Durango Citadel is Dodge‘s most luxurious model, paired with the 5.7-liter Hemi V8. It throws in everything and the kitchen sink to make for an effortless and comfortable ride.
First things first: Yeah, it’s got a Hemi, and an eight-speed transmission to go along with it, controllable via a rotary dial that saves a lot of space on the center console. The Hemi is just this side of rude, capable of emitting an impatient wail when passing slower traffic (which is all other traffic), but docile enough to hold its horses in town. The exhaust note invites comparisons to headier Dodge offerings, namely the Hellcat, and the locomotive-like pull will help you forget you’re driving a cavernous SUV.
Best in class DRIVING RANGE
As one would expect from the engine there is plenty of power to go around, and accelerating from highway speeds to above highway speeds produces an underniably sweet sound. Gaps in the power band? Not a chance. The 5.7-liter Hemi is one of the last great road locomotives of our time and it eats miles with little effort. It does a good impression of the smaller Dodge Charger.
Best in class TOWING
The 5.7-liter Hemi V8 making 360 hp and 390 lb-ft. The engine uses an 8-speed automatic transmission. All-wheel drive is available. The V8 gets a rugged two-speed transfer case. The all-wheel system powers the front and rear axles all the time, and includes a low range if extra oomph is needed in heavier-duty footing. Towing capacity maxes out at 7,200 lb (3,265 kg), pretty much ensuring you’ll be able to get the summer toys up to the cottage.
Road noise is muted well enough and the chassis feels surprisingly stiff given the overall size of this road crusher. You can cruise for hundreds of miles without getting tired, and without the Durango tiring you out.
Overall, it’s a strong, smooth, and pretty much bulletproof V8 (the name refers to the hemispherical shape of the combustion chambers; other automakers have used the design, but Chrysler trademarked the name).
The three-row Durango Citadel is a luxurious, refined, and capable SUV that now rates at the top of its category.
When you get behind the wheel, you will notice how comfortable the leather seats are. The gauges on the dash are bright, and you can configure the driver information in the center. Everything is easy to reach.
The interior is spacious, quiet, and well-finished, with room for seven adults. The ride is supple and composed, and handling is responsive for a vehicle this big. Yet the Durango Citadel also comes ready to haul the load, providing plenty of cargo room and towing capability. It’s larger than most midsized SUVs.
Seating for SEVEN
Inside, the driver sit high in big, supportive front seats. The second row can be ordered with a three-position bench. Outboard passengers have a roomy and comfortable bench’s cushion. Two adults can fit in the third row.
Third-row SUV seats always come with some compromises, but the Durango’s ones are relatively roomy and are elevated to give the passengers better vision. They’re also full-width to make them viable for adults, although you can’t fit in a third person, and the Durango Citadel tops out at a maximum of seven seats. This is one of the few SUVs on the market where most adults will be comfortable anywhere in the vehicle. The rear doors open fairly wide for access to the back row.
Intuitive UCONNECT SYSTEM
Durango Citadel gets an 8.4-inch screen for the UConnect system with Bluetooth streaming audio that integrates audio, climate, phone, and vehicle functions. It combines connectivity with easy, intuitive operation and is among the best of its type. There’s also my new very-favourite feature, a heated steering wheel.
Performance and Luxury
Driving this big, comfortable Dodge Durango Citadel SUV makes you feel like a road boss. Don’t mess with me, I’m in a Durango. The Durango has also been a popular choice for law enforcement agencies and security details because of its performance.
Either way, this is a big and burly SUV with massive road presence I’d pick a Durango over any number of premium sedans.