Before we get into the nitty-gritty of the review, one thing should be clear. While the car I drove was a 2019 Dodge Durango Pursuit, the Pursuit trim level is barley different than the normal Durango, so don’t get caught up on that title. With that said, let’s talk.
The 2019 Dodge Durango Pursuit has a 5.7L Hemi V8 and an 8 speed automatic transmission. The 5.7L Hemi has been used for over sixteen years, earning a spot in nearly every chassis Chrysler has manufactured. The Hemi is a solid motor, producing a respectable amount of power. Cylinder deactivation also comes with the Hemi, allowing the engine to fire only four cylinders while cruising on the highway. The 8 speed auto is smooth and pretty common practice. The drivetrain isn’t groundbreaking, but that can be a good thing. There is no guessing. Hemi’s with 8 speeds are almost as sure of a bet as peanut butter and jelly.
The interior of the Pursuit is nice, but not as nice as the civilian model. The gauges are hotrod red, and the infotainment screen is as modern as it gets. The Durango has a rear view camera, like any other car on sale today, but Dodge gives the driver the capability to turn on the camera at any time, no matter what gear the vehicle is in. This is incredibly smart and useful, especially for towing or night driving.
Let’s talk about the scary word, Pursuit. Pursuit is a trim level of the Dodge Durango offered to police departments, fire departments, and government agencies. Officially, the Pursuit is not available to the public, but it’s not the end of the world. The Pursuit package includes: Tinted LED Fog lights, removed 3rd row seats, added cargo bins (where the third row was), high power alternator, larger onboard battery, upgraded suspension, a red dome light, as well as other minor tweaks commonly found in fleet vehicles. There are very few creature comforts, leaving leather and heated seats out of the equation. There is no sunroof or rear entertainment, and the climate controls are basic, but present.
The 2019 Durango is a great SUV. I drove a 3.6L V6 Durango, and I would take the v8 over the v6 every single day of the week. Durango’s are comfortable, stylish, and powerful. In terms of full size SUVs, the Durango is my current front-runner for my top pick.
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