Review: 2013 Dodge Durango R/T

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Price: $35,995 ($43,160 as tested)

Engine: S537-liter V8 HEMI

Transmission: 6-Speed Automatic

Power: 360 hp & 390 lb-ft torque

The “R/T” badge is meant to tell others that the car it is attached to means serious business. However, I seem to find the R/T badge on many cars nowadays, with most of them undeserving of it. The cars that deserve it, in my honest opinion, are the Charger, Challenger, and surprisingly, the Durango.

When the 2013 Dodge Durango R/T pulled into our lot, I was surprised at the styling it featured. While the base Durango is still good looking, the R/T version is a stunner. Around the entire SUV, you will notice the absence of chrome, which the base model is covered with. Instead of the shiny accent, you get more of the car’s finish, and some darker accents. This is most notable on the grille. Also, the headlights see a darker approach with a smokier looking style. The interior also does a great job of keeping with the sportier styling of the exterior. The “R/T” logo is stitch into the black leather seats, which are accented by red stitching.

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What makes this car an R/T is not the stitching or styling. Instead, it is the 5.7-liter V8 HEMI that lies beneath the hood of this marvelous SUV. Producing 360 hp and 390 lb-ft of torque, it is easy to say that this Dodge Durango R/T deserves its badge. And if the power doesn’t convince you or onlookers, the sound surely will. To make sure you know you purchased an R/T, this SUV is fitted with an exhaust system that releases a powerful and throaty exhaust note.

The base price on the Durango R/T is a reasonable $35,995 but ours was priced at $43,160 due to options that include: trailer towing capabilities, adaptive speed control, blind spot and cross path detection, forward collision warning, leather interior, premium Nappa leather, navigation and media package, and second-row fold/tumble captain chairs. Another option that is available is AWD – ours was fitted with RWD.

Needless to say, the 2013 Dodge Durango R/T is a mean looking SUV with power that does the R/T badge justice. Keep in mind that this is still a Durango, so it still offers an incredibly roomy interior that is perfect for a family.