What do you get when you take a three-row family SUV and slap a 6.4-Liter HEMI V8 under the hood? The beast that is the 475-horsepower Dodge Durango SRT. Named best full-size SUV by the Texas Auto Writers Association, the 2018 Durango SRT is a performance powerhouse guaranteed to make some noise as you drop the kids off at school and ferry them to their weekend soccer games.
7 Dodge Durango SRT Drive Modes
The sheer number of drive modes on the Durango SRT makes our head spin. There are seven of them: Auto, Sport, Track, Snow, Tow, Valet, and Eco. Who better to walk us through them than Pete Jacobsen, Vehicle Development Manager for the Durango. We caught up with Jacobsen at the TAWA 2017 Texas Truck Rodeo after taking a turn in this pure American muscle SUV. Suspension, torque distribution, shift points, stability control and engine mapping are all controlled through this system. The seven SRT drive modes include:
Auto: activates automatically when starting the vehicle. Sets the suspension and steering to comfort setting and longer shift times for longer, relaxed driving conditions
Sport: delivers increased vehicle performance capability over Auto Mode. Tightens up suspension damping and increased steering gradient feel for an improved cornering response. In addition, shift speed increases 23 percent in 1-4 gears and electronic stability control (ESC) allows more yaw for spirited driving
Track: delivers maximum vehicle performance capability on smooth, dry surfaces. Tightens up to full hard suspension damping and steering gradient feel for maximum cornering response. In addition, shift speed increases 50 percent in 1-4 gears from Auto mode and ESC allows maximum yaw
Snow: sets ideal configuration for driving in snow by setting transmission to use second gear (rather than first gear) during launches to minimize wheel slippage; stability control is set to Full-on and AWD is set to 50/50 distribution
Tow: sets ideal configuration to tow a trailer by using full stability control; AWD is set to 50/50 distribution and trailer sway control is enabled in the ESC system. In addition, the Active Noise Cancellation system is automatically engaged to reduce engine noise from the high-load towing condition
Valet: engine is remapped to mimic the Dodge Charger V-6 engine’s torque and horsepower settings; transmission locks out access to first gear and upshifts earlier than normal; traction, steering, and suspension are set to their Auto settings; steering wheel paddle shifters are disabled; ESC is enabled to Full-on and launch control is disabled
ECO: maximizes fuel economy with a revised shift schedule, second-gear starts and extended range of the Fuel Saver Technology
The new 2018 Dodge Durango SRT arrives in the fourth quarter. It's priced starting from $64,090.