2018 Dodge Durango
With its choice of three available engine types, it’s easy to find a 2018 Dodge Durango that offers the powerful performance you need – no matter if you’re simply trying to be first in the carpool lane or if you’re towing and hauling large loads. The base model engine is a 3.6-liter V6 coupled with an automatic transmission that gets up to 293 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. If you’re looking for an engine that offers a little more power, check out the 5.7-liter HEMI V8 that gets a truly impressive 360 horsepower and 390 pound-feet of torque. Or, if you’re really looking for a true performance vehicle, choose the brand-new in 2018 ultra-powerful 6.4-liter V8 engine option. You’ll be cruising from 0-60 miles per hour in under 4.5 seconds thanks to the 475 horses flying out from under the hood and you’ll also be maxing out your torque with up to 470 pound-feet. Of course, to get the larger V8, you’ll have to settle for the performance-tuned SRT trim, but if you’re looking for best-in-class power, you wouldn’t want to choose any other vehicle or trim.
All of that peak power does come at a cost, although the 2018 Dodge Durango certainly does offer reasonable gas mileage. The base V6 engine gets an estimated 19 miles per gallon in the city and 26 mpg on the highway, while the stronger 5.7-liter V8 gets 14 mpg in the city and 22 mpg on the highway. Of course, you’ll give up even more fuel economy if you choose the 6.4-liter V8 with it’s estimated fuel economy of 13 mpg in the city and 19 mpg on the highway, but if the pursuit of speed is important to you, sacrificing a bit of fuel efficiency along the way shouldn’t dissuade you from choosing one of the most powerful and high-performing engines to be found in the midsized SUV class.
Perhaps it’s not speed that you are after in your 2018 Dodge Durango, perhaps it’s towing and hauling power – and if that’s the case, you certainly won’t be let down in your Durango. The base model V6 engine can easily handle towing up to 6,200 pounds, which is some of the best towing capacity in the midsize SUV class. The 5.7-liter HEMI V8 will max out your towing ability at 7,400 pounds, while if you choose to splurge on the top-of-the-line V8 engine, you’ll max your towing capacity out at 8,700 pounds – which puts you right on par with the towing capacities of some of the largest, truck-frame SUVs.
If there is one stand-out feature to the 2018 Dodge Durango (and, in fact, there are many), it would have to be the extremely generous cargo hold. It may be part of the midsized SUV class, but there is nothing midsized about the 17.2 cubic feet that you’ll find behind the third-row seats or the 47.7 cubic feet behind the second row. If you really need to maximize your cargo capacity, simply collapse the third and the second rows and you’ll be able to fit just about anything in the 84.5 cubic feet behind the front seats. No matter if you’re moving furniture, doing a massive grocery store trip or heading to the airport, when you’re driving the 2018 Dodge Durango, nothing stands in the way of bringing your belongings with you.
Most buyers will find the 2018 Dodge Durango most compelling for its ability to comfortably seat up to seven passengers, thanks to an available third-row bench. However, extra seating isn’t the only thing this midsized SUV has going for it when it comes to offering a sweet ride. Available in five unique trim types, the 2018 Dodge Durango certainly has something to offer everyone.
Take for example the base model 2018 Dodge Durango SXT. With its starting MSRP of $29,995, the SXT offers drivers high-quality features such as Bluetooth, a push-button start, a rearview camera, a seven-inch touchscreen display, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a USB port, a six-speaker sound system and automatic climate control. Even at its most basic level, the 2018 Dodge Durango is certainly a well-appointed ride.
Of course, that’s not to say that you can’t keep adding in the amenities. Simply move up the trim levels from the SXT to the GT, to the Citadel, to the R/T and finally land at the SRT if you want to experience true luxury in your SUV. Or, opt for the SRT and you’ll enjoy seriously sporty features such as performance-tuned steering, electronically controlled limited-slip differential, an adaptive suspension and you’ll even have the option to attend the SRT Track Experience driving school to really cut loose and explore the peak performance of your 2018 Dodge Durango.
It’s also important for shoppers to keep in mind that while all of the 2018 Dodge Durango trims levels are fabulous in their own right, they can always be improved on. Dodge offers many packages to allow you to customize your SUV for your needs and wants, no matter if that includes adding the third-row bench for $995, or a bundled package, such as the Technology Group, which will add automatic emergency braking, rear cross traffic alert, rain-sensing wipers, forward collision warning and adaptive cruise control to your 2018 Dodge Durango for $2,595. Or, you could always choose to keep the kids happy (and save your sanity on long trips) by installing Blu-ray dual screens in your SUV for $1,995. The options are limitless – all you have to decide is what features matters most to you and your budget.