I've been smitten with the 2014 Dodge Durango's under-floor compartment ever since I discovered that gifts for sneaky children could be hidden there, undiscovered for weeks or even months. My curious children have scoped out every possible gift-hiding space in my house, but secret car compartments are not even on their radar, thereby allowing me to maintain some surprise in their lives.
However, hiding things is not the only reason I like this three-row crossover's under-floor compartment. It's also useful for the simple fact that it creates more cargo room where there is often a dearth of space: behind the third row. Three-row crossovers excel at hauling larger families, but often fall down when it comes to hauling all of that family's stuff.
The Durango has a 17.2-cubic-foot cargo area behind the third-row seats, and it also has the magical under-floor compartment. The compartment comes in two sizes, depending on your audio preferences, says Chrysler spokesman Patrick Hespen. With a subwoofer added to the audio system, the compartment is 2.45 cubic feet, and without the subwoofer, it's 3.8 cubic feet. Using both the under-floor storage and the rear cargo area means there's 21 cubic feet of space to stuff shopping bags or groceries. As a point of reference, consider that 3.8 cubic feet is the size of a standard washing machine that fits a king-sized comforter or two baskets of laundry.