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2021 Dodge Durango Review: Expected Release Date, Prices, MPG, And Performance

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John Bedrow

Automotive Journalist June 30, 2020 at 06:27 PM
The 2021 Dodge Durango range is expected to carry a starting price of around $33,000. The updated Dodge Durango is expected to get new hybrid powertrains and a top of the line Hellcat version is also expected to hit the showroom floors for the 2021 model year.

The 2021 Dodge Durango is purely focused on the fancy interior, unbeatable performance, and mad looks. It is now in its new-gen avatar but with the same interior and exterior dimensions. The Durango has always been known for its abundantly spacious cabin which makes this one of the handful of SUVs that can seat full-sized adults in the 3rd row.

In addition to having one of the best towing capacities in the class, the outgoing version of Dodge Durango is known for offering a comfy, agile riding experience and the 2021 model is going to refine these characteristics further. Apart from the trunk, this SUV is one of the most practical in this 3-row SUV segment. Let's see what the newest 2021 Dodge Durango will be like and when to expect it.

What to expect in the engine department?

The Dodge Durango is going to have three engine options for the 2021 model. The base engine will be the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 with eTorque that makes 305 horsepower and 269-pound feet of torquwe and is a hybrid setup to make the car more efficient. The other engine is the 5.7-liter Hemi V8 that produces 360 horsepower and 390 lb-ft. of torque and now has hybrid as an option. Last is the most powerful Hellcat engine that produces 707 horsepower and 645 lb-ft. of torque and is now available in the limited edition trim. It will have a rear-wheel-drive as a standard option. 

The 8-speed transmission is very smooth and engaging to drive. The base trims will have a limited amount of power but as we move up the trim ladder, the SUV feels like a thoroughbred powerhouse. The SXT version of the earliest model can do 0-60 miles per hour in 7.6 seconds with a quarter-mile time. The pricing of the Durango is going to be a bit higher than the previous year model owing to its generation upgrade.

Models

2021 Dodge Durango

(Expected)

2020 Honda Pilot

2020 Hyundai Palisade

2020 Kia Telluride

Base MSRP

$32,500 (est.)

$31,550

$31,775

$31,890

Engine

3.6-liter Pentastar V6

3.5-liter Regular V6

3.8-liter Regular V6

3.8-liter Regular V6

Transmission

8-speed shiftable automatic

Automatic 6-speed w/OD

8-speed Automatic w/OD

8-speed Automatic w/OD

Power

305 hp +

280 hp @ 6000 rpm

290 hp @ 6000 rpm

290 hp @ 6000 rpm

Torque

269 lb-ft +

265 lb-ft @ 4700 rpm

262 lb-ft @ 5200 rpm

262 lb-ft @ 5200 rpm

The 2021 Dodge Durango is the most powerful SUV in its segment leaving the competitors behind. The Hyundai Palisade and the Kia Telluride have the same engine 3.8-liter V6 configuration giving out the 290 horsepower and 262-pound feet of torque. On the other hand, the Honda Pilot is the quickest in the 0-60 mile run owing to its clear weight advantage and clever AWD system.

How many miles to the gallon will the Dodge Durango deliver?

The Dodge is now equipping most of the engines with the hybrid tech upgrade to make it more fuel-efficient. The 2020 Durango’s base engine provides 18, 25, and 21 miles per gallon in the city, highway, and combined respectively. However, without the hybrid option and the V-8 engine will burn a lot of fuel causing it to be less efficient and giving only about 16 to 19 combined miles per gallon. The Hellcat engine is expected to give only 16 miles per gallon of fuel in the city and 21 on the highway. The fuel tank holds 24.6 gallons of the capacity which is enough to cover 440 miles on an average traffic day.

Models

2021 Dodge Durango (Expected)

2020 Honda Pilot

2020 Hyundai Palisade

2020 Kia Telluride

MPG (City)

18*

19

19

20

MPG (Highway)

25*

27

26

26

MPG (Combined)

21*

22

22

23

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

24.6*

19.5

18.8

18.8

Range (City/Highway, in Miles)

467/640*

371/527

357/489

376/489

*2020 Figures used for reference.

The Durango drinks a lot of fuel and is the least economical in this line-up. The Honda and Hyundai have similar miles per gallon numbers whereas the Kia tops in the game with 20,26 and 23 miles per gallon in the city, highway, and combined respectively.

What to expect from the Dodge Durango’s interior?

2021 Durango will be offered with a completely redesigned interior. The three-row SUV can comfortably seat seven passengers. The dashboard, instrumental cluster, and the center console will sport a new look. Also, the updated and overall interior ergonomics will define how comfortable and better it gets from the previous models. All the other functions and features will be carried over such as soft paddings, sunroof, cup holders, and climate controls. The dimensions will remain the same for the interior with the small shoulder room in the second and third rows. 

The material used such as the cloth upholstery, piano finish buttons, and leather all over will be expected to remain as usual. The seats are covered in the leather finished with stitches and a dodge badge embroidery. The heating/cooling seats are comfortable for the front row. The climate control works perfectly at all three rows. There are also some of the interior optional packages to choose from so that you can customize your car on many more functions.

Models

2021 Dodge Durango (Expected)

2020 Honda Pilot

2020 Hyundai Palisade

2020 Kia Telluride

Seating Capacity

7

8

8

8

First Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room) (inches)

39.9/57.0/40.3*

40.1/62.0/40.9

40.7/61.2/44.1

40.0/61.6/44.1

Second Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room) (inches)

39.8/42.8/38.6*

40.2/62.0/38.4

40.1/60.8/42.4

40.2/61.2/42.4

Third Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room) (inches)

37.8/42.8/31.5*

38.9/57.6/31.9

38.2/55.0/31.4

38.1/55.3/31.4

*2020 Figures used for reference.

All three competitors come with the 8 seater passenger configuration whereas the 2021 Dodge Durango can only seat seven. The Honda Pilot has the largest room for the passengers in all three rows. The Kia and Hyundai come second and the Dodge struggles at the last with the least amount of legroom room overall in all three rows.

Does it come loaded with tech inside?

There will be a lot of tech upgrades in the 2021 model. The instrumental cluster will have a new design and looks. The old infotainment is now replaced with the 10.25-inch touchscreen display. Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth connectivity, dual USB ports, a navigation system, and a rearview camera will come as standard. 

The audio system can be upgraded to a premium with lots of speakers. The other features such as SiriusXM radio, parking assist, satellite navigation will be added as the optional package. The climate control, driving mode, and airflow control is expected to remain on the buttons. The other features include lane departure warning, driver assist package, Blind-spot monitoring, Active-brake assist, parking assist, and a 180-degree camera.

Will there be any changes to the exterior of the Dodge Durango?

According to the spy shots taken by various people, the Dodge is going to completely revamp the front facia of the upcoming Durango. There will be a new front bumper, grille, and the cutting edge panel design for 2021. The headlights are expected to get sharper but the taillights will remain the same. The tires are also expected to have a better design with a sporty undertone. 

The side mirrors and the doors are going to be the same. There may be new vinyl and few details in the Hellcat version. Dodge has decided to stick with the muscular characteristics of the SUV with its bulky looks and sort of sporty character. The curb weight is expected to be around 4500 pounds with the length, width, height, and ground clearance remains untouched. The racing stripes around the car is the best option for the car to look apart in the crowd.

Models

2021 Dodge Durango (Expected)

2020 Honda Pilot

2020 Hyundai Palisade

2020 Kia Telluride

Curb Weight (lbs)

4500*

4036

4127

4211

Length (inches)

201.2*

196.5

196.1

196.9

Width (inches)

75.8*

78.6

77.8

78.3

Height (inches)

70.9*

70.6

68.9

68.9

Ground Clearance (inches)

8.1*

7.3

7.9

8.0

Wheelbase (inches)

119.8*

111

114.2

114.2

Track Width (F/R) (inches)

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

*2020 Figures used for reference.

The Dodge Durango is the heaviest in this category with a curb weight of around 4500 pounds (approx.) and a ground clearance of 8.1 inches. The Honda Pilot sits very low as compared to others as it is a crossover. The dodge also has the longest wheelbase.

Will the 2021 Dodge Durango be worth my money and time?

The Dodge Durango has performed exceptionally over the years and is one of the most sought after full-size 3-row SUVs in the market today. The 2021 Dodge Durango is expected to cost around $32,000 which is a fair amount until you go for the Hellcat version which can cost well over $50,000. The exterior and the interior of the car are redesigned for a fresh look and feel.  There is also lots of standard technology and features expected to come in the base trim. The new hybrid Pentastar engine is better in the prospect of fuel economy. And this car will continue to be the boss of all the SUVs and is made for the people who love to own a powerful SUV and Dodge badge which makes it definitely worth the wait.

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