Coming off of a heavy revamp in 2021, the 2022 Dodge Durango continues to shake up the full-size E-SUV segment for the new model year. The three-row muscle SUV continues to offer uncompromised utility, class-leading towing, stylish looks, and the latest infotainment software in an affordable package. The Durango is the family-friendly SUV with Dodge muscle car attitude, or as Dodge calls it – the “Charger of SUVs”.
So what is new for the 2022 Dodge Durango?
The 2022 Dodge Durango will be offered in five different trim levels (SXT, GT, Citadel, R/T, and SRT392). That’s right after a 1-year production run the Durango SRT Hellcat is DEAD. Despite the SRT392 now being the top-tier performance model, the SRT392 retains the title of America’s fastest, most powerful, and most capable three-row SUV.
When it comes to power, there are three available engine options for 2022. There is the standard 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 delivering 293 horsepower on SXT models (single exhaust) or 295 horsepower on GT and Citadel models (dual exhaust) and 260 lb.-ft. of torque. The 5.7-liter HEMI V8 produces a best-in-class 360 horsepower and 390 lb.-ft. of torque is standard on R/T models and optional on the luxury-oriented Citadel. For those looking for even more performance, the 6.4-liter (392 cubic-inch) SRT HEMI V8 makes 475 horsepower and 470 lb.-ft. of torque, runs 0 to 60 mph in 4.4-seconds, and can sprint to an NHRA-certified 12.9-second quarter-mile.
All powertrains are connected to an 8-speed TorqueFlite automatic transmission (850RE for Pentastar and 8HP70 for HEMI models).
AWD Systems –
There are four different all-wheel-drive (AWD) systems available on the 2022 Dodge Durango lineup. On Pentastar models, a single-speed MP2010 full-time AWD offering a 50/50 torque split between the front and rear wheels.
Standard on 5.7-liter HEMI models is an MP2025 two-speed, electronically shifted AWD system with a 2.72 Lo Range. An optional MP2015 single-speed electronic proportioning full-time active AWD system is available on the 5.7-liter HEMI.
For the performance range, a MP3010 single-speed electronic proportioning full-time AWD is standard on R/T Tow N’ Go and SRT392 models. The MP3010 system offers four different modes, Auto (40/60), Snow and Tow (50/50), Sport (35/65), and Track (30/70).
The 2022 Dodge Durango continues to offer a best-in-class tow rating thanks to the R/T Tow N’ Go and SRT392 performance models. The HEMI-powered R/T Tow N’ Go and SRT392 both offer 8,700 lbs. of towing capability (that is 1,500 lbs. more than the all-new HEMI-powered two-row 2022 Jeep® Grand Cherokee and three-row Grand Cherokee L models). A quite impressive feat, considering the Grand Cherokee (WL) model’s much more modern architecture.
For those who opt for a 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 powered Durango, those models are still capable of towing 6,200 lbs. across the SXT, GT, and Citadel range.
Option Changes –
When it comes to the newest equipment changes for 2022, there are quite a few. For starters, Blind-Spot Monitoring (BSM) and Rear Cross Path Detection are now standard across the Durango lineup.
Durango SXT and GT models also get more standard equipment for the new model year. Those features include…
- SXT – SXT models now come standard with three-row, seven-passenger seating, a power driver’s seat, ParkSense rear park assist system, and bright roof rails.
- GT – Three-row, seven-passenger seating, power driver’s seat, ParkSense rear park assist system, and bright roof rails.
Plus Group packages now offer Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Stop, Advanced Brake Assist, Lane Departure Warning-Plus, as standard on GT Plus and R/T Plus models. The Plus models also get more standard content including.
- GT Plus – Memory system, rain-sensing automatic wipers, Bright cargo area scuff plates, leather seats with suede inserts, and first and second-row heated seats.
- R/T Plus – Nappa leather with perforated inserts and accent stitching, sunroof, Forward Collision Warning with Active Braking, Harman Kardon premium audio system, and Premium Interior Package (includes premium wrapped instrument panel and Dinamica soft-touch headliner).
For those fans of the popular darkened-themed Blacktop Packages, now includes the performance hood on the GT and P265/50R20 performance all-season tires on GT and R/T models.
Uconnect 5 –
For SXT and GT models, a standard 8.4-inch Uconnect 5 infotainment touchscreen. However, there is a 10.1-inch Uconnect 5 touchscreen (20% larger than the 8.4-inch system) and wireless phone charging that is standard on the Durango R/T, Citadel, and SRT 392; optional on the GT with the Premium Group. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard on all Durango models.
The Uconnect 5 system is five times faster, more connected, helpful, content-rich, and adds greater personalization. For example, the Uconnect 5 system has vehicle-specific touches for the Durango. Those touches include a unique Dodge-theme appearance with black and red accents. There is also a Durango vehicle icon located on the category bar.
For SRT392 models, there are additional Easter eggs for the Uconnect 5 system. That includes a unique SRT “Smoke Show” start-up animation. The climate control page features the Dodge stripe adjustable climate control icon and a “Mode person” with a race helmet. A unique Serpentine font is used throughout the Durango display system. The vehicle icon on the home page “category bar” features a Durango graphic with the SRT logo.
R/T and SRT392 models get the SRT Performance Pages, which provide information on vehicle performance, including timers, g-force, gauges, engine, and dyno readouts. Configurable Drive Modes provide more vehicle control and Race Options allow the driver to activate/deactivate and adjust the rpm values for Launch Control and Shift Light features.
Safety Features –
The 2022 Dodge Durango offers consumers more than 60 available safety and security features, including standard airbags, ACC with Stop, BSM, full-length three-row side-curtain airbags, standard front-seat-mounted side-thorax airbags, front-row active head restraints, standard trailer-sway control, and Uconnect Access with 9-1-1 call and roadside assistance. Forward Collision Warning with Active Braking, Advanced Brake Assist, and LaneSense Lane Departure Warning with Lane Keep Assist is also available.
Three-Rows Of Seating –
With standard seven-passenger seating and second-row captain’s chairs available on GT and R/T models, the seats in the 2022 Dodge Durango can be configured in multiple ways. Durango Citadel and SRT 392 models feature three rows of seating with standard second-row captain’s chairs and six-passenger seating. Families with three or more children will find the Durango’s available captain’s chairs with pass-through especially helpful as child safety seats can be latched into each second-row seat, and there’s still easy pass-through for passengers to walk between to get to the third-row.
While the 2021 Dodge Durango was available in 11 exterior color choices, the 2022 model is limited to only 4 choices. DB Black, Destroyer Grey, Octane Red, and White Knuckle will be the only choices available upon launch. Sadly, the Dodge brand is known for its bright-colored high-impact colors. Even though we know that Stellantis brands are cutting back on the complexity of its lineups, we are wondering why so few color choices for 2022?
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