2013 Dodge Durango R/T Hemi-Powered AWD>

On the outside, the 2013 Dodge Durango R/T is marvel of metallurgic curves and handsome good looks, thanks to the complete body redesign that arrived in 2011. But under the hood is where the new R/T really shines. It’s powered by a 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine and sophisticated all-wheel drive system that turns up the needle on the thrill gauge to the red line.

Can most drivers get away without a 360-horsepower HEMI engine in their SUV? Well, maybe…but all that power sure does make for a lot of fun. After all, how many SUVs can go from zero to 60 MPH in just 6.7 seconds…or tow up to 7200 lbs. without straining or complaining? In a full size SUV, power can really come in handy. The HerHighway team put the power and AWD to the test in the snow at Big Bear California it passed with flying colors.
To manage the Durango R/T’s horsepower, the HEMI engine is paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission. The overdrive feature helps allow the R/T to turn in fuel ratings of up to 20 highway MPG. In city driving you can expect about 13 MPG. This performance-oriented SUV’s suspension has been lowered a bit for greater stability. It also has bigger brakes than its Durango siblings, plus sporty 20-inch alloy wheels. So it’s fair to say that the Durango R/T is truly among the “muscle cars” of the SUV class. At the same time, it still delivers BIG in all the categories you demand in a utility vehicle — comfort, cargo capacity, towing capabilities, and safety.

The interior of the Durango R/T is roomy, quiet and cozy. We loved the eight-way power adjust driver seat (with four-way power lumbar!), as well as the six-way power cushion for the front passenger. The suede-like upholstery with stylish red accent stitching has a sporty look, and you can choose either a bench-style second row seat or dual captain’s chairs. With the captain’s chairs, maximum seating capacity shifts from eight to seven, but it does provide extra elbow room, which can help keep the peace between a couple of rambunctious kids on a long road trip. In cargo hauling mode, with the rear seats folded, the Durango provides a generous 84.5 cubic feet for transporting your gear and goodies.

A great sounding Alpine audio system and remote-start capabilities are standard on the Durango R/T. The optional leather package ($1,295) will get you nice heated leather seating up front and in the second row, along with a power tilt / telescopic steering wheel. The optional rear seat DVD entertainment system adds $1,695, but it’s worth its weight in gold when it comes to keeping the troops quiet and content over the long haul.

There are plenty of reasons to feel safe while piloting the new Durango R/T. Standard features include driver and front passenger side-impact airbags, full cabin head-protection curtains, electronic stability control with trailer-sway control, and anti-lock brakes (ABS). You can also add a bundle of optional safety features, such as blind spot warning, rear cross-path detection, and adaptive cruise control with forward collision warning. It’s big. It’s fast. It’s spacious, comfortable and loaded with safety features. Discover everything the new Durango R/T has to offer by clicking here.

Written and driven by: HerHighway Editor Christina Selter