It is a story that is as old as time (or at least as old as automobiles) – the dreaded swap from carefree, fun-loving driving to boring and responsible family vehicles. Not many of us have the extra money that would enable us to have a spare sports car or two just sitting around for when we want to go on a fun, joy-riding driving adventure. Thankfully, Dodge has now solved all our problems with the Hellcat-powered 2021 Dodge Durango. Now, you can have a family and a fun driving adventure at the same time.
Of course, if you don’t want a Hellcat but still want a great midsize SUV, then the regular 2021 Durango trim options should fit your lifestyle perfectly. This year’s new Durango comes with so many options and features that unless you are just anti-SUV, you would be hard-pressed to walk away without finding an option that works for you. So let’s take a closer look at what exactly makes the 2021 Durango so awesome for families and fun-loving adventure seekers alike.
Unique 2021 Dodge Durango Engine Options
For years, the Dodge Durango has been a solid choice for families who want the SUV lifestyle, and a lot of that is thanks to the multiple engine options. The first is the 3.6L Pentastar V6 engine. This engine is coupled with an eight-speed automatic transmission and puts out 295 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. This is a great combination for those who are looking to save money on gasoline costs as it gets up to 26 MPG on the highway. This V6 engine even gives the Durango a towing capacity of up to 6,200 lbs, which is great for being able to tow around larger toys.
The next engine available in the 2021 Dodge Durango is the 5.7L HEMI V8 engine, which has variable valve timing fuel saver technology. This engine gives you up to 22 MPG on the highway while still allowing for some pretty impressive powerhouse capabilities. When you go with this engine setup, you will have 360 horsepower and 390 lb-ft of torque underneath your hood. And when you opt for the Tow N Go package, you will be able to tow up to 8,700lbs.
Next on the 2021 Durango engine lineup, we have the 6.4L HEMI V8. This engine comes standard in the SRT trim, and it comes with 475 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque. Finally, we have the uniquely impressive engine that makes the 2021 Durango the most powerful SUV in the world. This is the supercharged 6.2L HEMI SRT Hellcat V8 engine, and it gives you 710 horsepower and 645 lb-ft of torque. That will punch you back into your seat when you hit the gas, which is no surprise when you remember that this is also the engine that comes in the most powerful versions of the Dodge Charger and Dodge Challenger muscle cars.
Look and Feel Good with Durango Options and Features
The 2021 Dodge Durango is about more than just power and speed; it looks and feels good too. The Durango comes with standard LED low-beam and high-beam headlights as well as LED daytime lights that are designed to help you be seen in low visibility conditions. The taillights are also LED and give the Durango its class-exclusive racetrack taillamp style that ensures everyone will know what you are driving as you pass them. The Durango even has fog lamps, which can become really important if you are ever driving in a bad weather situation. Also available are LED turn signals and automatic high-beam headlights that work hard to help keep the road as visible as possible.
For those of you who want to stand out in the crowd, the Durango has a Mopar Dual Stripes customization that is available with the R/T and SRT trim levels. These stripes are particularly popular amongst drivers who want to look and feel like they are driving a sports car but still want the comfort and luxury afforded to them by a bigger SUV. And since the Durango comes with the option of the Hellcat engine, these stripes fit perfectly with its sporty racing persona.
The inside of the 2021 Durango is more like sitting in a sports car than an SUV. This is because the new Durango’s interior was inspired by the awesome Dodge Challenger and Charger, two of the world’s best-performing sports cars. The Durango has a new ICS (internet connection sharing) dashboard screen that includes hard-button controls for your available heated and cooled seats and heated steering wheel. The Uconnect 5 infotainment system has been upgraded to include a 10.1-inch touchscreen that is turned 7 degrees towards the driver for greater ease of access and visibility. Additionally, the wireless charging system makes it easy for both Apple and Android device users to stay connected while on the go.
With 50+ different seating configurations available in the 2021 Durango, you have plenty of options for all your seating and gear carrying needs. This SUV comes with three rows and up to seven seats, which means the average family will have no problem fitting inside. Since the second row of seating has a fold and tumble feature, crawling into the third row is a breeze, no matter how big or small you are. Additionally, the rear seating has a standard second-row center console that gives your back seat passengers the ability to enjoy USB charging and personal climate controls, making for an even more pleasant ride.
Safety Features for the Dodge Durango
Safety is always a big thing with any family vehicle, and the 2021 Dodge Durango is covering all the proper angles. It comes with available adaptive cruise control, which is not only convenient but also great for keeping you at a safe distance from the car in front of you. Speed and following distance are the two biggest contributors to many accidents on the road today, so using this feature will help keep you safe. The 2021 Durango also comes with blind spot monitoring, which gives you a few extra sets of eyes that are designed to look out for your safety.
Some other safety items that Dodge has put into the 2021 Durango include specialty braking technologies such as rain brake support, braking assist, ready-alert braking, and of course, electronic brake force distribution. The rain brake support applies enough pressure to the calipers to keep your brakes water-free when the windshield wipers are running, braking assist is an available option that can boost the vehicle’s braking power when an emergency braking situation occurs, and the ready-alert braking charges the brakes if you suddenly take your foot off of the accelerator. Finally, the electronic brake force distribution ensures minimum stopping distances by allocating braking force to the individual tires that can best use it.
The 2021 Dodge Durango – Sporty Yet Responsible
For those who are looking to enter into the realm of responsible family vehicles without sacrificing fun, style, and adventure, look no further than the 2021 Dodge Durango. This SUV seamlessly combines power and sophistication with excitement and wonder, bringing us a revolutionary vehicle. It’s clear to see why so many adventure seekers are drifting towards this powerful SUV. The only question is, are you convinced? If you want to learn more about the 2021 Durango, contact your local Dodge dealer – but act fast if you want a Hellcat under the hood because that limited-edition model has almost sold out already.