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Showing its age
The SRT model might be new for 2018, but the Durango isn't.
The current generation dates back to 2011 with an important mid-cycle refresh in 2014. That means the packaging and structure is old. You can get active safety tech such as adaptive cruise control, lane departure warnings, active lane control, and automatic emergency braking, but it doesn't fare terribly well in some crash tests. The NHTSA gave it four stars overall, but only three or four for rollover, depending on all- or rear-wheel drive. The IIHS gave it a "Good" score in most tests, except for a worrying "Marginal" score in the tough small-overlap test.
Others surpass the Durango in interior packaging. The Honda Pilot allows for more room, both for carrying passengers, carseats, and cargo. It's also more flexible. Of course, you can't get a V-8—or 475 horsepower—in a Pilot.
Tough choices are tough.