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Two children? A Focus or Escape would be just fine. How on Earth did people have children before such large vehicles?
Speaking for myself...I need to comfortably seat six even though I only have two children. My family plus two more adults (grandparents) for those times which we all go out together.

In addition, we use this class of vehicle as our vacation cruiser, and let's just say that my better half does not exactly pack "light." She's concerned enough as it is that there's less interior room in the D than in the minivan. May end up getting a roof-top carrier which we never needed on the minivan...
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Two children? A Focus or Escape would be just fine. How on Earth did people have children before such large vehicles?
I'm going to go out on a limb and guess you don't have kids?

Kids have stuff. I have a one and four year old, plus 2 dogs. We went on vacation and I had a pack and play, booster seat for the house we were staying at and a stroller. Plus a kennel for the dogs. This didn't include clothes, toys, books, stuffed animals, and some groceries for the week. Try fitting all that in a focus. Plus when family or friends come in from out of town those extra seats come in handy. Driving around my neighborhood there is at least one SUV and or mini van in every driveway.


Before SUVs were popular there were mini vans. Before that there were station wagons. This really isn't anything new.
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In addition, we use this class of vehicle as our vacation cruiser, and let's just say that my better half does not exactly pack "light." She's concerned enough as it is that there's less interior room in the D than in the minivan. May end up getting a roof-top carrier which we never needed on the minivan...
That is the may reason I got the tow package. So I can add one of these for trips.

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Re: 2014 Durango - Features and Changes

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Lol...I had it narrowed down to the same three vehicles...and ruled the MDX and JX out for similar reasons to yours. One of the features I want is adaptive cruise. To get it on the MDX you need to go with the Advanced package...and then add on a couple more accessories to get it to look the way I would want and the MDX ends up almost $10K more than the Durango. I didn't realize the lack of rear vents though! I ruled it out on price alone.

And the JX tech is indeed cool (the 360 top-view camera is slick.) I wasn't thrilled about it's driving performance however. I actually didn't mind the CVT itself...it was more the overall ride. Wife did like the fact you could get dual sunroofs though. Wish you could get the panoramic sunroof on the D.



Love the interior...hate, hate, hate the exterior styling! I just can't get past it.



Our two children are growing up (11 and 13), so looking at downsizing from a minivan.

One other vehicle that would have gotten our consideration is the 2014 Toyota highlander. It's larger than the '13 (though I think still a little smaller than the Durango), will have adapative cruise as an option. The really nice feature is the second row seating. You can get captains chairs with a removable / stowable center tray / console of sorts.

The new highlander won't be available until early '14 however.

That being said, if Dodge doesn't hurry up and get the models with the DVD system delivered by November, it may force me to wait and see what the Highlander will bring....

I too wish a panoramic roof was an option on the Durango. My sister-in-law picked up a 2013 JGC a couple of months ago with the pano roof and likes it. Doesn't seem to make a difference on the heat inside.


At first I didn't like the styling of the QX, grill seemed too big and the headlights too small, but its grown on me now. I would get the lighter silver color which allows the grill and lights blend in and not detract too much. My problem is the dealer let me take a demo home for 2 days while the in-laws were in town. Sure was nice with all that space!

Fun you mention that we were looking at the same models because I'm also curious about the new Highlander or an updated Sequioa if they decide to make one. I wish Milous worked for Toyota so I would have all the answers like we do for the Durango.

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Know there was a guy in Tyson's Corner offering a great deal. I'll try to find his name. Houston dealer didnt care which affiliate program, and he said he could order now because 30 day waiting period over before vehicle would be in. Don't know if others would handle the same way. You at probably right about fuel savings with the 8 speed, but I keep hearing it is also smoother and peppier.
Koons is the dealership in Tyson's. PM me for details. The service dir there is a close friend of mine.
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Two children? A Focus or Escape would be just fine. How on Earth did people have children before such large vehicles?
My situation is very similar to JoeyD, we have in-laws and other family visit regularly by flying (without their own cars) so need to be able to fit at least 6.

Also, we plan on keeping the car for at least 10 years so we want something that can grow with us as our kids get older, start playing sports, making more friends, long family road trips, etc.... Kind of like buying a house, you rarely hear people regret about buying a bigger house.

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That is the may reason I got the tow package. So I can add one of these for trips.

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We made something similar to this. Got a regular trailer hitch shelf with tall sides then bought a XL Rubbermaid ActionPacker.

Rubbermaid 1192 Action Packer ? Walmart.com

This fit perfectly on the shelf along with a cooler on one side. It's perfect for camping, tailgating, etc... Or anything you don't want smelling up the interior. Plus with enough searching, the price is right. Much easier than a roof cargo carrier (plus the R/T doesn't have roof rails)

The cargo shelf I have sticks out pretty far as it can fold up 90 degrees to be somewhat out of the way. The good thing is even when loaded, I could still open the back hatch and access anything I needed.

I have a picture somewhere or could dig up the info if you need it.

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That is the may reason I got the tow package. So I can add one of these for trips.

StowAway 2 Cargo Carriers & Racks: Shop Hitch Cargo Boxes, Bike Racks and More
Slick. I've seen the hitch mounted cargo trays before of course, but not a fully enclosed box. I also like the fact that you can remove the box from the swing-out bar and install a bike rack post in its place. Looks like a flexible system.

I've got that site bookmarked now...
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Re: 2014 Durango - Features and Changes

Hi All, Great thread, so much information.
I am looking at a Citadel V6 AWD or Limited AWD with the Premium & Saftey/Security packages.

The invoice for the Citadel is $1,376 more but you get:
Perforated Leather Seats with ventilation
Dual Exhaust Tips
Heavy Duty Brakes
Leather Inserts on door panels
Polished Aluminum wheels (15-spoke)

Does anyone know the difference in performance with the
Heavy Duty Brakes?

Do the dual exhaust tips improve overall performace/sound of the engine?

Is the perforated nappa leather more durable than the capri leather and do the venitlated seats work?

BUT, the Limited with the Saftey/Security Package comes with Blind-Spot Monitoring and Rear Cross Detection.
To get that on the Citadel you have to order the Technology Group for $1,995 and that comes with the Active Cruise Control.

The invoice difference is then $3,116.

Has anyone tried the Active Cruise Control?
I personally do not think I will get a lot of use out of it, but really think the Blind Spot Monitoring could be nice for everyday driving.

Lastly, the 20" wheels with the Limited have 5 spoke (easier to clean) and there is a little less chrome. So I find myself leaning towards the Limited.

Any thoughts/comments/feedback woudl be greatly appreciated!
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Can't comment on that myself.

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Probably minimal if anything. I'm guessing it's essentially for aesthetics. This is the first year that the V6 gets dual exhaust at any trim level. I think it's the same for the Jeep Grand Cherokee, so if you want to test drive / hear the exhaust, you can drive a '14 V6 Laredo (single exhaust), vs. a '14 vs. Overland.

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Is the perforated nappa leather more durable than the capri leather and do the venitlated seats work?
I am told the ventilated seats work very well. Don't know about durability, but the perforated leather looks nicer (IMO).

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Jeep grand Cherokees are just starting to be delivered with the same Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop that the Durango will have. Limited reports give it the thumbs up.

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Lastly, the 20" wheels with the Limited have 5 spoke (easier to clean) and there is a little less chrome. So I find myself leaning towards the Limited.
I'm going with the Citadel because I want the V-6, and I want adaptive cruise...Citadel is the only trim level that can have both.

I'm not sure about the 15 spoke 20" wheels that come with the Citadel trim though...will have to see it in person before I decide to possibly replace them with something else...
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So, my situation (predicament??) has changed.

I discovered late yesterday that my employer is a supplier affiliate with Chrysler, and I've obtained a control number.

Trying to decide now between a 2013 or seeing what the numbers would be for a similar 2014 and getting in line for one of those.

I think we've also decided to go for the captains/console option, so I have so more searching to do for a 2013.

Can I discuss pricing for a 2013 and a 2014 with a dealer under the same control number, or once they give me a price for a vehicle I'm locked into that? I only have access to two control numbers per year.

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