2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat SUV

MSRP $80,900

Ranked #27 in Suv

2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat SUV Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: July 8, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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If you and your family are the kinds of people who like adventures, then Dodge might have just the right vehicle for you. When you hear the name ‘Hellcat’ added ahead of a car name, you know it's not something that would pleasantly take you from point A to point B, and with the Durango, it's not just you but your whole family. 

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Pros

Three-row SUV with 710 horsepower- a good combination of power and practicality

Accurate and sharp steering

Impressive Towing Capacity

Breathtaking Acceleration

Easy to use infotainment system

Cons

Hefty price tag 

Driver-assist technology costs extra

Unimpressive fuel economy

What's New?

Limited production for the 2021 model year 

The new and bigger infotainment system 

Hellcat trim specific accents to the exterior 

Updated Brembo brakes 

Updated suspension 


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$80900

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

top speed

180 mph

drivetrain

all wheel drive

engine type

displacement

376 cu.in.

transmission

8 speed automated manual

chassis

brake rotors (f/r)

15/13.8 in.

dimensions

wheelbase

119.8 in.

length

64.1 in.

width

75.8 in.

height

70.9 in.

ground clearance

8.1 in.

capacity

passenger volume

99.2 cu ft.

cargo volume

85.1 cu ft.

payload capacity

1380 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

3.6 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

12 sec.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


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Trims

Base$80,900 onwards

Colors and Styles

2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat SUV in Granite Pearlcoat color
Granite Pearlcoat

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Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide


With seating of up to six people, and a beast of an engine resting under the hood, capable of putting out up to 700 horses, the Durango SRT Hellcat is not your everyday mid-size SUV, it is much more than that. The only catch here is, Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat is exclusive to 2021.

2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat SUV front view
2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat SUV rear view

2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat SUV Features

There are no options for the Durango SRT Hellcat. It is a separate model with a single trim level. It costs almost $20,000 more than the SRT and tops off the list with the most powerful engine, and makes the Durango the fastest SUV ever, or so Dodge claims.

Trim

Durango SRT Hellcat

MSRP (AWD)

$80,995

Key Features

6.2-liter Gas Hemi V8

 

20-inch machined aluminum wheel with painted accents

 

SRT drive modes

 

10.1-inch touchscreen infotainment

 

Exclusive Hellcat exterior accents

 

High-performance Brembo brakes

 

Bilstein Active High Damping performance suspension

With a price tag of $80,995, there is no lack of features in the SRT Hellcat. It offers great comfort, a bigger and better infotainment system, high-performance brakes, sporty exterior styling, better suspension to allow better ride quality, and the biggest update over the other trims, a bigger engine. 

Which Trim should you buy?

There are no options to choose from in terms of trim level, so you will have to make do. There are however a few optional packages that buyers can opt for. It includes a Premium interior group package which offers a Suede headliner, Forged carbon-fiber interior accents, and a premium instrument panel, which further increases the quality of the interior and comes for an extra cost of $2,495. Other packages that are worth looking forward to being the technology group that adds advanced driver aid features like adaptive cruise control and lane departure warning plus and a few more. 

2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat SUV Engine and Performance

The biggest and the most impressive update for the Dodge Durango is the SRT Hellcat, which is the 6.2-liter HEMI V8 engine. It produces 710-horsepower and 645 pound-feet of torque; all this power goes to all four wheels thanks to the standard AWD system, and it is managed by the eight-speed automatic transmission. The engine is well without a doubt a beast, it pulls the 5,334-pound mammoth to 60 in just 3.5 seconds, which matches the time of a Challenger SRT Hellcat, which is a muscle car. 

2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat SUV driving view

The engine also produces a unique soundtrack which comes from an enhanced exhaust system. There is also a supercharger whine that would not go unnoticed as it squeaks even at low revs, but it sure would make others move out of the way and not try to mess with your SUV between the lights. The 20-inch wheels are wrapped in Pirelli all-season tires or optional Pirelli P-zero performance tires.

Models

2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat

2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk

2021 BMW X5M

2021 Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 S

MSRP

$80,995

$88,445

$105,100

$113,950 

Engine

6.2-liter HEMI V8

6.2-liter Supercharged V8

4.4-liter Twin-Turbo V8

4.0-liter Bi-Turbo V8 with EQ Boost

Drivetrain

AWD

4WD

AWD

AWD

Transmission

8-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

9-speed automatic

Power 

710 hp @ 6,100 RPM

707 hp @ 6,000 RPM

600 hp @ 6,000 RPM

603 hp @ 5,750 RPM

Torque 

640 lb-ft @ 4,300 RPM

645 lb-ft @ 4,800 RPM

553 lb-ft @ 1,800 RPM

627 lb-ft @ 2,500 RPM

0-60 MPH (seconds)

3.5

3.5

3.8

3.7

Quarter-Mile (seconds)

11.5

12

12.2

11.9

Top-Speed (MPH)

180

180

181

174

Dodge and Jeep offer the same performance, coming from the same parent company. Although Dodge has more power, Jeep offers better torque and apart from that, they remain mostly identical. The German rivals cost way more, but lack in terms of power and are slower than the American beasts. Mercedes however beats the Grand Cherokee by 0.1 milliseconds in a quarter-mile run. 

How well does the 2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat handle?

Such a huge amount of power cannot be handled easily by just two wheels, so the power is sent to all the four-wheel wheels with a standard and quite a clever AWD system. In wet weather the driver needs to be a bit more careful than usual as although the AWD does a pretty good job of keeping the Durango planted on the road, the immense 710 horsepower can at times make it lift its wheels in the wet weather. 

2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat SUV ride and handling

On a dry or normal day, the 2021 Durango SRT Hellcat is just astonishing. It handles better than most other Hellcat models thanks to the AWD system and the updated Bilstein suspension was a good move on Dodge’s part as it offers a pretty comfortable ride, and keeps the car under control. The driver over smooth roads is comfortable, but when you have to drive over rough roads or broken pavement, well be ready to get a bit car sick as the Durango will bounce you around. The passengers in the rear seat would also be a bit annoyed due to the loud exhaust system which will not shut up at any cost. 

2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat Braking Performance

Great power requires greater stopping power and Dodge knew this so they gave the Durango SRT Hellcat a bigger pair of brakes. And they are not just any big brakes, but performance-oriented Brembo 6-piston high-performance brakes. The front discs are a pair of 15.75 inches rotors with 6-piston calipers and the rear discs are 13.8-inch rotors with four-piston calipers. These powerful big beasts help to bring the raging mammoth to halt from 60 MPH to 165 feet.

Models

2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat

2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk

2021 BMW X5M

2021 Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 S

Brake Rotors: Front (inches)

15.75

15.8

15.6

14.3

Brake Rotors: Rear (inches)

13.8

13.8

15.2

13.8

Curb Weight (lbs)

5,710

5,356

5,425

5,203

60-0MPH (feet)

116

121

106

104

Jeep and Dodge have the biggest brakes in the front, but BMW has better brakes in the rear. Mercedes is the lightest, has a better stopping distance than the rest of the cars. BMW with the biggest front and rear brakes also manage to stop before the American SUVs. The Jeep fails to impress and falls behind every opponent when it comes to stopping the car. 

2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat SUV Fuel Economy

Well, the one thing that suffers from performance cars is their fuel economy. A 6.2-liter V8 is not something that would provide impressive MPG figures; if it would, the world would have been a better place. Sadly though the MPG estimated by the EPA for the Durango Hellcat are recorded to be 12/17/13 for city/highway/combined cycles respectively. These are not the best on offer but remain at par with the segment rivals. 

It comes fitted with a 24.6-gallon fuel tank which offers 319 miles of range in combined driving conditions. If you are willing to spend so much on the Durango SRT Hellcat and have a basic knowledge of a performance car, then you are aware of the consequences. One of them is that it is going to hurt your pocket when filling up at the gas station frequently.

Models

2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat

2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk

2021 BMW X5M

2021 Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 S

MPG (City)

12

11

13

15

MPG (Highway)

17

17

18

19

MPG (Combined)

13

13

15

16

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

24.6

24.6

21.9

22.5

Range (City/Highway/Combined, in Miles)

295/418/319

271/418/344

285/394/328

337/427/360

The bigger tank in Dodge and slightly better MPG than the rest of the rivals make it a better overall choice that gives you more power, and long-range as well. But still, these big powerhouse SUVs hurt your pocket as these MPG figures are not very impressive.

2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat SUV Interior

As powerful as the Durango SRT Hellcat is, it is quite practical and comfortable as well. Although for the price, you will not find the comfort and luxury that is offered in SUVs from German manufacturers like BMW and Mercedes. There are a few hard plastics in the cabin, but overall it is still way better than the standard Durango and the seats come wrapped in premium Nappa leather. 

2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat SUV cockpit area

It comes with seating for up to 6 passengers with three rows; the third row is better left for kids. Dodge also offers to remove the third row for free, and this reduces the seating capacity to 4 passengers. The first and second-row passengers will enjoy better seating and space inside the cabin and will be seated comfortably, but the third-row occupants will suffer from less headroom, and getting in the third row is also a tricky task.

Models

2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat

2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk

2021 BMW X5M

2021 Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 S

Seating Capacity

6

5

5

5

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg, in inches)

39.9/58.5/40.3

39.9/58.7/40.3

40.8/60/39.8

40.5/59.3/40.3

Rear Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg, in inches)

39.8/57.7/38.6

39.2/58/38.6

38.7/58.1/37.4

36.9/58.3/40.9

Third Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg, in inches)

37.8/50.4/33.5

N/A

N/A

N/A

Cargo Capacity (cubic feet)

17.2

36.3

33.9

33.3

Dodge accommodates one more passenger than the rest, but that extra seat takes up the cargo space, although Dodge will happily remove the extra seats free of cost. Jeep has the biggest trunk here at 36.3 cu ft. Some of the standout interior features in the Durango SRT are:

  • Nappa leather upholstery
  • Ventilated front seats
  • Sunroof
  • Second-row captain's chairs

What’s there to keep you entertained?

The Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat gains a bigger 10.1-inch infotainment screen over the other Durango models. The infotainment system is a UConnect 5 Nav system. It is the most advanced and user-friendly system offered by Dodge, as the system is basically a modified Android system, so it would not take much time for someone to get used to it. The sound of the engine is the best soundtrack available to you in the Durango SRT Hellcat if you are an enthusiast. 

2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat SUV infotainment screen

Still, if you just want to enjoy some tunes, as standard the Durango SRT Hellcat comes with a nine-speaker Alpine sound system, or for even better sound you can opt for a 19-speaker Harman Kardon sound system for an extra cost of $995. There is also a Blu-Ray rear-seat infotainment system which comes at an additional cost of $1,995. Some highlights of the infotainment system include:

  • UConnect 5 Nav system
  • 9-speaker Harman Kardon sound system
  • Wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration
  • SiriusXM Satellite Radio
  • Amazon Alexa integration
  • Navigation
  • Bluetooth connectivity with dual device pairing

2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat SUV Exterior

It is more aggressive and meaner looking than the standard Durango. The basic design of the Durango has been around for a while and has aged well over the years. The Hellcat gains a few specific highlights like a body-colored front splitter, special black grille, red brake calipers, LED headlamps, and LED fog lights. 

2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat SUV 

The bulging design of the hood is not just there to give it a better look, but it incorporates a center air intake and dual heat extractors to help the engine breathe better and keep it cool. There is also an option of dual center stripes that enhance the Durango's sporty look, and a power sunroof is also available as an optional extra.

Models

2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat

2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk

2021 BMW X5M

2021 Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 S

Curb Weight (lbs)

5,710

5,365

5,425

5,203

Length (inches)

200.8

189.3

195

191

Width (inches)

76.4

76.5

87.3

76.2

Height (inches)

69.8

67.9

68.9

69.4

Ground Clearance (inches)

8

8.1

8.3

7.17

Wheelbase (inches)

119.8

114.8

117

114.8

BMW has the highest ground clearance which makes it a better off-roader than the rest. Dodge has the widest wheelbase and is the heaviest but it still manages to perform better in terms of performance with that extra weight and wider stance. Some standout exterior features:

  • 20-inch machined aluminum wheel with painted accents
  • SRT drive modes
  • Exclusive Hellcat exterior accents
  • High-performance Brembo brakes
  • Bilstein Active High Damping performance suspension

2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat SUV Safety

The NHTSA has not tested the Durango SRT Hellcat yet but the standard Durango gained a three-star rating for the rollover crash test and a five-star rating for the side crash test, for an overall rating of four stars. IIHS has also not tested the 2021 Durango fully, and the scorecard is rather decent. 

Talking of the driver-assistance features on offer, the list is rather limited to the necessary ones like ABS and EBD and includes rain-sensing wipers and rear parking sensors. Adding the Technology Group for $2,395 does improve the scope and includes:

  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Forward collision warning 
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Lane departure warning
  • Blind-spot monitor 
  • Rear cross-traffic alert 

2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat SUV Competition

2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat vs 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk

The Stellaris organization is the official name of Chrysler, the parent company of both Jeep and Dodge. Both of these beasts share the same engine and have a similar exterior design layout. For the extra $8,000 you pay for the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk, you get less fuel economy than the Hellcat, less towing capacity but identical performance. The interior and exterior layout also remain similar, which makes the extra 8 grand seem quite unreasonable. 

2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk

2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat vs 2021 BMW X5 M

With a price tag crossing 100 grand, it is not in any way cheap. Dodge costs less, offers better performance, and better MPG figures, that being said, if comfort and luxury are your priority then the extra money you spend on the BMW X5 M will surely be worth as it has one of the best cabin, draped in premium leather and the most advanced tech and convenient features all around. 

2021 BMW X5 M

2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat vs 2021 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLE 63 S

The Mercedes-Benz AMG GLE S is more expensive than the Durango Hellcat, but for the extra money, you get more safety features as standard, more luxurious appointments inside the cabin, and better cargo space. It also has better MPG than the Dodge but the smaller fuel tank gives it less range. However, when it comes to features, comfort, and space there is no comparison between the two as Mercedes is the clear winner. 

2021 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLE 63 S

 

2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat SUV Final Verdict

With a price tag of $80,995, it is not cheap in any way, and when you think you might be offered a luxurious interior again, you might be slightly wrong. For the price however you get an engine that produces 710 horsepower and the sports suspension and brakes further make this an exciting SUV to drive. The sound of the supercharger and the loud exhaust will scare away most other SUVs and being an exclusive model for the 2021 model year, soon the scarcity of the Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat will only make the price go high, making it the best bargain and at the same time an adventurous AWD SUV for you and your family.