This week, I bring you the most powerful 3-row SUV in America, and one of the fastest on the planet. Introducing the 2018 Dodge Durango SRT 392.
2018 Dodge Durango SRT 392
As good looking as this beast is on the outside with its functional hood scoop, front air dams, and 20” wheels, the real story lies under the hood.
That’s where you’ll find a 392-cubic-inch 6.4-liter naturally-aspirated V8 Hemi pumping out 475-horses and 470-pound feet of torque. With its 8-speed shiftable automatic, it will take you from 0-to-60 in 4.4 seconds according to Dodge, but I actually beat that time slightly. All SRT Durangos come standard with all-wheel drive.
Fantastic Interior Seats Seven
One thing I love about this SUV is that you can take it to the track or it can be a daily driver. The fantastic interior with super-comfortable high-performance seats is luxurious with stitching everywhere you look and soft-touch materials are everywhere.
The configurable instrument panel is large and bright. Typically you see the speedometer in the middle, but on the SRT Durango the tachometer is the center dash, and the 180-mile per hour speedometer is to the left. You can configure a digital speedometer to be in the middle of the tach.
Center dash is the wonderful U-Connect system housed in a colorful 8.4” touchscreen. That’s where you operate the sound system, Bluetooth, navigation system, heated and cooled seats, heated steering wheel, voice activation, Apple Car Play, and Android Auto.
You can also activate the Wi-Fi hotspot, or go through multiple pages of apps, including the fantastic performance pages, where you get instantaneous horsepower, torque readings, and it will allow you to record much of your performance stunts.
Under the touchscreen and air conditioning controls is the SRT button and launch mode button. Hit the SRT button to choose seven different drive modes. You start with street, then sport, track, snow, tow mode, valet, and eco-the least likely to be used. Each mode changes the behavior of the vehicle. One notable feature is while the vehicle is in valet mode, it limits the power to that of a 6-cylinder engine and it will not allow the tires to burn out.
Next to the SRT button is the most magical button you’ll ever experience: Launch Mode. Hit the button, bury your left foot in the brake pedal, use your right foot to press the gas pedal to the floor as hard as you can, and follow the instructions on the dash. When it tells you to, pop your foot off the brake and hang on for dear life. It’s an exhilarating experience to say the least.
Second- and Third-Row Seats
The second-row seat is roomy and has a nice center console, and you can actually put two adults in the third-row seat, or fold them down for extra cargo space. If you need even more room, the second-row heated captain chairs fold over easily and assist in easy entry to the third-row.
The list of standard features is substantial on the Durango SRT. Among many other things, you get Brembo brakes, power tailgate, remote start, Beats audio system, heated and cooled seats, heated steering wheel, Park assist, Apple Car Play & Android Auto.
You also get one free day at a Bob Bondurant track, something I suggest you take advantage of.
Don’t miss our video as we chat with Pete Jacobsen, Vehicle Development Manager for the Dodge Durango, about the many Drive Modes of the new 2018 Durango SRT that recently won best full-size SUV from the Texas Auto Writers Association:
Test Vehicle Options
This SUV has about $8000 in options including the Technology group, which has adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, collision warning, lane departure warning, and braking assist.
It also has a rear Blu-Ray DVD player, trailer-towing package, an enhanced interior package, and there is a small charge for the 20” wheels.
Ride and Handling
This SUV is a blast to drive and the sound from the exhaust is incredible and loud, which I love. It sounds very much like a Corvette exhaust system.
When you get really good at setting the damping system on the touchscreen, the handling is nimble and civilized, with no sway or lean, even in hard turns. The accelerator is very touchy and takes some getting used to, especially on wet streets.
Fuel Economy and What You'll Pay
Fuel economy absolutely sucks and is rated at 15 combined city and highway, but I’m not even getting 12, and frankly Scarlet…well you know the rest.
Total MSRP is $72,265 and I’ll go on record as saying that the Durango SRT is underpriced for what you get, a rarity these days.
As a side note, this Durango came to me with 8700 miles, which is a lot for a high-performance press vehicle. I am impressed with the quality of this SUV given how it has been driven by people like me.
If you want a vehicle to take the kids to soccer, an SUV to tow up to 8700-pounds, or a track-ready SUV that does 180-miles per hour on the straightaways, this should be your next SUV.
2018 Dodge Durango SRT 392
What I liked most: Performance, interior, value.
What I would change: Accelerator is super touchy.
MSRP: Base price $62,995, as equipped $72,265.
Fuel Economy: Rated at 13 City/19 highway/15 Combined.
Official Color: Bruiser Gray Clear-Coat Exterior/Black interior.
Odometer reading when tested: 8700 miles.
Weight: 5510 pounds.
Spare Tire: None, inflator kit.
Length-Width-Height: 201” long/77” wide/72” high.
Fuel Tank Capacity: 24.6 gallons with the filler on the driver’s side.
Towing Capacity: 8700 pounds.
2018 Dodge Durango SRT in a few words: A beast on the track, a lamb as a daily driver.
Warranty: 3-year/36,000 mile bumper-to-bumper, 5-year/60,000 mile powertrain with roadside assistance.