The 2021 model year marks the 10th anniversary for the current-generation Dodge Durango. While the 2021 Dodge Durango remains mostly the same, it gets a slight refresh to help keep things up to date and a new SRT Hellcat model.
On the outside, the 2021 Dodge Durango carries the same basic design but with a handful of freshened bits. The refreshed components include a Challenger- and Charger-inspired front fascia with a new chin splitter, oil cooler vents, and cool-air snorkel. Other updates include LED projector-beam headlights, LED daytime running lights, grille, rear spoiler on SRT models, and wheels.
Inside, the basic Durango looks carry over, but the 2021 model gains a few tweaks to set it apart and give it a sportier and more driver-orientated cabin. These updates include a cleaner center stack with updated and repositioned buttons and knobs, new air vents, a storage cubby below the center stack, repositioned cupholders, and more. On the tech side, the 2021 Durango’s updates include a five-times-faster Uconnect 5 infotainment system and a class-leading 10.1-inch touchscreen.
Under its hood, the bulk of the 2021 Durango will remain the same, starting with the standard 3.6-liter V6 that pumps out 293 hp. The 5.7-liter HEMI V8 that cranks out 360 hp will be standard in R/T trims and available in Citadel models. Also remaining is the 392-cubic-inch V8 with 475 hp that helps deliver a 4.4-second 0-60 mph time. Finally, the new-for-2021 Durango SRT Hellcat boasts a 6.2-liter supercharged HEMI V8 with 710 hp and 645 pound-feet of torque. The Hellcat not only sprints to 60 mph in just 3.5 seconds, but it can also clear the quarter-mile in 11.5 seconds and tow 8,700 pounds.
In the safety department, the 2021 Dodge Durango comes standard with forward-collision alert, forward collision warning, adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert. Buyers who move up to the Citadel trim also get advanced brake assist, lane-keep assist, and lane-departure warning. With a “Marginal” rating in the small-overlap driver-side, the current Durango missed out on IIHS Top Safety Pick status, and we expect the same from the 2021 Durango.