2011 Dodge Durango Comfort & Quality

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Comfort & Quality
Even from its side profile, the 2011 Dodge Durango looks a lot more passenger-friendly than the version it replaces. Though the new Durango isn't as large as full-size SUVs like the Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban, it's about the same size as some of the larger crossovers like the Ford Flex or GMC Acadia. With a 119.8-inch wheelbase, the Durango is 75.8 inches wide, and has 84.5 cubic feet of cargo space behind the front seats. Those dimensions are also very close to those of the Mercedes-Benz GL-Class, with which it's related.

And inside, the Durango is notably comfortable and refined—especially for a vehicle without a luxury badge. The driving position in the Durango is excellent, with a nice, upright vantage point, and the seats are supportive and comfortable. The second rows boast adult-size space and comfort, while the third row is, as in most vehicles, tight and rather difficult to get to—even though it could be pressed into duty for small adults. The seating arrangements, down to the flip-fold features of the third-row headrests, are strikingly similar to those in the Mercedes.

While interior appointments tend to be somewhat simple and straightforward, trims and materials feel a step up from those in most other Chrysler products. Ride quality is firm yet nicely damped, and you get an ever-present sense of its 5,000-pound-plus heft.

The 2011 Dodge Durango is supremely comfortable in nearly all respects, with top-notch refinement as well.

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