2018 Dodge Durango R/T Test Drive

The 2018 Dodge Durango R/T AWD is a versatile, attractive, and powerful SUV.
Dodge Durango R/T LSF
The 2018 Dodge Durango lineup consists of seven available models with base prices ranging from $29,995 to $62,995. Leading off at the low end is the Dodge Durango SXT, followed by the Dodge Durango SXT Plus, the Dodge Durango GT, Dodge Durango Citadel, the Dodge Durango R/T and the King of the stable, the Dodge Durango SRT. A special Dodge Durango Citadel Anodized Platinum edition falls in between the R/T and SRT models in terms of features and pricing. All but the SRT version are available in either RWD or AWD. The SRT comes in AWD only.

2018 Dodge Durango R/T 
Dodge Durango R/T Eng

Three longitudinally mounted front engines are available to power specific models: a 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 producing 293 or 295 horsepower; a 5.7-liter HEMI V8 that generates 360 horsepower; and a 6.4-liter HEMI V8 that pumps out 475 horses. Gearing energy to the driving wheels is an 8HP70 Eight-speed automatic with overdrive and paddle shifters. Towing capacity on the low end is 6,200 pounds with the R/T capable of pulling up to 7,400 pounds and the SRT able to tow up to 8,700 pounds.
Dodge Durango R/T Int
Seating accommodations are provided for up to seven in this big full-size three-row SUV which tips the scales at roughly 1,000 pounds more for HEMI V8 powered models.

Dodge Durango R/T RInt Ent
My test 2018 Dodge Durango was an R/T set up for seating six with captain’s seats for the front and second rows and a 50/50 split-folding third row. The exterior was sprayed Granite metallic complemented by a Black leather interior. The base sticker read $46,295., while the final tally rang up at $56,555. after factoring in the optional fare and Destination Charge.

Options included: the Technology Group; Lane Departure Warning; Rear DVD Entertainment Center with Blu-Ray compatible dual screen video; Trailer Tow Group IV; Second Row fold/tumble Captain’s Chairs; Second-Row Console with armrest and storage; a Power Sunroof; and HandWrapped Dash with Live stitching.
Dodge Durango R/T RCbn

2018 Dodge Durango R/T Exterior

Visually, the Durango R/T’s exterior displays a look that is both sinister and powerful. Upfront, the 5.7-liter HEMI V8 resides behind and beneath the Performance front fascia and scooped hood. Edges are sculpted with smooth curved contours and molded bodyside character lines offer the suggestion of fenders. In the rear, the large back window and distinctive race-track taillamp assembly, along with the exhaust sculpted into the rear fascia.
Dodge Durango R/T Tail
Inside the cabin, there is sumptuous leather seating and a smooth, symmetrical arrangement that is not only attractive but user friendly as well.
Dodge Durango R/T Gte

2018 Dodge Durango R/T SUMMARY

The 2018 Dodge Durango R/T certainly makes no compromises, particularly in the AWD configuration, but if you’re not intending to seriously journey off-road under challenging conditions, RWD is all you will really need.
Dodge Durango R/T LSD
The 5.7-liter HEMI V8 features an Eco mode, which optimizes the new 8-speed transmission’s shift schedule and throttle sensitivity as well as employing Fuel Saver Technology with cylinder deactivation. Technology also manages interactive deceleration fuel shut-off when coasting. The transmission, which is controlled by a console-mounted rotary knob, renders quick shifts, particularly when the Sport mode is selected. The paddle shifters seemed to have a slight delay in making shifts, while the automatic mode appears to be more efficient.

Acceleration is brisk and on-demand when nailing the throttle, and smooth and refined when in cylinder deactivation where the operation is seamless.

The rotary knob shift, in addition to being unique, is easy and intuitive to use. Acceleration is brisk on demand when nailing the throttle, and smooth and refined when in cylinder deactivation where the operation is seamless.

The ride quality is civilized and quite comfortable, and the handling and steering feel is spot on. The Dodge Durango holds the road well, with surprising stability, considering its overall mass, which is in excess of two tons.
Dodge Durango R/T LSR
This latest iteration Dodge Durango displays a most stylish look with an aggressive stance. It is considerably more attractive than ever before, especially with its stylish grille and taillamp designs. There are more than 60 safety and security features with providing confidence and peace of mind while protecting vehicle occupants. With all of its build combinations, the new Durango appears to offer something for anyone who’s shopping for a full-sized SUV with three seating rows. Connectivity and Infotainment are both abundant and impressive.
Dodge Durango R/T Whl
In the final analysis, the Durango Durango R/T is a driver’s SUV that is sure to please the entire family with its good looks, loads of versatility and functionality, and satisfying performance attributes. It’s appropriate to think of Durango R/T as the Dodge Charger of SUVs.

SPECIFICATIONS: 2018 Dodge Durango R/T AWD

Base Price: $46,295.
Price as Tested: $56,555.

Engine Type and Size: 5.7-liter HEMI V8 with sequential multi-port fuel injection, MDS, and VVT.

Horsepower (bhp): 360 @ 5,150 rpm
Torque (ft./ lbs.): 390 @ 4,250 rpm

Transmission: 8HP70 Eight-speed automatic with overdrive

Drive Train: Longitudinally mounted front engine / All Wheel Drive

Suspension: Front – Independent SLA
Rear Multi-link

Brakes: Power-assisted front discs/rear drums with ABS, ESC, BA, Roll stability control, and Driveline Traction Control.

Tires: Bridgestone Ecopia H/L 422 Plus P265/50 R20 107T mounted on 5-Y-spoke graphite painted aluminum alloy wheels.

Wheelbase: 119.8 inches
Length Overall: 201.2 inches
Width: 75.8 inches without mirrors
Height: 71.9 inches
GVWR Cap: 7,100 lbs.
Turning Circle: 37.1 ft.
Fuel Capacity: 24.6 gallons ? Approx.
EPA Mileage Estimates: 19 mpg city / 27 mpg highway
Drag Coefficient: Not listed
0 – 60 mph: Not tested

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