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2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat Review- Price, 0-60, Interiors, Specs, Performance, MPG And Rivals

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Rishabh Mehra

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October 30, 2020 at 02:48 PM

Durango SRT Hellcat, the most powerful SUV ever with a 0-60 mph time of 3.5 seconds, and a top speed of 180 mph starts at an MSRP of $80,995 (excluding destination). Powered by the supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI Hellcat V-8 engine, the three-row muscle car Dodge Durango joins Challenger and Charger in Hellcat form, delivering 710 horsepower and 645 lb.-ft. of torque. The release date for the 2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat is set for this fall.

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With 710 hp on tap, the 2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat is the most powerful SUV ever. It just qualifies as it has an advantage of three horses over the Hellcat-powered Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk. Dodge engineers found a way to shoehorn the 6.2-liter supercharged Hellcat V-8 into the Durango SRT, expanding the Hellcat lineup beyond the Charger and Challenger. With the release date set for the Fall of 2020, prices for the 2021 Durango Durango SRT Hellcat start at an MSRP of $80,995. Moreover, the SRT Hellcat's interiors also get a performance-specced layout, with a new driver-oriented cockpit that is.


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If you are in need of a three-row family hauler to rip off from 0-60 MPH in just 3.5 seconds all the while having a top speed of 180 mph, then the 2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat, is the new soon to be on Sale, ride for you. Nevertheless, there is a chunk in the armor, as Dodge only plans to sell the Durango SRT Hellcat for the year 2021. Since SUV stands for Utility, Dodge made sure the 2021 Durango SRT Hellcat can tow up to 8700 lbs - a class-leading figure among full-size three-row SUVs, solely because it now gets a new Tow N Go Package.

2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat

Model Specs

MSRP $80,995
Release Date End of 2020
Engine 6.2L HEMI Hellcat V8 engine
Transmission Quick-shifting TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission
Drivetrain AWD
Colors 11 colors available- Billet Silver/ DB Black/ Destroyer Grey/ F8 Green/ Granite Crystal/ In-Violet/ Octane Red/ Reactor Blue/ Redline/ Vice White/ White Knuckle
Changes
  • New Front fascia with Signature DRLs
  • New driver-centric cockpit
  • New five-times faster Uconnect 5
  • New Tow N Go Package

If you are looking to save on fuel bills, this isn't the best SUV for you, as with 13 MPG in the city, the SRT Hellcat is the least frugal SUV of the lot. Though Durango Hellcat is exclusive in the class, it faces stiff competition from the Mercedes-AMG GLS63 in terms of performance, but the latter costs double. For the Durango's price tag, the crossovers such as BMW X5 M and Jaguar F-Pace SVR fit the rivalry.

What are the Prices and features on offer in the 2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat?

The 2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat price starts at an MSRP of $80,995. The Durango SRT Hellcat orders will open this fall and are scheduled to start arriving in dealerships early in 2021. Pricing for the entire 2021 Durango lineup spans wide, the entry-level Durango SXT starts at an MSRP of $31,765 when ordered with the rear-wheel-drive while the all-wheel-drive-only SRT 392 model costs $62,995. Buyers can easily bump the aforementioned MSRP over the $90,000 mark if you opt for the list of extra-cost options. So, when fully loaded, the Durango Hellcat costs nearly $95,000.

Model

Durango SRT Hellcat

MSRP(AWD)

$80,995

Key Features

Tow N Go Package

  SRT Performance Pages and SRT Drive modes

 

20-inch Lights Out Wheels

 

Brembo Six-Piston Front Brakes

 

10.1-inch UConnect Touchscreen

 

Harmon Kardon 19-speaker premium sound system

 

Sentry Key Theft Deterrent system

For the price, buyers get a 6.2-liter Hemi V8 engine complemented with a supercharger, two-piece ventilated rotors behind 20-inch wheels, a black grille, a front splitter, and an array of Hellcat emblems & badges. Inside, like the other Hellcats, Dodge adds red stitching and red accents in the instrument cluster, among other model-specific visual cues. Compared to the 2021 Durango lineup, SRT Hellcat is a big jump over the SRT model, especially with the performance upgrades and a new powertrain

How does the 2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat fare on the Engine and Performance front?

Dodge equips the 2021 Durango SRT Hellcat with a familiar 6.2-liter supercharged Hemi V-8 engine producing 710 horsepower and 645 lb-ft of torque, that delivers a staggering performance. The Durango Hellcat becomes the first such model with standard all-wheel-drive instead of the rear-wheel-drive while sharing the same engine with the Charger and Challenger Hellcat. Transmission duties are handled by a time-tested 8-speed automatic transmission. Dodge also offers manual shifting capability through steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters. An electronic limited-slip rear differential helps control the power distribution at the rear axle. 

In the 2021 Dodge Durango lineup, the SRT Hellcat model surpasses the Durango SRT's 6.4-liter V-8 rated at 475 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque. The supercharged Durango in addition to the Hellcat engine gets two cold-air intakes in place of fog lamps. To the delight of purists, Durango Hellcat boasts the largest x-pipe in the entire lineup, while the throaty and aggressive sound of the exhaust is distinctively SRT. Dodge engineers have redesigned the cooling circuit for the 2021 Durango Hellcat so that the engine can deliver 100% poke at all times without losing horsepower due to overheating.

Models

2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat

2020 Jaguar F-Pace SVR

2021 BMW X5 M

2021 Mercedes-AMG GLS63

MSRP

$80,995

$80,600

$105,100

$132,100  

Engine

6.2L Supercharged Hemi V-8

5.0L Supercharged V8

4.4L Twin-turbo V8

4.0L Biturbo V8

Drivetrain

AWD

AWD

AWD

AWD

Transmission

8-speed Torqueflite 8HP95 Automatic

8-speed Automatic

8-speed Automatic

9-speed Automatic

Horsepower

710 hp @ 5200 RPM

550 hp @ 6500 RPM

600 hp @ 6,000 RPM

603 hp @ 5,750-6,500 RPM

Torque

645 lb-ft @ 2900 RPM

502 lb-ft @ 2500 RPM

553 lb.-ft. @ 1,800 RPM

627 lb-ft @ 2,500-4,500 RPM

The 2021 Durango SRT Hellcat is unequivocally the most powerful SUV on sale. Among the three-row SUVs, even the AMG GLS63 is more than 100 horsepower behind the Durango Hellcat. Others including BMW X5M's twin-turbo V8 put out 600 hp while the Jaguar F-Pace SVR's Supercharged V8 is rated at 550 hp. The SRT Hellcat powertrain is super smooth and refined in this big SUV. Most importantly, the engine delivers truckloads of torque right from the word get-go.


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How fast is the 2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat from 0-60 MPH?

In terms of performance, the 2021 Durango SRT Hellcat races from 0 to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds, cover the quarter-mile in an NHRA-certified time of 11.5 seconds at 118 mph. Dodge claims the Durango's top speed of 180 mph. Compared to the lighter, two-row Grand Cherokee Trackhawk which has a similar 0-60 mph acceleration time, the Durango Hellcat is impressive and still tow a boat.

Beyond the power boost, the 2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat has a tow rating of 8,700 pounds, that’s the same figure as the 6.4-liter, 475 horsepower SRT model. Dodge also claims the Hellcat version is 1.5 seconds faster on a 2.1-mile road course than the Durango SRT392. The 2020 BMW X5M shoots to 60 mph in 3.8 seconds while the F-Pace SVR relatively takes a leisurely 4.1 seconds as it has the least amount of power on tap.

Models 2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat 2020 Jaguar F-Pace SVR 2021 BMW X5 M 2021 Mercedes-AMG GLS63
0-60 MPH 3.5 seconds 4.1 seconds 3.8 seconds 4.1 seconds
Quarter Mile 11.5 seconds 12.0 seconds N/A N/A
Top Speed 180 mph 176 mph 177 mph 174 mph
Engine 6.2L Supercharged Hemi V-8 5.0L Supercharged V8 4.4L Twin-turbo V8 4.0L Biturbo V8

Hellcat models take things a step further in the name of performance. As with all Hellcat variants, Durango gets various driver control options while the Launch Control is on hand. Dodge claims the SUV only needs 116 feet to stop from a speed of 60 mph. Since the 2021 Durango SRT Hellcat gets a supercharged boost over the rest of the range, it also gets upgraded brakes. Upfront is the six-piston Brembo calipers with 15.75-inch rotors while you get 13.8-inch rear rotors with four-piston calipers.

How does the 2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat fare on the Ride and Handling front? 

In the handling department, Dodge tweaks the Durango Hellcat's suspension in order to make it a track-friendly three-row SUV. To help keep the car planted, stiffer top mounts for the rear shocks are standard. To complement the upgraded performance, Dodge adds adaptive Bilstein suspension, Pirelli Scorpion Zero all-season tires, and 20-inch wheels. The dampers have been stiffened up to limit the body roll, improve rebound by 20% while gripper rubber reduces understeer by 2.5 percent.

Giving the Durango SRT Hellcat a dual-purpose nature, Dodge engineered the suspension to offer extra comfort while driving in its Auto setting but offer better handling in Track mode. Dodge says the new bodywork is not just for aesthetics but functional. The front lip spoiler along with a wing at the back produces 140 pounds of downforce at 180 mph, the downforce is up by a massive 400% over the regular Durango. Despite the new powertrain, the 2021 Durango Hellcat retains a 50/50 weight distribution.

What MPG figures does the 2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat deliver?

The Hellcats are generally not good on gas. Though neither Dodge nor EPA has released any official fuel economy ratings for the 2021 Durango Hellcat, we expect to see the MPG numbers to plummet even further than the Durango SRT 392. For reference, the similarly equipped Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk manages a scant 11 mpg in the city and 17 mpg on the highway.

Model 2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat 2020 Jaguar F-Pace SVR 2021 BMW X5 M 2021 Mercedes-AMG GLS63
MPG (City) 13 16 16 14
MPG (Highway) 19 21 22 18
MPG (Combined) 15 18 18 N/A
Fuel Capacity 24.6 gallons  16.0 gallons  21.9 23.8 gal
Range (City/Hwy/Combined) 319.8/467.4/369.0 miles 227/368/288 miles 350/482/394 miles 333.2/428.2/N/A miles

The Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat has Eco mode, but it doesn't have cylinder deactivation so no change in exhaust sound. The 2021 Durango comes equipped with a 24.6-gallon gas tank, considerably the largest fuel tank in the segment.


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How does the 2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat fare on the Interior front?

On the inside, the Durango Hellcat's cabin is a huge step up in terms of quality and a sense of luxury over the regular Durango. With Challenger inspired driver-centric cockpit, the Durango SRT Hellcat's dashboard has been redesigned, which is now angled more towards the driver. The 2021 Durango's new integrated gauge cluster and the infotainment system is a big difference from the previous-gen Durango while the SRT Hellcat features red gauges. The SRT logo on the Hellcat’s steering wheel is backlit in red.

In the center console sits a big 10.1-inch touchscreen which Dodge claims is the biggest in the segment. It now features the new UConnect 5 system which is slicker than ever. It features Apple Carplay and Android Auto connectivity as standard and also gets multiple drivers profile along with a valet mode. The physical buttons and knobs are organized in ergonomic fashion while the redesigned shifter console now has space for cup holders and cubby holes. 

Model

2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat

2020 Jaguar F-Pace SVR

2021 BMW X5 M

2021 Mercedes-AMG GLS63 

Passenger Capacity

7

5

5

7

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in.)

39.9/58.5/40.3

37.8/57.7/40.3

40.7/60.0/39.8

39.4/59.3/40.3 

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in.)

39.8/57.7/38.6

37.5/55.8/37.2

39.4/58.1/37.4

40.2/58.5/41.9  

Third

(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in.)

37.8/50.4/33.5

N/A

N/A

N/A/N/A/34.6 
Cargo Volume with rear seats up (ft.3) 17.2 33.5 33.9 17.4

The Hellcat gets climate-controlled seats as standard, draped in premium Nappa leather while unique red accenting looks are menacing. Exclusive to the SRT Hellcat, a generous application of forged carbon fiber’ trim ups the ante. There is an option for Laguna leather interior in black and Demonic Red that includes an embossed Hellcat logo if Nappa leather is not your priority. In terms of practicality, it is at par with the rest of the Durango range, that means comfortable and accommodating seating for seven is standard along with a usable boot at the back for all the stuff you need, measuring 17.2 cubes. 

What are the Infotainment Features on offer in the 2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat?

Dodge offers the 2021 Durango SRT Hellcat with a new 10.1-inch touchscreen infotainment system, with FCA’s Uconnect 5 software, which is said to be five times faster than the one it replaces. The old 8.4-inch version is still available on lower models. The Durango has redundant controlling options including touchscreen, physical rotary knobs, and switches along with voice command courtesy of Amazon Alexa functionality. You can connect two Bluetooth devices simultaneously while wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto allow smartphone integration.

The Durango's infotainment system comes with USB-A and USB-C ports. For a Rear entertainment system, Dodge offers a pair of 9.0-inch screens mounted on the back of the front seats. The Durango Hellcat's infotainment features include:

  • Uconnect 5 NAV
  • 10.1-in. display
  • AUX/USB
  • Integrated voice command with Bluetooth
  • Wireless Android Auto, wireless Apple CarPlay
  • HD radio
  • Navigation
  • SiriusXM Guardian and SiriusXM Traffic
  • SiriusXM Travel Link
  • TomTom Navigation
  • Amazon Alexa compatibility
  • Sirius XM 360L Maps OTA,
  • Firmware OTA
  • Dual phone connectivity

How does the 2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat fare on the Exterior front?

On the outside, the 2021 Dodge Durango Hellcat takes inspiration from the new Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat and looks beefed up. The front fascia features a redesigned front bumper which now houses big air dams in the place of fog lamps as seen on other Durango models. The SRT hellcat exclusively recieves a low-gloss black grille with large openings for improved cooling. Durango's exterior looks way more aggressive yet remains functional. A front splitter is also present on the Durango SRT Hellcat.

At the back, Durango SRT Hellcat features Racetrack LED taillights while a redesigned and reshaped spoiler offers downforce at higher speeds. The SRT Hellcat features a dual-tip chrome exhaust. As for the exterior shades, the Dodge Durango is available in 11 exterior colors. Dual-center exterior stripes exclusively available on SRT Hellcat cover the front and rear fascias, hood, portions of the roof, spoiler, and tailgate.  

Model

2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat

2020 Jaguar F-Pace SVR

2021 BMW X5 M

2021 Mercedes-AMG GLS63 

Curb Weight (lbs.)

5710

4395

5425

5,798

Length (in.)

200.8

186.5

195

206.4

Width (in.)

76.4

81.5

87.3

79.9 

Height (in.)

69.8

65.7

68.9

70.2 

Ground Clearance (in.)

8.1

8.4

8.3

N/A

Wheelbase (in.)

119.8

113.1

117

123.4 

The SUV features a wider track for better handling and to house those big fat tires, the designers had to redesign the wheel arches which are now more pronounced. The side profile looks sporty and track-ready. It is way more hunkered gown to the tarmac and sits on big 20-inch machine-faced wheels wrapped in Pirelli Scorpion Zero all-season tires as standard. The 6-pot Brembo brake calipers grab a lot of attention especially when finished in red. Moving to the back, the rear tail lamp section stretches from side to side highlighting the width of the SUV. 

What are the Safety features on offer in the 2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat?

The 2021 Durango SRT Hellcat is yet to be crash-tested by the federal safety rating agencies including the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). However, Dodge equips the Durango SRT Hellcat with the same advanced safety and driver-assistance features as seen on the SRT model. For your reference, the Dodge Durango SRT scored four out of five stars for overall safety in the crash-tests conducted by the NHTSA. Some of the safety features on offer on the 2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat include:

  • 4-Wheel Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Enhanced Accident Response System
  • Hill Start Assist
  • Parksense Front / Rear Park-Assist with Stop
  • Parkview Rear Back-Up Camera
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring Display
  • Trailer Sway Damping

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Is the 2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat worth the wait?

The all-new 2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat, the most powerful three-row SUV, certainly makes a lot of sense for a person looking for muscle-car levels of brute power that can comfortably carry a family of seven. For the MSRP of $80,995, the Durango Hellcat delivers a performance that the European equivalent costs double. The top-spec Durango's screaming V8 makes for a supremely practical package but fuel-economy is a bit questionable. It is a practical, spacious, comfortable SUV that just happens to be able to do 180 mph. With that said, there is no cap set on the production and Dodge will roll out enough Durango Hellcats to meet the demand of the customers.


2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Is the Dodge Durango reliable?

Yes. The 2020 Dodge Durango scored a reliability rating of 79 out of 100 as per the J.D Power Report. Dodge offers a transferable basic warranty of 5 years or 60,000 miles whichever occurs first while it offers a lifetime limited warranty on the powertrain along with 24/7 roadside assistance.

What is SRT 392?

The SRT 392 engine is FCA's advanced street and racing technology (SRT) which is partially named after its 392 cubic-inch engine.

How fast is the Dodge Durango SRT?

The SRT is the second-fastest trim level of the Durango, after the launch of the new Hellcat. The SRT goes from 0-60 mph in 4.4 seconds. The 6.4L HEMI V8 engine generates 475 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque.

Does Dodge Durango come with autonomous driving tech?

Yes, the 2021 Durango offers autonomous driving tech as apart of the optional Technology Package.

Is Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat AWD?

Yes. Dodge offers the Hell-cat-powered Durango with standard all-wheel-drive(AWD) while the lower models can be availed with a standard rear-wheel-drive (RWD).

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