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Eric's Autos: 2022 Dodge Durango

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The newly standard third row is a nice perk, especially the not having to pay extra for it. It also gives the Durango something of a functional edge over other midsize SUVs that don't offer it and three-row crossovers that aren't SUVs and so don't offer 4WD (or big V8s).

In addition to the extra seats, you get a great deal of standard room -- 17.2 cubic feet behind the third row, which is more than you'd get in any current full-size car -- and 85.1 cubic feet with the second and third rows folded, which is almost enough to house a car. It is enough, however, to handle an impressive load of stuff, something at least as important as having all those seats.

The Rest

The Durango is available with a twin-screen/DVD-based rear seat entertainment system. Be advised that if you select this option, your Durango will come standard with very little front seat/center console storage space, almost all of which is taken up by the DVD player housed within. However, there is a big center storage console cubby in between the second-row chairs -- if you choose the available captain's chairs. And even if not, there is no shortage of space in other places to put things you don't want to carry around in your pockets.

The Bottom Line


Vehicles like the Durango are a vanishing breed. If you'd rather drive one than regret not ever having done so, this might be the year to do it.


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