2018 Dodge Durango: A Friendly Brute

There are generally two types of SUVs—the family hauler and the beast. The beast offers the same cargo space and convenience of the family hauler, but it also gives drivers a little more excitement in terms of power, off-road capability, or towing power. The 2018 Dodge Durango definitely falls into the beast category.

The Durango offers powerful engine options and very strong towing capacity—up to 8,700 lbs.—making it a much brawnier vehicle than your average SUV. The beastly Durango does have a softer side, however, offering a very comfortable cabin and a user-friendly infotainment system. For 2018, Dodge added a new SRT high-performance trim to the Durango line, and also added Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a rearview camera as standard equipment for all Durangos.

Performance

2018 Dodge Durango

The new Durango offers Indiana auto buyers real power with a 3.6-liter V6, 5.7-liter HEMI V8, or a 6.4-liter HEMI V8 to choose from. The V6 offers plenty of power for urban and highway driving, but many drivers will appreciate the brute force strength offered by the more powerful HEMI engines. The 6.4-liter HEMI V8, offered only on the SRT trim, is the most powerful engine in the midsize SUV segment. The new SRT model can go from zero to 60 mph. in 4.4 seconds.

On the road, the Durango is pleasant to drive, as its large size helps keep it composed when making turns. All-wheel-drive is available as an option.

The base Durango can tow up to 6,2000 lbs., while the V8 model can handle up to 8,700 lbs.

Interior

The Durango is categorized as a mid-size SUV, but it is at the larger end of that category. The base model seats five, while upper trim levels come with a third-row bench.

The Durango’s cabin is spacious and comfy. The interior is attractive and has many soft-touch surfaces and attractive materials. Seats are comfortable and supportive, and heated and ventilated seats are available as an option.

The Durango’s Uconnect infotainment system is straightforward and easy to use, and it has both touchscreen and physical buttons.

Few other mid-size SUVs offer the cargo room available in the Durango. The Durango has 84.5 cubic feet of cargo space available when the rear rows of seats are folded. Owners can also fold down the front passenger seat, too, which comes in handy when you’re hauling extra-large objects.

Safety

The Durango earns a four-star overall rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration—a pretty good rating. Optional active safety features include forward collision warnings, blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, auto emergency braking, lane departure warning, and more.

Pricing

Dodge Durango

An entry-level Durango SXT will set you back about $29,995. A fully loaded Dodge Durango SRT costs $62,995. Automotive journalists report that the SXT is pretty good for most consumers, but buyers who want swankier features and a more powerful engine should opt for the Durango Citadel trim ($42,145) and above.

Community Chrysler is a Bloomington Dodge dealership with a wide selection of new and pre-owned Dodge and Chrysler vehicles, including the new 2018 Dodge Durango. Visit today and enjoy a great car-buying experience as our trained and knowledgeable staff will help you find the vehicle that meets your needs and your budget.

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2018 Dodge Durango: A Friendly Brute