Well, that was a consideration, but we got synthetic leather in the Explorer. It doesn’t scream “base model”, and honestly I am impressed. I was ready to be underwhelmed when I went to go see it. I don’t want to go too much into it, this ain’t the place for it. But I really liked the Durango too. Had I been able to get the V8 with cloth or synthetic leather, it would’ve been a no-brainer choice for me.Let me be the first to wish you well on your purchase......even if it is a Ford.
Now that I think of it...You could have made the argument to your wife that no animals were harmed in the manufacture of the Durango's interior.
The buying experience was really nice at the Ford dealer, they are the same one I bought my Mustang from back in 2010. The same salesman too...and he remembered my wife and I and a lot about us. They treated us like family.
By the same token, the CDJR dealer was pretty cool too. It’s the same one I’ve used for years. The sales manager has checked in with me a few times to see if I had any questions or anything, and they had even offered to show me the Explorer...they’re all under the same ownership. I was very pleased with my experience with them as well. I wouldn’t hesitate to go back when it’s time to get a Gladiator in a couple years.