Dodge Durango Vs. Ford Explorer: Advantage Durango
When you want a solid, time-tested, mid-size American SUV, your mind probably goes right to the 2020 Dodge Durango or 2020 Ford Explorer. Both vehicles have style and substance, so how can you determine which one is your better option? Here are some comparisons to help you decide.
Taking a Peek at Performance
Ferrying your loved ones around on trips calls for a vehicle that has comfort and class. As the driver, you want a car that responds well when you put your foot down on the accelerator. If you have the gear to tow, you want a car that can handle it with aplomb. The Durango and Explorer are both up to the task.
The base 2020 Ford Explorer comes with:
3L Eco-Boost®V6 standard engine
20 mpg combined driving
5,000 lb. towing capacity
The base 2020 Dodge Durango comes with:
6L Pentastar® V6 standard engine
21 mpg combined driving
6,200 lb. towing capacity
As you can see, the Durango has a slight edge in terms of power, gas mileage, and towing. If you use your car considerably, this may have a big impact on the life of the car. While the Explorer maxes out at its 5,000 lb. towing capacity, certain models of the Durango can tow up to 8,700 lbs. This alone may be the deciding factor for those who regularly use their SUV as a work vehicle or for towing recreational toys.
Glancing at the Price
Putting your family in a new SUV is an investment. When you are counting your dollars, the 2020 Dodge Durango saves you money. Its starting MSRP is $30,495, versus the 2020 Ford Explorer’s $36,675.
Both SUVs have middle and upper-level models if you are looking for more power and options. It is when you decide to compare these upgraded models that the Durango pulls ahead in terms of your bank account. For example, stepping above the base Explorer model is Admirable Limited, which starts at $48,130. Leaving the Durango SXT brings you to a price beginning at $34,895 to the coveted Durango GT.
Focusing on Interior Comfort
Each of these vehicles offers the chance to ride without feeling cramped. The vehicles are similar in dimension. For example, the Explorer is approximately three in. wider but three in. shorter, too. Height-wise, the vehicles are within an inch of each other. In terms of individual space, the Explorer has a couple of inches more in both headroom and legroom (front row). Therefore, unless you are exceptionally tall, there is not enough of a discrepancy to make a difference.
When you need some cargo room, these autos are again pretty similar, with the Durango providing slightly more. With both the second and third rows folded down, the Explorer has about 81 cu. ft. while the Durango has 85 cu. ft. for your storage needs.
Looking at Technology
By now, most automakers have figured out what people want inside their vehicles to make their driving experience pleasant, safer, and more streamlined. Features such as rear-view cameras, high-quality speakers, Apple CarPlay®, Android Auto®, USB ports, and 12-volt outlets are available on both the Durango and Explorer. Other entertainment options such as large touchscreens and Wi-Fi capability mean that you keep all of your passengers happy, no matter how long your journey.
Both the 2020 Ford Explorer and 2020 Dodge Durango are solid, reliable vehicles that offer a great driving experience while providing you with the comforts you desire. However, the sheer financial difference – especially when you upgrade to an impressive model like the Durango GT – puts the ball in Dodge’s court.
Contact Planet Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram
When you want to drive home in a 2020 Dodge Durango, visit Planet Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram. Contact us today to schedule an appointment to test drive the Durango GT or whatever model you desire. Our excellent sales professionals are here to assist you every step of the way, from seeing the car in the showroom to taking it out on the road to helping you secure financing.