Powerful V8 Engines. The 2022 Dodge Durango may be a midsize SUV, but it’s hiding some serious firepower underneath its engine. The limited-edition SRT Hellcat isn’t available for the 2022 model year, but the Durango is still available with powerful engines. The Durango is available with a V6 engine, but you’ll want to spring for one of the available V8 engines.

The Durango starts off with a 3.6-liter V6 engine that produces up to 295 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. Even the base V6 engine offers plenty of grunt for daily use and with a towing capacity of up to 6,200 pounds, it’s a fine engine.

But if you want more, the Durango is available with it. A 5.7-liter V8 engine that produces 360 hp and 390 lb-ft of torque is available. It may not look like a huge upgrade over the V6, but it brings a significant bump in towing capacity — up to 8,900 pounds — and a zero-to-60 mph time that’s roughly a full second quicker than the V6. The available SRT 392 features a 6.4-liter V8 engine that makes 475 hp and 470 lb-ft of torque. With this engine, the Durango can get to 60 mph in just 4.4 seconds.

Muscular Styling. While the majority of midsize SUVs in the class skew to having a premium design, the Durango heads in another direction. It’s a muscle car that’s eaten one too many cookies. It has the same bold lines as Dodge’s muscle cars, but with a larger body and more ground clearance.

The SRT 392 model is the most angry-looking SUV in the lineup, with an enormous hood scoop, sporty 20-inch wheels, black trim pieces, and massive air intakes. Even lower Durango models look the part with flared fenders, large exhaust outlets, and bold lines. The Durango’s design may be old, but it’s still attractive.

On the inside, the Durango looks a lot nicer than its exterior design lets on. Despite its age, the SUV looks great thanks to updates from Dodge. It’s clear that Dodge’s designers put ergonomics above all else, as the SUV has numerous buttons and dials that are all located in convenient places for ease of use. You’ll even find some nice materials in the cabin, though it doesn’t look as modern or as upscale as some of its rivals.

Plenty Of Space. The Durango isn’t the most spacious midsize SUV in the class, but it still offers plenty of space for all of its passengers. Depending on the configuration, the Durango can seat between six and seven people. In both configurations, the Durango can hold people comfortably.

The two front rows of seats are spacious for adults, while the third row is better at accommodating large teens with 33.5 inches of third-row legroom. The Durango’s front two rows are well-cushioned and supportive, helping the SUV feel like a skilled highway cruiser.

A few midsize SUVs offer more cargo space than the Durango, but there’s still plenty of room in the back for the cargo. Behind the third row, the Durango offers up to 17.2 cubic feet of cargo space. Folding the two rear rows of seats down results in up to 85.1 cubic feet of total cargo space.

Old and Outdated. With a standard 8.4-inch touchscreen and features that include Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, four USB ports, and six audio speakers, the Durango has a modern infotainment system. The available 10.1-inch touchscreen is even more impressive and brings features like wireless smartphone compatibility, a wireless charging pad, Amazon Alexa, a 19-speaker audio system, and a rear entertainment system with two displays.

While the SUV has some impressive tech features, the rest of the SUV is outdated. The Durango’s V8 engines seem out of place in a segment that’s moving toward turbocharged four-cylinder engines. The best the Durango can get is up to 21 mpg combined, which is far behind segment leaders. The way the Durango handles is old-school, too.

The most obvious area where the Durango shows its age is when it comes to safety features. The SUV’s list of standard features includes rear cross-traffic alert and blind-spot monitoring. If you want automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, lane-keeping assist, and lane departure warning, you’ll have to spend extra. It’s odd because these features are standard on nearly all of the Durango’s competitors. The SUV also has poor crash test scores compared to other options in the class.

Final Thoughts. The 2022 Dodge Durango appeals to consumers that prefer things done the old way. Its burly design, powerful engines, and stout towing capacity make it an old-school SUV. It’s not as safe or as comfortable as other three-row midsize SUVs, but you’re getting some of the most powerful V8 engines in the class.

Comparatively, the Kia Telluride is a star in the class. It has a rugged, yet premium design, a luxurious cabin, high-tech features, and a punchy V6 engine. It’s also a great value option. The Jeep Grand Cherokee L is another SUV that’s available with a V8 engine, has three rows of spacious seats, an upscale interior, and impressive tech features.

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