2021 Dodge Durango Wins Vincentric Value Award
The 2021 Dodge Durango is all new and improved for the SUV/crossover segment. Built with a new aggressive look that shares similarities with the Dodge muscle car, the Challenger, this is an SUV like any other. The SRT Hellcat variant of the Durango has been made available, but Dodge is already putting the Durango SRT Hellcat to rest to make way for its hybrid variant. Before that happens, the Durango continues to make a name for itself. The winner of the Vincentric Best Value in America award, the Durango is getting out in front of the competition with long-lasting value for every buck spent.
“The Dodge Durango had a strong performance in the 2021 Vincentric Best Value in America awards…It had the best results in more cost categories than any other vehicle in its segment, including the lowest fuel, depreciation, fixed and operating costs. Combined, these low costs helped the Durango outperform all competitors and earn the win for 2021.” – David Wurster, Vincentric President
Never heard of Vincentric? Why, it’s one of many organizations that work with data and analytics to curate all the data, knowledge, and insight to the automotive industry a business would ask for. Big names like AAA, JD Power, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA; now Stellantis) and other original equipment manufacturers use this information to provide consumers with automotive insight and help make the car buying decision an easier one.
When it comes to the Best Value awards, Vincentric studies a vehicle and decides whether or not it can hold the most value after years of ownership by comparing the total cost-of-ownership of a vehicle over its lifetime with its current market price or starting MSRP. Looking at all the data Vincentric curates, the Best Value comes from finance rates, residual values, and maintenance schedules for each make and model, plus the following factors that may affect its overall costs in several years – purchase price, retained value, fixed and operating costs, and maintenance and repair costs. Looking at all this, the Dodge Durango proved to be the ultimate “no-compromise” SUV with plenty of value that will last.
Upgraded for 2021, the interior is performance-inspired and takes many cues from the Dodge Challenger for a redesigned instrument panel, center console, and front doors that give a feeling of power when stepping into the cockpit. With a largest-in-class 10.1-inch touchscreen available, powered by the five-times-faster Uconnect 5, the cabin feels as high tech as it does powerful. Able to put the 6.2L Supercharged HEMI V8 SRT engine until June 2021, consumers can match the performance style with a high-performance engine. Even after June and the SRT Hellcat Durango is sold out, there is still the Dodge Durango SRT, equipped with a 6.4-liter SRT HEMI V8 able to produce 475 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque.
Of course, if just looking for performance style without the insurance rates that come with the “SRT” moniker, the 2021 Dodge Durango still comes with the award-winning 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine, standard, capable of generating up to 295 horsepower and 260 lb.-ft. of torque, and offering a towing capacity of 6,200 pounds. There is also the classic 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine, available on the Dodge Durango Citadel trim, offering a best-in-class 360 horsepower and 390 lb.-ft. of torque with a 7,200 lbs. towing capacity.
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