2023 Dodge Durango | Now in Kingston
Let us introduce you to the muscle car of the SUVs. This family-size car with three rows of seats hides its light under a bushel, as it not only accelerates like a racing car, but it has class-leading cargo carrying and towing ability.
Notable Changes From the Previous Year
There are a few changes in the Dodge Durango for 2023. The most notable is the return of the Hellcat trim for those who want breathtaking performance alongside their family-oriented SUV. There are also four new colours and some technology adjustments to various trims.
There are many options from which to choose.
There are two SXT trims. The entry-level SXT starts at $51,246*, and the SXT Plus starts at $53,262*.
There are three GT trims. The GT comes with a starting price of $57,626*, the GT Rallye starts at $54,171*, and the GT Plus starts at $60,377*.
The R/T starts at $64,646*, with the Citadel at $65,866* and the RP Plus at $69,142*.
The muscle end of the trims comes in the form of the SRT models. The SRT392 starts at $81,621*, the SRT392 Plus starts at $86,567*, and the SRT 392 Premium comes in at $91,012*.
The Hellcat series is the SRT Hellcat starting at $117,351*, the SRT Hellcat Plus at $122,692* and the SRT Hellcat Premium at $126,742*.
Infotainment and Technology Features
The multimedia in the Durango runs on a 10.1-inch flush-mounted full-colour touchscreen that can be personalized to have profiles for up to five people. This screen runs the Uconnect 5 software that has built-in Tom-Tom navigation, a Sirius XM radio, connectivity for two smartphones, Alexa compatibility, Wi-Fi hotspot, wireless capability, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. A rear seat entertainment system is optional and adds extra screens for rear seat passengers.
The entry-level trims all have a standard audio system with six speakers. The Alpine audio system with nine speakers is installed in the other trims, except the R/T Plus, which has a Harmon Kardon system with 19 speakers.
The Durango is designed for performance, and the driver has a 7-inch digital cluster with attractive gauges featuring white and red markings and pointers on a black background. The data shown is customizable.
The Dodge Durango has a sleek and imposing look that is immediately identifiable and sets it apart from all other vehicles in its segment. The bold facia has a signature upper and lower crosshair grille, split by a broad colour-coded strip. The upper grille is flanked by captivating auto high-beam headlights and daytime running lights that have immense visual appeal. Besides the lower grille, there are attractively placed and designed fog lamps. Of course, there’s the performance hood with its hood scoop and sleek stripes, with that distinctive engine growl that makes other drivers sit up and take notice!
The Durango’s body is finely sculpted with a smooth roofline and bold wheel arches, giving a bold stance that hints at the performance of the drivetrain. The rear has dual exhausts. Just below the glass, the rear light cluster is elegantly outlined with a red trim that draws the eye to the LED tail and reversing lights.
Interior Comfort and Cargo Space
Every manufacturer uses a combination of materials in the cabin, ranging from the inexpensive to the luxurious. In the Durango, this rule applies, but the designers have prioritized the quality of the materials and ergonomic comfort over all else. This makes the cabin of the Durango attractive and comfortable.
There are three rows of seats and an option for the second row to be captain’s chairs, which, if selected, reduces the total seating to six. The first and second rows are suitable for adults.
The standard is for the seats to be heated and cloth upholstered and the driver’s seat to be power adjusted. Options include leather upholstery, ventilated front seats, power-adjusted passenger seats, and heated second-row seats.
Heated front seats and steering wheels are standard across the range.
The Durango has 487 litres of cargo space, but folding all the seats flat expands this to a gargantuan 2393 litres. Not only is there an enormous amount of space in the cargo area, but the Durango’s towing capacity is best in class. The R/T, with a Tow N Go package, can haul up to 3,946 kilograms.
Performance Features (Engine Type, Horsepower, Torque)
There are four powertrain options available for the Durango. All-wheel drive is standard across the range.
The first is a 3.6-litre Pentastar V6 equipped with stop/start technology, making 305 horsepower and 270 lb-ft of torque. This motor is paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. This powertrain can be found in the SXT, SXT Plus, GT, and GT Rallye and is an option in the Citadel.
The second is a 5.7-litre HEMI V8 with FuelSaver Multi-Displacement System MDS making 395 horsepower and 410 lb-ft of torque, also paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. This powertrain can be found in the GT Plus, R/T, and R/T Plus and is an option on the Citadel.
The third powertrain is the 6.4-litre HEMI V8, with an eight-speed automatic transmission, making 410 horsepower and 429 lb-ft of torque. This powertrain can be found in the SRT 392, SRT 392 Plus, and SRT 392 Premium.
The Hellcat trims have a 6.2-litre HEMI Hellcat V8 engine with an eight-speed automatic transmission driving all the wheels. This engine makes 710 horsepower and 645 lb-ft of torque. This motor is found in the SRT Hellcat, SRT Hellcat Plus and SRT Hellcat Premium.
Fuel Consumption for the 2.6-litre Pentastar is 13 L/100km around town and 9.4 L/100km on the highway. The 5.7-litre HEMI will give around 16.7 L/100km in the city and 10.9 L/100km on long trips. The 6.4 HEMI in the SRT should give 18.3 L/100km around the city and 12.2 L/100km on the highway. The Hellcat’s performance motor gives 20.5 L/100km around town and 13.8 L/100km on the highway.
Safety and Driver Assistance Features
The Durango comes with a full suite of safety and driver assistance features. These include adaptive cruise control with automatic braking, forward collision warning with automatic braking, blind‑spot monitoring, rear-cross traffic detection, front and rear parking sensors, lane departure warnings, lane-keeping assistance, and automatic rain-sensitive windshield wipers.
The SUV for the Performance-Loving Family
The Dodge Durango is a driver’s SUV. It has sleek, good looks, an imposing stance, incredible performance, and a comfortable cabin all rolled into one amazing vehicle. No longer is the SUV just for soccer mums. This SUV will impress the most critical of drivers. Not only will it transport the family safely around town, but it also has amazing performance and road handling. To test drive this iconic SUV and enjoy its power and comfort, come into Jim Thompson’s showroom.
*All pricing is based on Ontario MSRP and does not include taxes and fees. Dealer pricing may differ. Prices are subject to change anytime without notice.