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 of 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.
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 seconds 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 on board. 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 set up; 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.