2018 Dodge Durango
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2018 Dodge Durango at Legacy Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram

2018 is unofficially going to become the Year of The Big Engine, and the Durango SRT is certainly contributing towards that goal! All-new performance overhauls appear for the 2018 version, such as modes for both Sport and Track, a performance-oriented all-wheel drive, and an exceptional electronic 'T-shifter'. Also getting a retouch are tweaks like a wider body, increased brake sizes, and a lower valence/front fascia that deftly wraps around LED foglights. A new functional SRT hood appears and utilizes heat extractors as well as a cold-air duct to maintain the engine's temperature. The 2018 SRT has a best-in-class towing maximum of 8,600 pounds in its category as a three-row SUV. The 2018 Dodge Durango SRT reaches a quarter-mile time of 12.9 seconds (certified by the NHRA) and a barely believable acceleration time of 0-60 mph in 4.4 seconds! That is enough to make most want to know how-- find out more below with us!

Engine Performance

  • 392-cubic-inch HEMI V8
  • 475-hp at 6,000 rpm and 470 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,300 rpm
  • Tuned 8-speed TorqueFlite automatic transmission

Safety Features

  • Rear Cross Path (RCP) detection and Blind-spot Monitoring (BSM) availability
  • Uconnect Access with 911 and roadside assistance
  • Full-length 3-row side-curtain airbags (7 airbags standard)

Vehicle Design

  • SRT seven-mode drive system
  • A flat-bottom steering wheel with SRT paddle shifters
  • Standard BeatsAudio deluxe audio system with 9 speakers

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What powers the 2018 Durango and what helps it maintain control?

The Durango SRT 392-cubic-inch HEMI V8 can channel 470 lb.-ft. of torque (at 4,300 rpm) to the wheels with its mighty 475 horsepower (at 6,000 rpm)! This outsized engine is found in tandem as standard with a TorqueFlite 8-speed automatic transmission. This transmission matches the needs of the SRT-version in that it can deal with racetrack-type events such as engine torque gradients, kick-downs, tire slippage, longitudinal & lateral acceleration. Directing that further is a well-adjusted electronic T-shifter (standard) that picks the right gears at the right time. An AWD system is an indispensable and welcome function on the 2018 Durango, and will certainly be put to good use by owners who take the Durango out in less-than-ideal driving conditions. Look into additionally the SRT seven-mode drive system, which uses a Sport mode to nearly halve shift times and gets almost 65 percent of torque to the rear wheels. The ECO mode, which manages second-gear starts mixed with Fuel Saver Technology and suggesting shift times to the driver that works to conserve fuel. Track mode uses hard suspension damping, a steering gradient, and a rear sway bar for excellent performance on turns at swifter speeds. The Track mode enables 160-millisecond shifting speeds, then, for track-like conditions, redirects (to the back wheels) a stunning 70 percent of engine torque! Consider as well the effortless Tow mode which allows 50/50 distribution for its AWD, activates an Active Noise Cancellation system, trailer sway control turns on, and gains full stability control.

Is the inside well-appointed?

In the 2018 Dodge Durango SRT there are some sweet colors and sweeter features, such as such as ventilated front seats with embossed SRT logos, silver accent-stitching on a hand-wrapped instrument panel, heated 2nd-row captain's chairs, an SRT flat-bottom steering wheel with SRT paddle shifters, Demonic Red interior (SRT-only), and a 180-mph speedometer. Available later in 2018 will be actual carbon-fiber within the dashboard paneling/door bezels. There are 12 exterior color choices, some of which are B5 Blue, In Violet Metallic, Bruiser Gray, and Vice White Tri-Coat Pearl. Gloss Black dual exhaust tips outlined in Nickel Chrome, plus, the SRT Durango alone expands into a 120-inch wheelbase. A standard nine-speaker BeatsAudio premium audio system is inside as the DJ, and brings a subwoofer and a 506-watt amplifier! A 7" thin-film transistor (TFT) digital instrument gauge cluster is fresh for 2018 and lets drivers choose their own menu styles and detail display formats. The Uconnect 8.4" touchscreen media center incorporates features like navigation, SiriusXM Travel Link/Traffic (with a 5-year trial), Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, HD radio, downloadable apps, and tuned-up SRT Performance Pages. Drivers behind the SRT will not be able to ignore the great-looking all-wheel drive badging on the liftgate, either.

What are some safety features of the 2018 Durango SRT?

The 2018 Dodge Durango SRT ushers in almost 60 potential safety and security points, like all-speed traction control, standard trailer-sway control, and for all who purchase a new Durango SRT: an all-day class at the "Bob Bondurant School of High-Performance Driving". The Durango has 7 airbags as standard, including full-length 3-row side-curtain airbags, front-seat-mounted side thorax airbags, and front-row active head restraints. Blind-spot Monitoring (BSM) is an option, as is adaptive cruise control with stop, Rear Cross Path (RCP) detection, forward collision warning with crash mitigation, and Uconnect Access with 911 & roadside assistance. There is a Valet mode, which muffles engine performance downwards by design and forces the transmission into a smaller range of capability. Valet mode additionally disconnects launch control and the steering wheel paddle shifters. The Auto mode gets a nod for everyday safety too with suspension and steering pre-sets as well as more gradual shift timing. Furthermore, The Snow mode automatically simplifies 2nd gear during launches to decrease wheel slippage, 50/50 weight distribution manifest to make the AWD function's workload easier, and stability control levels rise to 100 percent.

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Final Thoughts on the 2018 Dodge Durango

It's rare to be able to discuss a family-fitting SUV that also goes 0 mph to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds, so we certainly have enjoyed the opportunity to share this muscle-car-like experience with you today! Why sacrifice one world for another when you can have both? Sometimes you need to pick up the team from the little league game and other days you need to get to work and fast! The Durango SRT fits all of those needs and more-- come on over and discuss it some more with us in person here at Legacy Chrysler Jeep Dodge RAM!

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