Did you know that the Dodge Brothers, Horace and John started building cars in 1914? They were two very intelligent guys who understood machines and who were passionate about automobiles. They initially went into the car business as machinists and made parts for other car manufacturers, including the all powerful Ford Motor Company, in which they owned a great deal of stock. The millions of dollars they earned by selling back their Ford stock was invested back into their company and they were determined to beat out Ford in sales by upgrading many of the systems on their cars and thus giving consumers a much better automobile.
When both the great Dodge brothers died in 1920 in the great influenza epidemic Walter Chrysler eventually bought their company. He continued on with their concept of building high quality vehicles and that legacy has remained with us to this day. You can see it in all of the Dodge products including the 2018 Durango SUV.
Dodge is always experimenting and researching and simply looking for ways to improve their existing stable of terrific cars. This year’s Durango offers a lot of innovative elements, not least of which is the SRT trim level that can tow 8,600 pounds, hit 60 miles per hour in 4.4 seconds. Wait…did we just say 60 mph in 4.4 seconds? Yes, we did, although we doubted it the first time we heard about it too so we checked numerous sources and the SRT Durango really delivers what it says it can. This car is like a dreamy crossover. That is, it has muscle car in its genes tucked neatly into a SUV body.
Okay, you can also get the Durango with a V-6 and it will be strong enough for all your needs but a little slower to reach 60 miles per hour from a dead stop. And who really needs to do that anyway? Yes, that was a rhetorical question – no reply necessary because as we all know, every one has some need to go that fast and have that much power – just for the fun of having it.
The interior is comfy and roomy and Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a rearview camera and a 7-inch touchscreen interface come standard with the SRT along with the very capable and silky smooth 8-speed automatic transmission that will keep you gliding toward your target destination. All in all, the new Durango lives up to both the Doge Brothers and Walter Chrysler’s ideal of high quality car manufacturing. Test drive one at Buhler today.