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2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat Review

Jerry Reynolds | February 15, 2021
2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat Review

I apologize in advance. This week I bring you an amazing SUV that you cannot purchase…the 2021 Dodge Durango Hellcat. Dodge is only making 2000 of these and they’ve all been spoken for.

Performance

Let’s cut to the chase and get right to the power train. This 3-row family SUV has a massive 6.2-liter Supercharged Hemi V8 that is putting out 710-horses and 645-pound feet of torque, numbers that are amazing, especially in an SUV.

The huge engine is mated to an 8-speed shiftable automatic transmission and an all-wheel drive system that can shift 70% of the power to the rear wheels.

This SUV will take you from 0-to-60 in 3.5 seconds and will tow an incredible 8700 pounds. Top speed is 180 miles per hour. Nuts, right?

Exterior

The 2021 Durango is refreshed in the front and rear, and it is what I call a sleeper. Unless you know the Hellcat emblem on the front fenders, you’ll think you are seeing a normal SUV, but there is absolutely nothing normal about it.

Interior

Inside you find incredibly comfortable stitched and bolstered Alcantara front power seats with the SRT logo embroidered into them.

I love the flat-bottomed steering wheel with controls. You can operate the driver info center from there, and the gauge cluster is colorful and easy to read, and as it should be in this vehicle, red.

The center console is comfortable for your arm and there are two USB ports and an easy-to-use cell phone charger.

Center dash is the Uconnect version 5 10.1” touchscreen that is quick and so simple to operate, one of the best systems I have reviewed.

There are a ton of apps you can choose from, there are wireless Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, SiriusXM, real-time traffic and weather, an Alpine stereo system, HD radio, and a Wi-Fi hotspot.

You have to explore the SRT pages, which will let you configure this incredible SUV the way you want it. There are timers, G-Force monitoring, and a host of gauges. On a side note, we had an icy day in DFW, and the snow mode made this SUV incredibly maneuverable on the slick roads I encountered. I was duly impressed.

There are shortcuts under the air conditioning controls to get to the SRT pages, and also to go into Launch Mode, which is a pure rush of adrenaline. Just follow the instructions on the dash and hold the brake and gas pedal to the floor, let the brake go and hold on for dear life. I can’t describe how fun that is adequately.

There are captain’s chairs for the second row, tons of headroom, and there are USB ports, a power outlet, and air conditioning vents for the second-row occupants.

Third row seat room is surprisingly roomy and two adults will be comfortable back there. Cargo area behind the 3rd row seat is also large, and there is a nice storage area under the floor.

Standard Safety and Features

This SUV is loaded with safety features including brake assist, lane departure warning, forward collision warning, adaptive cruise control, and blind spot warning.

Standard features include remote start, power liftgate, heated and cooled front seats, Brembo brakes, and a backup camera with cross-traffic alert.

In summary, the Durango Hellcat is just amazing. It is a super nice 3-row SUV, yet it is also an incredible performance vehicle. I’ve loved every Charger and Challenger Hellcat I’ve reviewed, but this vehicle makes the most sense of them all.

Fuel Economy and What You’ll Pay

If you are worried about fuel economy, just know it sucks. 12 city, 17 highway for a combined 13 overall, but if you drive like I do, expect 10 or so.

MSRP is $90,315 and honestly, that is a bargain for those who were lucky enough to get an order in on one of these.

Verdict

Strong statement here: The 2021 Durango Hellcat is the most incredible SUV I’ve ever reviewed, and I’ve had some great ones, including some that cost three times this amount of money.

2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat

  • What I liked most: Obviously the performance aspect, but the value too.
  • What I would change: Wow, truly nothing.
  • MSRP: Base price $80,995 as equipped $90,315 with transportation.
  • Fuel Economy: 12 city/17 highway/13 overall but don’t expect it.
  • Official Color: Green clearcoat.
  • Odometer reading when tested: 5500 miles.
  • Weight: 5,710 pounds.
  • Spare Tire: Full-sized spare.
  • Length-Width-Height: 201” long/76” wide/73 ” high.
  • Fuel Tank Capacity: 24.6 gallons with filler on the driver’s side.
  • Towing Capacity: 8700 pounds.
  • 2021 Durango Hellcat in a few words: An astonishing mix of a great family SUV and a track-ready speedster.
  • Warranty: 3-year/36,000 mile bumper-to-bumper with roadside assistance, 5-year/60,000 mile power train warranty.
  • Final Assembly Location: Detroit, MI.
  • Manufacturers website: www.Dodge.com
Tags: 2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat, SRT, Durango, Automotive, New Vehicle Reviews, Car Reviews
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Wait a minute, a review by Jerry, of a 700hp monster and NO sound of the engine? I watched it at work with the volume cranked up just to hear the grumble. Nothing. Why??
The Car Pro
Our film crew missed the sound, but trust, it was terrific. We’ll make sure to capture that in the future with high-horsepower vehicles!

Jerry Reynolds
Joseph Wilkes
I sure hope they make more in the future. I'll be new vehicle looking in two years and I would buy this, absolutely no question about it. The green color of the review vehicle is great. But dodge also offers a blue color almost identical to the color of unmarked Massachusetts State Police vehicles. That would be awesome! I wonder if dealers will be keeping lists of people interested in any future availability. I think I'll check.
Mitch Chupack
Incredible Vehicle......wonder if Dodge was testing the waters this year and looking to increase production next year?
The Car Pro
Mitch, it’s quite possible actually, they’ve done that in the past. It would not surprise me.

Jerry Reynolds