When families want a vehicle with tons of muscle but plenty of room, they turn to the Dodge Durango.

From the square-front design to its beefy engine options, this beast was meant to tow, haul, and impress. With six amazing trims and several engine options, the Durango has earned its title of Best-in-Class Towing in its class.

Of course, hearing that an SUV has amazing towing capacity doesn’t always translate to real-world applications. Here’s what you need to know about what you can tow with the new Dodge Durango.

Too Many Options to Count

When it comes to defining a vehicle’s towing ability, you have to look at the specs that make everything work. Each model and engine provide different options for towing.

Base-Level SXT and GT trims

• Standard 3.6-liter V6 engine offering 295 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque
• Towing Capacity of up to 6,200 lbs

R/T Trim

• Standard 5.7-liter V8 engine with 360 hp and 390 lb-ft of torque
• Towing Capacity of up to 7,200 lbs

Citadel Trim

• Standard 3.6-liter engine or the optional 5.7-liter engine.
• Towing Capacity of up to 7,200 lbs

SRT

• Standard 6.4-liter V8 engine delivering 475 hp and 470 lb0ft of torque
• Towing Capacity of up to 8,700 lbs

SRT Hellcat

• Standard 6.2-liter supercharged V8 offering 710 hp and 645 lb-ft of torque
• Towing Capacity of up to 8,700 lbs

*Towing capacity can be enhanced depending on the drivetrain option or additional upgrade packages.**

Upgrade Your Towing Ability

Beyond offering a host of impressive trims and muscular engines, the Dodge Durango offers an upgrade package that can improve your Durango’s towing ability. There’s also a Trailer upgrade that adds some stability and ease to your trip.

Tow n Go

20-inch black Aluminum Wheels
6-piston Brembo front brakes
4-piston Brembo rear brakes
High-performance suspension
Electronic limited slip differential
Performance exhaust
Trailer Tow Group IV package

Trailer Tow Group IV

• Class IV hitch receiver
• Load-leveling rear suspension
• Low-range gearing for AWD powertrains
• Trailer brake controller that allows trailer brake adjustments from the cab

When you equip the R/T model with the Tow N Go, for example, it goes from being able to tow 7,200 lbs to the maximum 8,700 lbs. That means you can get the highest towing capacity on your Durango without splurging for the highest trim. Of course, there’s very little that can compare with the Herculean strength of the SRT Hellcat.

What Can You Tow?

The items that people need to tow vary. In fact, once your friends know you have a workhorse like the Dodge Durango in your garage, you might get more requests to lend a hand here and there.

Here are some general and common items that you might want to tow with any of the available Durango trims (*exact weights will vary*):

• Car: 2,800 lbs
• Car trailer: 1,600 to 2,000 lbs
• Motorboat: 2,500 lbs
• Boat trailer: 300 to 1,500 lbs
• Camper: 5,200 lbs

Obviously, the more towing capacity you have directly relates to how much you can carry behind you. That means one of the higher-capacity Durango configurations could lead to towing a large boat or camper. There are some items, however, that you might want to bring along on your next trip:

• Pop-up camper: 6,000+ lbs
• RV: smaller to medium: 6,000+ lbs
• Pontoon boat: 2,200+ lbs

Don’t Overload

Even though a particular Durango model might be able to handle a heavy load doesn’t mean it’s the right fit. The general rule to avoid hauling more than 80% of your vehicle’s towing capacity. That’s not to say that you can’t hit the max once in a while, but you may start to notice the weight taking its toll. You also have to consider that passenger, luggage, and gear factor into the total weight you can haul.

With that in mind, you’ll never regret having too much towing power. You may, however, shed a few tears when you have to decide between bringing your new boat with the heavier motor or your kids on your next camping trip.

Visit your local Dodge dealer to explore all of your available Dodge Durango options today.

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