With the attitude of the Challenger muscle car and the space of a three-row family SUV, the 2022 Dodge Durango SRT 392 sits at the apex of speed and practicality. The Hemi V-8 provides 475 horsepower, and in our testing it propelled the Durango SRT to 60 mph in just 4.7 seconds. It also makes this SUV capable of a smoky four-wheel burnout. Fuel economy is as shameful as expected but that’s the price for looking this cool. The Durango SRT isn’t entirely flash, though. Its spacious three-row layout provides enough room for adults and kids to get comfortable, and with the adjustable suspension set to comfort mode, the ride is just compliant enough to avoid complaints from passengers.
What’s New for 2022?
Other than newly standard blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert features, the Durango SRT 392 carries over to 2022 with no changes.
Pricing and Which One to Buy
Standard features on the SRT 392 include navigation, leather-and-microsuede seats with heating and ventilation for those up front, heated second-row captain’s chairs, and three-zone automatic climate control. If we were to spec this vehicle, we’d likely add the Technology Group package for its adaptive cruise control, automated emergency braking, and other driver-assistance features.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
The Durango SRT’s 6.4-liter V-8 gives it far more gusto than most people need in a three-row SUV. But we’re not most people, and if you’re reading this, you probably aren’t, either. The Durango SRT lays down its power in a smooth linear fashion. It is brutally quick, too, and sounds oh so glorious under heavy throttle. Come to think of it, the Durango SRT’s V-8 sounds throaty and thunderous even at half-throttle, which is good, because full-throttle situations on public roads lead quickly to “Sorry, officer” speeds. At the test track, the Durango SRT managed a blistering 4.7-second run to 60 mph, just 0.3 second behind the similarly powered two-row Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT. From behind the wheel, it’s easy to feel like a racing champion, even with the whole family onboard. The SUV’s steering is sharp and communicative, and the stiff suspension does a commendable job of disguising the Durango SRT’s weight and high center of gravity. Over rough stretches of road, the ride is far from pillow soft, a trade-off for the performance-focused setup; the most aggressive Track mode feels downright punishing on all but the smoothest surfaces. But at least the Durango SRT can tow 8700 pounds.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
Sipping fuel is anything but the Durango SRT’s forte, and the 6.4-liter V-8’s 475 ponies are as thirsty in the Durango as they are in the Grand Cherokee SRT. The EPA estimates it’ll earn 13 mpg in the city and 19 mpg on the highway. We wish we could say the SRT brute-utes redeemed themselves in our real-world testing, but that’s not the case: They both delivered 18 mpg in our hands. For more information about the Durango’s fuel economy, visit the EPA’s website.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
The SRT is as roomy and family friendly as the normal Durango but features standard leather sport seats, second-row captain’s chairs, and a flat-bottomed steering wheel with paddle shifters. Both first- and second-row occupants get heated seats; the fronts see ventilation, too. It’s not the most voluminous SUV out there, but the Durango SRT accommodated a significant number of carry-on cases in our testing (26 with the back rows folded) and provided adequate in-cabin cubby space. This grocery getter will get the job done easily and in record time.
Infotainment and Connectivity
Displayed on a 10.1-inch touchscreen sitting prominently on the Durango SRT’s dashboard is Dodge’s version of the Fiat Chrysler Uconnect infotainment system. The software responds crisply to inputs and is very user-friendly. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration and navigation are standard here, and drivers also benefit from real-time traffic and weather updates courtesy of SiriusXM Travel Link. What sets the SRT’s system apart from those of lesser Durango models is the Performance Pages menu. This set of features allows users to monitor all sorts of car-geek data, such as horsepower, cornering g-force, and even acceleration-time stats. Think you can beat our 4.7-second 60-mph blast? Turn on the timer from the appropriate tab in the Performance Pages, set your launch control, and find out.
Safety and Driver-Assistance Features
A handful of driver-assistance features are offered, but few are standard equipment. For more information about the Durango’s crash-test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites. Key safety features include:
- Standard rear automated emergency braking
- Standard automatic high-beam headlamps
- Available automated emergency braking and adaptive cruise control
Warranty and Maintenance Coverage
Dodge offers a wholly average warranty package for the Durango SRT, and none of its policies stand out as exceptional. However, buyers can purchase an extended warranty through their local Dodge dealership and can even select one that provides lifetime coverage for the Durango SRT. Be aware that such a warranty applies only to the first owner, however, and cannot be transferred to subsequent owners.
- Limited warranty covers three years or 36,000 miles
- Powertrain warranty covers five years or 60,000 miles
- No complimentary scheduled maintenance