It can be relatively spartan, but in top trims, the 2013 Dodge Durango could wear a luxury badge, so extensive are its standard features. It's so well-equipped, it makes for a reasonable argument to skip a luxury-brand SUV altogether.
The Durango comes in four trim levels--SXT, Crew, R/T and Citadel--and even the base SXT model sports a reasonable amount of standard equipment for its roughly $30,000 sticker price. It includes power windows, locks and mirrors; air conditioning; remote start; an AM/FM/CD player with satellite radio; tilt/telescope steering wheel; and three-row seating. Bluetooth is an option, however, and some features offered on other trim levels aren't available at all--features such as pushbutton start, power front seats with seat heating, and a power telescoping steering wheel.
The SXT offers a new Rallye appearance pack with 20-inch polished aluminum wheels, black body trim and grille, voice controls and Bluetooth with streaming audio--effectively, it's an R/T look without the R/T's HEMI engine.On Crew models, leather seating is newly standard for the 2013 model year. So are power front seats with memory; heated first- and second-row seats; roof rails; a cargo cover; rear parking sensors and the rearview camera; a power liftgate; and remote start. Options include the HEMI V-8, second-row captain's chairs, blind-spot monitors and a rear-seat DVD entertainment system.
The R/T adds on a blended upholstery, a combination of suede and synthetic leather. It also gets standard remote start, 20-inch wheels, a hard drive for music storage, its own suspension tuning, and the HEMI V-8. Options include a navigation system, Bluetooth, a rear-seat DVD entertainment system, blind-spot monitors, and ventilated Nappa leather seats, as well as a towing package.For $39,995 before destination charges, the Citadel edition gets standard Nappa leather seating with ventilated front seats, 20-inch wheels, Bluetooth, a heated and power-telescoping steering wheel, and the navigation system, as well as a sunroof. The HEMI engine, towing package, blind-spot monitors, and DVD entertainment system are options.