2022 Dodge Durango SRT - Yup it's got a Hemi!
When you carry a big stick you can walk softly but also when you carry a big stick all kinds of people driving lesser sticks will challenge you. Just ignore the yahoos. That's what I did. When you drive a performance vehicle you know who you can beat and who you can't.
There are a few iterations of the new Hemi (as opposed to the old and really old Hemis), a range of sizes power outputs. The Durango SRT has the 392, a nod towards the late, great Chrysler 392 hemi from 65 years ago. So you don't see a metric (6.4-liter) insignia on the fender of the Durango SRT, Dodge proudly places a 392 emblem on each front fender.
The 392 in the Durango SRT is rated at 475 hp @ 6,000 rpm and 470 lb-ft of torque @4,300 rpm. The power is delivered to all four tires through an 8-speed automatic transmission and a single-speed, electronically proportioning transfer case.
There is a large menu of choices for how all of this works - Track, Sport, Auto, Snow, Custom. Auto is the default and it provides better economy and smoother shifts. I wish Sport could be set as default because I liked it best but I'm sure Auto gives the best results for the government tests. You can even access a screen that let's you try your hand at performance testing (I didn't indulge because I value my driver's license). Someone posted a 0-60 time of 5.9 seconds; that's far off Car and Driver's time of 4.1 seconds. They (CD) also saw a 1/4 mile time of 12.7 seconds @ 106 mph.
To gild the lily there is always a nice rumble from the exhaust. Just enough to let others know you could kick butt if you wanted.
|When you have great brakes show them off! This is the front.|
|And this is the rear.|
|There's decent knee room in the 3rd row seats.|
|My granddaughter's booster seat fit nicely in the 2nd row.|
Surprisingly given the sporty nature and the P295/45ZR20 Pirelli Scorpion All-Season tires the ride, although firm, was not harsh.
Did I hear you ask "How is the fuel economy?" Really, that's what you're interested in? I'll admit I can be a hypocrite at times, and the Durango SRT is one of those times. The grin factor outweighs the fuel economy worries. EPA says it will get 13-mpg around town and 19 on the highway. On my round trip of 77.1 miles I averaged 17.1-mpg. Premium fuel is required. But hey, if you want better fuel economy don't buy a big V8!
You can tow up to 8,700 lbs. I don't want to see you towing anything dorky - a nice ski boat would look good.
A Durango SRT starts at $68,590. With options that went up to $80,290.
Yeah it's a lot of money. And I can't afford it. But I wish I could. The Durango SRT is just what this old guy needs to feel young again.
The Durango SRT driven was a 2021 model. There is little difference for 2022. The price I used is for a 2022 as per dodge.com.