Dodge is an iconic American brand, and much of the company’s popularity has to do with its history and the company’s older models. However, today Dodge is owned by Stellantis, and the automaker has only a few models in its lineup, as many models were moved over to different makes, such as Ram, or discontinued entirely. In fact, despite the fact that SUVs are becoming more popular, Dodge only has one SUV at the moment. Here’s a look at that lone SUV and Dodge’s upcoming SUVs.
The 2023 Dodge Durango is currently the only SUV Dodge offers
Until recently, Dodge had two SUVs in its lineup. There was the Journey, which was a midsize SUV, and the Durango, which was a full-size SUV. That said, the Journey was struggling with sales, and after just over a decade of production, Dodge pulled the plug on the SUV for the 2020 model year.
Technically speaking, Dodge still sells the Journey, but only in Mexico and it’s just a rebadged Chinese SUV called the Trumpchi GS5.
As a result of that discontinuation, the Durango is currently the only SUV Dodge sells in the US On top of that, Dodge hasn’t given the Durango a major update in a long time.
The Durango is currently in its third generation, with this generation beginning with the 2011 model year. That said, Dodge has given the full-size SUV many minor updates over the years, including a facelift in the year 2021 model.
An Overview of the 2023 Dodge Durango
Overall, the Durango is a well-built SUV that comes with plenty of engine options. According to Dodge, the 2023 version of the SUV has an MSRP of approximately $38,500. Since the Durango is a full-size SUV, it also has three rows of seats, allowing the car to carry up to seven people. The Durango starts with a 3.6-liter V6 and makes 290 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque.
Dodge offers three V8 engine options in the Durango, these get between 360 hp and 710 hp. That being said, the most powerful engine option is the Hellcat engine, and Dodge only produces a limited number of those Hellcat-equipped Durangos.
That powerful version of the Durango won’t be cheap either, costing more than $90,000. With the Hellcat engine equipped, the Durango can accelerate from 0-60 mph in just 3.5 seconds.
However, even without those powerful V8s, the Durango is a good SUV. It comes with an 8.4-inch touchscreen as well as a 7-inch digital gauge cluster display. The seats are roomy and the front seats are heated as standard. Additionally, the Durango can tow up to 8,700 pounds and has a maximum cargo capacity of just over 85 cubic feet. foot
However, Dodge will introduce more SUVs in the future
To be fair, the Durango won’t be Dodge’s only SUV forever. The Hornet is the latest SUV from Dodge and will arrive in US dealerships in the near future. The main unique feature of the Hornet is that in addition to the traditional gasoline engine, the Hornet will also be sold as a PHEV, or plug-in hybrid.
The Hornet’s PHEV powertrain gets 285 hp and 383 lb-ft of torque, and its battery will allow drivers to go 30 miles in battery-only mode. Dodge gave the Hornet a feature called PowerShot, which will allow the SUV to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 6.1 seconds.