The 2018 Dodge Durango Is Ready To Catch The Bad Guys
As consumers scoop up the latest and greatest four-wheeled creations to go about their daily lives, law enforcement agencies are also looking to upgrade their fleets. One of the latest entries in this space is the new cop-prepped Dodge Durango, which offers V-8 power and AWD to stick it to the perps.
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The Dodge Durango GT Snarls at the Competition Thanks to the SRT-inspired Rallye Appearance Package
It’s been only two months since Dodge launched a new Mopar package for the Durango, and now there’s a new bundle on the table. While the Mopar pack was created for the range-topping SRT model, this upgrade is offered for Durango GT, which sits at the midpoint of the lineup. Called the Rallye Appearance Package, the new bundle is inspired by the sportier R/T and SRT models and was designed to give customers the fuel efficiency of the Pentastar V-6 and the looks of something powered by a V-8.
2018 Dodge Durango SRT By Mopar
SUV fans have been clamoring for a beefed-up version of the Durango SRT ever since Dodge launched the Challenger Hellcat. But it has yet to happen as of 2018. And I really don’t think that it will change anytime soon. Jeep is already offering the Cherokee Trackhawk above the SRT model, and I’m pretty sure FCA doesn’t want a re-bodied version of this model with a Dodge badge. But, if you’re not a Cherokee fan and you want a Durango SRT with a few special features, you’re going to have to settle for the Mopar upgrade that was unveiled at the 2018 Chicago Auto Show.
Mopar-made bundles for the Dodge Durango is nothing new; we’ve seen them in the past. But these new packages are a bit more comprehensive and include updates for both the exterior and interior, as well as the drivetrain. There’s no extra power to talk about, and this might be disappointing for some, but the performance exhaust and suspension are just enough to set Durango SRT apart from its standard siblings. And the body stripes and carbon-fiber trim add a certain degree of sportiness you don’t get in many SUVs.
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4 Things to Know About Mopar’s Improvements to the 2018 Dodge Durango
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is ramping up its parts division to provide customers with tons of vehicle accessory choices. We’ve seen it with the 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL, but now at the 2018 Chicago Auto Show, both the 2019 Ram 1500 pickup and 2018 Dodge Durango are getting “Moparized.”
Mopar, the iconic parts and accessories division of Chrysler, is doing big things these days. For the 2018 Dodge Durango, Mopar has developed parts for four areas of the three-row SUV. Some are cosmetic while other add performance. So, here’s what you need to know about Mopar’s available upgrades for the 2018 Dodge Durango R/T and SRT trims.
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Dodge Durango gets Hellcat Looks at Chicago Auto Show
Still feeling disappointed that Dodge doesn’t want to build a Hellcat version of the Durango? Well, you will soon be able to buy an SUV that looks like a Hellcat. Sort of. The Durango is getting new Mopar parts at the 2018 Chicago Auto Show, and the visual upgrades are interesting to say the least.
2018 Dodge Durango SRT
The Dodge Durango started life as a midsize, body-on-frame SUV in 1998 and became a full-size SUV for its second generation, which ran from 2004 to 2009. That second-gen model saw declining sales year after year, going from 137,148 sales for the 2004 model year down to just 3,521 for the 2009 model year. The Durango then fell out of production for 2010 (only 572 examples were sold that year), and by the time the 2011 model year came around, Dodge had redesigned the Durango into a full-sized unibody that was sportier than ever with a more upscale interior. Engine options for the current generation have been limited to a 3.6-liter Pentastar and Dodge’s 5.7-liter Hemi, but that is about to change now that Dodge is introducing the Dodge Durango SRT, which includes an even sportier exterior and interior package to go with a 6.4-liter Hemi (392 cubic-inches,) something that makes the Durango the fastest SUV in its class with an output of 475 ponies and 470 pound-feet of torque – that’s one mean machine.
If it seems to you like the Durango was ready to see its fourth-generation before it got yet another trim level, then I would have to say I agree. The current generation has been on the market since 2011 and was updated for the 2014 model year. But, FCA is trying to hold off on pushing out so many new-gen models and is instead focusing on coming up with new ways to bring interest to the models that are actually due for an update. The most obvious car this is happening to is the Dodge Challenger with its new SRT Demon, but the Durango is another one of those models that will soldier on for another year or two. But, at least you can now get it with that 6.4-liter Hemi wrapped in a very sexy package with room for six. With that said, let’s check this baby out and see what all it’s working with!
Updated 07/06/2017: Dodge has finally announced pricing for the Durango SRT. It starts out at $62,995 before options, taxes, and delivery. Check out the “Prices” section below to learn more about it, how it compares to other time levels, and the competition.
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Six of America’s Baddest Muscle Machines
Cue the band, Mr. Copland; today is Independence Day! It’s the day American celebrates her declaration of independence from Britain amid the bloody Revolutionary War, which lasted from 1775 to 1783. Now some 234 years after the battle’s end, America can celebrate something else, too – the laundry list of high-horsepower vehicles that out-class nearly everything on the world’s roads. These cars, trucks, and SUVs represent the best-of-the-best, the most lust-worthy iron ever to transport humans.
These vehicles hail from American brand rich with history. We’ve included only late-model vehicles that represent the peak of their segment, and each will easily outgun nearly anything from outside our borders. Brands like Chevrolet, Ford, and Dodge are not only a cornerstone in the automotive industry, they are icons to the American way of life and our never-ending pursuit of happiness. So stand by for 4,295 horsepower of American Freedom!
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2018 Dodge Durango R/T
For years, the Durango R/T was Dodge’s flagship performance SUV. It came with 360 horsepower from the 5.7-liter Hemi V-8, a performance-tuned suspension and exhaust, rear- or all-wheel drive, and a racer appearance. But for 2018, the Durango R/T loses its crown to the 6.4-liter Hemi-powered Durango SRT. The big V-8 kicks out 475 horsepower, making the most powerful three-row SUV with an American badge. Thankfully Dodge isn’t letting the humbled Durango R/T be forgotten. It receives the same cosmetic upgrades found on the Durango SRT, namely the functional performance hood and front fascia.
These exterior updates aren’t mere cosmetic consolation prize. Both the hood and front fascia are aerodynamically tuned to better ingest cool air while extracting heat from the engine bay. Officially, these enhancements don’t improve the 5.7-liter’s horsepower or torque stats, but in practice, it’s likely the cooler intake temperatures and mild ram-air effect the Durango SRT’s cold-air duct system, combined with lower engine bay temperatures, help boost performance. Then again, Dodge would surely announce any performance gains. In addition to the new bodywork, the Durango R/T will be available in “B5 Blue,” the legendary electric hue only offered on Dodge’s SRT products. Other updates include a new T-handle gear shifter that replaces the rotary knob and a new sport steering wheel. Pricing will be announced closer to the 2018 Durango’s on-sale date in the third quarter of 2017.
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NHTSA Investigating 1 Million Ram Pickups, Dodge SUVs for Rollaway Risk
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investing nearly a million Ram pickup trucks and Dodge Durango crossovers over complaints registered against the rotary dial transmission shifter. The complaints allege vehicles roll away after being parked and point to the rotary electronic shifter as the culprit.
The news comes from Automotive News, which says FCA is cooperating with the NHTSA over the concerns. The NHTSA says it has reports of 25 crashes and nine injuries from owners claiming their vehicles rolled away after being parked. No deaths have been reported in relation to the rotary shifter issue. That is in contrast to FCA’s previous electronic shifter issues. Most notably, “Star Trek” actor Anton Yelchin was killed when his 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee rolled down his steep driveway, pinning the 27-year-old against a brick pillar of his security fence in June of 2016.
Unlike the Jeep Grand Cherokee, Dodge Charger, and Chrysler 300, the Ram trucks and Dodge Durango in question uses the rotary dial rather than the joystick-like gear shifter. However, this now puts both versions of FCA’s electronic shifter into question.
The NHTSA is specifically investigating the 2013 through 2016 Ram 1500 pickup and 2014 through 2016 Dodge Durango. Both vehicles are equipped with the ZF-scoured, eight-speed automatic transmission that requires an electronic shifting mechanism. The rotary shift knob was designed by FCA.
Jaguar Land Rover also uses the same transmission with a similar rotary knob. The NHTSA is including roughly 39,000 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque and Jaguar XF vehicles within its investigation after seven reports of rollaway crashes. Four injuries were associated with the reports. The affected model years include the 2012 through 2014 JLR products.
FCA is urging owners of these vehicles to set the parking brake before exiting the vehicle. We’ll bring you more information as we have it.
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2016 Dodge Durango Shaker concept
Launched in 2010 for the 2011 model year, the third-generation Durango arrived in showrooms a full year after Dodge discontinued the nameplate. The relaunch brought a significantly redesigned SUV with a more upscale interior. While the 5.7-liter V-8 soldiered on with updates, the 3.7-liter V-6 was replaced by the 3.6-liter Pentastar, and the 4.7-liter V-8 was dropped from the lineup. The SUV received its mid-cycle facelift for the 2014 model year, when it gained sportier features, an eight-speed automatic transmission, and redesigned taillights.
Praised for its spacious third-row seats, reliable infotainment system, solid performance of the V-8, and strong towing capacity, the third-gen Durango has been doing quite well sales-wise since the facelift. Although figures aren’t as good as the early 2000s, the Durango sold more than 60,000 units a year in 2014 and 2015, prompting Dodge to add more features with each model year. More recently, rumors of a high-performance version surfaced the Interwebz, backed by spy shots of a more aggressive looking SUV. The production model has yet to be unveiled as of November 2016, but Dodge showcased a higher-performance Durango concept at the 2016 SEMA Show.
Dubbed Durango Shaker concept, it features an array of Mopar accessories, as well as elements usually offered on muscle cars, including the Shaker hood. Dodge didn’t say whether the concept previews an actual road-going SUV, but it’s presence in Las Vegas will definitely get Mopar fans excited. Let’s find out more about it in the review below.
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TopSpeed’s Top Automotive Picks For Moms
It’s Mother’s Day, and we here at TopSpeed wanna show our love and gratitude to all those hardworking mamas out there. But you know, we’re not exactly big on the whole flowers and breakfast in bed thing, so instead, we’ve put together a list of our top seven automotive picks for moms. In this list, we look at a variety of price points and cover all the major family-oriented segments, including minivans, hatchbacks, compact crossovers, mid-size SUVs, full-size SUVs, wagons, and even something for moms with a craving for velocity. We also talk about features and what makes each pick stand out from the crowd when it comes to things moms might want.
What do you think of our picks? Are we missing a model? What’s your choice for the best mom-mobile? Let us know in the comments section. And don’t forget to call your mom!
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2015 has been a great year for the automotive industry, bringing us everything from faster-than-ever performance cars, to roomier and more efficient family vehicles, to semi-autonomous rides, and new-generation electric and hydrogen-powered models. We also saw a large number of fascinating new concept cars that will become production vehicles in the future, while several automakers reached benchmarks that seemed impossible a decade ago.
However, 2015 was also a year that saw many models being discontinued here in the United States. While some are aging models that are being replaced by new nameplates, other vehicles were simply phased out due to slow sales or because they were developed for niches that are no longer feasible in today’s changing market.
With the year now coming to an end, TopSpeed is taking a look back at the discontinued cars we said goodbye to in 2015. But, rather than include all the models that got the axe last year, I focused on those that most of us will miss and the vehicles that, at some point in their life cycle, made a significant impact on the market. Find out more about it below and tell us which model you will miss the most in the comments section.
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As versatile and spacious as today’s crossovers and SUVs are, there really aren’t many to get excited about until you start factoring in some of the high-performance (and high-dollar) German offerings. The key exception, of course, is the 2015 Dodge Durango R/T, which combines a meaner exterior and sport-inspired interior with the size and performance advantages that the Durango already holds over its competition. For 2015, Dodge adds a handful of new updates to the R/T trim level, and while the changes are relatively minor, they help to set this trim apart from the rest of the Durango lineup.
Dodge essentially created the three-row, mid-size SUV market in 1998 when it introduced the Dakota-based Durango, and today, the Dodge Durango continues to bridge the gap between smaller mid-size crossovers and full-size SUVs.
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Every former relationship has its baggage, and leaves its scars. For some of us, given our taste in females, that’s pretty literal. For others, like Chrysler, there was never any leaving Mercedes without at least a few black eyes. Some have questioned whether Chrysler’s trade-up to Italian Fiat was a trade-up at all — but after this, those questions should be pretty well settled.
Last year, Chrysler issues a recall for 189,000 SUVs in the Dodge Durango and Jeep Cherokee lines for the 2011 to 2013 model years. As of Friday of this week, that recall has expanded to a whopping 656,000 vehicles worldwide. The core of the problem is a bad fuel pump relay in the Totally Integrated Power Module; the relay is subject to getting hot, deforming and failing, which cuts off the fuel pump and causes the vehicle to stall. Originally, they assumed the problem was limited to gas-engine models; however, further testing has shown that a further half-million or so foreign-market diesels could experience the same failure.
Still, all things considered, a bad relay isn’t that big a deal. Worse things have happened. So, why does it matter? Read on.
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Dodge is now rolling out yet another "Blacktop" edition vehicle, this time it’s the Dodge Durango. Characterized by a more sinister appearance, the Blacktop Package adds features like glossy-black wheels, black exterior badging, body colored fascia panels, and semi-smoked headlights. The 2014 Durango Blacktop will be no exception.
The new accent package will be available on the Durango SXT, Limited, and R/T models and will hit showrooms starting in October 2014. For SXT trim level Durangos, the Blacktop package will add gloss-black 20-inch wheels, a matching gloss-black crosshair grille, grille surround and side mirrors, black headlight bezels and exterior badging, dual rear exhaust with bright tips, and body-colored fascia and moldings where chrome would normally reside. It creates one of the boldest looks on any current SUV. For the lower-level SXT trim package, checking the Blacktop box will cost an additional $1,590.
Druangos with the Limited trim package get all the same gloss-blak bits as the SXT, plus swanky HID headlights and LED daytime running lights with the Blacktop Package installed. Checking the Blacktop box with the Limited trim costs $1,990, or $400 more than the Blacktop Package on the SXT, mainly because of the HID headlights.
The Durango R/T only gains $295 to its MSRP to upgrade to the Blacktop package and gets gloss-black 20-inch aluminum wheels, gloss-black crosshair grille with matching grille surround and gloss-black badging.
All three trim are available in one of five colors: Billet Silver, Bright White, Brilliant Black, Granite Crystal, or Redline Red.
Both the SXT and Limited trims come powered by the 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6, which gains five horsepower from the new Blacktop Package’s exhaust, while the R/T model uses the 5.7-liter HEMI V-8
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Happy Thursday, friends. We know it can be a slightly somber day for many of the F1 fans out there, but we are here to make your day a little better. It is time for the TopSpeed Podcast.
Not only do we have the return of Mark to our podcast shenanigans, but we have video (after the jump) up and ready to post at the same time as audio. Yay us!
This week’s show returns to our traditional format with the Weekly wheels coming first. I talk about a Buick LaCrosse, Mark discusses the Dodge Durango and Justin tries to mercilessly bash the Acura TL.
Since Mark just got back form the drive of the all-new 2015 Hyundai Genesis we spend a good chunk of time discussing this new luxury performance machine. Afterwards we hit some more traditional news stories that include the first reviews and videos of the Ferrari LaFerrari, upgrades coming to the 2015 Chevrolet SS and the revival of Fisker.
We had a pretty solid Q/A segment that includes stories of our past hooliganisms. how we would love to destroy cars, and we had a question about my GT-R drive.
We finish the show with Own, Drive, Burn and a trio of Batmobiles.
We hope everyone enjoys the show, and as always please send us any comments, questions or Own, Drive, Burn suggestions you have. You can reach us by email at Podcast@TopSpeed.com, you can find us on Twitter @TopSpeedPodcast, or you can just sound off in the comments below.
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Happy Thursday everyone. See you next week for EPISODE 010!
Weekly Wheels: Buick LaCrosse, Acura TL, Dodge Durango
Hosts: Christian Moe, Justin Cupler, Mark McNabb
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Thundering around town in a three-row SUV isn’t typically an exciting event. Slow and cumbersome with loads of body roll and understeer can make for a rather uninspiring trip. Then again, the refreshed 2014 Dodge Durango isn’t a typical SUV.
Coated in Granite Crystal Metallic paint with matching 20-inch rims, blacked-out windows, color-keyed bumpers and grille, and that ‘racetrack’ LED taillight fixture out back give this bad boy a snarling bad attitude. Equipped with the Rallye Appearance Package, this Durango seems to hold up an inappropriate gesture to any sneering onlookers.
Get on this bad boy’s good side, however, and you’re coddled like a king – even in the third row. The revised interior for 2014 is much improved over last year and includes numerous refinements. There’s an all-new steering wheel with standard paddle shifters controlling the standard TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic, a reworked center stack with the optional 8.4-inch Uconnect system, and a large seven-inch TFT display within the gauge cluster.
Though this Dodge is refreshed for 2014, all the good stuff from its 2011 total makeover is still present. The killer exterior looks, the loads of room in the second and third rows, its two optional engines, and all-wheel-drive set-up are among the most notable features in the Durango’s returning repertoire.
I recently spent a week with this beastly SUV, doing everything from commuting around and hauling kids, to blasting around cloverleaf interstate on-ramps. Head past the jump for my full run-down.
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