Not Even Fast-Paced Family Life Can’t Catch Up to the 2018 Dodge Durango SRT

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In the world of midsize SUVs, the familiar and formidable Dodge Durango is something of an outlier—and not because of either of those aforementioned qualities. Instead, it’s “otherness” comes from the way it adheres to some molds while breaking others. Building on that identity is the all-new 2018 Durango SRT, which breaks the SUV mold by giving it muscle car-like driving dynamics, and boasts some of the most fun you can have with three rows.

The Durango’s unique approach to being an SUV is part of what makes its SRT kin so impressive. Categorized as a mid-size SUV, its capabilities mirror a full-size option—including V6 and V8 engine offerings where four-cylinder powertrains are becoming the rule—while offering mid-size level accommodations. Furthermore, the Durango can be had in a Challenger-like RWD configuration, in addition to available AWD. Even its fully-loaded pedestrian form is anything but, with 360 horsepower and the ability to tow 7,400 lbs.

As one of the only rear-drive SUVs in the mainstream market, the Durango SRT starts to make sense. Packing a 6.4-liter HEMI V8 with 475 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque, the mightiest Dodge SUV hits sixty mph in a fleet 4.7 seconds, and pass the quarter mile in 13.3. While this kind of performance is at home on the track, it’s off-road abilities have been scaled back, somewhat. But with best-in-class 8,600 lbs. max towing to round out utility, and standard all-wheel drive, who needs it?

Not many, we imagine—especially when you consider the Durango SRT’s all-wheel drive system has eight different selections when it comes to deciding how to put that power down. Auto lets the big Dodge figure it out on its own, but Snow, Tow, Eco, and Valet let you select between a variety of more road-friendly settings. For play time, there’s Sport and Track modes in easy reach.

But for an SUV with sporting overtones, the Durango SRT can be remarkably versatile. Steering, suspension, damping, and brakes—the latter of which are handled by a set of track-ready Brembo discs with six- and four-piston calipers—have been uniquely tuned for this model’s mission, and resulting in some very un-utility-like driving dynamics such as precise, crisp turn-ins, and a lack of body roll. Yet when the time comes to hit the track, the road-gripping AWD system will send up to 70 percent of its power aft for dynamic romp that you can’t find in any other SUV.

Whether your speed is fast, blistering, or somewhere in between, our Pittsburg area dealership has a model for anywhere on the spectrum. That includes models like the Durango, which blend family-friendliness and zest in one car! To learn more, contact our Dodge dealership in McMurray, PA, and we can set you up with a test drive.

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