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The Dodge Durango R/T Has 7 Seats, But It’s Not Close To A Minivan


Although the 2018 Dodge Durango R/T has enough seats for 7 people, this versatile vehicle is no minivan surrogate. It has a scooped hood, wide fenders and several other styling cues taken from the hot-rod SRT in the FCA stable. Add a powerful V-6 engine and this beauty has a lot of beast in it. Like other crossover SUVs, the 2018 Dodge Durango R/T comes with a fully-independent suspension and unibody construction, along with a V-6 engine and available all-wheel drive on its GT, SXT and Citadel trims. But it’s muscular styling, incredible towing capacity and rear-wheel drive platform reveals the not-so-well-hidden beast within. To see for yourself, take one for a spin at Chapman Las Vegas Dodge.

Opting for the R/T or SRT trims really brings out the beast within. The SRT boasts a hot-rod like 475 horsepower, V-8, 6.4-liter engine that goes from zero-to-60 in a skimpy 4.5 seconds. Plus, it tows a beastly 8,700 pounds. The AWD version R/T is a beautiful beast which delivers an intriguing blend of both worlds for a base price that’s almost $17,000 under the SRT’s. The 2018 Dodge Durango R/T also borrows the wide fender flares, gnarly-looking vented hood and mesh-filled non-crosshair grille from the SRT to make it look more beastly, even though it seats seven.

The standard equipment on the 2018 Dodge Durango R/T includes the company’s marvelous 5.7-liter 360 horsepower Hemi V-8 engine with it’s 390 lb.-ft. of torque paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. The exhaust growls, the AWD vehicle tows an impressive 7,200 pounds and it’s two-speed transfer case provides it with the type of off-road capability most seven-passenger automobiles think is too amazing to even dream about. Plus, the 2018 Dodge Durango R/T has gratifying acceleration. This gnarly-looking growling beast goes from zero-to-60 in a mere 6 seconds.

While buyers have the option to get a 2018 Dodge Durango SXT featuring two rows of seats, all the other Durango models come with three rows as standard equipment. It is also an option to get the Durango R/T with twin middle-row captain’s chairs. That gives it seating for six and a middle-row experience, replete with a floor console just like the one in the front. The front of the new Dodge Durango has a great deal of room, has a very comfortable middle row and its third row can easily accommodate two adults. Overall, the 2018 Dodge Durango R/T has 84.5 cubic feet of cargo room when the seats are folded down.

The 2018 Dodge Durango has tons of high-tech toys. The R/T has an impressive 8.4-inch touch-screen infotainment interface which boasts Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility, optional rear-seat DVD video with twin screens. Lower trims come with 7-inch touch-screens. The Durango’s Technology Group offers adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, forward collision warning featuring auto braking as well as blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert.

The 2018 Dodge Durango looks cool, delivers a visceral driving experience, plus it has seating for the kids and all their friends.

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