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<h1>2018 Dodge Durango R/T V-8 Long-Term Arrival</h1>
One year with Dodge's eight-cylinder three-row SUV
Last year, William Pedestrian welcomed a Granite Gray 2017 Durango GT to our long-lasting fleet, just to have it taken 2 months after its arrival-- lock, supply, key fob, and 25 large worth of photo equipment in the back-- from a Los Angeles-area restaurant's valet whole lot. It's possibly been hauling Russian mobsters around Kamchatka given that soon afterwards because it was never ever recovered. For a warm minute we considered quietly replacing it with an apparition and continuing, but the '18 models were simply being revealed, and also we could not resist upgrading to an R/T design with the trendy new SRT nose. And since Dodges are less rare as well as unique in the brand name's hometown (as well as hence ideally much less of an attractive problem than they apparently are in L.A. ), the substitute automobile has been delegated to our Detroit office for safekeeping.

Updating from a GT V-6 to an R/T V-8 includes $5,900. Figure the engine is worth $3,995 of that (that's the alternative price on Castle trim degrees), with the additional 2 grand purchasing the aforementioned mad SRT bodywork (aired vent hood, blackout grille, sport front fascia), a reduced sporting activity suspension with load-leveling, fancier illumination, rain-sensing wipers, auto parking sensors, Radar Red Nappa sport natural leather seating (with eight-way power ahead), and also the big-screen infotainment configuration. Our snowbelt location demanded another ($2,600) "Durango 4" upgrade. An MP 3023 transfer case provides on-demand variable torque-split all-wheel drive with low-range tailoring and also a neutral setting (keep in mind flat-tow RVers!). To this currently high level of standard devices we only included a technology plan (flexible cruise ship with crash and blind-spot and lane departure cautions for $2,495), the trailering group ($995), murdered-out black wheels and also mirrors ($695), and also a freight bundle of roofing rails, go across bars, and a freight cover ($395). At $51,970 out the door, it's $9,195 spiffier than our 2017 GT.

Having actually put our order in equally as 2018-model production began, our White Knuckle elegance was built on August 17 as well as delivered to us on September 22. As any kind of good brand-new proprietor should, we spoke with the owners' hand-operated break-in requirements, which were quite straightforward: "Drive reasonably throughout the first 300 miles," and also "while cruising, short full-throttle velocity within the limits of neighborhood web traffic regulations contributes to a great break-in." Can do! 2 journeys to my lakeside cabin-restoration task had our Durango completely ready for action. On those treks we made abundant use the 47.7 cubic feet of cargo space behind the center row of seats to carry tools as well as supplies, yet the 43-inch-wide rear deck will prevent us from utilizing it for drywall or paneling distribution.

2015 charger rear spoiler So far we are still grooving on our vehicle's negative kid looks, the Hemi's all set rumble, and the sporting activity suspension's ride/handling trade-off (sensibly flexible on the bumps, respectably level in the contours). To day, our Hemi Durango 4's gas economic situation is trailing that of our 3.6-liter rear-drive GT noticeably. After a month of service and also concerning 1,800 miles of driving, we're balancing 15.0 mpg. The GT handled 18.9 mpg over about 7,100 miles of driving. It's tempting to wish our R/T's fuel economy will certainly boost as the engine remains to barge in, but the 20 percent decline practically specifically mirrors the 19 percent distinction in EPA integrated scores, so we're not holding our breath.

Our Durango's dancing card is already full of scheduled journeys to antebellum Vicksburg, Mississippi, northern Canada, as well as countless tailgate getaways with the 10 event trailer in tow. We'll report on all its surprises, thrills, and any kind of possible weakness. In the meantime, if you're taking a trip in some questionable international nation as well as place a good Granite Gray Durango GT, send us a snapshot.

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