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2018 Dodge Durango Interior Review

Scorecard

Interior: 8.4

Soft-touch materials and nicely textured surfaces abound in the 2018 Dodge Durango, especially in upper trim levels, which feel upscale. Still, some competitors have better build quality and more appealing styling, which makes them seem more luxurious. The Durango's first two rows of seats are comfortable, but the third row is a bit cramped. There's plenty of cargo space, and the Uconnect infotainment system is easy to use.

  • The materials quality is average with expected soft-touch surfaces of pleasant texture. Construction is nothing special. It doesn't look or feel as high-end as the related Jeep Grand Cherokee, but it's also nothing to be ashamed of." -- Edmunds
  • "The 2016 Dodge Durango interior belies its competitive price, as it feels much more upscale than many of its competitors, especially in the higher-end Limited and Citadel models with their heated and ventilated front seats, and heated 2nd-row seating." -- Kelley Blue Book (2016)
  • "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. The latter can be customized more than 100 different ways to display information ranging from navigation instructions to tire pressure." -- Left Lane News (2014)

Seating

The base 2-row SXT trim seats five on standard cloth upholstery. Higher trims have room for up to seven with a third row of seats. Optional upgrades include leather upholstery, power-adjustable front seats, heated and ventilated front seats, heated second-row seats, a heated steering wheel, a power tilting-and-telescoping steering wheel, and second-row captain's chairs.

The front seats are supportive and comfortable, despite being a bit stiff. The second row is also comfortable, especially in models with the optional captain's chairs. Like most 3-row competitors, the Durango's rearmost row is best suited for children. The cabin is well-insulated from exterior noises.

The Durango has full sets of LATCH child-seat connectors on each of the outboard second-row seats, with additional upper tethers on the middle second-row seat as well as each of the third-row seats.

  • The driver's seat is firm and supportive, with ample adjustment. The optional second-row captain's chairs recline but don't slide, yet this didn't seem to negatively affect comfort. The third row is average comfort for the segment." -- Edmunds
  • "Interior noise levels are quite low, and seat comfort in all three rows is admirable." -- Kelley Blue Book (2016)
  • Also, while the Durango's third-row seat is handy, it's far from the roomiest you'll find." -- Autotrader (2015)

Interior Features

Standard features in the 2018 Durango include automatic climate control, push-button start, a rearview camera, a USB port, Bluetooth, a six-speaker audio system, the Uconnect infotainment system with a 7-inch touch screen, and Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration.

Optional features include a sunroof, an 8.4-inch infotainment touch screen, satellite radio, a Beats or Alpine premium audio system, navigation, a dual-screen rear-seat Blu-ray entertainment system, rear parking sensors, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, lane departure warning, forward collision warning, and automatic emergency braking.

The Durango's Uconnect infotainment system is one of the easiest-to-use touch screens on the market. It has intuitive menus, and it's easy to control thanks to its large on-screen buttons and handful of physical controls.

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  • "The Uconnect system in Dodge (and Chrysler and Jeep vehicles) is one of the best touch-screen infotainment systems available. The latest version revamps the interface for a cleaner appearance, ups the usability, and adds Android Auto and Apple CarPlay." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "As always, Dodge's large Uconnect touchscreen (optional) is a benchmark for user-friendliness with large virtual buttons, logical menus and helpful secondary physical controls. Everything is easy to reach." -- Edmunds
  • "Limited, R/T and Citadel models come standard with Chrysler's UConnect Access infotainment system. Generally considered one of the more user-friendly infotainment setups on the market, UConnect Access integrates most of the Durango's audio, navigation and climate control functions into one unit." -- Left Lane News (2016)

Cargo

The Durango has one of the highest cargo capacities in the class, with 17.2 cubic feet behind the third-row seats, 47.7 cubic feet behind the second row, and 84.5 cubic feet with all rear seats folded. The cargo area is usefully shaped, and the front passenger seat can fold flat to let you carry items that would be too long to fit otherwise.

  • Cargo space behind the third row is so-so, but the 3rd-row seats fold, and you can even fold down the front passenger seat for really long objects." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The Durango's maximum cargo capacity of 84.5 cubic feet is competitive, and its 47.7 cubic feet behind the second row is on the large side. The space behind the third row is limited, as expected, but it is at least wide and deep enough for a large golf bag. It also features an available cargo cover that can conceal the area behind both the second and third rows if needed." -- Edmunds (2017)
  • As mentioned earlier, the Durango offers three rows of seats that can be configured in a wide variety of ways, making it possible to go from carrying seven passengers to hauling a trunk-load of plywood in mere minutes." -- Left Lane News (2016)

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