2017 Dodge Durango R/T Review: No SRT required for this V8-powered SUV

Sometimes, fate has a funny way of toying with the best-laid plans. Mere days after I finished a stint behind the wheel of the 2017 Dodge Durango R/T, currently the quickest three-row SUV in the FCA line-up, the automaker proclaimed that next year it will produce an SRT version of the same hauler – with 115 additional horsepower and a ton of extra torque, too.

With a sweep of the leg, the SRT announcement knocked my entire focus for this review on its hindquarters, leaving me scrambling to find a new angle from which to evaluate the Durango R/T. My heart went out to the big sport-utility vehicle, as the situation felt like the equivalent of the college valedictorian finding out his twin brother had just been elected President of the United States of America, immediately after graduation.

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