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- Highs Burly V-8 rumble, room for seven, muscle-car performance.
- Lows Not particularly efficient, hard ride over rough roads, ordinary interior for a sport model.
- Verdict One of few family SUVs with a distinctly rad-dad personality, the Durango SRT 392 offers muscle-car performance and crossover practicality.
For when a two-door muscle car no longer suits your needs, Dodge has just the answer with the 2021 Durango SRT 392. The rumbling Hemi V-8 under the hood of this three-row SUV makes a healthy 475 horsepower and propels this big Dodge to 60 mph in a fleet 4.7 seconds. The Durango SRT will even do a sick four-wheel burnout—you know, for those times when you want to convince the kids that you're still a cool dude. If you're looking to save on your fuel bill, this Dodge isn't the right crossover for you. It's one of the precious few SUVs on sale that will preserve your high-octane image while providing the space and practicality that a family needs.
What's New for 2021?
Like the standard Durango and the new limited-edition Durango SRT Hellcat, the SRT 392 model receives lightly updated exterior styling, a redesigned dashboard, and a new 10.1-inch infotainment system for 2021.
Pricing and Which One to Buy
Standard features on the SRT 392 include navigation, leather-and-microsuede seats with heating and ventilation for those up front, heated second-row captain's chairs, and three-zone automatic climate control. If we were to spec this vehicle, we'd likely add the Technology Group package for its adaptive cruise control, automated emergency braking, and other driver-assistance features.
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Engine, Transmission, and Performance
The Durango SRT's 6.4-liter V-8 gives it far more gusto than most people need in a three-row SUV. But we're not most people, and if you're reading this, you probably aren't, either. The Durango SRT lays down its power in a smooth linear fashion. It is brutally quick, too, and sounds oh so glorious under heavy throttle. Come to think of it, the Durango SRT's V-8 sounds throaty and thunderous even at half-throttle, which is good, because full-throttle situations on public roads lead quickly to "Sorry, officer" speeds. At the test track, the Durango SRT managed a blistering 4.7-second run to 60 mph, just 0.3 second behind the similarly powered two-row Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT. From behind the wheel, it's easy to feel like a racing champion, even with the whole family onboard. The SUV's steering is sharp and communicative, and the stiff suspension does a commendable job of disguising the Durango SRT's weight and high center of gravity. Over rough stretches of road, the ride is far from pillow soft, a trade-off for the performance-focused setup; the most aggressive Track mode feels downright punishing on all but the smoothest surfaces. But at least the Durango SRT can tow 8700 pounds.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
Sipping fuel is anything but the Durango SRT's forte, and the 6.4-liter V-8's 475 ponies are as thirsty in the Durango as they are in the Grand Cherokee SRT. The EPA estimates it'll earn 13 mpg in the city and 19 mpg on the highway. We wish we could say the SRT brute-utes redeemed themselves in our real-world testing, but that's not the case: They both delivered 18 mpg in our hands.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
The SRT is as roomy and family friendly as the normal Durango but features standard leather sport seats, second-row captain's chairs, and a flat-bottomed steering wheel with paddle shifters. Both first- and second-row occupants get heated seats; the fronts see ventilation, too. It's not the most voluminous SUV out there, but the Durango SRT accommodated a significant number of carry-on cases in our testing (26 with the back rows folded) and provided adequate in-cabin cubby space. This grocery getter will get the job done easily and in record time.
Infotainment and Connectivity
Displayed on a 10.1-inch touchscreen sitting prominently on the Durango SRT's dashboard is Dodge's version of the Fiat Chrysler Uconnect infotainment system. The software responds crisply to inputs and is very user-friendly. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration and navigation are standard here, and drivers also benefit from real-time traffic and weather updates courtesy of SiriusXM Travel Link. What sets the SRT's system apart from those of lesser Durango models is the Performance Pages menu. This set of features allows users to monitor all sorts of car-geek data, such as horsepower, cornering g-force, and even acceleration-time stats. Think you can beat our 4.7-second 60-mph blast? Turn on the timer from the appropriate tab in the Performance Pages, set your launch control, and find out.
Safety and Driver-Assistance Features
Overall Safety Rating (NHTSA)
Without crash-test results from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, we can't comment on the Durango SRT's performance in case of an accident. The standard Durango's scores in IIHS's testing were mediocre for 2018. A handful of driver-assistance features are offered, but few are standard equipment. Key safety features include:
- Standard rear automated emergency braking
- Standard automatic high-beam headlamps
- Available automated emergency braking and adaptive cruise control
Warranty and Maintenance Coverage
Dodge offers a wholly average warranty package for the Durango SRT, and none of its policies stand out as exceptional. However, buyers can purchase an extended warranty through their local Dodge dealership and can even select one that provides lifetime coverage for the Durango SRT. Be aware that such a warranty applies only to the first owner, however, and cannot be transferred to subsequent owners.
- Limited warranty covers three years or 36,000 miles
- Powertrain warranty covers five years or 60,000 miles
- No complimentary scheduled maintenance
2021 Dodge Durango SRT 392
front-engine, all-wheel-drive, 6-passenger, 4-door wagon
PRICE AS TESTED
$74,250 (base price: $64,490)
pushrod 16-valve V-8, iron block and aluminum heads, port fuel injection
391 in3, 6410 cm3
475 hp @ 6000 rpm
470 lb-ft @ 4300 rpm
Suspension (F/R): control arms/multilink
Brakes (F/R): 15.0-in vented disc/13.8-in vented disc
Tires: Pirelli P Zero, 295/45R-20 (110Y)
Wheelbase: 119.8 in
Length: 200.8 in
Width: 76.4 in
Height: 72.1 in
Passenger volume: 141 ft3
Cargo volume: 17 ft3
Curb weight: 5457 lb
C/D TEST RESULTS
60 mph: 4.1 sec
100 mph: 11.0 sec
130 mph: 22.1 sec
Rolling start, 5–60 mph: 4.9 sec
Top gear, 30–50 mph: 2.5 sec
Top gear, 50–70 mph: 3.0 sec
1/4 mile: 12.7 sec @ 106 mph
Top speed (C/D est): 155 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph: 163 ft
Braking, 100–0 mph: 323 ft
Standing-start accel times omit 1-ft rollout of 0.2 sec.
C/D FUEL ECONOMY
Observed: 13 mpg
75-mph highway driving: 17 mpg
Highway range: 410 miles
EPA FUEL ECONOMY
Combined/city/highway: 15/13/19 mpg