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All-wheel-drive Hemi versions will have a low-range transfer case.
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R/T will feature stickier tires along with an 0.8-inch lower ride height and Nivomat load-leveling shock absorbers in the rear
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While the interface is functional, it certainly looks and feels older than the better integrated systems offered by the competition.
Dodge even goes so far as to claim that the Durango doesn't have a base model, suggesting that the entry-level Express trim is equal to or better than other brands' mid-range trims.
The audio controls suffer some undue complication when paired with Chrysler's Uconnect multi-media interface.
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.
The Durango's base model has enough useful features to please; the Citadel's a suitable replacement for a true luxury ute.