The Acura MDX Type S and Dodge Durango SRT 392 prove there's more than one way to skin a high-performance SUV with three rows of seats

That's evident the moment you hit the respective start button. The Durango's 475-horsepower, 6.4-liter V8 roars like a lion

while his 355-horsepower, 3.0-liter V-6 engine in the MDX purrs with restraint.

What they have in common is that starting around $70,000, his standard three-row seats are a requirement for large families

The Durango SRT 392 and MDX Type S, each a dedicated performance model rare in its field, set the stage for head-to-head competition

It's a specific niche, but we wanted to see which one better lived up to

the promise of the Badge of Achievement.Since the early 2000s

Dodge's SRT division has developed numerous high-performance machines

The Durango SRT 392 debuted in his 2018 with a pushrod Hemi V-8 and custom-tuned chassis.

Despite being old bones, its Mercedes DNA and independent rear suspension

give it better ride and handling characteristics than the previous Durango

Dodge also recently redesigned the interior, adding his easy-to-use 10.1-inch touchscreen and high-quality materials.

Nevertheless, various hard plastics and obsolete bits remain.

2022 Durango SRT 392 starts at $70,555, but options go up to $85,930