The Dodge Durango and the Ford Explorer might be two of the most luxurious, high utility SUVs on the market, but only one of them has to be better than the other, right? Balancing the performance of a truck with the versatility of a minivan, these SUVs are for thrill-seekers and family-oriented people, alike! Great West Chrysler is your Dodge Edmonton destination for all that is the legendary Dodge Durango. Follow along with us at Great West Chrysler as we compare the 2019 Dodge Durango against the 2020 Ford Explorer to illustrate why Dodge continues out-besting Ford in their long-standing brand competition.
2019 Dodge Durango Vs. 2020 Ford Explorer Design
|Specifications:||2019 Dodge Durango SXT||2020 Ford Explorer XLT|
|Curb Weight (kg)||2,229||2,022|
|Front Head room (mm)||1,013||1,035|
|Front Leg room (mm)||1,024||1,093|
|Front Hip room (mm)||1,448||1,504|
The specifications bear out similar SUVs, so it doesn’t come down to a larger or smaller size setting these SUVs apart. Both vehicles balance aggressive designs on the exterior that look athletic and modern, with imposing rears that aerodynamically curve to a confident front end and presents a strong presence wherever you may be. Matched by this handsome exterior is a luxurious interior suiting both front and rear passengers. Where the Durango sets itself apart though, is its juggling of performance style in the front, with passenger luxury comforts in the rear. Nappa leather-faced seats of the SRT trim combine with their heated functionality and power 12-way driver seat to provide both sport looks and function. In the back, its flexibility of over 50 configurations for seating and cargo give you everything you need out of its versatility, including 60/40 2nd row seats and 50/50 3rd-row seats. The Explorer offers up an E-Z Entry second-row for simple exiting and Active Motion massage functionality. While nice accent features, they don’t hold up to the quality and functionality of the Durango options.
2019 Dodge Durango Vs. 2020 Ford Explorer Performance
|Features:||2019 Dodge Durango SRT||2020 Ford Explorer ST|
|Engine||6.4L HEMI VVT V8||3.0L EcoBoost V6|
|Transmission||TorqueFlite® 8-speed automatic||10-speed automatic|
|Towing Capacity (kg)||3,946||2,540|
Design qualities may be neck-and-neck between the two, but when it comes to performance, that’s where Dodge shines. Dodge isn’t touted as a performance brand for nothing; it’s backed up in the statistics. For this comparison, we took the top engine levels of both, to get the true unbridled potential of both engines. The Durango has the top tier 6.4L HEMI VVT V8, while the Explorer only has a 3.0L EcoBoost V6. The power and performance of the Durango are unmatched by the Explorer, with 475 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque for the Dodge and only 400 and 410, respectively, for the Ford. Even further, the towing capacity is even a larger difference, with 3,946 for the 2019 Durango, which enjoys Best-in-Class towing capacity, against 2,540 of the 2020 Explorer.
Which One, the Dodge Durango or Ford Explorer?
You could be excused thinking these vehicles are the same given their similar exterior profiles, but that’s why we’ve dug a little deeper to show you the Dodge advantage. The 2019 Dodge Durango is a performance beast, which is something the Ford Explorer is unable to match even in its newer model year. And the price? The 2019 Dodge Durango starts at $45,395 and the 2020 Ford Explorer starts at $45,199. It takes a bit more to get into their higher-level trims, but the entry points at the base level at similar prices give the edge to the Durango with all the more it offers, from interior function and design to performance potential.
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