Shorter than the Suburban or Expedition, but more rugged than the similarly sized Traverse and Flex, the 2013 Dodge Durango is one of the more passenger-friendly SUVs on the market--much more so than the purely truck-based ute that preceded it.
It's nearly identical to the 2012 Mercedes-Benz GL Class in width, wheelbase, and in the total interior cargo space of 84.5 cubic feet--ahem--and that gives the Durango some of the same great selling points we've appreciated in the Mercedes ute. The Dodge has a great driving position, and the front seats have ample space all around for even large drivers. The same goes for the seats themselves: they're wide, decently bolstered, and this year, the top versions add ventilation for the ultimate in comfort.
In the second row, it's possible for three adults to sit comfortably. During the 2012 model year, Dodge introduced an option for the second-row bench that swaps it out for a pair of bucket seats. In between there's a low console containing a cupholder; optionally, the console can be a larger one that has dual cupholders and a second USB port and a 12-volt outlet for charging phones and gaming devices.
It's less easy for full-size people to get into the third-row seats, which seem a little more difficult to access than in the GL, but not by much. The seats don't fold out of the way like those in a minivan, either--so if you're looking for more than the total of 84.5 cubic feet with the second and third rows folded down, you're probably better off with the flat cargo floor of a Dodge Grand Caravan.Interior appointments tend to be somewhat simple and straightforward, though they're far from drab. The trims and materials, up close, feel like a major upgrade from those in most other Chrysler products, and the cabin is quiet and refined, with a tightly sealed feel that's still absent from some utility vehicles.