But where do those same extra inches go inside the cabin? The second row of the Dodge is a tighter fit than the Ford. The answer is the third row. Full-size adults (and their feet) can fit comfortably in the Durango's way back. Not so much in the Explorer, especially in the foot room department. You're also left wondering where the Explorer's extra width has gone. The cabin doesn't seem especially roomy, though there is a lot of space between the steering wheel and the door, for whatever that's worth. Put another way, the Ford's width gives it no discernable interior space advantage over the Dodge.
Both SUVs feature all-new cabins. The Durango's interior is quite handsome and nearly as stylish as the new Charger. First and foremost is the new soft-touch, one-piece dashboard. It's excellent, and representative of what Dodge means going forward. The controls feel solid, the aluminum around the vents is actually metal, and the leather is a higher grade. Plus Dodge has banished the color gray from its interior color palette. Hurrah! One gripe: We wish Dodge would have also banished the nasty-looking last-gen navigation screen from its model lineup. Obviously, the fantastic-looking Garmin-based system found in the Charger and Journey will eventually filter down to the Durango, but it's a pity it's not here now.
The Explorer offers Ford's sophisticated MyTouch Ford system, and despite how dorky the name sounds, the more we use it, the more we like it. One nifty feature that's standard on the Limited trim package and optional on the XLT is the Sony-branded version of MyFord Touch. It replaces the normal controls with sharp-looking white-on-black touch-activated buttons. The Sony system is quite classy-looking and seems to work better than what comes standard. Then you have Sync, which just keeps getting better and better. It's close, and both vehicles are worlds improved when compared to their previous examples, but we'll give the interior win to the wide-body Explorer.