Model-year 2020 marks the end of the line for the Dodge Journey crossover SUV and the Dodge Grand Caravan minivan, which means the aging Dodge Durango must serve the role as the brand’s sole people mover come next year. Fortunately, a thorough update for 2021 ought to help the SUV attract Journey and Grand Caravan buyers in search of a Dodge-badged three-row family hauler.
The most noteworthy exterior changes are made to the Durango’s front end, which features a new front fascia that mimics the look of the Dodge Charger sedan’s. Slimmer headlights and new grille designs (Dodge offers three grille options throughout the line) give the SUV a more modern look.
A more driver-centric dashboard breathes fresh life into the Durango’s cabin. A newly available 10.1-inch touchscreen that runs the brand’s latest Uconnect infotainment setup is available on higher-end models. Lower-spec Durangos make do with an 8.4-inch unit.
Other noteworthy changes include the addition of the new Tow N Go package that allows Durango R/Ts equipped with the 360-hp 5.7-liter V-8 to tow up to 8,700 pounds. Although not as quick as its SRT-badged siblings, the R/T remains a compelling option for SUV shoppers looking for a little more flare. Credit the trim’s muscular fender flares, black-painted Brembo six-piston brakes calipers, and SRT-tuned exhaust. A 295-hp 3.6-liter V-6 remains the Durango’s standard powertrain and can tow up to 6,200 pounds when properly equipped.
Look for the 2021 Dodge Durango to reach dealerships this fall with a cost of entry that’s likely close to today’s model, which starts at $32,290.