2023 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat

2023 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat
2023 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat Driving Front Angle
2023 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat Front Chairs

2023 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat Review: Freedom Reigns

by Michael Butler

The muscle car is soon to be dead, right? Well, maybe. But 'soon to be dead' doesn't mean it's on its last legs, and Dodge is celebrating all things noisy and V8y by bringing back the Durango SRT Hellcat for the 2023 model year after it was previously around for 2021 only. No SUV has any business being this powerful or rapid; the super SUV can hit 60 mph in just 3.5 seconds and features a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 that delivers 710 horsepower and 645 lb-ft of torque. If that isn't freedom, we don't know what is.

It gets better, though; unlike a two-seater sports car, you can take a grand total of six people for the ride of their lives in the Dodge brute. The Durango SRT Hellcat is in a niche of its own, with the older Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk now dead and gone. Sure, an Aston Martin DBX707 has similar power but costs way more, and sure, the Cadillac Escalade-V is an all-American three-row monster with its own supercharged V8, but the reality is that it's targeting different buyers entirely. Like the Escalade-V, the Durango SRT Hellcat represents the pinnacle of excess - and we love it for that exact reason.

Read in this review:

  • Exterior Design 10 /10
  • Performance 10 /10
  • Fuel Economy 5 /10
  • Interior & Cargo 10 /10
  • Infotainment & Features 10 /10
  • Reliability 8 /10
  • Safety 8 /10
  • Value For Money 8 /10
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2023 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat Changes: What’s The Difference vs The 2021 Durango SRT Hellcat?

Originally envisioned as a one-year-only special, the Durango SRT Hellcat has been brought back for 2023 as a final hurrah to the Dodge Hemi V8, doing what it always did - making noise and getting the kids to school in record time.

The 2023 model year retains that ludicrous supercharged 6.2-liter V8 engine but adds some luxury in the form of two new trims, Plus and Premium, which add high-end features such as powerful new audio systems and tons of leather.

Pros and Cons

  • Tons and tons of power
  • Badass attitude
  • AWD grip
  • There's space for six
  • New trims give some leeway for customization
  • What fuel economy?
  • Diminishes the value of the original limited run
  • And it's not cheap

What's the Price of the 2023 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat?

Over 700 horses in a three-row SUV doesn't come cheaply. The Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat carries a steep starting MSRP of over $90k, which is significantly more than the Durango SRT 392, which we review separately. This price excludes a destination charge of $1,495, along with tax, licensing, and registration costs. Plus trims are likely to cost around $98k, with the top-spec Premium nearing $105k all-in.

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2023 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat Trims

See trim levels and configurations:

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
SRT Hellcat
6.2L Supercharged V8 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
SRT Hellcat Premium
6.2L Supercharged V8 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
SRT Hellcat Plus
6.2L Supercharged V8 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
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2023 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat Handling and Driving Impressions

When you've got over 700 horses at your disposal, your primary focus will most likely be to go as fast as possible in a straight line, but it turns out that the Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat can tackle the bends too. The 2023 Durango SRT Hellcat is an AWD monster, which eliminates the threat of death by oversteer, and makes it much more manageable to drive fast and put down all of that power off the line. The special Bilstein rebound springs and stiffened rear end eliminates most of the understeer associated with AWD performance cars and aren't too stiff for the daily grind. The adaptive suspension is comfy on smooth roads, but the ride can become unsettled over rougher sections of the road, especially at lower speeds. We also noticed that the supercharger whine regularly intrudes into the cabin, which is a good or a bad thing, depending on your disposition.

Verdict: Is The 2023 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat A Good SUV?

There are two ways of looking at the 2023 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat: firstly, as an entertaining performance car, and secondly, as a practical family car. The good news is that the crazy machine ticks both boxes - and then some. As a performance car, few in this class can touch the outright ridiculousness that is the 2023 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat. It's massively quick, makes all the right noises, and drives well too. Few can competitors are available to keep up with the Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat in the mid-size segment in the USA. As a family SUV, it's still incredibly practical and offers tons of space, lots of tech, and family-friendly options, such as rear seat infotainment for the kids. Simply put, this is the best of both worlds, even if it's not very logical. Just be prepared to spend - no part of buying or owning the new Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat will come cheap.

What 2023 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat Model Should I Buy?

As the flagship Durango model, the Hellcat comes pretty well equipped for its base price. That doesn't mean we'd recommend buying it without any options, though. The Premium sits at the top of the range and only really has the Harman Kardon sound system, carbon fiber interior accents, and red Brembo brakes worth noting above the mid-range Plus, so we'd suggest shopping in the middle of the lineup.

Plus models add a power sunroof, high-performance Laguna leather seats, forward collision warning, adaptive cruise control, advanced brake assist, rain-sensing wipers, and lane departure warning as standard. This seems like the most value for money with only a small increase in price over the base model.

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