2021 Dodge Durango Ramping Up to be a Three-Row Wonder
Dodge’s popular 2021 Dodge Durango appears set to receive its next redesign for either a 2021 or 2022 release date, though specific details regarding the SUV’s appearance haven’t been announced. Previously, this model was reportedly slated to be discontinued ahead of the Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer nameplate revival as new three-row SUVs; as it currently stands, it’s likely that the current Durango will soldier on at least through 2020.
What We Can Expect From the 2021 Durango
As part of a broader strategy to ramp-up production of three-row sport-utility vehicles, FCA has invested large amounts of capital in its Mack Avenue Engine Complex and Jefferson North Assembly Plant, both in Detroit, with reports indicating that the 2021 Durango will take advantage of these facilities by way of moving to a new body-on-frame (BOF) platform.
Further, this platform should bring a myriad of changes to the Durango, with expectations of seeing additional interior room and a stronger overall look; the new BOF architecture will allow the vehicle to compete head-on with market rivals such as the Ford Expedition and Chevrolet Tahoe. As a result of this update, the entire body of the Durango is expected to be stronger, with the front fascia to undergo a redesign which should lend an aura of unique attractiveness.
Shoppers can also expect some changes to the truck’s dimensions, along with some rear modifications as well.
Looking to the interior, the 2021 Dodge Durango is expected to receive an injection of new elements, the three-row layout courtesy of the new platform offering additional space for passengers and cargo. What’s more, high-quality materials will be utilized throughout the cabin, complemented by revamped technology and safety systems – indeed, with the current model Durango rated as one of the safest SUVs on the planet, the new variant is scheduled to follow that trend.
Under the hood, the 2021 Durango could be offered with four or even five engine choices, with the performance-oriented SRT model reportedly to use the all-new 7.0-liter Hemi V8. There are some reports that indicate this is pure speculation, however, suggesting that the SRT will keep the same 6.2-liter Hemi Supercharged Hellcat V8 with the better output and fuel efficiency. These same reports hint at the new Durango receiving a mild hybrid Pentastar V6 and the 5.7 Hemi V8 – the type of powerplant lying under the hood of the new Ram 1500 model – though there are no confirmations from the Chrysler organization as of yet.
What Users Tell Us About the 2021 Durango
Just based on previous user reviews about the Durango, the 2021 model is poised to bring similar characteristics and feedback regarding its day-to-day operation; in the areas of reliability and longevity, the 2020 Durango scores about average, on par with the Ford Explorer and GMC Acadia, but behind the Honda Pilot and Toyota Highlander. The Durango’s resale value also ranks about mid-pack.
In the “plus” column, owners of the Durango have, in the past, commended its full-size utility (in a midsize vehicle), distinctive styling, powerful V8 engine options, towing ability and roomy third-row seat. In the “minus” column, the vehicle has often been criticized for its aforementioned average resale and reliability scores, fuel-thirsty V8s, difficult maneuvering ability and non-standard advanced driver assist systems.
2021 Durango Rumors
We touched on what is to be expected in the 2021 Durango in previous sections, but to somewhat recap, it is rumored that the vehicle will boast:
• Additional interior room
• Stronger overall look
• New BOF architecture
• Stronger body
• Redesigned front fascia for unique appearance
• Changes to dimensions
• Rear modifications
2021 Durango Versus the Competition
Among the Durango’s chief competitors are Chrysler’s own Jeep Grand Cherokee plus the 2020 Ford Explorer, 2021 Chevrolet Traverse, 2021 GMC Acadia, 2021 Nissan Pathfinder, Mazda CX-9, Buick Enclave, 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe, 2021 Kia Sorento and 2021 Toyota Highlander.
To sum up the “Durango versus the competition” experience, the Mazda CX-9 boasts an athletic handling characteristic and an elegant cabin, though it doesn’t have the Durango’s powerful engine options. The Ford Explorer is pricier than the Durango, but it has more fuel-efficient engine options and a better predicted reliability rating.
2021 Durango Facts
• Safety – Based on the 2020 Durango model’s safety record, the vehicle received a four-star Overall rating, four-star Frontal Crash rating, five-star Side Crash rating and four-star Rollover rating from the NHTSA.
• Fuel Economy – The 2020 Durango boasted MPG numbers of up to 19 city/26 highway, with a hybrid gas-electric powertrain that joined the lineup in 2009.
• Interior – The 2020 Durango has up to three rows of spacious seats, a user-friendly infotainment system and a decent amount of cargo room.
• Exterior – The 2020 Durango offers 11 available exterior colors and an aggressive fascia, LED headlamps, signature Dodge LED touches and more.
• Driving Comfort – This is the vehicle for the driver who has outgrown burnouts from the red light and into kindergarten drop-off duty; the suspension walks the fine line between sport and comfort, but the steering feel and braking performance remind you that you’re driving an SUV.
• Engine Options – The 2020 Durango comes in a number of trim levels, with most models featuring a 3.6-liter V6 engine and the performance-oriented R/T and SRT models each boasting distinct Hemi V8s.
• Reliability – Unfortunately, the Dodge Durango, in its current form, has a somewhat abysmal predicted reliability rating of two out of five from J.D. Power; this is the lowest score that the organization gives to vehicles.
• Type of Vehicle – The Dodge Durango is a mid-size sport-utility vehicle (SUV).
2021 Durango Pricing and Expected Release Date
The 2021 Durango will hit dealerships in late 2020, with prices expected to be slightly higher than the current model (which comes in around $40K). The SRT model will surely cost around $65K.
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