4 Reasons To Love The 2018 Dodge Durango SRT

 

The new Dodge sells two kinds of vehicle: family SUVs and muscle cars. The Durango SRT, however, is a three-row midsize SUV that combines both branches of Dodge design into a single high-capacity, high-performance package. It's not often you see both in a single vehicle, especially outside the luxury market, but with the Durango SRT, that's exactly what you get. With all of its features, there's a lot about this SUV to love.

The Power

Hiding under the hood of the 2018 Durango SRT is a massive 6.4-liter HEMI engine with eight cylinders. Rev it high enough and it produces 475 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque, going from zero to sixty in just 4.4 seconds. For a three-row crossover, that number is insanely fast, and even though the Durango isn't nearly as big as a full-size truck-based SUV, it still touts a 8,700-pound towing limit. Seven standard driving modes help you harness the Durango's power.

The Space

Buying a Challenger or Charger can give you a fun ride, but trunk space tends to be limited even on full-size sedans. The Durango isn't lacking in cargo space, either. Like the regular trim, the Durango SRT can hold up to 84.5 cubic feet of cargo once you fold the third and second rows down, and the wide liftgate and tall roof give you some impressive dimensions so you can make full use of the cargo area.

The Interior

The front row seats are specially made for the Durango SRT trim, with leather upholstery, thick side bolsters for high-G turns, and the SRT logo embossed on each seat. The trim also includes a high-performance steering wheel complete with buttons to control the audio system and cruise control, and it has a pair of paddle shifters that give the driver manual control over the specially calibrated eight-speed automatic transmission. Then there are the premium features held over from the regular Durango trims, like a beautiful 8.4-inch touch screen and a Beats audio system.

The Safety

The safety features can't be beat in both the SRT and regular Durango trims. Among them are seven air bags, including a driver's-side knee bag, and a front and rear parking sensor that automatically stops the Durango when you're about to hit something. Available driver assistance features include a blind spot and rear cross-traffic detection system, the Full-Speed Forward Collision Plus system, and the Lane Departure Warning Plus system that pushes you back to the center of your lane if you start to drift, which is especially useful if you often drive at night.

With the 2018 Durango SRT, Dodge marries its high-performance branch to its people-mover designs and creates something truly unique. With plenty of room to move passengers, cargo, or any combination of the two, the Durango makes an excellent family vehicle, but with a V8 under the hood and 475 horsepower always at the ready for when it's time to cut loose, this crossover does not disappoint.

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