Everything you need to know about the 2021 Dodge Durango SXT

In the mid-size SUV family, the Cleverness Durango brings in the muscle. Produced three generations in a row from 1998, the Durango offers focused power and performance. The first two generations were more like pickups than the third introduced in 2011. With the first facelift eleven years ago, we have seen the Durango transform into a more modern and powerful SUV.

The third-generation Durango comes from the same Michigan assembly plant as the Jeep Grand Cherokee and shares many of its specs and parts. Still, the Durango offers a longer wheelbase and three rows of seats compared to the Grand Cherokee. Details aside, it’s important to consider the fact that Durango is currently the only SUV coming from Dodge. It goes without saying that the American car manufacturer put some extra effort into making this SUV extraordinary.

As part of its effort to emphasize the Durango, Dodge introduced eight different trim levels to provide a variety of options for all of its customers and fans. Needless to say, this makes it harder to make decisions. Before deciding on the upholstery, you should not only look at all the options, but also compare them. To help you with that, we’ve put together an in-depth review of the 2021 Dodge Durango SXT, which we think could be one of the best builds in the batch.

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What you need to know about the power and performance of the 2021 Dodge Durango SXT

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We like to start with the specs, so this won’t be any different. The 2021 Dodge Durango SXT could be called the base trim compared to the other seven. It comes with all the standard specs and features, starting with the 3.6-litre Pentastar V6 engine. The powertrain puts out 293 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque, which is more than enough for both urban and off-road conditions. An eight-speed automatic transmission is standard on this vehicle.

The Durango SXT also offers a 6,200-pound towing capacity and comes with 18-inch tech-silver aluminum wheels. While the fuel economy isn’t quite what you’d hope for, the SXT makes up for that with the driving experience. The V6 engine offers an excellent balance between sport and road comfort, making the equipment perfect for any family. Essentially, the 2021 Dodge Durango SXT is fun to drive and great for a daily commute.

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Interior, features and price

The 2021 Dodge Durango interior.
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When it comes to design, the 2021 Dodge Durango SXT is elegant from both the outside and inside. In fact, that’s the case with all finishes, thanks to clean lines and redesigned LED headlights. The SXT may be the basic version, but it’s very attractive and packed with useful features. Although you can choose different colors for the outside, there are only two colors for the inside: black and beige.

Inside, the Durango SXT has a simple setup with an 8.4-inch touchscreen in the center and intuitive buttons and niceties around it. You also get Apple CarPlay/Android Auto connectivity, satellite radio and other basics. That’s all included for the starting price of $32,772, though you can easily spend more if you play around with the colors and features.

However, we should not forget to mention that the listed price is for the rear-wheel drive. If you want to go for all-wheel-drive off-road performance, you should start by building the 2021 Dodge Durango SXT for $35,372. Whichever option you choose, the SXT is guaranteed to deliver outstanding performance. It just comes down to which options you prefer for the value.

A quick comparison with the other packages

The 2021 Dodge Durango.
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There are seven other trims along the SXT: the SXT Plus, GT, GT Plus, RT, Citadel, SRT and SRT Hellcat. Needless to say, they all come with some upgraded specs and start with higher prices than the SXT.

The SXT Plus is only slightly upgraded compared to the SXT – the powertrain remains the same. On the other hand, the GT and GT Plus contain useful extras, such as parking sensors and heated seats. So if you want a more luxurious finish, we recommend looking at these two options instead of the SXT Plus.

The real fun starts with the RT and Citadel because of the 5.7-liter V8 with 360 horsepower. The SRT goes even further with the 6.4-liter V8 producing 475 horsepower, but the SRT Hellcat steals the show with the 6.2-liter V8 with an exceptional output of 710 horsepower.

In short, if you need unparalleled power, choose the SRT Hellcat (or the last three versions that offer more ponies). However, be prepared to shell out quite a bit more money for your new SUV ($80,000 and up for the Hellcat). In our opinion, the SXT is an excellent alternative to the expensive equipment, especially for drivers looking for stable power and performance on a budget.

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