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in 2012 Affordable Midsize SUVs

Avg. Price Paid: $21,245 - $32,824
Original MSRP: $28,995 - $43,195
MPG: 16 City / 23 Hwy
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2012 Dodge Durango Interior

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Automotive critics are pleased with the 2012 Dodge Durango’s interior quality and easy-to-use features. Reviewers say its front seats are supportive and comfortable, but some complain about the uncomfortable second-row and cramped third-row seats.

  • "Cabin materials are solid if a bit bland for overall appearance. Soft-touch surfaces are abundant, and assembly quality is solid.” -- Consumer Guide
  • "Indeed, the Durango's interior is now noticeably nicer than what most rivals offer." -- Edmunds
  • "First and foremost is the new soft-touch, one-piece dashboard. It's excellent, and representative of what Dodge means going forward. The controls feel solid, the aluminum around the vents is actually metal, and the leather is a higher grade.” -- Motor Trend
  • "The Durango shares its platform with the Jeep Grand Cherokee, so it's not surprising that its interior is reminiscent of the Jeep's. The design is tastefully understated, with a look that should hold up well over time.” -- Cars.com 

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Seating

The 2012 Dodge Durango comes standard with seating for five, but most models can be equipped with seven seats by adding an optional third row. Reviewers appreciate the supportive driver’s seat and commanding outward view, though there’s limited visibility to the rear. The second row doesn’t slide forward or backward, but test drivers say there is plenty of leg- and headroom. What the auto press doesn’t agree on is the third row. Some say it’s comfortable enough for adults, while others say it’s smaller than the third row in the Ford Explorer.

  • "Headroom and legroom are ample, and the seats are long-haul comfortable. A power tilt and telescopic steering wheel is standard on the Citadel. This welcome convenience was also standard on the Crew, but it's now optional on that model, which is disappointing. Entry and exit are a bit high for a crossover, but they're not excessive.” -- Consumer Guide
  • "The front seats are roomy and comfortable, but the second row has a rather flat cushion and doesn't offer quite as much legroom as roomier rivals. The Durango's easily accessed third row offers more room than a Chevy Tahoe's but is still best for a pair of kids.” -- Edmunds
  • "Stretching 10 inches longer than the Jeep, there's plenty of second-row legroom and a third row that can actually seat two average-sized adults comfortably.” -- Motor Trend

Interior Features

The base 2012 Dodge Durango comes standard with features like dual-zone automatic climate control, one-touch up/down windows and automatic head lamps. Stepping up to the Durango Heat will add cosmetic upgrades and Dodge’s Uconnect infotainment system, while Crew trims get standard rear parking sensors and a back-up camera. Sporty Durango R/T models add an upgraded stereo and seats, and stepping up to the Durango CrewLux adds leather-trimmed seats, smart key technology with push-button start and a power liftgate. Finally, the top-of-the-line Citadel trim gets standard ventilated front seats, blind spot monitoring, rear cross path monitoring and a heated steering wheel.

In general, reviewers are impressed with the 2012 Durango’s standard and optional features. It offers optional Sirius TV, which includes three TV channels for kids and can only be found on other Dodge and Chrysler vehicles. The auto press says the Durango’s Garmin-based navigation system works well, though its graphics look a bit out-of-date in such a contemporary and upscale interior. Fortunately for shoppers on a budget, reviewers say that even base trims of the Dodge Durango are well-equipped and easy to use.

  • "The climate controls are plainly marked and simple to operate. The audio controls suffer some undue complication when paired with Chrysler's Uconnect multi-media interface. The navigation system shifts to a Garmin-brand interface, which works well." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Everything just feels well put together throughout the cabin. From the colorful and stylish instrument panel to the choice and high-grade materials on every surface, the Durango's interior feels like a daily reward for climbing into the cab." -- The Detroit News
  • “Strip away the frosting on this crossover and you'll find an honest and well-appointed cabin that just plain works. Switchgear falls readily to hand, materials are surprisingly rich and there's even passel of surprise-and-delight items lurking in the standard equipment column." -- Autoblog

Cargo

The 2012 Dodge Durango offers cargo space that’s about average for its class. Behind the first row, the Durango can hold a maximum of 84.5 cubic feet, while there is 47.7 cubic feet of space behind the second row. With all seven seats in use, the Durango can hold up to 17.2 cubic feet of cargo. That’s not enough space for a week’s worth of groceries, so if you need to carry lots of stuff in addition to seven people, you may want to consider a minivan, like the Honda Odyssey.

  • "Decent space behind the 3rd row becomes generous as the rear seat backs are folded. The deck is on the high side, which can hinder loading bulky items. Interior storage consists of a two-tier center console, a small glovebox, and a few other exposed storage spaces." -- Consumer Guide
  • “A 50/50-folding third row offers plenty of room for kids and includes convenient power-folding headrests at the press of a dash-mounted button. If only the seats themselves folded electronically; they’re not tough to manually stow, but many rivals offer mom-friendly push-button stowage." -- Left Lane News

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