One way to describe the 2021 Dodge Durango is the muscle vehicle of the crossover segment. This SUV with an available third row isn’t just a robust performance vessel, it’s also a plush set of wheels that comes with many of the niceties sought after in its class. Thanks to its class-leading towing capacity, off-road chops, and spaciousness for passengers and cargo alike, it’s ready for wherever you want to take it.
The 2021 Dodge Durango comes in seven trim levels: SXT, SXT Plus, GT, GT Plus, Citadel, R/T, and SRT. The base SXT comes with a 3.6-liter V6 engine that makes 293 horsepower and is paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission. The R/T gets its power from a 360 hp 5.7-liter V8, while the SRT is the power champ with a hearty 6.4-liter V8 that cranks out 475 hp. Most versions come standard with rear-wheel drive with all-wheel drive as an option, except for the SRT, which gets AWD as standard. And for that all-important towing capacity, the base SXT is able to pull up to 6,200 pounds, the R/T 7,400 lb., and the SRT 8,700 lb.
The base SXT seats five and comes with dual-zone automatic climate control, a rearview camera, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, remote keyless entry, a 60/40 split-bench rear seat, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. The SXT Plus is enhanced with a power-adjustable driver’s seat and a third row of seating (which is available for the SXT) that ups the passenger capacity to seven (although the optional second-row captain’s chairs will reduce this to six). The GT gets a 50/50 split-bench third-row, while the GT Plus comes with simulated leather and suede seats, memory functions for the driver’s seat, heated front and rear seats, and remote start.
On the Citadel, a power liftgate, a power-adjustable passenger’s seat, power-folding heated side mirrors, second-row captain’s chairs, and a sunroof are all included. The R/T reverts to the second-row bench seat and adds some performance-oriented features like performance-tuned steering and a rear load-leveling suspension. With the range-topping SRT, AWD is standard along with Brembo brakes and a high-performance adaptive damping suspension. This trim raises the luxury element with ventilated front seats, second-row captain’s chairs, and leather upholstery. If you want some of these features on a lower trim, many of them are available as options.
Driver-assist aids like blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert can be added to all trims, while automatic high beams, rain-sensing wipers, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, and lane keep assist are optional for just the Citadel on up. Those higher trims receive standard front and rear parking sensors, though.
The SXT’s infotainment system has a 7-inch touchscreen, a six-speaker audio system, two USB ports, wireless smartphone charging, voice-activated audio controls, Bluetooth hands-free capability, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. The GT adds satellite radio and a 115-volt power outlet, while the Citadel, R/T, and SRT each receive a nine-speaker audio system, an upgraded 8.4-inch touchscreen, and integrated navigation.