2018 Dodge Durango
The Dodge Durango has come a long way since its debut. King of SUVs, it looks as aggressive as a truck and can still fit five or seven passengers, consumers choice. Looking for family fun or hauling cargo? With the recently released 2018 Dodge Durango SRT, a new trim and engine has been added to the lineup, but it still isn’t too saturated with seven trims in total.
6.4L V8 SRT HEMI MDS
Avail. Engine Type
Available Towing Capacity
There are seven trims available to the 2018 Dodge Durango depending on its drivetrain. There are two available drivetrains, rear-wheel drive (RWD) and all-wheel drive (AWD), and the first six trims (Dodge Durango SXT, SXT Plus, GT, Citadel, R/T, and Citadel Anodized Platinum) are available with either drivetrain; the Dodge Durango SRT is only available with AWD. All Durango trims but the Durango R/T and Durango SRT come standard with a Pentastar 3.6-Liter V6 24-Valve engine with variable valve timing (VVT) and electronic start-stop (ESS). VVT is an engine technology that optimizes performance, and ESS is designed to conserve fuel by turning off the engine when idle. This engine generates 295 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque.
Standard on the 2018 Dodge Durango R/T, optional on the Citadel and Citadel Anodized Platinum trims, is a 5.7 liter V8 HEMI® engine with VVT and a multi-displacement system (MDS) to conserve fuel economy by deactivating four-of-the-eight cylinders when cruising at a steady speed. This engine delivers 360 horsepower and 390 lb-ft of torque. The 2018 Dodge Durango SRT is powered by the 6.4L V8 SRT HEMI engine with MDS, able to generate 475 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque, and accelerate from 0-60 mph in 3.9 seconds.
Driving and Handling
All 2018 Dodge Durango trims come standard with an 8-speed automatic transmission. All but the Durango SRT come with a steering wheel with Sport Mode for a more responsive driving experience. The fuel economy varies with each engine chosen. Trims that come standard with the 3.6-liter V6 get 18 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway. The Durango R/T as well as trims that are upgraded with the 5.7-liter V8 engine have a fuel economy of 14/22 mpg city/highway.
The standard towing capacity for the Dodge Durango is 3,500 pounds when powered by the V6 engine. The V8 engine more than doubles that, increasing the towing capacity to 7,200 pounds. The 2018 Dodge Durango SRT has a towing capacity of 8,700 pounds.
Across the lineup, standard features consist of automatic headlamps, LED tail lamps, an acoustic windshield, and heated exterior mirrors. High-tier features like exterior mirrors with memory and turn signals, and a power liftgate come on all trims following and including the 2018 Dodge Durango GT trim. Black roof rails and integrated roof rail crossbars come on select trims. The 2018 Dodge Durango rides on 18- or 20-inch wheels that come in various styles, and the exterior body paint can be chosen from one of up to nine colors.
As noted above, the 2018 Dodge Durango can seat five or seven passengers - it’s up to the consumer and whether the trim comes with third-row seating. Otherwise, the standard is a seating capacity of five passengers. Not bad, because with the second-row 60/40 split-fold seats, the Durango has a cargo capacity of 84.5 cubic feet. Standard features consist of cloth upholstery, triple-zone automatic climate control, and various cargo compartments.
High-tier features like heated front and second row seats are available on trims following the base trim (Durango SXT), and ventilated front seats are available on all of the trims following the Durango GT. Leather upholstery is available after the Durango SXT Plus trim, and buyers have the option to add a sunroof on select trims, starting with the Durango SXT Plus. Consumers have up to three color choices for the cabin and may add black seats to select trims.
The standard entertainment on the 2018 Dodge Durango is a 7-inch touchscreen display with next-generation Uconnect 4 and a 6-speaker sound system. The Dodge Durango trims following and including the Durango Citadel come with Uconnect 4C NAV on an 8.4-inch display. The Durango Citadel and Citadel Anodized Platinum trims come with a nine amplified speaker system with a subwoofer, and the Durango R/T and Durango SRT come with a Beats premium audio system, optional on the Durango Citadel trims.
Google Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and integrated Bluetooth with voice command are lineup standard features. A Blu-Ray compatible dual-screen video system, rear DVD entertainment center, and a rear seat video system are available on select trims. Great for family road trips to keep others entertained.
Safety Features and Warranty
Standard on the 2018 Dodge Durango are the following safety features: advanced multistage front airbags; supplemental front-seat mounted and side-curtain airbags in all rows; stability and traction control systems; remote proximity keyless entry; a ParkView rear backup camera; a Sentry Key theft deterrent system; an enhanced accident response system; and a LATCH ready child seat restraint system. Select trims have available advanced and automatic safety features such as a remote start system, an additional security alarm, a blind spot and cross path detection system, full-speed forward collision warning plus, lane departure warning plus, and ParkSense rear park assist with stop or ParkSense front and rear park assist with stop.
The 2018 Dodge Durango is covered by a 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty, a 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain, and roadside assistance for 5 years or 100,000 miles.