June 26, 2022

2021 Dodge Durango Hellcat.Jeremy Sinek/The Globe and Mail

The Dodge Durango Hellcat’s one-year manufacturing run led to January, and sellers snapped all of them up, however the consideration it attracts casts a glow on all Durangos.

If you happen to’re too late to purchase one of many 6.2-litre supercharged, 710-horsepower V8 Hellcats, the Durango household nonetheless consists of critical muscle with 5.7-litre or 6.4-litre V8s price 375 and 475 horsepower respectively (the bottom engine is a 293-hp 3.6-litre V6).

The Durango Hellcat is 500 kg porkier than the Charger Hellcat Redeye sedan we examined lately, and it offers away 87 horsepower. It does have one large edge – all-wheel drive. The end result is similar claimed 3.5-second 0-100 km/h time because the rear-wheel-drive sedan. Furthermore, the SUV is significantly better in a position to replicate its test-track thrust on the road than the sedan.

And it will possibly tow as much as 3,946 kg.

Energy tilt-and-telescope steering and a 12-way seat ought to get most individuals comfy on the wheel.Jeremy Sinek/The Globe and Mail

As if the engine wasn’t sufficient of an edge, the Hellcat additionally has a “faster” axle ratio (3.7:1) than different Durangos. The only-speed switch case mechanically shift energy between entrance and rear, as much as 70-per-cent rearwards in Monitor Mode. It additionally has its personal distinctive suspension tuning, Brembo entrance brakes, and 20 x 10-inch wheels wrapped in 295/45R20 Pirelli gumballs. Shared with all 2021 Durangos are an exterior freshening, and a revised cockpit.

The Durango Hellcat has climate-change-related points. The one SUV that ranks worse than its authorities mixed consumption of 17.4 L/100 km is the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk (17.7), which makes use of the identical engine. The federal government scores it 1 out of 10 for CO2 emissions, the identical for smog, and punishes it with a $3,000 gas-guzzler tax.

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If you happen to don’t suppose local weather change is an issue – a minimum of, not your downside – there’s a lot to be stated for a car of such monumental efficiency that can be utilized all yr and for all functions. The Durango combines the usable three-row seating of typical mid-size SUVs, with a tow ranking that’s proper up there with the full-sizers. And did we point out it’s colossally quick?

The seats fold usefully flat, and whereas the cargo-volume numbers and payload are solely common for a three-row mid-size SUV, the 8,700-lb. tow ranking is properly above the norm.Jeremy Sinek/The Globe and Mail

In response to its personal journey pc, the Hellcat averaged a stunning 23.2 L/100 km through the two days it got here to remain (although, admittedly, that did embody acceleration testing). I might have saved it longer however I couldn’t afford the fuel.

That stated, you’ll be able to in all probability afford the fuel in case you can afford the car. Base MSRP for the Durango Hellcat was $116,315, even earlier than you add the gas-guzzler tax. That appears large cash for a blue-collar model resembling Dodge, although the one different three-row SUVs that come even near its efficiency are blue-blood Europeans with MSRPs beginning on the far aspect of $150,000.

The common-or-garden Dodge does take a leaf out of the Euros’ ebook by itemizing a great deal of extra-cost choices. Our take a look at pattern had a dozen of them – together with beauty fripperies like purple seat belts ($95) or Mopar stripes ($1,495) – that added $15,500 to the underside line.

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All of which can be moot, as a result of the Durango was solely made for 2021, and the sellers snapped all of them up months in the past. If there are any left on the tons, they might be fetching a premium.

Tech specs

2021 Dodge Durango Hellcat

Worth: $116,315 base/$131,915

Engine: 6.2-litre supercharged V8

Transmission/drive: 8-speed automated/AWD

Gasoline consumption, L/100 km: 20.5 metropolis/13.8 hwy.

Options: Audi SQ7, BMW Alpina XB7, Mercedes AMG GLS63

Appears to be like

A extra forward-leaning profile, Charger Widebody-inspired fascia and LED lighting are new to all Durangos for 2021. The uber model is additional distinguished by Hellcat badges plus a novel entrance spoiler lip and rear spoiler that create precise downforce.


The brand new cockpit consists of match and end upgrades extra acceptable to the Hellcat’s price ticket – enhanced on the take a look at car by an SRT Inside Look Group – and angles the ten.1-inch touchscreen towards the motive force. Energy tilt-and-telescope steering and a 12-way seat ought to get most individuals comfy on the wheel. The user-friendly display nonetheless leaves sufficient precise buttons and knobs (together with, now, for seat heating and cooling) to maintain luddites completely happy. The gauge cluster features a digital speedometer as a result of the analogue one, with 320-km/h-worth of indices crammed right into a half circle, is all however unreadable.

The brand new cockpit consists of match and end upgrades extra acceptable to the Hellcat’s price ticket and angles the ten.1-inch touchscreen towards the motive force.Jeremy Sinek/The Globe and Mail

The Durango’s cabin is narrower than newer mid-sizers, so row three is barely a two-person perch. The second-row captain’s chairs don’t slide, however they’re positioned to supply first rate legroom whereas leaving tolerable house and luxury (albeit with knees pointing heavenward) for many sizes of grownup in row three.

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Alternatively, when you have a higher want for pace than for house, the no-charge Light-weight Efficiency Package deal deletes the third-row seats and replaces the second row buckets with a bench.


Our low-mileage take a look at car achieved 0-100 km/h in 4.0 seconds, so the manufacturing facility’s test-track declare of 0-60 mph (0-96 km/h) in 3.5 seconds is probably going doable with a well-broken-in engine and optimum testing circumstances. Extra to the purpose, this degree of thrust is usually usable, more often than not, on the road.

Even with AWD and on dry pavement, a tough launch can induce some wheelspin, however hopefully the regulation gained’t hear it over the satanic symphony of crackle and gargle, rumble and howl unleashed from the tailpipes.

The Durango Hellcat has a 6.2-litre supercharged V8 engine.Jeremy Sinek/The Globe and Mail

Whereas its steering-and-stopping skills don’t make the Hellcat right into a six-seater Mazda MX-5 – you’re at all times acutely aware of its peak and heft – the chassis and brake upgrades competently handle all of the kinetic vitality concerned. Any try to additional athleticize its dealing with would probably have destroyed the experience, which is definitely surprisingly livable.


Even at this worth you pay further for lane-departure warning, lane-keep help, adaptive cruise and automated emergency braking (all within the $950 know-how group) in addition to $500 for blind-spot warning with rear cross-path detection. The infotainment stock consists of wi-fi telephone charging, Bluetooth streaming, Sirius XM 360L and hands-free communication, plus CarPlay and Android Auto, however not a Wi-Fi scorching spot.


The seats fold usefully flat, and whereas the cargo-volume numbers and payload are solely common for a three-row mid-size SUV, the 8,700-lb. tow ranking is properly above the norm.

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