A Glance at the New 2021 Dodge Durango
Laredo CDJR – 2021 Dodge Durango
Now in its third production cycle, the Dodge Durango is essentially a performance-oriented muscle car in SUV sheet metal. Not only does it provide outstanding towing capability and ample seating space, but it also has an impressive lineup of powerful engines. With the SXT as its base trim, the 2021 Durango starts with the Pentastar engine, which is a 3.6-liter V6 engine with 295 horsepower and is strapped to an eight-speed automatic transmission for a towing capacity of up to 6,200 lbs. The standard drivetrain is a rear-wheel-drive system, with the option of switching to an all-wheel-drive system for optimizing traction on slippery surfaces. The Durango is designed as a five-seater, with cloth upholstery as standard. The infotainment uses the new Uconnect 5 software, which uses an 8.4-inch touchscreen to integrate the following:
• Six speakers
• AM/FM radio
• Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration
• Bluetooth wireless technology for hands-free phone calling and audio steaming
• Four USB ports
• Trial subscription to SiriusXM Radio
• Voice recognition
Next to the Uconnect 5 interface is a 7-inch instrument cluster display for digital driver information. Automatic climate controls face the driver and front passenger for adjusting heating and cooling preferences, and the rearview mirror has auto-dimming ability. For driver assistance, the Durango gets cruise control and a rearview camera with rear parking sensors, and six airbags provide crash protection when needed.
For upgrades, you’d need to upgrade to one of the following upper-level models:
SXT PLUS: The SXT Plus adds a few standard features to the SXT, which include eight-way power to the driver’s seat and bright roof rails.
GT: The GT is notable for adding a third row of seats for increasing the maximum occupancy to seven.
GT PLUS: If you want the GT model, consider getting the GT Plus one instead for several more upgrades. Here, the Durango gains simulated suede-and-leather seat trim in place of cloth, the front seats can be heated, and eight-way power is extended to the front passenger seat. In addition, you can start the engine from outside the vehicle.
R/T: The big enhancement at the R/T trim level is the replacement of the 3.6-liter V6 with a 5.7 HEMIL V8, which puts out 360 horsepower. This upgrade increases the peak towing capacity to 7,200 lbs. with all-wheel drive or 7,400 lbs. with rear-wheel drive. For this model year, the R/T receives the option of a Tow N Go package that increases capacity to 8,700 lbs., which is better than any other towing capacity in its class. In addition to the engine upgrade, the R/T is a huge recipient of comfort, convenience, and safety features, which include the following:
• Driver-seat memory
• Second-row heating
• Steering-wheel heating
• Garage-door opener
• Wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration
• HD Radio
• 10.1-inch touchscreen navigation (in place of the 8.4-inch display)
• Amazon Alexa
• Nine-speaker Alpine premium stereo system
• Two charging-only USB ports
• Front parking sensors (in addition to the rear parking ones)
CITADEL: The Citadel switches back to the base V6 engine with the 5.7-liter HEMI V8 as optional. In addition, it swaps the bench-style seat in the second row for a pair of captain’s seats to reduce maximum capacity to six. On the other hand, you’d enjoy enhancements and additions such as the following:
• Front-seat cooling
• Nappa leather upholstery
• Power sunroof
• Blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert
• Adaptive cruise control
• Forward collision warning
• Automatic emergency braking
• Lane departure warning
SRT 392: Starting from the SRT 392, the Durango is available only in rear-wheel drive to emphasize exceptional balance and handling due to its virtually even front-to-back weight distribution (engine in the front, power sent to the rear wheels). In addition, the engine is upgraded to a namesake V8 engine that displaces 6.4 liters, churns out 475 horsepower, and increases peak towing capacity to 8,700 lbs. More evidence of the SRT Hellcat’s performance optimization include Brembo performance brakes, performance-tuned steering, launch control for smooth yet quick acceleration ability, and performance tracking apps.
SRT HELLCAT: While the SRT 392 was the top trim in previous years, it has been supplanted by the SRT Hellcat. That’s because it’s powered by its namesake: the supercharged 6.2-liter V8-S, which delivers 710 horsepower. As a result, the SRT Hellcat is the most powerful Durango variant yet; its engine takes you from zero to 60 mph in 3.25 seconds. Other than the engine, the SRT Hellcat has the same features and max towing numbers as the SRT 392.
Feel free to reach out to our friendly team at Laredo CDJR to discover more about what the 2021 Dodge Durango offers to motorists. We can answer your questions and also explain our financing options available once you’re ready to purchase the model.