Although the Dodge Durango is classified as a midsize SUV, the designers really make it larger to fill the gap between midsize and full-sized SUVs. This makes the Durango often just right for people who need more interior space and towing capability than typical midsize SUV can provide, without the bulk and parking struggles of a full-size SUV.
For 2018, the Dodge Durango offers a new SRT trim that carries the 475-horsepower V8 engine. Other Durango trims get a new sporty hood designed to maximize airflow and engine cooling. A rearview camera, a 7-inch touchscreen interface, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay now come standard on every model.
The 2018 Dodge Durango is a three-row crossover SUV that sold in five trim levels: SXT, GT, Citadel, R/T and SRT. Seven-passenger is standard, while second-row captain’s chairs (reducing capacity to six) are optional. If your priority is a cargo, you can pick the base SXT which only offers two rows seats.
Except for the R/T and SRT, every 2018 Dodge Durango is backed by a 3.6-liter V6 engine that generates 290 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. On the Citadel or the Blacktop package it produces 295 hp. An eight-speed automatic and rear-wheel drive are standard, while all-wheel drive available as an option. Also standard is an automatic stop-start system that shuts down the engine when the car stops in order to save fuel.
In track testing, the 2018 Dodge Durango V6 RWD accelerates to 60 mph in 7.8 seconds, while the V6 AWD did it in 8.1 seconds. An acceptable time but well off the pace of the segment’s best. EPA estimated fuel economy stand at 21 mpg combined (19 city/26 highway) with rear-wheel drive and 21 mpg combined (18 city/25 highway) with AWD.
Properly equipped, the 2018 Dodge Durango V6 can tow 6,200 pounds, which is more than most competitors.
Standard on the 2018 Dodge Durango R/T and optional on the Citadel is a 5.7-liter V8 engine good for 360 horsepower and 390 lb-ft of torque. It also paired with eight-speed automatic and rear-wheel drive, while its optional all-wheel-drive system includes a low-range transfer case for improved off-road performance.
In track testing, the 2018 Dodge Durango R/T with AWD hit 60 mph in 6.2 seconds. EPA fuel economy stands at 17 mpg combined (14 city/22 highway) for both rear and all-wheel drive.
The 2018 Dodge Durango V8 maximum towing capacity is up to 7,400 pounds, a superior figure that bettered only by truck-based SUVs.