foibles that demean its overall desirability. They include the considerable weight which hampers maneuverability, handling, and acceleration. There is no option for an eight-passenger capacity. The fuel economy is mediocre, while its cabin is uninspiring.
The truth of the matter is the segment now boast of several fresher models such as the Toyota Highlander, Mazda CX-9, and the Honda Pilot. You’ll actually be hard-pressed to mention any upsides the Durango has over the named rivals, however, it is a better option if you’re looking for an alternative to bigger, heavier, and fuel-thrifty truck-based SUVs like the Ford Expedition and Chevrolet Tahoe. Either way, we recommend the Durango to dads and moms everywhere to at least consider it.
Dodge Durango – Offered Trims
Four trims – R/T, Limited, Citadel, and SXT – are offered for the three-row 2018 Dodge Durango SUV. The Hellcat, SRT, and SRT8 reviews are covered elsewhere on this blog.
Exterior Changes & 2018 Dodge Durango Interior Review
The Durango SXT offers the following standard technologies and features; keyless entry and ignition, cloth upholstery, cruise control, heated mirrors, a load-leveling rear suspension, a rearview auto-dimming mirror, a telescopic-and-tilt steering wheel, Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity, a third-row folding 50/50-split seat, automatic tri-zone climate control, adjustable driver settings, 18” alloy wheels, a 5” touchscreen interface, media player interface, cloth upholstery, a height-adjustable steering wheel, and a reclining and folding 60/40-split seat.
Options offered for the Durango SXT include satellite radio, an eight-way power driver seat, roof rails, a rearview camera, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, voice controls, a heated steering wheel, rear parking sensors, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and a sunroof.
The Durango Citadel offers chrome exterior trim, Beats audio system, a DVD/Blue-ray player, a nine-speaker sound system, a leather interior trim, a sunroof, and 20” wheels.
Stepping up to the Durango R/T gets you a rear entertainment system, Beats audio system, upgraded leather upholstery, performance steering, a lowered sport-tuned suspension system, and a sunroof.
2018 Dodge Durango Engine Specs
Inspiration for all the 2018 Dodge Durango models is offered by a standard 3.6L V6 engine, except the Durango R/T. power output stands at 290 hp and 260 lbs. ft. of torque. Zipping from 0-60 mph needs 7.8 seconds with the RWD V6 version.
Standard for the Durango R/T is the 5.7L V8 behemoth rated at 360 hp and 390 pounds-ft. of torque. EPA says the RWD option should be able to return 14/22/16 mpg in the city/highway/combined.
When fully loaded, expect a maximum towing capacity of about 7,400 lbs. Its top speed is currently unavailable as of this writing, but should be available months leading to its release date.
Wheelbase: 119.8 in
Length: 201.2 in
Width: 75.8 in
Passenger volume: N/A
Cargo volume: 17.2 ft³
Curb weight: 4756 lbs
Top Speed: 121 mph
0-60: 7.8 sec
MPG: 14/22 (city/highway)
Available Exterior Colors: Billet Silver Metallic Clear Coat, Bright White Clear Coat, Brilliant Black Crystal Pearl Coat, Granite Crystal Metallic Clear Coat, Ivory 3 Coat, Maximum Steel Metallic Clear Coat, Red Pearl Coat…
Towing Capacity: 7,400 lbs
2018 Dodge Durango Release date & Price
The Durango SUV price is expected to start from an MSRP of $30,495 for the base model. It should go for sale sometime in the middle of next year.
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