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The Brief: 2017 Dodge Durango R/T

The one you want in your driveway

In a world of cookie-cutter, polite and responsible means of family transportation, one three-row crossover/SUV stands out as the bad boy, anti-conformist, don’t-give-a-damn alternative. And I love it for all of that.

2017 Dodge Durango

FCA’s taken a very different approach to motoring where passion for the automobile gets a front row seat concentrating on design, driving pleasure and fun. I’ve used this example on a number of occasions and I think it sums up my thoughts about the Durango: Normally, I would recommend a Toyota Highlander, Honda Pilot or even a Mazda CX-9 to someone shopping for a large three-row CUV. More than likely, I’d mention the Durango as an after thought. But if I were to purchase one such vehicle, it would sport a Dodge badge and certainly two small red stripes by the name on the front grille.

The Durango’s not a risky choice; it’s just not the responsible choice. But like I said, I’d spec out an R/T with its 360-horsepower and 390 lb.-ft. of torque HEMI 5.7-litre V8. Truth be told, I’d really want an SRT and its 475-horsepower 6.4-litre V8, but that would only serve to land me in jail and my son would grow up without a dad…

And on that point, the Durango is built for family duty. You can get seating for six or seven passengers, and depending on trim, leather, rear entertainment system, connectivity through the wazoo thanks to the always impressive Uconnect multimedia system, power everything, heated everything else and some sweet 20” wheels are all available.

2017 Dodge Durango

To boot, the boot is HUGE, even with the 3rd row up and it looks good in all shades. It’s got attitude to spare from the base $44,195 SXT and it just gets more badass from there on in. My $56,495 R/T would be Redline and I’d somehow convince the dealer to let me have the Brass Monkey package with the bronze wheels. Damn it would look good in my driveway…


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