Can You Really Outrun A Dodge Durango Pursuit Police Car?

You definitely shouldn’t try it.

While you may see the Dodge Charger Pursuit more often in your town as the police fleet’s front-line interceptor, SUVs are becoming more popular as an all-around option. In this video, Roman takes a look at the 2019 Dodge Durango Pursuit, and Program Manager for Police and Emergency Response Vehicles David Callery is on hand to explain just why law enforcement is considering this SUV over its sedan counterpart.

On the performance front, the 2019 Dodge Durango Pursuit comes standard with the same 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 as the Charger Pursuit. That engine mates to an eight-speed transmission and offers up 293 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. Optionally, police fleets can spec the ubiquitous 5.7-liter Hemi V8. In that case, they get 360 horsepower and 390 lb-ft of torque. That allows the Durango to hit a maximum speed of 118 mph. While it’s not as fast as the Charger Pursuit, it does offer much more practical application for law enforcement fleets.

Dodge Durango Pursuit
Dodge Durango and Charger Pursuit

The Durango comes with performance-tuned suspension with load-leveling shocks, as well as 13.8-inch front brake discs and 13.0-inch rear brake discs for better handling performance. The car has a heavy-duty 220-amp alternator to accommodate all the electronic gear like the lights, sirens, and computer equipment. Police departments may also pick the Dodge Durango Pursuit by virtue of its 8.1 inches of ground clearance and its all-wheel drive system. To handle the police beat, Dodge also fitted the Durango Pursuit with heavy duty oil, water and transmission coolers.

Check out the video above to see more of the 2019 Dodge Durango Pursuit, as well as the Charger Pursuit.