What it is: The Durango is Dodge's full-size SUV and the Limited trim is their premium level trim that gives you an upgraded appearance inside and out. A third row seat, 18-inch aluminum wheels, 8.4-inch color screen, LED taillights, and many other upgrades make the Limited trim a beautiful vehicle. The last time I drove a Durango, it was the R/T trim, which provided a "racer" look that seemed out of place. The Limited trim made a much better impression on me, and would definitely be the trim of choice I recommend to buyers.
My test model came with only two options, the 9-speaker stereo with subwoofer audio package ($595) that is worth every penny, and a power liftgate/GPS/HD radio package ($1,295). While I would skip the navigation package (the larger 8.4-inch screen is already included), I can see that it would be a popular group and not a terrible value.
While the Hemi 5.7-liter V8 is available, I rather enjoyed driving the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6. Paired with the wonderful 8-speed automatic transmission, it provides plenty of power while promoting great gas mileage. If you give it a shot, you'll be pleasantly surprised. 
The Durango platform is great, and you'll find it capable of doing commuter runs, soccer practice, carpooling and off-road trails. It's roomy, has tons of cargo space, and is easier to handle than some of the extra-long SUVs like the Suburban or Expedition.
MPG: 18 city / 25 highway / 20 combined
Price: Limited base price: $36,895. $39,780 as-tested.
Upsides: Tons of value. Luxury, 3-row SUV for under $40k is great.
Downsides: None
Wrap-up: As I mentioned before, I enjoyed the Durango Limited significantly more than the R/T trim, mostly because the Durango is clearly a people-moving SUV and not a faux race car. Dodge has delivered tons of value in a luxury-appointed SUV in a market where prices can extend to nearly $90,000. They made smart choices with the available features, and I love the efficient, yet still powerful V6 engine. It's a perfect choice for someone who loves the Jeep Grand Cherokee, but wants more cargo room or a third row of seats.

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