Dodge sometimes does things slightly different from other car manufacturers. When others create a four-cylinder family sedan, Dodge offers the Charger, a large sedan that is inspired by muscle cars with V6 or a V8 engine. And when most car manufacturers refresh their crossover SUV, Dodge carries aging but is proven with the 2018 Dodge Durango.
The Durango looks familiar, it’s because the current generation is already on the road since 2011. It is old compared to some fresher competitors, but Dodge makes this three-row crossover still competitive, especially after a significant update in 2014 that adds an impressive eight-speed automatic transmission and revised interior.
For this year, there are more, such as the high-performance SRT model that features 475 horsepower, accelerates to 60 mph in just 4.4 seconds, and can generate up to 8,600 pounds. No other vehicle offers such a thing.
Excellent towing capacity, the availability of V8 engine and spacious third row seats is the 2018 Dodge Durango main appeal. As one of the most muscular vehicles in the class, the 2018 Durango is also one of the heaviest. It sacrifices fuel economy and sometimes the V6 engine feels less energetic. This strengthens the argument for choosing a V8, despite the gas bill.
Regardless of whether you choose V6 or V8, there are many things to like. Even in its old age, the 2018 Dodge Durango remains one of the best and most capable three-row crossovers you can buy.
Trim, Features and Engine Specs
The 2018 Dodge Durango is a three-row crossover SUV available in five trim levels: SXT, GT, Citadel, R/T and SRT. If you prioritize cargo rather than passengers, you can choose the SXT with only two rows of seats, the rest are three rows only.
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The base SXT comes standard with keyless ignition and entry, 18-inch alloy wheels, a load-leveling rear suspension, heated mirrors, three-zone climate control, a rearview camera, a 60/40-split folding and reclining second-row seat, cloth upholstery, a 50/50-split folding third-row seat with power-folding headrests (you can delete the third-row seat) a 7-inch touchscreen interface, Bluetooth phone connectivity, dual USB ports, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration and a six-speaker sound system.
The 2018 Dodge Durango GT adds remote start, 20-inch wheels, rear parking sensors, a power liftgate, a heated steering wheel, power-adjustable front seats, heated front and second-row seats, driver-position memory settings, leather and suede upholstery, satellite radio and a 115-volt power outlet.
The 2018 Dodge Durango Citadel gets upgraded brakes, roof-rail crossbars, automatic high beams, xenon headlights, automatic wipers, front parking sensors, a cargo cover, a sunroof, a power-adjustable steering column, ventilated front seats, a power-adjustable passenger seat, additional leather trim, upgraded leather upholstery, a navigation system, the Uconnect 8.4-inch touchscreen interface, a nine-speaker audio system with HD radio and a subwoofer.
The R/T gets a performance hood design, a sport-tuned suspension, LED foglights, an upgraded steering system, a Beats audio system and red accent stitching. The Citadel roof rails and sunroof are optional.
The optional Technology Group package for the Citadel and R/T adds a forward collision warning system with automatic braking, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning and lane keeping assist. Safety/Security and Convenience Group for the GT adds blind-spot monitoring and some of the Citadel standard features.
Optional on the 2018 Dodge Durango GT and R/T is a Brass Monkey appearance package, which adds 20-inch bronze-painted wheels, black headlamp bezels, extra body-color trim and a gloss black grille. The Blacktop appearance package adds blackout exterior trim items, 20-inch black-painted wheels, increases engine output up to 295 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. The Mopar Running Board package adds bright pedals and black running boards. Other option includes a trailer-tow package, a dual-screen rear entertainment system with Blu-ray compatibility, a second-row console with armrest and storage, 12-volt power outlet and a USB charge port.
The new 2018 Dodge Durango SRT gets an adaptive suspension, performance-tuned steering, electronically controlled limited-slip differential, SRT Performance Pages, a driver session at the SRT Track Experience driving school.
Options for the SRT include the Technology Group, the SRT Interior Appearance Group (soft-touch headliner and carbon-fiber accents), upgraded Laguna leather upholstery, a sunroof and rear entertainment system.
The 2018 Dodge Durango SXT, GT and Citadel come standard with a 3.6-liter V6 engine that produces 293 horsepower (295 hp on the Citadel or with the Blacktop package) and 260 pound-feet of torque. Rear-wheel drive and eight-speed automatic are standard, while all-wheel drive is optional. Also standard is an automatic stop-start system that shuts down the engine when the car stops to save fuel.
In track testing, the 2018 Dodge Durango V6 with RWD hit 60 mph in 7.8 seconds, while the all-wheel-drive in 8.1 seconds. EPA estimated fuel economy stand at 21 mpg combined (19 city/26 highway) with rear-wheel drive and (21/18/25) with AWD. Tow capacity up to 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 that generates 360 hp and 390 lb-ft of torque. An eight-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive as standard, while the optional all-wheel-drive system features a low-range transfer case for improved off-road performance. EPA fuel economy estimates at 17 mpg combined (14 city/22 highway) for both rear or all-wheel drive. Properly equipped, the Durango V8 has a maximum tow capacity of 7,400 pounds.
At the top, the 2018 Dodge Durango SRT get a powerful 6.4-liter V8 engine generates 475 hp and 470 lb-ft. An eight-speed automatic is also standard and only available with all-wheel drive. EPA fuel economy stands at 15 mpg combined (13 city/19 highway). Towing capacity is very impressive, up to 8,700 pounds.
Release Date and Price
The 2018 Dodge Durango is on sale and arriving at dealers. Key competitors include the Chevrolet Tahoe, Toyota Highlander and Mazda CX-9.
Official pricing starts at $29,995 for the SXT trim and ranges up to $62,995 for the SRT. See list price below.