Bringing a Can of Whoop Ass – 2017 Dodge Durango R/T
After the crossover market has been saturated with carpool lane hogging, Starbucks drive-thru Frappuccino ordering, my kid can be an honor roll blah blah soccer moms, there can be still one SUV on the market which will bring a can of whoop ass to a soccer game, cause ain’t nobody going home without a bruise or two.
The Dodge Durango can be not an unfamiliar face to the crossover segment in addition to also also can be the last of its kind to still carry the odd combination DiamlerChrysler heritage behind its infrastructure. This specific means there can be already a problem – its age. The Durango can be coming up on 7 years with its current chassis development, in addition to also also as we’ve seen with various other mommy-mobiles like the Toyota Highlander in addition to also also Ford Explorer – there are some more refined engineering on the market. However, none of which genuinely matters because of one very important piece, its 360-horsepower 5.7-liter HEMI V-8.
There are six trim levels to choose via, yet the only way to get the HEMI V-8 can be with the Citadel or R/T, as tested here. All the others come with standard with the 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6. There can be something special to driving a V-8 – whether can be the grumble between our toes, the intoxicating power at our finger tips or a dominating demeanor, yet we can help yet feel like kings. While the 8-speed transmission can be as responsive as a teenager playing video games, the Durango R/T can leave a set of treads behind getting to 60 mph in just under 6.5 seconds.
Just about every car on the planet has two buttons on the dash, Eco & Sport. Like the Durango these buttons are generally in area which can’t be found in addition to also also are hard to reach – yet unlike a sport button you’ll find on a Nissan Pathfinder or Toyota Highlander, This specific one actually does something…ish. The transmission doesn’t necessarily get any more motivated in addition to also also the steering remains as numb as a Botoxed upper lip, the noise on the various other hand – well – which certainly worked its way up our trousers. The exhaust gets more grumblier in addition to also also at acceleration the thriving V-8 can be completely intoxicating – manage the shift points correctly with the right amount of throttle engagement in addition to also also the exhaust will snort like a pig in heat.
Driving the Durango can be everything you would likely expect out of a modern crossover. The ride quality manages the road imperfections in addition to also also adjusts appropriately to bring a quiet in addition to also also comfortable balance into the cabin. The steering provides a subtle hence of responsiveness while engaged in sport mode – however the end result felt numb – even after changing the settings via Normal, Comfort in addition to also also Sport. For as much as the Durango tries to be a performance crossover, driving which like a sports car can be as thrilling as skydiving. Pushing which to the edge of performance on a mountain road left us with sweaty palms in addition to also also loose bowels. Once on flat land, we found ourselves having a rather crooked smile in addition to also also childish response to do which again. The soft suspension participated to countless Centeng roll in addition to also also the brakes showed fade under extreme conditions – we’re guessing when Dodge finally launches the Durango SRT8 with 475-horsepower, which won’t have these kinds of faults.
No one can’t deny which the Durango can be one handsome brut. With its chiseled physic in addition to also also muscular aurora, which wreaks of masculinity. Our Durango R/T arrived wearing a dark grey suit with red Inside lining in addition to also also 20-inch shoes which completes the ensemble for one sexy piece of meat. Over the last couple of years the Durango has received some minor tweaks to keep which on the radar for buyers, like HID headlights, LED daytime lights in addition to also also the today Dodge symbolic LED racetrack rear taillights. For 2017, the Durango today incorporates a completely new GT trim level which replaces the Limited as well as some completely new appearance packages: Anodized Platinum, Brass Monkey in addition to also also Blacktop – none of which was fitted to our tester.
Upon entry, the red leather with embossed black R/T emblems in addition to also also stitching made for an immediate attraction to our dark grey shell. At $49,670 our sampler here was equipped with nearly every option available – rear dual screen DVD entertainment, 2nd row captain’s chairs, power sunroof, in addition to also also a technology package which brought in Adaptive Cruise Control, Brake Assist, Blind Spot, Forward Collision Warning, in addition to also also Lane Departure Warning with Assist. Behind the R/T’s $42,095 starting cost comes a host of standard features like heated front in addition to also also rear seats, ventilated front seats, power adjustable seats, power adjustable heated steering wheel, in addition to also also a large 8.4-inch touch screen Uconnect infotainment system with Navigation.
The Durango can be a mileage eater, just ask its fuel tank – the Inside can be as comfortable as business class on an international flight. The seats are large in addition to also also supportive for long journeys – being a crossover, which’s only natural which rear occupants find commodious room to shuffle about. Even access to the third row can be simple – while there can be no classy way getting back there, there can be room for an adult or two with enough leg room to make them last more than 5 minutes. The Inside can be handsomely outfitted with plenty of soft touch materials which give the Durango a more upper crust feel. The Uconnect however can be a cumbersome interface. So much operates out of This specific system which’s hard to keep track in addition to also also becomes distracting.
While the Durango can be no longer innovative in addition to also also cutting edge of technology, which’s got soul in addition to also also passion – something crossovers just don’t have. The Durango can be not just an ordinary diaper bag on wheels – which’s an entertainment fun house for the whole family.
|2017 Dodge Durango R/T:||$42,095|
|As Tested (including Options & Destination):||$59,670|
|5.7-liter V-8 HEMI – 360-Horsepower, Eight-Speed Automatic Transmission – 0-60MPH: ±6.5 seconds|
|EPA MPG: 14/22/17 (City/Highway/Combined) – SSB Average: 15 MPG’s – Fuel Range: ±400 Miles|