In the mid-sized SUV family, the cleverness Durango brings in the muscle. Produced for three generations in a row, starting in 1998, the Durango offers targeted power and performance. The first two generations were more like a pickup truck than the third introduced in 2011. With its first facelift 11 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 to come from Dodge. It makes sense, then, that the American automaker puts in some extra elbow grease to make this SUV extraordinary.
As part of its effort to highlight the Durango, Dodge introduced eight different finishes to give all its customers and fans plenty of options. Needless to say, this makes things more difficult from a decision-making point of view. 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 a comprehensive review of the 2021 Dodge Durango SXT, which we think could be one of the best pieces of kit in the batch.
What you need to know about the power and performance of the 2021 Dodge Durango SXT
We like to start with the specs, so this won’t be any different. The 2021 Dodge Durango SXT could be called the basic 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 makes 293 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque, which is more than enough for both city 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 as you’d hope, the SXT makes up for that with the driving experience. The V6 engine offers an excellent balance between sport and comfort on the road, making the equipment perfect for every family. Essentially, the 2021 Dodge Durango SXT is fun to drive and great for everyday commuting.
Interior, features and price
When it comes to design, the 2021 Dodge Durango SXT is elegant both outside and inside. In fact, that is the case with all finishes, thanks to the clean lines and updated LED headlights. The SXT may be the basic equipment, but it is very attractive and packed with useful features. Although you can choose different colors for the exterior, there are only two colors for the interior: 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 surrounding it. You also get Apple CarPlay/Android Auto connectivity, satellite radio and other basic amenities. 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 must not forget to mention that the price quoted is for the rear-wheel drive. If you want to go all-wheel drive for off-road performance, you should start building the 2021 Dodge Durango SXT for $35,372. Whichever option you choose, the SXT will undoubtedly deliver outstanding performance. It just comes down to which options you prefer for value.
A quick comparison with the other packages
There are seven other finishes 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 at higher prices than the SXT.
The SXT Plus has only been slightly upgraded compared to the SXT – the drivetrain remains the same. On the other hand, the GT and GT Plus have useful extras, such as parking sensors and heated seats. So if you want a more luxurious version, 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 hp. The SRT goes even further with the 6.4-liter V8 that produces 475 horsepower, but the SRT Hellcat steals the show with the 6.2-liter V8 that produces an exceptional 710 horsepower.
In summary, if you need unparalleled power, go with the SRT Hellcat (or the last three trims that offer more ponies). However, be prepared to shell out quite a bit more for your new SUV ($80,000 and up for the Hellcat). In our opinion, the SXT is an excellent alternative to the expensive finish, especially for drivers looking for stable power and performance on a budget.