2018 Dodge Durango vs 2018 Ford Explorer

Specs at a Glance

2018 Dodge Durango

2018 Dodge Durango

Cargo Space

  47.7 cu. ft.

MPG (city/hwy)

  19 / 26 *


2018 Ford Explorer

2018 Ford Explorer

Cargo Space

  21.0 cu. ft.

MPG (city/hwy)

  17 / 24

2018 Dodge Durango vs 2018 Ford Explorer

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With so many benefits that add to your lifestyle, an SUV can make all the difference in your daily travels, as well as your adventures. The 2018 Dodge Durango fits the needs of just about anything that you can think of, in addition to providing comfort, practicality, and the right amount performance. Of course, with any great achievement, there is a competitive counterpart that tries to replicate those achievements. The 2018 Ford Explorer fits the counterpart category for being compared to the Durango. The Explorer has its accomplished efforts of identifying with a consumer base that Dodge has been able to capture for over two decades! The third-generation Durango is the distinction that other manufacturers want to replicate, for an excellent reason! They say that “imitation is the sincerest measure of flattery…to pay to greatness.”

Engine Performance

On the outset, there is a clear indication that the Durango has more powerful engine options than the Explorer. The Durango has an engine lineup that includes a 3.6-liter Dual Overhead Cam (DOHC) V6 with 293 horsepower, a dual-exhaust 3.6-liter with 295 horsepower. Both engines produce 260 pounds of torque. Additionally, the Durango’s popular 5.7-liter V8 engine has 260 horsepower and 390 pounds of torque. When it comes to the Explorer, the engine power is severely lowered in performance. The Explorer offers a 2.3-liter turbo 4-cylinder engine that has 280 horsepower and 310 pounds of torque and a 3.5-liter DOHC V6 engine. The maximum horsepower of 365 would only be capable if you choose the Explorer Sports Edition; however, it is only available in a V6 engine - not a V8. According to Motor Trend, the 3.6 liter DOHC V6 even has more excellent performance capability than the 2.3-liter turbo 4-cylinder engine of the Explorer.

Safety

The 2018 Durango is equipped with Active Head Restraints that are standard for the SUV. The specially designed headrests are standard equipment for both the driver and the front passenger to help protect them from whiplash, in the event of a collision. The practical design of the Active Head Restraints works with the neck and spine, rather than constraining those body elements, which can prevent injuries from occurring. The 2018 Explorer is not equipped with any such feature. However, both the Durango and the Explorer are equipped with side-impact head airbags as well as driver and frontal airbags. Additionally, the 2018 Durango has front seatbelt pretensioners and front shoulder belts, which are height adjustable. The Durango also has Forward Collision Warning with Mitigation that provides a driver with a warning through sensors, if there is an impending impact. After testing was conducted by the National Traffic Safety Administration, using a 38.5 MPH flat barrier, the results indicated the Durango far-exceeded the safety of the Explorer.

Handling Capability

The 2018 Durango gives you the option of choosing an automatic rear load leveling suspension which enables the height level to be adjusted while you’re carrying a heavy payload or when towing an extra-heavy load. Unfortunately, the Explorer has not reached this level of technology, at this point. The Durango has a wheelbase of 119.8 inches, compared to the Explorer’s 112.8. The seven inches longer in dimension allows for a smoother and more stable ride. When it comes to off-road capability, the Durango gives you 8.7 inches of minimum ground clearance, whereas the Explorer has 7.8 inches. The Durango gives better off-road handling capability with those related specifications.

Visit Christopher’s Dodge for a test drive and find out for yourself why the Durango is the better choice. For more than 20 years, we have been serving Colorado and the Rocky Mountain region. Our staff is extremely dedicated to providing an exceptional experience, which you can depend on! We look forward to your visit!


* Actual mileage may vary.

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