2018 DODGE DURANGO R/T V-8 REVIEW & CHANGES – Last year, William Walker appreciated a Granite Gray 2018 Durango GT to our long-phrase fleet, only to already have it taken two a few months right after its introduction-lock, stock, key fob, and 25 large well worth of photoproducts in the back from a Los Angeles-location restaurant’s valet good deal. It is most likely been hauling Russian mobsters close to Kamchatka given that briefly after that mainly because it has never been restored. For a very hot second we regarded silently changing it with a doppelganger and hauling on, but the ’18 models had been just getting released, and we couldn’t withstand updating to an R/T model with the cool new SRT nasal area. And since Dodges are significantly less uncommon and exotic in the brand’s hometown (and consequently with a little luck significantly less of an appealing annoyance compared to what they evidently are in L.A.), the alternative vehicle has become entrusted to our Detroit office for safekeeping.
Improving from a GT V-6 to an R/T V-8 contributes $5,900. Shape the engine is worthy of $3,995 of that (that is the choice cost on Citadel trim degrees), with the more two grand getting the previously mentioned furious SRT bodywork (vented hood, blackout grille, sport front fascia), a minimized sport suspension with fill-questing, fancier lighting, rainfall-sensing wipers, parking sensors, Radar Red Nappa sport leather seating (with eight-way power in front), and the big-screen infotainment set-up. Our snowbelt geography desired an additional ($2,600) “Durango 4” update. An MP 3023 shift case offers on-require variable torque-divided all-wheel drive with low-range gearing and a simple setting (acquire note flat-pull RVers!). To this presently high level of standard equipment we only additional a tech package (adaptive cruise with collision and blind-spot and lane leaving alerts for $2,495), the trailering group ($995), murdered-out black wheels and wall mirrors ($695), and a cargo package of roof side rails, crossbars, and a cargo cover ($395). At $51,970 out the door, it is $9,195 spiffier than our 2017 GT.
Getting place our buy in just as 2018-model manufacturing started off, our White Knuckle splendor was built on August 17 and shipped to us on September 22. As anything good new manager must, we consulted the owners’ manual break-in specifications, that had been quite simple: “Drive relatively in the course of the first 300 miles,” and “while sailing, simple full-throttle velocity in the boundaries of community traffic laws and regulations attributes to an excellent break-in.” Are capable of doing! Two journeys to my lakeside cabin-renovation project got our Durango fully prepared for activity. On these treks, we produced numerous use of the 47.7 cubic feet of cargo space right behind the center row of seats to haul resources and items, but the 43-inch-wide rear outdoor patio will preclude us by using it for drywall or paneling delivery.
To date we are nonetheless grooving on our truck’s awful son seems the Hemi’s prepared rumble, and the sports suspension’s ride/dealing with business-off (pretty flexible on the protrusions, respectably flat in the figure). To date, our Hemi Durango 4’s fuel economy is trailing that of our 3.6-liter rear-drive GT significantly. Soon after a calendar month of support and about 1,800 miles of driving, we are averaging 15. mpg. The GT maintained 18.9 mpg over about 7,100 miles of driving. It is appealing to believe our R/T’s fuel economy will boost as the engine carries on to break in, but the 20 pct fall practically precisely wall mirrors the 19 pct variation in EPA mixed scores, so we are not retaining our breathing.
Our Durango’s boogie card is previously loaded with planned travels to antebellum Vicksburg, Mississippi, Upper Canada, and many tailgate trips with the 10 bash trailers in the pull. We will statement on all its excitement, pleasures, and any probable foibles. In the meantime, if you are traveling in some questionable international country and place a good Granite Gray Durango GT, deliver us a snapshot.