Competes with: Chevrolet Traverse, Ford Explorer, Honda Pilot, Hyundai Palisade, Kia Telluride, Toyota Highlander
Looks like: An even meaner hot-rod SUV
Powertrains: 295-horsepower, 3.6-liter V-6; 360-hp, 5.7-liter Hemi V-8; 475-hp, 6.4-liter SRT V-8; or 710-hp, supercharged 6.2-liter Hellcat V-8; eight-speed automatic transmissions; rear- or all-wheel drive
Hits dealers: Fall 2020; SRT Hellcat in early 2021
While the world continues its frenzy over front-wheel-drive, car-based SUVs, Dodge has soldiered on with its rear-wheel-drive, seven-passenger Dodge Durango, leaving the ancient front-wheel-drive Dodge Journey as its entry into the more modern-style of crossovers. But for 2021, Dodge’s Journey has come to an end, leaving the Durango to soldier on alone (for now) in the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles brand’s showrooms, and allowing Dodge to give it a mild face-lift and a much-needed interior redo to keep interest up in the big truck.
And to keep things really interesting, a one-model-year-only SRT Hellcat model joins the Durango lineup — but production of that variant will be seriously limited, so if you’re looking to grab the ultimate Durango, better cozy up to your local Dodge dealer now and get on his or her good side.