The new 2018 Dodge Durango returns unchanged over the existing model save for the minor changes adorned on its exterior and interior facets, on the cargo volume, and on the dimensions. The performance, fuel economy ratings, and mechanical underpinnings have zilch changes. Its release date and pricing info are also out. Read on to get the news.
Even while the segment is awash with so many all-rounded rivals, the Dodge Durango has always managed to hold its own quite well by building on the brand’s pillars of performance, innovation, and style. For 2018, while Dodge hasn’t offered the Durango a substantial refresh, it is imperative to note that it is still competitive in most respects. It still combines impressive towing capacity, large cargo volume, and muscular lines, with a comfortable three-row seating and impressive driving enjoyment.
In order to further up its desirability level, Dodge has offered the new model better design, latest safety and driver-assisting technologies, better interior material quality, and an enhanced cargo volume in order to further improve the Durango’s comfort, convenience, and overall sophistication. With the new changes added to the spec sheet, there’s no doubt the new 2018 Dodge will be an appealing family vehicle. This is especially true for those looking for real off-roading capabilities, superior infotainment system, and spacious third-row seats.
While there’s nothing flashy about the Durango especially the most basic version, moving up the trim ladder allows buyers to have multiple options such as the appearance packages that go a long way in making it stand out from rivals such as the Toyota Highlander, and the Honda Pilot. Matters beneath the hood aren’t expected to change, although rumors are rife that there’re some bits of mechanical changes that don’t necessarily improve the horsepower and torque. In fact, the new model returns with the same 3.6L V6 gasoline engine rated at 260 pounds of torque, details about the horsepower are withheld at the moment.
And yet, the Durango isn’t the only vehicle in the segment that offers such alluring features and capability. The reason that it hasn’t made the cut in the market yet relative to fresher competitors like the Honda Pilot or the Mazda CX-9, I might add, is its humongous weight that puts fuel economy, maneuverability, and handing at a disadvantage.
So, if I were a shopper looking for an all-rounded truck-based SUV, I’d go first for the 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe or the recently updated 2018 Ford Expedition. But for people looking for even better desirable, distinctive mix of personality and practicality, the 2016 Toyota Highlander, Honda Pilot, and the Mazda CX-9 should definitely be the go-to vehicles.
2018 Dodge Durango Release Date & Price
The following is the pricing info as provided by Dodge: Durango Citadel – $43,995, Durango GT – $40,095, Durango SXT – $32,595, Durango R/T – $42,095, and Durango Anodized – $42,490. Please note that the pricing is also dependent on the engine option beneath the hood. Only the Durango Citadel and Durango Anodized Platinum SUV are available with an option of either a 3.6L V6 or a 5.7L V8 engine.
Its release date has been set for the second quarter of 2018. Potential buyers can however start placing orders as soon as now.
2018 Dodge Durango Exterior Pictures
As previously mentioned, the new model isn’t expected to change much. However given the expectation Dodge’s customers have, the body of the new model should certainly be muscular and confident. According to rumors, the Durango Rallye and the Durango R/T are expected to come with dark-tinted body-color sill moldings, grille, wheel flares, and, in general, front and rear fascias just like the 2014 and 2015 models.
2018 Dodge Durango Interior Review
As you can see from the images, the dashboard layout and pretty much the entire cabin layout haven’t been redesigned relative to last year models. However, Dodge says the materials’ quality and the technologies have been updated. However, buyers will have to wait for the juicier details on its release date.
2018 Dodge Durango – Available Trims
Five trims are available for the new 2018 Dodge Durango: Citadel, SXT, R/T, Anodized, and the GT. As it’s apparent, Dodge has changed some bits of the trim levels. The Limited model has been discontinued, and another two new trims added. The new trims are: Durango GT and Durango Anodized. The Durango Hellcat review is offered elsewhere.
Like before, two engines are offered: a 3.6L V6 and a 5.7L V8. The latter offers 360 horsepower while the latter gives 290 hp. More details will be provided later on. Rumors allege an EcoDiesel V-6 is likely to be an option. MPG details are unavailable.
Wheelbase: 9 ft. 11.8 in. (119.8 in.)
Length: 16 ft. 7.8 in. (199.8 in.)
Width: 6 ft. 3.8 in. (75.8 in.)
Passenger volume: 141 ft³
Cargo volume: 17.2 ft³
Curb weight: 4756 lbs
Top Speed: 121 mph
0-60: 6.2 sec
MPG: 19/27 (city/highway)
Available Exterior Colors: True Blue Pearl Coat, Billet Metallic Clear Coat, Granite Metallic Clear Coat, Octane Red Pearl Coat, Bomber Brown Pearl Coat, Vice White, White Knucle Clear Coat,Diamond Black Crystal Pearl Coat …
Towing Capacity: 6200 lbs
The Dodge Durango 2018 safety features are unknown for now. However, it is expected it’ll come with top safety features in order to keep up with the Joneses nipping its heels. Government crash impact assessment is ongoing.