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Eric's Autos: 2022 Dodge Durango

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This engine is paired with an eight-speed automatic that sends the power to either the rear wheels or all four, via a full-time all-wheel-drive system.

You can pull up to 6,200 pounds with the V6.

With the optional 5.7-liter V8 (360 horsepower and 390 foot-pounds of torque), a Durango can pull 8,700 pounds. You can also get this version of the Durango -- the R/T -- with either rear-drive or a 4WD system that has low-range gearing and so has more leverage and traction.

For more speed, check out the SRT 392 version of the Durango. It comes with a 6.4-liter version of the Hemi V8 that makes 475 horsepower and 470 foot-pounds of torque, which makes it possible for the Durango to get to 60 mph in 4.9 seconds.

On The Road

Push the start button and hear the Durango's Hemi exhale. Feel the rumble. It conjures emotion in you -- the same feeling Harley people know all about and wouldn't trade in for anything that's not a big V-twin, no matter how much power it makes or how many MPGs it delivers.

 

The Durango's big V8 just "aw shucks" its way through the crowd, hardly exerting itself. When just cruising along, you will hear and feel that comforting low-down rumble that nothing but a V8 can deliver. The accelerator pedal is your equivalent of a conductor's baton. A bit more pitch now. Perhaps a crescendo. as the Durango bellows by a slowpoke. Then back to that contended burble, as you dial it back and level off.

The 6.4 V8 amps up this experience considerably.

At The Curb

The Durango is a bold-looking rig, particularly the R/T and SRT iterations and especially if ordered in any of the several hard-hitting color schemes available, such as the Destroyer Gray. That plus the scalloped and scooped hood leave no one guessing about this thing's intentions.

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