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2021 Dodge Durango Review: Bold But Behind The Times

There may be an ongoing electric vehicle revolution right now in the USA, and while the intentions behind the EV uprising may be righteous and for the greater good of mankind, there are still some of us steadfast internal combustion engine objectophiles, gearheads, and petrol addicts that won't be leaving our passions behind any time soon. This is why we still have over-the-top cars like the 2021 Dodge Durango - a Herculean midsized three-row SUV that can be had with either a 295-horsepower 3.6-liter V6 or a fierce 360-hp 5.7-liter Hemi V8. Though it may be quite outmoded and inefficient, it's the Durango SUV's brawny bearing, vocal powertrain, and classical platform that have it stand out from its core competitors like the Kia Telluride, Honda Pilot, and Acura MDX. Along with strapping performance, the Durango also offers a refined ride quality and comes standard with oodles of features. Though there are many of us that can appreciate the Durango for what it is as one of the oldest vehicles in the market, it is starting to feel quite behind the times in many regards.

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2021 Dodge Durango Changes: ๐Ÿš™Whatโ€™s the difference vs 2020 Durango?

For 2021, the new Dodge Durango has updated, more aggressive exterior styling, including new headlights and an all-new grille design. The updated interior is now angled towards the driver, while a 10.1-inch touchscreen is also available. The upgraded Uconnect 5 infotainment system is said to be five times faster than the system used before.

The R/T AWD model can be equipped with a Tow N Go Package, which increases the towing capacity, top speed, and enhances the exhaust noise. It's an affordable way to get a brash Durango without opting for the seriously high-performance versions: we review the Dodge Durango SRT and SRT Hellcat separately.

Among the many other changes are new spoilers for every trim, new wheel designs, some new interior materials and colors, and a repackaged Citadel luxury trim.

Pros and Cons

  • Streamlined and muscular Dodge design
  • Powerful and consistent acceleration
  • Serene and compliant on-road ride quality
  • Brimming with comforts and conveniences
  • Impressive towing capabilities
  • Dodge's V6 engine is a bit outmoded
  • Size and heft disbenefit its handling
  • Fuel economy returns are woeful

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2021 Dodge Durango Trims and Prices

See trim levels and configurations:

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
SXT
3.6L V6 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
$33,877
SXT Plus
3.6L V6 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
$33,877
GT
3.6L V6 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
$37,577
GT Plus
3.6L V6 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
$37,577
R/T
5.7L V8 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
$47,227

Durango Exterior

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Dimensions

  • Length 200.8 in
  • Wheelbase 119.8 in
  • Height 70.1 in
  • Max Width 75.8 in
  • Front Width 63.9 in
  • Rear Width 64.1 in

Exterior Colors

  • Vice White
  • DB Black Clearcoat
  • Redline 2 Coat Pearl
  • F8 Green Clearcoat
  • Granite Clearcoat
  • Reactor Blue Pearlcoat
  • White Knuckle Clearcoat
  • Billet Clearcoat
  • Destroyer Gray Clearcoat
  • Octane Red Pearlcoat
  • In-Violet Clearcoat

Durango Performance

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Engine and Transmission

Most of the 2021 Durango lineup is equipped with a 3.6-liter Pentastar engine that churns out between 293 and 295 hp and 260 lb-ft. Beneath the chunky hood of the top-spec R/T is a burlier 5.7-liter 8-cylinder Hemi that's been tuned to deliver up to 360-hp and 390 lb-ft. Both engines come mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission and all models can be set up with either a rear- or all-wheel drivetrain. In terms of performance, both engines deliver ample power and are favorably responsive throughout their rev bands. The V6 does, however, feel quite a bit out of date; the V8, on the other hand, is potent, characterful, and sounds phenomenal. All V6-equipped models can tow up to 6,200 pounds, while the R/T will tow up to 8,700 lbs with the optional AWD system and Tow N Go package optioned in.

  • Engines
    3.6L V6 Gas, 5.7L V8 Gas
  • Transmission
    8-Speed Automatic
  • Drivetrains
    AWD, RWD

Durango Gas Mileage

  • Fuel Tank Capacity
    24.6 Gallons
  • Fuel Economy
    City/Hwy: 19/26 mpg
* 2021 Dodge Durango SXT Plus RWD

Durango Interior

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Seating and Interior Space

  • Seating capacity
    7-seater
  • Front Leg Room 40.3 in
  • Front Head Room 39.9 in
  • Rear Leg Room 38.6 in
  • Rear Head Room 39.8 in

Durango Trunk and Cargo Space

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2021 Dodge Durango R/T Trunk Space Dodge
2021 Dodge Durango R/T Maximum Trunk Space Dodge

Durango Safety and Reliability

Warranty

  • Basic:
    3 Years \ 36,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain:
    5 Years \ 60,000 Miles
  • Corrosion:
    5 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Roadside Assistance:
    5 Years \ 60,000 Miles

US NHTSA crash test result

  • Side Crash Rating
  • Rollover Rating

Verdict: ๐ŸIs the 2021 Dodge Durango a good SUV?

Apart from being a cool-looking, powerful, and commodious seven-seater 5-door SUV, the Durango is also one of the very few that are still proffered with a V8 gas engine, as V6 or small-capacity turbocharged units become the norm. That said, even the majority of the lineup, which feature a 6-cylinder motor as standard, still offer strong acceleration and mighty towing capabilities. Unfortunately, both the V6 and V8 units are outmoded. Competitors tend to deliver the same level of power but with superior efficiency. Nevertheless, the Dodge SUV is a king-sized cruiser boasting badass looks, a modern and commodious cabin, and plenty of practicality. The 2021 Dodge Durango also underwent review by both the NHTSA and the IIHS and earned itself a decent safety rating to match its good reliability standards. The 2021 MY Durango still forms part of the third-generation Durango that was introduced for the 2011 model year and its age has certainly caught up with it. While the idea of a V8-powered SUV is cool, we'd suggest holding off to see if Dodge will release an all-new generation soon.

๐Ÿš—What Dodge Durango Model Should I Buy?

With the price range of the 2021 Dodge Durango SUV line spanning between $32,570 and $45,920, there's a lot of value to be found throughout the selection. We'd go for the R/T model with its V8 engine, performance-tuned steering, and sportier suspension for a more proficient and engaging driving experience that matches the Durango's looks. This model also comes outfitted with Dodge's new 10.1-inch infotainment system touchscreen that's installed with Dodge's top-tier Uconnect 5 user interface and tethered with a nine-speaker Alpine audio system. As standard, this model can tow up to 7,400 pounds, but we'd recommend throwing in the Tow N Go package for the 8,700-pound towing capacity and the addition of the heavy-duty engine cooling system, high-performance suspension, adaptive damping, and Brembo brakes.

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