Neil Cumins
Automotive Editor - December 10, 2018

2019 Dodge Durango OVERVIEW

The flagship 2019 Dodge Durango has received a number of upgrades, with improved infotainment across its eight trim levels. The three engines available include a 6.4-liter V8, making this North America’s fastest and most powerful three-row SUV.

What's New for 2019

The options list has been extended on 2019 Durango models to include second-row captain’s chairs, blind-spot monitoring, and an integrated trailer brake with the Trailer Tow package.

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Choosing Your Dodge Durango

Every Durango bar the range-topping SRT is sold with rear-wheel drive as standard, with all-wheel drive adding $2,600 to each model’s price. An eight-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters is standard across the range, powering one of three engines including the default 3.6-liter V6, which produces 293 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque, while returning an EPA-estimated 19 miles per gallon city, 26 mpg highway, and 21 combined.

The Durango is renowned for offering powerful V8 engines, and the 5.7-liter V8 generates 360 hp and 390 lb-ft of torque. Despite cylinder deactivation technology, it returns a modest 14/22/17 mpg (city/highway/combined). This falls further to 13/19/15 mpg in the thunderous 6.4-liter V8 found in the SRT, which produces 475 hp and 470 lb-ft of torque. That’s enough to reach 60 mph in 4.4 seconds, while underpinning a best-in-class towing capability of 8,700 pounds.

The Durango’s seats can be configured in up to 50 different ways, with the new second-row captain’s chairs on Citadel models and above reclining by 18 degrees and also folding to transport 10-foot items. The second-row seats fold flat, as does the back bench in three-row models.


Entry-level SXT models start from $31,390 (all prices include the $1,395 destination charge) and are available exclusively with the 3.6-liter V6. This is a five-seater model as standard, featuring three-zone air conditioning, a perforated leather steering wheel, a six-speaker Alpine audio system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, and keyless entry and go. The Trailer Tow Group IV adds $1,195 to the price, while the 3rd-Row Seating Group costs $995.

SXT Plus

There’s a substantial price jump to $35,385, with the third-row seating a mandatory option. Other standard upgrades include an eight-way adjustable driver's seat with four-way lumbar adjust, integrated roof rail crossbars, satellite radio, and rear park assist with audiovisual indicators, complementing the backup camera.

The Trailer-Tow Group IV returns, while the Blacktop Package ($1,495) adds 20-inch gloss black aluminum wheels and black finishes from the external mirrors and grille to the headlight bezels. The Anodized Platinum Package ($995) brings 20-inch satin carbon wheels, black roof rails, and platinum exterior touches, while the Popular Equipment Group ($1,645) includes heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, and auto-dimming rearview mirror, and a power liftgate. The Chrome Appearance Group by Mopar ($925) introduces chrome pedals, mirror covers, side steps, and an exhaust tip and front and rear door entry guards. The second-row capatin chairs cost $1,095, while a power sunroof is $1,295.


Costing $35,840, GT models are also powered by the V6 engine. The cabin is lifted by black seats and stitching, with heating elements in the front two rows. There’s power adjustment for both front seats, while the heated steering wheel adds another touch of comfort. There are black accents across the interior, with the exterior distinguished by 20-inch black aluminum wheels. A power liftgate also comes as standard.

The Trailer-Tow Group IV ($1,195) and Blacktop Package ($1,095) are again available. The Brass Monkey Appearance Package ($1,095) brings gloss black badges and 20-inch bronze wheels, while the All Weather Package by Mopar ($395) adds all-weather floor mats, door sill guards, and a cargo net. The touchscreen can be upgraded to an 8.4-inch unit with navigation for $695, and blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert costs $395.

GT Plus

Offering a few cabin improvements over the GT level but sharing the same mechanicals, the Durango GT Plus retails for $40,190. Trim highlights include suede inserts on the leather-trimmed bucket seats, which are heated across the first two rows. The steering wheel is also heated.

There are some new packages available alongside the Trailer-Tow Group IV, Blacktop, Brass Monkey Appearance, and All Weather Packages. The Premium Group ($2,495) adds the 8.4-inch infotainment system with navigation, sunroof, roof rail crossbars, black roof rails, a nine-speaker Alpine audio system, and a 506-watt amplifier. The Safety/Security and Convenience Group ($1,395) includes rain-sensing wipers, a power tilt-and-telescope steering column, HID headlights, automatic high beams, and a cargo compartment cover. The Technology Group ($2,495) introduces adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, and rain-sensing wipers. Finally, the Rear DVD Entertainment Center ($1,995) adds dual screens for the back rows to watch DVDs and Blu-Rays and eight-way power front seats with memory for the driver.


Retailing for $44,390, the Durango Citadel comes standard with the 3.6-liter V6; upgrading to the 5.7-liter V8 engine costs $3,995. The upgraded infotainment system has an 8.4-inch touchscreen display and a 506-watt amplifier powering nine Alpine speakers, including a subwoofer. An HD radio and GPS navigation come as standard, alongside automatic high beam and headlight leveling, rain-sensitive wipers, and parking assistance at the front and rear. The four available packages are the Trailer-Tow Group IV ($1,195), Technology Group ($2,395), Rear DVD Entertainment Center ($1,995), and the Chrome Appearance Group by Mopar ($925).


Powered by the 5.7-liter Hemi V8 engine, R/T Durangos are priced at $45,390. They ride on gloss granite crystal wheels, while the cabin gains a Beats premium audio system. The front seats are leather-trimmed bucket affairs, and the passenger seat folds flat for additional cargo storage. The Rear DVD Entertainment Center ($1,995), Technology Group ($2,395), Brass Monkey Appearance Package ($1,095), Blacktop Package ($1,095), and Trailer-Tow Group IV ($1,195) return, while the newly-available Cargo Plus Group ($595) adds black roof rails and a cargo compartment cover. R/T models can also be distinguished with dual stripes for $1,195, while a 19-speaker Harman Kardon audio system costs $995.

Citadel Anodized Platinum

The Durango Citadel Anodized Platinum costs $47,665 with the 3.6-liter V6. It lives up to its name by introducing platinum chrome accents, alongside satin carbon aluminum wheels and navigation. The perforated Nappa leather seats are also heated and ventilated in the front. Options packs on Citadel Anodized Platinum are identical to the standard Citadel model. The Trailer-Tow Group IV, Technology Group, and Rear DVD Entertainment Center are the only available packages.


Available exclusively with the 6.4-liter Hemi V8 engine and Quadra-Trac active on-demand all-wheel-drive system, the SRT retails for $64,390. Its performance is controlled with Brembo six-piston brakes and Bilstein active damping suspension. There’s an electronic limited slip differential rear axle, performance-tuned steering, and a 220-amp alternator as standard. The Trailer-Tow Group IV, Technology Group, and Rear DVD Entertainment Center return, while a Premium Interior Group ($2,495) adds carbon fiber interior accents and a hand-wrapped dashboard with live stitch. A no-cost Lightweight Performance Package deletes the third-row and brings a second-row bench seat. High performance brakes run $1,295, red Laguna leather costs $1,595, and red seat belts add $95 to the price.

CarsDirect Tip

Of the 2019 Dodge Durango lineup, Citadel models provide buyers with the greatest mechanical choice, with two engine permutations, a choice of drivetrains, and some welcome safety additions on the options list.

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