A performance midsize SUV sounds like a phrase that doesn’t make any sense. When you think midsize SUVs, especially those with an available third row of seats, your mind is immediately drawn to suburban moms and dads shuttling their kids to and from soccer practice. While the 2020 Dodge Durango is capable of this suburban chauffeuring service, it is also built for so much more. With eight different models to choose from, the Durango offers SUV drivers the options and features they desire in their vehicle. The top-of-the-line 2020 Dodge Durango SRT has been rated the most powerful and fastest three-row SUV on the market. This is power and performance in a vehicle that also provides the roominess and storage capacity you need in your midsize SUV.
Three Powerful Dodge Engines to Choose From
The base model engine on the 2020 Dodge Durango is a 3.6L Pentastar DOHC V6. This engine efficiently uses its six cylinders to produce up to 295 horsepower with 260 lb-ft of torque, allowing the Durango to tow up to 6,200 pounds. It also won’t punish you at the pump, providing an estimated 19 miles per gallon in the city, 26 miles per gallon out on the highway, and 22 miles per gallon overall.
Need some more get-up-and-go? The 5.7L Hemi OHV V8 provides up to 360 horsepower and 390 lb-ft of torque. This also gives your Durango the strength to tow up to 7,400 pounds of trailer.
Estimated mileage is an acceptable 14 miles per gallon in the city, 22 miles per gallon on the highway, and an overall 18 miles per gallon.
If that is not enough power, then there is always the 6.4L Hemi OHV V8. This monster will give you an incredible 475 horsepower with 470 lb-ft of torque. This V8 gives you the power to tow up to 8,700 pounds. The EPA estimates the mileage on this engine to be 13 miles per gallon in the city, 19 miles per gallon on the highway, and 16 miles per gallon overall.
The transmission is a standard 8-speed automatic with sequential shift control. This allows the electronic t-shifter to make gear selections depending on driving conditions intuitively.
Eight Models to Choose From
The base model of the 2020 Dodge Durango is the SXT RWD, with an MSRP of $30,495. This is a two-row, five-passenger version of the Durango. In addition to many standard safety and entertainment features, the SXT comes with 18-inch aluminum wheels. The SXT Plus takes the Durango to the next level. This is also a two-row, five-passenger version of the Durango. The SXT Plus adds an 8-way power driver and manual first passenger seats, and bright side roof racks, all for an MSRP of $33,495.
Adding a third row to accommodate up to seven passengers, the GT RWD lists for an MSRP of $34,645. It also adds 20-inch satin carbon aluminum wheels, performance front, and rear fascia, LED fog lamps, and a shark fin antenna. The GT Plus adds a heated steering wheel, heated front and second-row seats, power liftgate for the cargo area, and remote vehicle start and security alarm, so you can warm up the car on those cold days, or get the A/C working during the summer. The GT Plus has an MSRP of $38,995.
The Citadel and the Citadel Anodized Platinum RWD are a special three-row, six-passenger model of the Durango, with a 2/2/2 seating configuration. Front and second-row passengers enjoy captain’s chairs, while the rear row is a folding bench. The Citadel features 20-inch platinum chrome aluminum wheels, dual rear exhaust with bright tips, and Nappa leather trim seats for an MSRP of $42,995. The Citadel Anodized Platinum adds 20-inch satin carbon aluminum wheels, a soft-touch hand-wrapped instrument panel with live stitch, heated front, and second-row seats, high-intensity discharge headlamps, and platinum chrome interior and exterior accents. This is one gorgeous Durango that needs to be seen to be believed, all for an MSRP of $46,270.
If you want top performance in your SUV, then you need to check out the 2020 Dodge Durango R/T. Listing at an MSRP of $43,995, the R/T features a 5.7 liter Hemi V8, 20-inch high gloss black aluminum wheels, performance steering, a sport-tuned suspension, and a Hemi fender badge. Want to check out the ultimate SUV beast? Then the top-of-the-line SRT is the vehicle for you. The SRT lists for an MSRP of $62,995 and features a 6.4L Hemi V8, performance-tuned all-wheel drive system, 20×10 inch black noise aluminum wheels, SRT flat-bottom performance steering wheel with SRT paddle shifters, active noise cancellation system, SRT performance pages, and SRT drive modes. The paddle shifters will help you shift gears with convenience and ease. Find out why this is rated the most powerful vehicle in its class.
Roominess and Comfort
The engineers at Dodge have efficiently configured the 2020 Durango to maximize passenger and cargo space. The SUV measures 201.2 inches in length, 75.8 inches in width, and 70.9 inches in height, with a 119.8-inch wheelbase. The two-row SXT and SXT Plus provide front seat passengers with 39.9 inches of headroom, 40.3 inches of legroom, and 58.5 inches of shoulder room, while rear-seat passengers have 39.8 inches of headroom, 38.6 inches of legroom, and 50.4 inches of shoulder room. The extra trunk space provides this model with room for up to 1,380 pounds of cargo.
The three-row versions of the Durango are also very roomy. Front row passengers enjoy 39.9 inches of headroom, 40.3 inches of legroom, and 58.5 inches of shoulder room, while second and third-row passengers won’t feel cramped. Passengers in the second row will appreciate 39.8 inches of headroom, 38.6 inches of legroom, and 50.4 inches of shoulder room, while the two in the third row can expect a comfortable 37.8 inches of headroom, 31.5 inches of legroom, and 50.4 inches of shoulder room. There is also plenty of room for up to 1,260 pounds of cargo in the three-row configuration of the Durango. All models of the Durango have up to 84.5 cubic feet of storage space when the rear seats are folded down.
The Dodge Durango Does Not Compromise on Safety Features
The base model 2020 Dodge Durango SXT features many standard safety features, including four-wheel ABS brakes, traction control, electronic stability control with electronic mitigation to reduce the risk of rollover, tire pressure monitoring system, and front, rear, side and canopy airbags. In addition, all models have Dodge’s brake assist system, allowing the vehicle to adjust the braking pressure in a possible emergency situation. Other safety features are available as an upgrade, including blind-spot monitoring to provide greater safety while you are changing lanes, forward collision alert that can stop the vehicle before a front impact, and front and rear parking sensors that help you get your Durango into even the tightest parking spots.
Entertainment Beyond the Open Road
Dodge vehicles feature the Uconnect system, which provides information, entertainment, and connectivity for you and your passengers by integrating several key features into an easy touchscreen configuration. All Durango vehicles have an AM/FM stereo with a six-speaker audio system, and satellite radio capabilities. Uconnect includes access for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, depending on the operating system of your smartphone. In addition, the R/T and SRT have the upgraded Uconnect 4C NAV with an 8.4-inch touchscreen, which adds navigation to the system. SiriusXM and SiriusXM Guardian with roadside assistance are available as upgrades. The Durango also features front and rear USB ports so you and your passengers can charge your devices while on your trip.
Sharp Looks that Thrill
There are plenty of sharp and thrilling colors to choose from, even for the 2020 Dodge Durango SXT, including granite, destroyer grey, DB black, billet, reactor blue, in-violet, octane red, and vice white. What can look cooler than a racing stripe? How about dual Mopar racing stripes on the SRT and R/T models!
Find out what is meant by a performance midsize SUV. Check out the 2020 Dodge Durango, and give your passengers the comfort they expect while you enjoy the driving experience you deserve.