Dodge Durango SRT 392 vs. Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat: Which One’s Right for You?
Those in the market for a three-row, performance-oriented SUV may be surprised to find this segment is limited to two models — the Ford Explorer ST and the Dodge Durango SRT. When it comes to choosing between the two, the Durango is the ultimate winner thanks to the roaring engines under its hood and its user-friendly infotainment system. However, there are two separate Durango SRT offerings for the 2021 model year, including the Dodge Durango SRT 392 and the all-new Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat. Choosing between these two may be hard, but we’re here to help.
Both the Durango SRT 392 and Durango SRT Hellcat are nearly identical inside and out. In fact, the biggest difference lies in the engine that’s powering each respective trim. The 392 features fog lights, while the all-new Hellcat uses that space to funnel more air to the engine bay, making this the only exterior difference between the two trims. Similarities include standard high-performance all-season tires and electronically adjustable suspension damping.
The 2021 Durango SRT Hellcat is powered by the one-and-only Hellcat 6.2-liter supercharged V8 engine that makes 710 horsepower and a whopping 640 lb-ft of torque. On the other hand, the 2021 Durango SRT 392 is powered by a 6.4-liter naturally aspirated V8 that generates 475 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque.
While both V8 engines are mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission, the Hellcat is tweaked to handle the extra torque of its hefty engine. Both Durango SRT trims come equipped with torque-vectoring all-wheel-drive. While the Durango SRT 392 has an MSRP of $65,490 (plus destination fee) to start, the top-tier Durango SRT Hellcat — a Dodge halo product — starts at $82,490 (plus destination fee).
Unsurprisingly, the Durango SRT Hellcat is the faster of the two, able to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in only 3.4 seconds and completes the quarter-mile in 11.7 seconds at a speed of 117.3 mph. The Durango SRT 392 is impressive nonetheless with a 0 to 60 mph time of 4.6 seconds and 13.2 seconds run to complete the quarter-mile at a speed of 103.5 mph. Fuel economy is nearly the same on the two trims, with the Durango SRT 392 rated at 13 mpg in the city and 19 mpg on the highway, while the Durango SRT Hellcat is rated at 12 mpg in the city and 17 mpg while on the highway.
In the end, the choice rests with the prospective buyer. Choosing between the Durango SRT 392 and Durango SRT Hellcat arguably comes down to how much power and performance does the potential buyer really need? Both trims offer nearly-endless power from roaring V8s, responsive and well-weighted steering, a firm suspension, and an array of top-notch cabin features that are truly next level. There is one catch when it comes to the Durango SRT Hellcat — the automaker is only making 2000 of them, so prospective buyers will have to act fast.
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