Have a 2011 crew with the v8 durango, so have a 7200 lb towing capacity. Was the first year of the current design, we are very happy with it. Don't think i have the 8 speed tranny. We are towing a 3800 lb high wall popup and have no towing issues. And as stated, the payload has to be watched, it is only 1200 lbs. Just be sure that what you are towing is a good fit, i.e. trailer length, tongue weight, and gross trailer weight.
HTT: "EscapeII" 2016 Shamrock 23WS (current)
PUP: "Escape" 2010 Rockwood HW 277 (gone)
TV: "Bruce" 2011 Dodge Durango V8 Hemi Crew
Just us gals (me, Sis and our daughters)
Traveled 19520 miles and 209 nights in 7 years and counting