Dodge, the bad-boy make of Fiat Chrysler, houses some of the most tire-roasting, sideways-driving muscle automobiles in the motor vehicle kingdom. An SUV with seats for seven doesn’t sound as if it might fit into that lineup, but the 2018 Dodge Durango easily makes its place alongside the Charger sedan and the Challenger coupe with an available Hemi V-8 and standard rear-wheel drive. Sure, there are usually more functional crossovers available, plus more fuel-efficient ones, too, however the trade-offs are small. The Durango’s towing capacity easily bests its competitors in this course, and seated atop its contoured dashboard is the most intuitive infotainment system around. A rear-seat entertainment system is also open to keep carefully the kiddos entertained when you bomb the trunk roads. When it comes to SUVs, the Durango supplies the most swagger and allure in this humdrum section, and that’s why we’ve named it to your Editors’ Choice list multiple times.
The Durango gets an extra medication dosage of attitude–as if it needed more–thanks for some parts sharing with the high-performance Durango SRT (analyzed separately). R/T models mirror the extensive, mean-looking SRT by borrowing its flared fenders, front side bumper, deep-set grille, and ventilated hood, plus two of the SRT’s signature colors: B5 Blue and In Violet Metallic. GT trims equipped with the Blacktop or Brass Monkey appearance deals also get the scoop-tastic hood. Inside, all models have a sport steering wheel with paddle shifters and a fresh gearshift lever.
2018 Dodge Durango Specs
The “2018 Dodge Durango” is exclusive in this section as really the only SUV that is dependant on a rear-wheel-drive platform and that provides an optional V-8 engine. Most competitors derive from front-wheel-drive setups with either four-cylinder or V-6 powertrains. With either the standard 293-horsepower 3.6-liter V-6 or the optional 360-horsepower 5.7-liter V-8, the Durango is a gutsy rig with a great deal of dynamism for towing and merging into traffic.
We tested both V-6 and V-8 engines with the typical eight-speed programmed and optional all-wheel drive. The Durango with the V-6been able a 7.4-second zero-to-60-mph run. However, the GMC Acadiawe tested, with that model’s optional 310-horsepower 3.6-liter V-6, supervised a swift 6.3-second run, and the Ford Explorer Platinum, using its standard 365-horsepower twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V-6, sprinted to a straight fleeter 5.8-second end result. Neither of these crossovers’ V-6 machines acoustics as racy as the Durango’s V-8; however, its raspy exhaust notice growls even during half-throttle applications.
Sadly, to be able to receive the Durango’s maximum towing capacity of 7400 pounds, you must spec the thirstier V-8 engine motor and rear-wheel drive, because V-6 and all-wheel-drive models earn a lesser 6200-pound rating.
2018 Dodge Durango Exterior
Its blocky, square-jawed front-end styling provides 2018 Dodge Durango an imposing appearance. A long hood and swept-back windshield add to its muscle-car-inspired look, as do the subtle bulges in the body around the steering wheel wells and the ridged figure line jogging midway through the doors.
Wide glass windows and square-shaped side-view mirrors reduce blind locations. What Dodge calling “racetrack” taillights stress the Durango’s rear end, with bright LEDs that stretch out from one side to the other. Back-up lighting and red reflectors are inset between your light pieces. The Durango’s large, heavy liftgate may be difficult for shorter visitors to reach to close it, but a electricity liftgate is optional on GT models and standard on top-level R/Ts.
Dodge offers a amount of styling deals to personalize the Durango’s appearance. The Blacktop package, on GT and R/T trims, gives gloss-black 20-in . aluminum wheels and a number of gloss-black trim pieces, like the grille. The Brass Monkey offer features burnished bronze-colored tires and accents. The new Anodized Platinum bundle is available entirely on the Citadel trim and augments the surface and interior with platinum chromium and anodized gunmetal cut.
2018 Dodge Durango Interior
A fresh sport tyre with paddle shifters is standard across the lineup for 2018, as is a new gearshift lever that replaces last year’s rotary-knob controller. Choose the GT trim and you’ll be treated to leather- and suede-covered bucket car seats.
From the driver’s couch, the commanding view of the street ahead is fantastic, although extensive A-pillars and the second-row headrests create a couple of blind spots. Large side windows and square-shaped side-view mirrors help alleviate potential visibility issues.
The 2018 Dodge Durango offers 152 degrees of forward presence and 114 certifications to the trunk. The Toyota Highlander and the GMC Acadia both offer more ahead presence at 158 and 156 diplomas, and the Highlander has a whopping 128 diplomas rearward. Depending on your height, you may find one of the rivals much easier to see out of, but the Durango is competitive in this metric if nearly near the top of its class.
2018 Dodge Durango Prices
If it were our money, we’d opt for the SXT Plus lean level. At a starting price of $33,290, it provides as standard a vitality driver’s chair, a leather-wrapped tyre, and a 5.0-inches touchscreen infotainment system. Rather than investing in upgrades under the hood, we’d select the second-row captain’s chairs ($995) and the Popular Equipment package ($1250), which brings:
- Bluetooth sound streaming
- Heated front seating and steering wheel
- Rear auto parking sensors
- Backup camera
- Auto-dimming rearview mirror
At $35,535, our rear-wheel-drive 2018 Dodge Durango (all-wheel drive is designed for an extra $2600) has plenty of modern features and lots of attitude. But obtain it while you can: the SXT Plus trim level is discontinued for 2018.