2015 Dodge Durango R/T
5.7 L Hemi V8 360 HP with 8 Speed Automatic Transmission
Redline Pearl Metallic with Black Nappa Leather
Suddenly you notice the Durango.
The styling has a Detroit coolness of no chrome, which is unique and distinctive. It immediately ads several layers of character to the street presence.
The interior ads more character with 4 bucket seats, and a rear console.
At this point the Hemi under the hood is almost required to fully reinforce the character of this truck.
The Durango is not small, its right sized for a multi purpose SUV, with a third row seat.
The interior is surprisingly well finished, our tester had the optional Premium Nappa leather with red contrast stitching and again the 4 bucket configuration is a distinctive feature. As well as the 8.4 inch screen with U Connect and an impressive sound system. In addition to every comfort feature that you expect from power, heated and ventilated front seats, heated steering wheel, navigation, sunroof, power tailgate, keyless entry, ventilation ducts in the headliner for the rear passengers, to name a few.
The front seats are very comfortable.
All the features that you expect in a luxury SUV are present, this tester even had the well integrated optional DVD entertainment screens for the rear passengers.
This truck has a 2 speed transfer case. Yes...its got a Low range for off roading, for pulling a boat out of the water, and to simply have fun in more extreme conditions.
A cool truck oozing character with a Low range...its a serious SUV.
You can configure your own Durango...here.
How does it drive?
The seating position is high, the visibility is good all around, the lane change blind spot alert will warn you in a can't miss audible fashion.
You were wondering about the Hemi? Its has an authoritative V8 rumble, coupled to the 8 speed automatic there is no situation where there is a lack of power. With good starting acceleration, and excellent passing power on the highway.
The adaptive cruise control is seamless to the point that you would think its not working.
The steering feel, brakes, are what you would expect in an SUV with a 3rd seat. This truck will not encourage you to get exuberant in an on/off ramp environment. Its not a sport sedan...
If you are considering an SUV with a 3rd seat capability, while feeling that a low range and towing capability would increase the versatility of the ownership experience. Perhaps like us, the Durango did not grasp your attention. We urger you to make it a point to exprience a Durango R/T prior to finalising your decision.
Strada Talking Points
- Unique styling cues.
- 2 Speed transfer case and 3rd seat.
- Hemi with 8 speed automatic.
- Imperceptible adaptive cruise control.
- 4 bucket seats
The quick review