2020 Dodge Durango Pursuit Review – Let’s get to the point: No, the people around you don’t slow down automatically and drive like saints when you drive a police car. You will be forgiven for thinking like that, because let’s be honest: each of us does exactly that when we see a policeman. But seeing them is the key, and most people don’t.
Certainly, you can argue that the Dodge Durango Pursuit 2019 Demonstration Vehicle you were driving is subtle for a police car, and it doesn’t really say “policeman ” anywhere. But don’t take it away from me; Take it from a California Highway Patrol officer.
Dodge just lent us the Durango Pursuit for a week, but it was more than enough time to take his point home. I saw it all: people were running high signs right in front of me, people were accelerating and moving dangerously between traffic, people on their phones roamed their lanes like drunks, even a woman reading an iPad while driving in the traffic stops. Right behind me.
My favorites were the two speeding BMW, separated by about 10 minutes. I always assumed, or maybe “I hope ” That is a better word, that people who go through traffic on the highway at 90 mph are paying close attention so they don’t kill someone or end up in jail. Wrong. I was already sailing above the speed limit on I-10, and they both came quickly over me. The first was in another lane, but the second flew in my bumper, followed me with an extreme prejudice, then put him in two lanes and knocked him down. They both realized that it was a police car just as they passed me, and the two stopped suddenly and tried to hide themselves by changing lanes and putting themselves behind other vehicles. I’m sorry guys, but if I’d been a real cop, it was too late to disappear.
The persecution of Durango has an intimidating presence. Part of that is the most aggressive frontal fascia in the 2019 models, protected by fang-shaped thrust bars. If we are honest, they exaggerate the performance of the vehicle a little. Look, modern police cars don’t usually have special engines (the Ford police Interceptor, ie, the Explorer, is the notable exception). Under the hood of this angry-looking Durango, the V-8 thrust rod of 5.7 liters develops the same 360 hp and 390 lb-ft of torque as a civilian from Durango. With more and more departments actively discouraging high-speed searches because of the risk involved for officers, the public and suspects, it is more than enough.
The Pursuit is equipped with a four-wheel automatic and standard eight-speed transmission (with an honest two-speed transfer box to kindness), chases 60 mph from its hiding place behind the undercard in 6.5 seconds and has a quarter of 14.9 seconds. Mile to 93.2 mph.
For the context, that is almost identical to the performance of a civilian 2018 Durango 4 R/T V-8 AWD that we tested (this trapped traveling to 0.2 mph faster). For further context, a Toyota Camry V-6 2018 reaches 60 mph in 5.8 seconds and will perform a quarter mile from 14.3 seconds to 99.6 mph. However, before you consider running away from the police, you should keep in mind that no matter how fast your car is, you can’t leave the police radio behind. We strongly recommend not to try that axiom.
The performance of the Pursuit is really impressive in a way, because it has been equipped with all those lights and sirens and all that. Despite this, this search weighed 5,351 pounds, about 80 pounds less than the civilian Durango we tested. Because Pursuit begins life as a level of basic equipment, it has fabric seats, the smallest information and entertainment screen available and a very short list of options, all of which save weight. In addition to that, Dodge removes the seat from the third row and uses the left hole to mount all the electronic hardware for the lights, the siren, the two-way radio, etc. Of course, this demonstration vehicle is not fully equipped. There is no laptop or a two-way radio installed, no radar, no weapon rack, no partition in the back seat, and none of the loose team cops carry in their cars like flares and stuff. A fully-dressed vehicle with a fully-dressed officer on board is likely to come a little heavier than the civilian model, which can affect performance depending on how much heavier it actually ends up being.
Even considering the weight of the team, you won’t have to worry about braking. Although the modern police no longer have “police engines “, they do have “police brakes ” and “Police suspension “. Even with tires that are nothing special (and only have a nominal speed of 118 mph, the officers), the Durango Pursuit stopped at 60 mph at 122 feet, 12 feet better than what it announces Dodge and 5 feet better than the civilian model. More importantly, it will do so over and over again thanks to the exclusive Pursuit heavy duty brakes and the new cooling ducts integrated into the 2019 fascia. Our instrumented tests are not friendly with brakes, especially those in vehicles over 5.000 lbs; And although the chase has enough smell, they never vanished.
“Cop hanger ” In this case means Nivomat shock absorbers and a “performance-adjusted” suspension setting. Actually, it handles exactly the same as the civilian model. In numbers, the search pursues an average of 0.79 g in a skidpad and executes a return of 27.5 seconds in our figure eight with an average of 0.63 g. The civil Durango attained 0.80 G in the Skidpad and a return of 27.4 seconds to 0.64 G, statistically the same.
Not enough weight has been added or the weight balance has not been sufficiently affected for pursuit to be different from a new consumer model. By default, rear-wheel drive saves fuel and is already among the best-driving vehicles of its kind, with good body control and pleasant driving. Throw to the corners as if you were filming a scene of persecution, and the backside will revolve a little before the stability control, which can be silenced but not defeated, intervene. The front axle starts pulling its weight. At the end of the day, it is still an SUV of more than 5.000 pounds, the “performance-adjusted” suspension is doomed, but it will also propel circles around the Chevy Tahoe Police search vehicle that purchased the department.
I mentioned fuel savings, and for fleet managers in the audience, I’ll mention it again. The V-8 Durango Pursuit has a rating of 14/22 mpg in city/highway, so check your department’s budget and make sure it is well funded. If you can live with “solo ” 293 hp and 260 lb-ft, the 3.6-liter V-6 also with four-wheel drive is rated in a 18/25 mpg city/Highway more friendly to the Committee, Budget and City Council. The six-cylinder Durango Pursuit begins in $36.476, with our V-8 loan for $39.142.
In fact, there is only one other area where the search for Durango needs improvement, and those are the cup holders. The plastic unit that comes with this central steel console is simply not cut, good only to hold fast-food cups to take away.