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2021 Dodge Durango
Select a Different Model (14 Available): Citadel AWD
Fuel Economy $ 18 / 25 mpg
Cargo (Std/Max) 17/85 cu.ft.
Seating (Std/Max) 6/6
Horsepower 295@6,400
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2021 Dodge Durango MODEL OVERVIEW

Pros

  • Sporty handling
  • Rip-snorting V-8 engines
  • Intuitive infotainment

Cons

  • Middling cargo capacity
  • Limited active safety features
  • V-8 fuel economy

The Durango is Dodge's family SUV, offering seating for up to seven and competing with other three-row crossovers including the Honda Pilot and Kia Telluride as well as full-size options like the Chevrolet Tahoe. Dodge introduced the current-generation Durango for the 2011 model year, and it receives a visual update for 2021. A new nuclear engine option and the freshened design further establish the Durango as the muscle car of three-row SUVs.

What's New

  • 710-hp Durango SRT Hellcat
  • Revised front-end styling
  • Redesigned interior with available 10.1-inch touchscreen and UConnect 5 infotainment system

What We Think

Plenty of three-row SUVs get by with drab styling and little personality, but the Durango plays a different game. Just like its Challenger and Charger stablemates, the Durango is infused with an old-school muscle personality that permeates nearly every aspect of the driving experience.

There are obvious visual ties to Dodge's rear-drive sedan and coupe, and the relationship carries over to the driving experience. We wouldn't call the Durango legitimately sporty, but its four-corner independent suspension, satisfyingly weighted steering, and excellent brake feel offer a sense of connection absent from most of its competitors. If you opt for any of the three V-8 engine options, you'll be treated to a proper muscle car soundtrack and performance envelope, too.

The Durango offers plenty of passenger space in all three rows and its 8.0 and 10.1-inch infotainment systems are more intuitive than most. Some three-row SUVs offer more cargo capacity, but the Durango offers a different kind of utility. If towing is more your speed, nothing in the segment can tug a trailer as well as a Durango.

As a 10-year-old vehicle, it's no surprise there are more efficient, more spacious, more feature-laden SUVs than the Durango in this segment. That said, if personality, performance, and capability appeal to you, the Durango can be a great ride.

Performance and Fuel Economy

The Durango is offered with a variety of six- and eight-cylinder powertrain options, including a supercharged V-8 under the hood of the new SRT Hellcat model. All engines work with an eight-speed automatic. RWD is standard with optional AWD on most trims, but the SRT 392 and SRT Hellcat include standard AWD.

 

Engine: 3.6-liter V-6

Horsepower: 293-295 hp

Torque: 260 lb-ft

Acceleration (0-60 mph): 7.6 seconds

Fuel Economy (city/highway): 18-19/25-26 mpg

 

Engine: 5.7-liter V-8

Horsepower: 360 hp

Torque: 390 lb-ft

Acceleration (0-60 mph): 6.4 seconds

Fuel Economy (city/highway): 14/22 mpg

 

Engine: 6.4-liter V-8

Horsepower: 475 hp

Torque: 470 lb-ft

Acceleration (0-60 mph): 4.6 seconds

Fuel Economy (city/highway): 13/19 mpg

 

Engine: 6.2-liter supercharged V-8

Horsepower: 710 hp

Torque: 640 lb-ft

Acceleration (0-60 mph): 3.5 seconds*

Fuel Economy (city/highway): TBD

 

*Manufacturer estimate

The Latest Hellcat

Dodge has made a habit lately of stuffing its older models to the gills with screaming, forced induction horsepower. It started with the Challenger and Charger Hellcat for the 2015 model year and finally makes its way to the Durango for 2021.

With 710 hp and 640 lb-ft of torque, Dodge says it'll sprint to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds and clear the quarter-mile in 11.5 seconds. That would make it faster in the quarter than the $130K Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 S we just tested, and the Dodge will set you back around $50,000 less.

Safety

The Durango is not the safest offering among three-row SUVs. In IIHS safety testing, it earns a Marginal score in the small overlap front: driver-side crashworthiness test. New LED headlights added for 2021 should improve on the outgoing halogens' Marginal rating. Dodge's big three-row receives a four-star (out of five) overall safety rating from the NHTSA, with four-star frontal crash ratings and a three-star rollover score.

Dodge isn't as generous as other automakers when it comes to driver-assist active safety features, either. They're available—automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, lane departure warning—but all are part of a Technology package that is optional on most trims, standard on the luxury-spec Citadel, and not offered on the base Durango SXT.

Cargo Space and Interior Room

The entry-level Durango SXT seats five across two rows of seating, but an optional third row is included as standard on the GT and R/T expands capacity to seven. SRT and Citadel models replace the second-row bench with two captain's chairs and seat six.

Legroom is relatively accommodating in all three rows, with 40.3 inches up front, 38.6 inches in the second row, and 33.5 inches in the way back. Cargo volume behind the third row is mid-pack for the segment at 17.2 cubic feet. That number grows to 43.3 and 85.1 cubic feet with the third and second rows folded down.

Technology

Dodge is offering a new infotainment system on the Durango for 2021, although you'll have to step up to the Durango R/T V-8 to see it. The Durango SXT and GT trims still feature an 8.4-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Those higher trims include a 10.1-inch touch display with wireless smartphone mirroring, a configurable home screen, integrated navigation, and Amazon Alexa compatibility.

Likewise, SXT and GT models include six-speaker audio while R/T cars and above feature a nine-speaker Alpine system. Audiophiles can opt for the available 19-speaker Harman Kardon setup.

Key Competitors:

  • Kia Telluride
  • Chevrolet Tahoe
  • Honda Pilot

2021 DODGE DURANGO SPECIFICATIONS
OVERVIEW
FEATURES
WARRANTY/RECALL
SAFETY
REBATES
Engine Name
Engine: V6 3.6 Liter Pentastar
Transmission Name
Transmission, TorqueFlite® 8 Speed Automatic Mode Select with Manual Mode (850RE)
Trim
Citadel AWD
Class
Full-Size Utility
Horsepower
295@6,400
Standard MPG
18/25
Body Style
SUV/Crossover
Drivetrain
AWD
Fuel Type
Unleaded Regular
Seating Capacity
6/6
Package Invoice Retail
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Corrosion Warranty Miles
Unlimited
Maintenance Warranty Months
none
Corrosion Warranty Months
36
Powertrain Warranty Miles
60,000
Full Warranty Miles
36,000
Powertrain Warranty Months
60
Full Warranty Months
36
Roadside Assistance Miles
60,000
Maintenance Warranty Miles
N/R
Roadside Assistance Months
60
IIHS Best Pick
0
NHTSA Rating Front Driver
Not Rated
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
N/R
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
Not Rated
IIHS Front Small Overlap
N/R
NHTSA Rating Front Side
Not Rated
IIHS Overall Side Crash
N/R
NHTSA Rating Overall
Not Rated
IIHS Rear Crash
N/R
NHTSA Rating Rear Side
Not Rated
IIHS Roof Strength
N/R
NHTSA Rating Rollover
Not Rated
Amount Description Expiry Date
$0 0% Financing for a maximum term of 36 Months - FCA announces APR rates on select models. 02-01-2021
$0 1.9% Financing for a maximum term of 48 Months - FCA announces APR rates on select models. 02-01-2021
$0 2.9% Financing for a maximum term of 60 Months - FCA announces APR rates on select models. 02-01-2021
$0 4.9% Financing for a maximum term of 72 Months - FCA announces APR rates on select models. 02-01-2021
$500 FCA announces a Bonus Cash offer on select models for eligible Military personnel. 01-03-2022
$750 FCA announces a Bonus Cash offer on select models when financing or leasing through Chrysler Capital. 02-01-2021
$2950 FCA announces Customer Cash on select models. 02-01-2021
$500 FCA announces a Bonus Cash offer on select models. [Regional Incentive. See dealer for availability.] 02-01-2021
$500 FCA announces a Bonus Cash offer on select models to customers currently leasing an FCA vehicle. 02-01-2021
$750 FCA announces Lease Cash on select models. 02-01-2021