The 2019 Dodge Durango line is getting updates from customer wish lists. Included is an integrated trailer brake, second-row Captain's chairs in the Citadel model. There's also more seat options including leather in the base SXT. Buyers can mix and match with SRT-style hood options on other models and 20-inch wheels available as well. Brembo brakes and new styling options including red seat belts are part of the high-end SRT package and the Citadel, RT, and SRT all have access to a 19-speaker Harman/Kardon audio system.
What kinds of technology features will be in the 2019 Durango?
Electronic safety features will include options for blind spot monitoring and rear cross-path detection. A new Harman/Kardon audio system will be available for the Durango, with 19 speakers and 825 watts of power to fill the three-row cabin. Uconnect 4 and 4C NAV systems will continue to be available, with SiriusXM Guardian. Driver preference memory adapts to each driver, from radio presets to seat position, mirrors and steering wheel position.
What about new colors and trim?
F8 green, Destroyer Gray and Reactor Blue exteriors will become available in this model year. The GT is getting new options including 20-inch wheels, and the front fascia and LED fog lamps available on higher models will be available on the GT as well. A new SRT-style hood with an air inlet and two heat extractors will grace it for an edgier look.
What about power under the hood?
Dodge likes to call the Durango their three-row Charger -- it comes with plenty of available power. The GT has 295 hp in a 3.6L V6, the RT a 360 hp 5.7L V8 and the SRT has 475 hp in a 6.4L V8 which should handle just about anything the driver asks of it. Add the trailer tow package with an integrated trailer-brake controller and the SRT's new brakes and it's ready for hard work.
Does this mean that the Durango models will look similar this year?
Yes, the trim will be updated, and styling from the R/T and SRT including front details and lights will flow down to the GT which will also have a similar hood option. The higher end will add options such as the new 20-inch wheels in "satin carbon" or "brass monkey."
Can I get good fuel economy in a Durango?
With the V6, 18 mpg city, 25 highway and 21 combined is possible, and that's with the available all-wheel-drive. Considering the vehicle has three rows of seating and 17 cubic feet of cargo (43.3 with rear seats folded) it is a good combination of around-town fuel economy and interior capacity.
I've seen what looks like a Durango with police lights on top. Is this family vehicle also a police car?
Yes, there is a police pursuit version of the Durango, upgraded with performance braking systems, load-leveling shocks, a high-load alternator, and heavy duty oil cooler and pump to meet the demands of police work. These models are available with either V6 or V8 power.
What does Durango have for a navigation system?
The Uconnect 4C Nav system provides the extensive SiriusXM Guardian system with navigation, alerts, traffic information and SiriusXM radio along with SiriusXM Travel Link, all on an 8.4-inch touchscreen. The Uconnect system also provides touch and voice control of most of the car's features from seat and wheel heating to climate and handsfree phone control.
Will the audio system work with my phone?
Both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are supported on both Uconnect 4C and Uconnect 4, along with Bluetooth streaming audio.
What entertainment options are available for the Durango?
In addition to SiriusXM satellite radio and Bluetooth, the system supports HD Radio for local programming and information. Passengers in the rear seats have access to movies, music and video games on their displays, available in single or dual-screen versions, with wireless headphones to keep the in-cabin noise down. Additional features include a USB port for charging and streaming audio, aux-in jack and Apple's Siri. The combination of hands-free phone operation and voice dialing plus the new blind spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic detection make the Durango ready for safer around-town family taxi duty.