Spring is here, Summer is already barreling down on us with that South Florida heat, and those of you who are still in school, classes are coming to an end soon enough. Once school’s out for summer, that means it’s time for a family vacation, and what better way than to take a long trip for some sight-seeing and making new memories? Even better, why leave home when you can take a piece of it with you by ditching the airfare and taking a road trip to the next vacation spot? With SUVs and Crossovers like the 2018 Dodge Durango, there’s plenty of space, power, and entertainment.
Not just for cargo, the 2018 Dodge Durango can seat up to five or seven passengers. Coming standard with a second-row 60/40 split bench seat, smaller families can can fit a lot of cargo in the back of the vehicle and not feel crowded. If looking for a little more comfort, triple-zone automatic a/c control comes standard and leather upholstery options begin with the Dodge Durango GT trim. When it comes to carrying more cargo, that 60/40 split-bench comes in handy when space is only needed for two passengers, because when the second-row seat is folded down there is 84.5 cubic-feet of space for cargo.
Is this a bigger family expedition? By opting in for the third-row seating group (only possible for the SXT and SXT Plus trims), the 2018 Dodge Durango can seat seven people. If the family is still small and you just have kids who require a little more personal space when sitting next to each other for long periods of time, consumers can opt-in for second-row captain chairs instead of a bench seat on all 2018 Dodge Durango trims except the base (SXT). Changing to captain chairs will limit the seating capacity to four in all trims where the option is possible though, so keep that in mind too.
Taking the Home With You
Is this road trip more like a home-away-from-home type of thing? Perhaps the family has a nice recreational vehicle (RV) that they like to take out from time-to-time. Or perhaps the destination is one near a lake and the family will be spending most of their time out on the water after finding a nearby hotel or setting up camp. There’s no need to worry about towing power when it comes to the Dodge Durango SUV.
Able to be powered by a 5.7-liter V8 HEMI engine with variable valve timing (VVT) technology and a multi-displacement system (MDS), the Dodge Durango can deliver the biggest bang for its buck in the Citadel, R/T, and Citadel Anodized Platinum trims. Not only has the V8 HEMI engine been optimized to make the best use of its potential output, currently sitting at 360 horsepower and 390 lb-ft of torque, but when properly equipped, the above trims will gain a maximum towing capacity of 7,400 pounds – enough for a small-to-medium sized boat and a trailer. Hop on an all-wheel drivetrain to make the Dodge Durango SRT available, and that’s a total of 8,700 pounds of cargo one can tow to their nearest vacation spot.
Is there no camp ground in sight? Will the trip to the hotel take a little longer than expected, or the drive there feels longer than it should? The 2018 Dodge Durango also comes with all sorts of entertainment to keep everyone busy and amused for the trip. First and foremost, we have got keep the driver happy, and that comes in the form of a standard six-speaker system (with the option to upgrade to a Beats Premium audio system), able to replaced by an amplified nine-speaker system on select trims, and next-generation Uconnect 4 on a 7-inch touchscreen. Upgrade to Uconnect 4C with navigation for a mirrored touchscreen of your smartphone touchscreen, or simply enjoy the ease-of-use via Google Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
When it comes to rear seat passengers, they’re easy to spoil. 2018 Dodge Durango consumers have the chance to install a Blu-Ray compatible dual screen video system, a rear DVD entertainment system, or a rear seat video system to play movies for long trips. Keep antsy kids amused the whole way.