I'd agree with others here, look for a 14+.
I had a 2014 V6 as a work vehicle, which led me to buy my '14 R/T. So I've driven both. The mileage on the V6 will be better, 25+ at times on long trips. I take really long trips in my R/T (Driven to all 4 corners of the US in the last few years) and I can get 22-23mpg if I set the cruise and stay off the gas.
The V6 will be just fine and you can get all of the things you're needing. If the extra power isn't a necessity then go for it. If you don't mind 15mpg in town and want extra power here and there then go for the R/T.
Good luck with your search!
PS: My Durango R/T has been the best vehicle (and traveling vehicle) I've ever owned, hands down.
2016 Ford Interceptor SUV (Work Vehicle)
2014 Durango R/T Black (Personal Vehicle)
Where has your Durango been lately?
June 2016....Minnesota to Maine, 4300 miles...next trip soon!
Over the past few months I had narrowed down the search to a '14-15 AWD V6 Limited with the; Premium, S/S & C packages as well as the Tow group (for the HD equipment). Reasons as stated above, new dash with the 8.4 as well as the 8-spd. Why the optioned up Limited vs. the easier to find no stress Citadel? I personally could not justify the $3K step up for what amounted to the handy cooled front seats and the tasteful chrome exterior touches - to each his own. I ended up with a '14 because of the mileage, color and it was only 3hrs away. The cost difference between '14 with 32K miles and 2-months left on the bumper-to-bumper warranty plus a discounted 24 month Max Care plan, worked out to be about the same as a similarly optioned '15 with similar miles and a year left on the bumper-to-bumper, but in the "wrong" (per the wife) color. I have only gone through four tanks of gas in mixed traffic so far with cold remote start warm-ups and have been getting 19 MPG. That and it runs on 87 octane - all my other vehicles do not. One thing I figured out quickly was to just leave it in Eco mode and use a gentle foot - the MPG will surprise you. It has plenty of power to get you or your wife in trouble fast. I have to use cruise on the highway or I find myself doing 10-15 MPH over the limit without even realizing it.
I drove an R/T and fell in love with it, but knew it would be a real hot rod in my hands. "Hey guys let's swap in a 6.4L or install a s/c kit. Hellcat anyone!" There is a specialty salvage yard here in town that specializes in SRT models among other HP vehicles. Been there and done that with several other vehicles over the years - that's not the plan with this one though
'11 Crew AWD 3.6L
Mopar mud guards
Mopar stainless door sill guards
Opt7 FluxBeam DRLs http://www.dodgedurango.net/forums/d...2011-crew.html
Heated leather cloth to leather conversion
'14 Limited 2WD 3.6L
Go Rhino steps
Mopar mud guards
Vvivid vinyl interior trim
Custom license plate lights '14 license plate LED mod