Wow, and I mean WOW! Back in 2018 we had the Dodge Challenger Hellcat SRT car, a beast to say the least (look, I’m rhyming). Imagine my surprise when the Dodge Durango SRT 392 came rumbling into the driveway – seriously … rumbling. Fire up this full size, SUV with room for six and you get that big engine, “I wanna run” sound. No kidding. This is a big SUV built for more than hauling around four passengers and a couple of kids.
I was curious about the “392” designation on the Durango and found out that the 6.4 L V8 Hemi engine is roughly 392 cubic inches, produces 475 horse power and 470 lb.-ft. torque. What does that really mean? It means it goes from 0 – 60 mph in 4.4 seconds. I was told by a close personal friend that it goes from 20 mph to 75 in a couple of nano seconds on a back road in Pinehurst, but that friend would like his name left out of this, since he lives here, and you never know when the Pinehurst Police Department might be reading our column.
Sooooo, why would you need all that horsepower in what is obviously a big luxury SUV? One reason is that the Dodge Durango SRT has the best towing capability of any vehicle in its class, 8700 pounds to be exact. Our Durango and most of the ones out there come standard with a performance based all-wheel-drive system as well.
I included a picture more from above the vehicle because I thought the air scoop, performance hood, and styling were quite striking on the Durango SRT.
I think no matter what the angle this is a sharp looking SUV.
The interior reflected the quality that Dodge is putting into the Durango SRT as well.
Wood grain, fine stitching, a comfortable steering wheel, wood handle gear shift, and a big screen touch screen for all your navigation, phone, and radio needs make the interior very nice. Standard features include navigation, leather-and-faux-suede seats with heating and ventilation in the front, heated second-row captain’s chairs, and three-zone automatic climate control. Our Durango also had the Technology Group for $2395 to make our V-8 family mover a bit safer with forward-collision warning and enhanced lane-departure warning, LaneSense, which keeps you in the center of the driving lane and warns you if you try to leave the lane without using your signal. We also had Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) which holds the speed and monitors the vehicles in front of you.
I liked a lot of things about the Durango except the mileage. Yes, it will go like a ‘scalded cat’ as they say in the South, but with 15 – 18 mpg, it is meant as a heavy-duty hauler, not something in which you are going to commute to the grocery store, post office, or school. Capiche? Okay, maybe with gentle pressure on the gas and knowing it’s getting 18 mpg, I might drive it to the grocery store, but heck, who can do that ‘gently’? Not me.
Starting at $65K it is a vehicle for those who want and need what the Durango SRT was designed to do, look good while hauling around big things – boats, family RV’s, horse trailers – with horses, things of that nature.
I checked out the third row seating on this bad boy and can tell you that, except for getting back there, there is enough back end space and leg room for an adult, not overly comfortable mind you, but from there to the restaurant and home, I could ride there just fine.
Even though this is a full-sized SUV with 20” tires, I always felt in control. It was responsive, and once I adjusted the seat and steering, it was a pleasure to drive. You can, of course, use the memory seat feature to set your and your partner’s optimum driving position. The steering wheel adjustment is electronic for up down, in and out, as is the driver’s seat. The ride was quite except for the wonderful rumbling of the Hemi engine when you step down on the gas pedal … so they tell me.
Is this really a vehicle for me, or for Laurie and me? I think not. But if you are into muscle cars and want a muscle SUV to haul your boat, RV, or horse trailer, the Dodge Durango SRT 392 is definitely one vehicle you will want to consider.
John and Laurie Wiles will present their review of the 2020 Dodge Durango 392 on the Westchester On the Broadcast that will be heard Thursday morning from 10-10:30am. Access the broadcast “Live”or “On Demand” clicking onto the audio stream of the broadcast via this hyperlink: http://tobtr.com/s/11564317.
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