R/T stands for “Road & Track” and is the badge given to performance vehicles. So what, we ask, is R/T doing on the Dodge Durango? It’s not a muscle car, it’s not a sedan. It may be a bit of a crossover, but primarily it’s an SUV. So what is up with slapping an R/T trim onto the lineup? Let’s find out.
Unlike the four other Durango models, the Durango R/T is powered by a powerful 5.7-liter V8 HEMI MDS VVT engine that is paired to an 8-speed automatic transmission. MDS and VVT are both designs integrated into engines today to improve the performance of the engine, thereby enhancing the performance of the vehicle.
The 5.7-liter engine delivers 360-hp and 390 lb-ft of torque, and helps the Durango R/T achieve its best-in-class maximum towing capacity of 7,400 pounds. The Durango R/T comes standard with 8-speed automatic transmission.
Riding on upgraded 20-inch aluminum wheels that are fitted with all-season tires, the Durango R/T’s exterior is athletic and strong. The Durango R/T also has automatic headlamps, heated exterior mirrors, and rain sensitive windshield wipers. Plus, the Durango R/T is equipped with a dual-rear exhaust, which definitely adds some character.
The Durango has seven passenger seating, so it is a spacious ride, and the inside of the Durango R/T is one of luxury. Lux leather trimmed seats, heated front and second row seats, ventilated front seats, and power 8-way driver seat with memory is definitely nice. The passenger seat is the same, but without memory for seating preference. For storage, there are many compartments and accessories such as cargo tie down loops, a cargo net, and of course a 60/40 fold and tumble second row seat for the larger items.
All the new technology is in the Durango R/T, from Uconnect 8.4 Navigation to safety features that make driving a little safer. While on the road, listen to the Beats premium audio system and control nearly everything through Uconnect on an 8.4-inch touchscreen display.
To keep drivers focused on the road, a voice command system with Bluetooth has been integrated into the media hub, and audio controls have been installed into the steering wheel. Passenger entertainment like rear seatback video systems are optional.
All the basics can be found in the Dodge Durango, such as advanced multistage front airbags, supplemental side-curtain airbags, sentry key theft deterrent, hill start assist, and keyless go, but the Durango R/T has a couple extra features. The Durango R/T is also equipped with an enhanced accident response system, ParkSense rear park assist with stop and rear back-up camera, and a remote keyless start system. Other safety systems like blind spot and cross path detection are optional add-ons.
Price and Warranty
The 2016 Dodge Durango R/T is covered under Dodge’s standard warranties: a 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty, a 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty, roadside assistance for 5 years or 100,000 miles, and rust-through coverage for 5 years/100,000 miles. Starting MSRP is $41,995.