2021 Dodge Durango First Look: Not New, but Improved
The 2020 model year marks the end of the lineup for the Dodge Journey crossover SUV and the Dodge Grand Caravan minivan, which means the aging Dodge Durango is set to play the brand’s only mover next year. Fortunately, a thorough update for 2021 should help the SUV attract buyers of Journey and Grand Caravan looking for a three-row family carrier badged by Dodge.
The most notable exterior modifications are made to the front of the Durango, which features a new front fascia that mimics the look of the Dodge Charger sedan. Thinner headlights and new grille designs (Dodge offers three grille options across the range) give the SUV a more modern look.
A more driver-oriented dashboard breathes new life into the Durango’s cabin. A newly available 10.1-inch touch screen that performs the brand’s latest Uconnect infotainment setup is available on high-end models. The lower quality Durangos are content with an 8.4 inch unit.
Other notable changes include the addition of the new Tow N Go group that allows the Durango R / Ts equipped with the 5.7-liter V8 developing 360 horsepower to tow up to 8,700 pounds. Although not as fast as its siblings wearing the SRT badge, the R / T remains an attractive option for SUV buyers looking for a little more rocket. Mention the wing muscle wideners, the black painted six-piston Brembo brake calipers and the SRT adjustable exhaust. A 3.6-liter V6 developing 295 horsepower remains Durango’s standard powertrain and can tow up to 6,200 pounds when properly equipped.