The Cleverness Durango has been in production since 1998. The current generation has been around since 2011, making it one of the oldest still on the market. However, Dodge has given it many minor tweaks and updates over the years to keep it competitive both visually and performance-wise. The latter is especially true now that the Durango has received its own Hellcat treatment, along with a roaring 707-horsepower V8.
The changes in the new model include a new front design, a new rear design, some new lighting, a few interior upgrades and a 710 horsepower V8. This makes the Durango Hellcat the most powerful 3-row SUV, with the next option being the Mercedes-AMG GLS 63 with 603 hp.
10/10 Limited edition
The Dodge Durango Hellcat is the first SUV from the Hellcat brand. It’s also one of the fastest SUVs you can buy. The Durango Hellcat will only be in production for one year, with only 2,000 units available. According to Dodge, all 2,000 limited units are sold out and order books are officially closed.
However, Dodge has reserved a few copies for dealers, giving hope to anyone who wants to own one. With the limited edition, Dodge ensures that all Durango Hellcats remain sought after and an exceptional model.
9/10 Option 3rd row
The Durango Hellcat has a three-row option to give more people one Hellcat of a ride. This muscular SUV is a masterpiece built to conquer the streets of America. The Durango Hellcat is the best three-tow hitch SUV on the market for comfort and performance.
The Durango Hellcat might be a perfect fit if your whole family is all about performance. The three-row seats offer the best comfort when handling a fair amount of cargo. If you fold down the third or second row, you have enough space for an entire house.
8/10 Four wheel drive
The Durango Hellcat has an impressive performance-tuned four-wheel drive system. The system works depending on the selected driving mode. For example, in Auto Drive mode, the torque distribution is 40% to the front and 60% to the rear. In sport mode, the distribution is 35% forward and 65% backward.
However, you can enjoy the best performance with Track mode. The mode offers 30% forward and 70% rear for improved handling and acceleration. The all-wheel drive system in the Hellcat outperforms any high-performance SUV on the market.
7/10 Supercar-rivalling performance
The Hellcat has a monster engine behind the vented and bulging hood. It’s a supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI SRT V8 that generates 645 lb-ft of torque and 710 horsepower. This power is distributed to all four wheels via the eight-speed automatic transmission.
The Hellcat engine is mated to an upgraded exhaust system that mingles with the supercharger’s whine. This engine is capable of going from 0 to 60 mph in 3.4 seconds and a top speed of 180 mph. The Durango Hellcat also has SRT six-piston front and four-piston rear brakes.
6/10 Ride quality
The Durango Hellcat’s ride quality is second to none with internal rebound springs. These springs help the SUV outperform the BMW X6M and the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk. These springs also keep the ride from being too stiff.
The performance of the suspension ensures that there is minimal body roll through corners. For a three-row SUV, you can tear up a track and enjoy the canyons while feeling like you’re in a supercar. Thanks to the adaptive suspension, the SUV can handle all aggressive turns with finesse and agility.
5/10 Exterior Features
Dodge did more than just add a 710 horsepower V8 when making the Dodge Durango Hellcat. All new Durango models have a revised front fascia with slimmer headlights to make it more modern. The Hellcat takes it a step further with an SRT front panel featuring the power hood, high airflow grille and small lip spoiler.
The Hellcat has gigantic twin exhausts and a rear spoiler on the back. The rear spoiler allows for 150 lbs. of downforce at 180 mph. Plus, you can enjoy 20-inch wheels and integrated Hellcat badging. The Durango Hellcat also has 11 beautiful metallic paint options.
4/10 Interior features
The Durango Hellcat has a driver-oriented layout. The dashboard resembles that of the Dodge Challenger and Charger. The SUV gauge cluster has exclusive red accents, and the chunky, flat-bottomed steering wheel features a pair of SRT paddle shifters.
The Hellcat comes standard with nappa leather upholstery and heated and ventilated seats with microsuede inserts. The center console houses the large 10.1 infotainment touchscreen that supports the latest Uconnect 5 firmware. The interface usually features touch input with tactical buttons for climate control.
The Durango Hellcat is a performance SUV that commands a hefty price compared to the other Durango models. The Hellcat model starts at $81,390 or $1,097 monthly installments. However, additional options such as the 19 Harman Kardon speaker system, power sunroof, technology group, DVD rear entertainment center and the black package can increase the price.
The price of the Hellcat seems reasonable to most buyers, especially when compared to the competition. For example, the X5M costs around $105,100, while the Mercedes AMG GLE 63s costs a whopping $113,950. Its closest three-row competitor, the Mercedes AMG GLS 63, costs $132,100.
2/10 Towing capacity
The Durango Hellcat has a mean, angry look that shows in its performance. The beastly 6.2-liter V8 not only helps take the SUV from 0 to 60 in 3.5 seconds, but also aids in its towing ability. The Durango Hellcat is the SUV you can use to tow your race car to the track and still tear it up on the track.
The Durango Hellcat has an 8,700-pound towing capacity, and that’s thanks to the performance-tuned four-wheel drive system. The system helps manage power between the rear and front wheels, giving the SUV plenty of torque even when towing.
The Durango Hellcat is available in a handful of standard and optional technology. There’s built-in navigation with access to wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The navigation options provide simple search functions with easy to parse directional directions.
The Durango Hellcat also features a technology group package that includes Lane Departure Warning Plus, Full-Speed Forward Collision Warning Plus, Advanced Brake Assist and Adaptive Cruise Control. These are optional features that will only cost you an additional $2,395.