Surprise, surprise – I really liked the 2021 Dodge Durango GT AWD.
It’s a Big SUV, not my usual preference. It feels like American metal, but in a good, nostalgic way. Big steering wheel, big hood, truck-like, with three rows for passengers.
I enjoyed drifting around town, all stealth and slick, while getting to know the vibrant street art around Halifax and Dartmouth.
I love Marisa. This calming mural covers several storeys on the side of a building in lively downtown Dartmouth. Marisa was created by Ottawa-based artist Dan Metcalfe. He and local artist Christian Toth painted the piece back in 2017.
The woman, whose young son took the photo that inspired the mural, is an artist friend of Metcalfe. Find Dan Metcalfe on Instagram @thehigherups and Christian Toth @christiantothart.
Just up the street, the “Neon” Mural by David Guinn, Sasha Anistratova and Drew Billiau, at 163 Portland, also in Downtown Dartmouth, is eye-catching in both daylight and at night. The colours and lights of the mural evoke the harbour, the iconic Dartmouth ferries and the energy and spirit of revival that’s happening downtown.
The lighting is not actually neon, but LED lighting that creates the neon look but utilizes only the equivalent energy of a few light bulbs. So cool! Check out @_david_guinn and @sa_anistratova on Instagram.
Find other Downtown Dartmouth street art here.
Over in Halifax, head to Mulgrave Park. The captivating murals, many painted during the community’s Paint the Park festivals, are worth checking out on foot, of course. My favourite is the girl above (checking out the Dodge Durango) by Colorado-based muralist Thomas ‘Detour’ Evans. Look for his work on Instagram @detour303.
Like the bold, beautiful art on the streets of our energetic cities, the 2021 Dodge Durango GT has a look that turns people’s heads. They probably think it’s the Hellcat version, which Dodge says is the most powerful SUV ever and is only producing for the 2021 model year.
The 2021 Dodge Durango comes in many forms. Our GT tester, powered by a 3.6-litre PENTASTAR V-6 which makes 295 horsepower, is one of three trims with a six-cylinder engine.
Full review of the 2021 Dodge Durango GT here
Then you can hop up to a couple of Hemi V8s that push out 360 or 475 horsepower.
If that’s not enough grunt for you, get that Hellcat. When you can blast from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.5 seconds, thanks to a supercharged 6.2-litre V8 making 710 horsepower and 645 lb-ft of torque, you have every right to call your Dodge Durango a ‘three-row muscle car’.
I like that the 2021 Dodge Durango GT gets mistaken for a Hellcat. No wonder, with its aggressive stance, gritty personality. And that hood scoop.
It’s fun to cruise in the Durango but, even if you’re not driving, head to downtown Halifax and Dartmouth. And get your art on.