2019 Dodge Durango SRT 392 AWD loaded for road, outback and track – your choice
Often referred to as the three-row (SRT) Charger of the SUV segment, the 2019 Dodge Durango SRT 392 AWD is a driving enthusiast’s dream in an SUV. It is bold, beautiful and – as they say – ‘loaded’.
Simply, the 2019 Durango SRT 392 AWD is the fastest, most powerful and most capable three-row SUV in America. It can haul up to six in serious comfort surrounded by the latest technology and amenities. Loaded in every way, it is equally at home around town, on the highway, in the outback plus on the track.
Its 6.4L HEMI V8 engine launches 0-60 in 4.4 seconds, runs a NHRA certified Quarter-Mile in just 12.9 seconds and can tow up to 8,700 pounds. Hands down, the Durango SRT 392 AWD is a superb road machine with handling, cornering and braking capability to match its power and quickness.
So, why would I want to be able to do all of that? Because I can.
Recently, Dodge sent us at 2019 Dodge Durango SRT 392 AWD to remind us to tell you that you can too.
The powerful performance capability of the SRT rests primarily under its performance hood where the 6.4L HEMI ‘392’ V8 engine blasts out 475 horsepower with 470 lb.-ft. of torque through the paddle shifter equipped and tuned 8-speed automatic transmission and AWD system that power the 20-inch performance rubber on the road.
Driver control of the power Is managed through the SRT Seven-Mode Drive System featuring STREET, SPORT, TRACK, SNOW, TOW, VALET and ECO settings. Six of the mode setting are tuned to maximize the performance of a SRT 392 Durango in each situation.
Its unique SRT Performance Pages Apps system – through the Uconnect system – monitors and records multiple combinations of performance elements of the power train and the vehicle as desired. Easy to learn and awesome to use, an ordinary driver can validate themselves as a performance driver in a short time.
Included is a LAUNCH control feature for the SRT that enables the driver to optimize spool up and brake release for lightening quick run times. You know you are getting pretty good if you are hitting 0-60 mph in the low 5-second area (we are still working on that).
That ‘seventh’ Drive Mode is the ‘VALET’. Instead of optimizing performance, it sets the powertrain to mimic a Pentastar V6 discouraging a valet from going joy-riding while you are at lunch.
OK, since you ask – fuel economy is not the top feature of a Durango SRT 392. On an Austin/Dallas round trip – pedal down and running 75-80 mph most of the trip – we got a whopping 14.9 mpg. Actually, better than we expected.
Key handling features of the Durango SRT 392 include its SRT Performance Tuned single-speed, electronic proportioning fulltime All-Wheel Drive system, SRT Performance Tuned steering, Brembo anti-lock four-wheel disc oversized performance brakes and SRT High Performance independent front and multi-link rear suspension with Bilstein adaptive damping.
Distinctive elements on the Durango SRT 392 exterior are its body color performance front fascia with integrated LED fog lamps, performance design mesh grille, body color rear fascia, Performance Hood with center air intake and dual heat extractors and 4-inch dual chrome exhausts with Dodge/SRT performance note tuning. Mopar dual center design Sterling Silver metallic finish body stripes and 20-inch Matte Vapor alloy wheels mounted with Pirelli P295/45R20 P Zero Three-season run-flat tires and SRT badging complete the look.
Other Durango SRT features
Our 2019 Dodge Durango SRT 392 AWD also included Keyless Entry with Remote Start, Automatic LED headlamps with auto-leveling, LED Daytime Running Lights and LED Fog Lights, Rain-sensing Automatic Wipers, Three Zone Automatic Climate Control, Adaptive Cruise Control with Full Stop, Advanced Brake Assist, Full-Speed Forward Collision Warning Plus and Lane Departure Warning Plus.
On the inside Durango SRT 392 features performance Nappa leather and suede Black seats with perforated inserts, silver stitching and embroidered SRT logo, Red Seat Belts, Black Velour floor mats with SRT logo, real carbon fiber accents, SRT Flat Bottom steering wheel, a premium wrapped instrument panel with silver accents and Dinamica soft-touch headliner.
The large cabin featured heated and ventilated 8-way Power Adjustable Driver and Passenger seats and a front row console with cupholders, two-tier storage, USB connections and 12-volt power points. Second row seating were heated Fold/Tumble Captain Chairs with second-row console and armrest with storage, cupholders, USB charging port and 12-volt power point.
In front of the Power Liftgate, the third-row seating was 50/50 split with both second and third rows folding flat – providing 85.1 cubic feet of cargo space behind the front row.
Infotainment and related included an 825-watt, 19-speaker Harman/Kardon audio system, 8.4-inch Uconnect touchscreen radio with NAV, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, SiriusXM with Travel Link and Traffic, single disc remote CD player, 4G LTE Wi-Fi Hotspot and ParkView Rear Backup Camera.
Other elements of note were the LED interior lights and Sapphire Blue Ambient lighting, Blind-spot Monitoring with Rear Cross Path Detection, ParkSense Assist Front and Rear with Stop feature, Electronic Stability Control, Hill Start Assist and Traction Control.
So, how much?
The Durango SRT 392 AWD (only) has an MSRP of $62,995 before add-ons.
Our test SRT came loaded with most of the available add-ons. Included were premium interior treatments with carbon fibre accents, power sunroof, second-row entertainment system, the Harman/Kardon audio, trailer-tow package (tows up to 8,700 pounds) with load leveling, the performance brakes, 20-inch Matte Vapor alloy wheels with P295/45ZR20 Pirelli 3-season tires plus and the bold center body Sterling Silver striping from Mopar.
Ready to rumble – in our drive – this test Durango SRT 392 AWD priced at $79,530.
Plus, included in that price is the SRT Track Experience, a one-day session at the Bondurant School of High-Performance Driving to learn all you need to know about safely getting all of the available performance from your Durango SRT 392.
2019 Durango R/T AWD as an option
If your pay grade is not quite up to the near $80K for an SRT 392 AWD, we suggest looking at the Durango R/T HEMI V8 AWD (MSRP $46,595) and save almost $17,000.
Durango R/T – powered by the legendary 5.7L HEMI V8 – delivers 360 horsepower with 390 lb.-ft. of torque. Mated to the 8-speed automatic – in AWD – it will perform very well for all except those few serious ‘track wannabe’ types with wallets to match who ‘must’ have the extra horsepower and performance ‘goodies’.
You won’t be doing any 4-second sprints or 13-second quarter miles in the R/T, but – lets be real – how often are you going to able to do that anyway?
A Durango R/T Hemi V8 will be every bit as big and nearly as quick and powerful. Physically it has many of the SRT style elements like the bold Octane Red color, performance hood, grille and body fascia, distinctive 20-inch wheels with performance tires and that dual center Sterling Silver metallic striping.
It will be missing the SRT badging and the Dodge SRT tuned exhaust system note, but only you will know.
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