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MSRP: $29,995 - $43,395
Invoice: $29,506 - $41,304
MPG: 18 City / 25 Hwy
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Dodge Durango Interior

The 2014 Dodge Durango's interior earns praise from test drivers, who say it features attractive styling and is constructed with high-quality materials. Reviewers say the Durango’s standard Uconnect infotainment system works very well and is more intuitive than rival systems. One reviewer does note that a fair amount of wind noise permeates the cabin at highway speeds.

  • "Modern and functional, the 2014 Dodge Durango's cabin has been designed with families in mind. Regardless of trim level, the design is attractive and features upscale materials." -- Edmunds
  • "Previously, the Durango's cabin was a functional space with generally unimpeachable materials, but it lacked the design flair to truly set it apart. That's no longer the case, with a sleek new steering wheel and a reconfigurable instrument panel doing wonders to spice things up." -- Left Lane News
  • "Niggles of the 2014 Durango are slight, but ever so present. There's a surprising amount of wind noise on the freeway." -- AutoWeek

Seating

The Durango comes with seating for seven, though optional middle-row bucket seats reduce seating capacity to six. Leather seats, power-adjustable heated front seats and heated second-row seats are optional, as is a heated steering wheel. Test drivers say the Durango's front seats are comfortable and spacious. One reviewer says that the second-row bench seat feels a bit flat and doesn't have very generous legroom. The third row earns mixed reviews, as some say it is more spacious than what some rivals offer, but others write that it is only suitable for adults in a pinch.

  • "The front seats are roomy and comfortable, but the standard second-row bench has rather flat cushioning (which helps promote a flatter load floor when the seat is folded) and doesn't offer quite as much legroom as roomier rivals. The Durango's easily accessed third row, on the other hand, offers a surprising amount of leg- and headroom (even for 6-footers) and is indeed more spacious than the Ford Explorer's." -- Edmunds
  • "Headroom and legroom are ample, and the seats are long-haul comfortable. … The rearmost seat can accommodate two small-to-average-size adults in a pinch, but they will ride slightly knees up. As such, we recommend the 3rd row be used for kids only." -- Consumer Guide (2013)

Interior Features

The Durango comes standard with tri-zone automatic climate control, Chrysler's Uconnect system with a 5-inch touch screen, a six-speaker stereo, satellite radio, Bluetooth and a USB port. Major options include a rear-seat entertainment system, a backup camera, Uconnect with an 8.4-inch touch screen, navigation and a nine-speaker Alpine stereo system. Optional safety features include adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, rear parking sensors and rear cross path detection.

Test drivers note that the Durango’s Uconnect infotainment system is particularly easy to use, and they like that it integrates with smartphone apps like Yelp.

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  • "The changes in the cabin are particularly striking, as the Durango gets an all-new instrument panel and an updated dash that accommodates a large, intuitive 8.4-inch touchscreen that uses an upgraded version of the company's Uconnect system to provide smartphone app integration, text-to-speech capability for text messages and a more robust voice control interface." -- Edmunds
  • "UConnect won AOL Autos' 2012 Technology of the Year Award for the upgraded system that was installed in the 2013 Ram 1500 and Viper. That system is in the Durango, with the added feature of a Yelp app that is pretty handy for finding what you want wherever you are. Taxidermy in LA? Yeah, it told us where to go." -- Autoblog
  • "Bringing extra capability and a more modern appearance to the center stack is Chrysler's user-friendly Uconnect Access infotainment system, which is available with either a 5.0- or 8.4-inch touchscreen and accompanied by redesigned redundant controls." -- Left Lane News

Cargo

Behind the third row, the Durango offers 17.2 cubic feet of cargo space. There’s 47.7 cubic feet of space with the third row folded and 84.5 cubic feet behind the front seats. Reviewers say that the Durango offers a useful amount of cargo space, but they also note that SUVs like the Chevrolet Traverse and Mazda CX-9 provide more room overall.

  • "With the second- and third-row seats folded down, the Durango can carry up to 84.5 cubic feet of cargo. This is a respectable amount, but competing large crossover SUVs like the Chevy Traverse and Mazda CX-9 offer considerably more cargo space." -- Edmunds
  • "Cargo space is decent behind the 3rd row. Folding both rows of seat backs opens up a much larger area, though admittedly not as much as other big SUVs. … The bottle holders in the front doors are oddly angled, which makes access easy, but that makes full containers more likely to spill." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
Review Last Updated: 5/13/14

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